Gear Talk: Arc’teryx Alpha Comp Series Early Release

Starting on February 15, Arc’teryx’s Alpha Comp series will be available in their flagship stores and on their website. A limited release will be available until the fall of this year, when the garments will arrive in retail stores.

The Alpha Comp series is designed specifically for ice climbers and alpinist using a new GORE (not GORE-TEX) fabric technology in high-use areas: shoulders, waste and hood. The remainder of the fabric is an Arc’teryx proprietary softshell they have dubbed Fortius. The idea behind the Alpha Comp design is to have a lighter climbing setup that allows breathability but with the same weather protection, “less weight and less worry.”

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