One lucky winner will take home a set of premium Arc’teryx backcountry outerwear and a backpack, totalling over £1000!
We turn to Arc’teryx time and again when the backcountry beckons. For exploring the wilderness this Canadian brand is simply hard to beat, with its brilliantly designed, super-technical garments and accessories.
This month, we have £1100-worth of Arc’teryx kit to give away. If the winner’s a gent, he’ll land the Rush jacket and Stinger pants, plus the Khamski 31 pack. If we pull a female name out of the bobble hat, she’ll soon be wearing the Airah jacket and Shashka pants – plus the Khamski 31 pack.
Rush jacket and Stinger pants (above left)
The Rush jacket, worth £540, is in 3L Gore-Tex, fully waterproof and windproof, yet breathable to keep you comfortable on ascents. The Rush has a helmet-compatible Stormhood, taped seams, generous pit zips, sensibly configured pockets, a powder skirt and a chin-guard with super-soft microsuede facing. It weighs in at 590g, and comes in five two-tone colourways.
The Stinger pants, worth £380, are made of windproof, waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex Pro. This durable design, weighing 495g, has zippered thigh vents and a sleek, easy-to-wear cut.
Airah jacket and Shashka pants (above right)
The Airah jacket is a Gore-Tex beauty, worth £460 and in a choice of three colours. Featuring air-permeable Polartec Alpha insulation as well as being waterproof and breathable, it keeps you cosy, but you won’t roast during ascents. The Stormhood is helmet-friendly, and the Airah has pit zips and a powder skirt. The jacket weighs 615g – around 30% less than a conventional layering system.
The Shashka bib pants, worth £380, are a stylish black design that’s waterproof, windproof and packed with such nifty features as side vents and a thigh pocket with key leash.
Khamski 31 pack
Arc’teryx is also throwing in the Khamski 31 backpack in Mercury grey (pictured) or Ionian blue, worth £180. This masterfully designed piece of kit is built for daily forays into the backcountry and also works for a lightly packed overnight tour.
The large main compartment has a full-length side portal for quick entry. The lean contoured back panel keeps the load close to the body, shoulder straps mould to the body, and a lightweight webbing belt helps minimise sway. There’s a diagonal, as well as A-frame, ski-carry, and the lash straps pull the skis exceptionally tight to the pack for a secure carry and balance.
In the front pocket are slots for safety kit and skins, and the partial diagonal opening prevents the pack’s contents from spilling out. A drain hole helps moisture from shovels and wet skins escape, and exterior padding protects gear from impact and ski edges. The Khamski, which weighs 1.5kg, also has an internal snow science pocket and a removable lid to store goggles, keys, snacks or a spare layer or headgear.