November 2, 2017
Cade – Men’s
Psiphon FL Short
This softshell short is my new favorite piece of technical wear. They are stretchy and breathable so my movements don’t feel restricted at all. They are lightweight, yet still stand up to some abuse. They were perfect for climbing. The well-designed pockets are accessible when harnessed up and secure with zippers. I use them a lot for mountain biking as well, and really like the phone sleeve inside the pocket. It keeps my phone in place even on rough trails. The adjustable waist band is quick to change and the micro adjustments make sure you can get a snug fit.
Atom SL Hoody
This hooded jacket packs a punch. It is incredible how something so small can be so functional. It makes a great layer for throwing in your gear for any mission. It packs down so small you will forget it’s in your bag. When you feel like you need a little something to cut the chill, it will keep you warm, but won’t hold you back at all. It moves with you and the under arm panels breathe when you’re working up a sweat. I find myself throwing it on all them time when we’re around the van. I wore it a lot in Squamish, where it would go from overcast and drizzly to sunny and hot at the drop of the hat. It was nice not having to switch layers knowing my jacket would adapt to the conditions at hand. It even takes a light sprinkling well.
This shirt has a great fit, I wear a large, normally slim fit shirts are a bit tight but this one is perfect. It is a soft material, but feels durable enough to stand up to some abuse. The colors are bright and don’t seem to fade with washing so far. I like the tagless design so no itching at the neckline.
Word Head Long Toque
This is a super warm hat for its low volume size. I like the fit, how soft it is, and it looks good. Easy to throw in the pack and have just in case of sudden changes in weather, it even fits under my helmet. I like how you can wear it low for maximum warmth or let it sit high if you need some ventilation. Great all around beanie.
What an amazing harness, I can’t believe the comfort that can be achieved at this weight. The even load distribution across the entire structure of the straps make for no stress or pressure points. I’m used to a harness that uses webbing for the strength and just pads the thin straps. This is a way better system. It is so low profile I hardly notice it is on. I used it in Squamish at a climbing photography class where we ascended ropes and hung in the harness for extended periods of time and it was super comfortable. The gear loops are easy to access, the straps are easy to adjust, and it packs down super small.
Becca – Women’s
Atom SL Hoody
I’m not going to lie, I totally underestimated this jacket. I was completely doubting the usefulness of a ‘microlayer’ until I tried it on for the first time. This hooded jacket is perfect to throw in a pack whether we’re climbing, biking, or hiking. It packs down to almost nothing, but offers the perfect layer to cut a chilly mountain breeze or protect you from a light drizzle. It breaths well and has just the right amount of insulation. It’s like a technical lightweight version of your comfiest cotton hoody that you wear around the house…..but so much more functional.
This midweight tank is a great all-around casual shirt. The organic cotton is super soft and breathes well. It is tagless, so no dealing with that pesky itchiness on your neckline. It has a great cut that should flatter a variety of shapes and keep things modest when you’re out being active. I love the bright blue color. In the past when I’ve tried on Arcteryx clothing I felt like I needed to size up to get some extra length (I’m tall and lean), but I think I could have stuck with the smaller size on this one.
Word Head Long Toque
This cozy beanie is a great headpiece for any winter sport, or to throw in a pack just in case you get caught out in a storm. We keep ours above our seats in the van, so we’ve easy access to extra warmth at any time. The long length lets me roll this up or wear it slouchy, depending on what mood I’m in. It’s also reversible for more versatility too. The blended material makes it breathable but still really warm for active days.
Camden Chino Short
These are my ideal all-around casual shorts. They are stylish enough to wear around town, and functional enough to climb in. I hardly even notice them when I wear them under a climbing harness. The pockets are big enough to actually be functional (so refreshing on a women’s short!) without being super bulky. I love the stretchy comfort of the material. I wear them regularly hiking, on long dog walks, paragliding, and around town.
FL-355 Climbing Harness
This harness is amazing– head and shoulders above anything else I have tried. Lightweight and super easy to wear, the Warp Strength Technology system spreads load across the entire width of the wide harness structure instead of a single piece of webbing, making it far more comfortable and supportive than a traditional climbing harness. It is simple, clean, and easy to adjust. I picked it up on our visit to the Arcteryx HQ and tried it out for the first time at the Squamish Climbing Academy. I wore it for most of the weekend–while hanging for extended periods of time during a photography workshop and for a full day crack climbing at the crag. It was amazingly comfortable the whole time. I fell in love with it over our weekend in Squamish!
All photos courtesty of Becca Bredehoft & Cade Palmer