Arc’teryx pioneered the use of textile lamination in traditionally sewn goods. By laminating or bonding sections of material together, we are able to eliminate bulky seams, minimize weight, and create modern, aesthetic design lines. Zippers and pockets can be positioned wherever they are most effective, and not be constrained by the locations of seam junctions and gusseted sections.
Arc’teryx’s construction process is meticulous in its attention to detail. Seam tolerances are cut to an absolute minimum, reducing weight and bulk. These micro seams are therefore able to be sealed with the narrowest seam tape available further reducing bulk. The result is a smooth, flush seam that lies flat and is visually and aesthetically modern, clean and stylish.
Where it’s necessary to provide an opening or a pocket on a waterproof jacket, we have included WaterTight™ zippers, or Leakproof pocket flaps. WaterTight™ Zippers are coated with a special polyurethane coating that prevents water from penetrating the zip closure. Powder coated metal zipper pulls in tonal colours add a classic finish to the zip.
Die Cut Components
Veilance garments incorporate die-cut components in their construction process. Die-cut components provide crisp edges and clean lines that complement the minimalist, modern look of the clothing, and eliminate corners that can catch or fray. At the same time, die-cut openings can be positioned anywhere on a garment, eliminating the requirement for uneccessary seams that add weight and bulk.
Taped Fleece Seams
Fleece fabric is bulky by nature. To reduce the stacking effect of several layers of fleece overlaying each other along critical points such as seam junctions, Arc’teryx employs the use of ‘shaving’ the fleece along seam lines and at intersections. Seam tape is then applied over the shaved area to create low-profile, clean seam-lines or junctions. Seam tape also has the effect of reinforcing the seam sections to make them stronger and more durable.