For Spring 2014, Arc'teryx is padding out their collection of products aimed at the fast and light climbing set. Two new backpacks will join the updated Alpha FL shell jacket, all performance oriented, built to help you accomplish more in less time.
Weighing in at just 610-680 grams, the Alpha FL 30/45 are ultralight and highly weather-resistant alpine climbing packs. Using a unique, exceptionally lightweight, durable, and bondable fabric, the packs are redefined as three-dimensional products that can be taped and sealed like a waterproof garment.
The Alpha FL packs may be durable, but they are also supple enough to accommodate the shape of your gear, making the sides less prone to punctures. Three-dimensional patterning reduces load-bearing seams, shaves weight, and creates a simple, streamlined form.
To further drop weight, the top lid has been replaced with a simple drawcord closure. An extension collar with a waterproof RollTop can be pulled out from inside the pack to add up to 13L of extra volume. A small zippered essentials pocket and bungee cord attachment system line the front of the pack, perfect for stowing your crampons, ice tools, and helmet.
The updated Alpha FL Jacket is made completely from the new breathable yet durable three layer Gore-Tex Pro material. The 310g jacket features a trim fit in a hip length cut, with no extra bulk to weigh you down or get in the way. A single chest pocket offers just enough storage for easy access essentials and the StormHood with high collar will protect you when the weather turns bad.
The Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30/45 packs retail for around $150-$170 and the new Alpha FL for $350, both available Spring 2014.