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Sep072010

In Stock: Arc'teryx Veilance Align Shell Jacket

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—01. Align Shell in 'blueprint' blue.
—02. Made in Canada.

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The Arc'teryx Veilance line took me a couple of viewings and a little push to fully embrace. Since I was introduced to the collection however, it has only got better and better. This fall is their most cohesive and solid season to date. The Align Shell Jacket is one of the more simple styles, but it's also probably my favorite. It features a GORE-TEX® 3L Pro Shell MicroGrid outer and has laminated construction which eliminates bulk and stiffness. The 'blueprint' blue also looks amazing in person and seems to go with everything I own. I've been wearing it pretty regularly over the last few months, so it's great to now be selling them in the Stockroom - perfect timing for the rain here in Vancouver.

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Reader Comments (8)

Old argument, but one I've not seen answered.
I like the veilance stuff, but is this pricing justified when arc teryx (normal) is half the price?
Particularly on this item, where the design is hardly a great leap away from what they produce anyway and the technology is pretty much there.
September 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersts
I think that at a glance the design, styling and technology is very similar. However, it is a new jacket - everything has been improved on and the fabrics, subtle details, trimmed down fit all add to the product. The Veilance collection is pushing Arc'teryx in new ways and the use of different methods they haven't used in production before aren't cheap to develop. Everything is produced in Vancouver in very small quantities with this collection as well, which is not cheap to do.
Of course their main line jackets are great, but for the city setting, for wearing with the clothing we like, these jackets are definitely better and more suited to that situation in terms of aesthetic and fit.
September 7, 2010 | Registered CommenterRyan Willms
Seeing this piece (and regular Arc'teryx jackets) in person really confirms the difference to me. In design conception and construction quality it is definitely a more 'crafted' item.
September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJorden
yeah this thing is ridiculous.

production in BC aint cheap... not by a long shot
September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMOA
you could make the same argument about visvim, white mountaineering, and other companies making gore-tex pieces that are above what the average consumer spends. are their pieces worth the step away from what's typically found, even if similar materials are being used with less...pretentious companies?

you could pay 60 bucks for a dress shirt from the gap, 100 from a skate shop, and 200 on something here in this site - what's really justifying it? the same reasons given by the guys that write in this blog. of course, quality, appeal, and significance are purely subjective and are open for discussion. point being, the age-old question being posed is something that's being answered (or at least trying) everyday.

personally, for me, the price is worth it because i want a good cut, i want good quality, and i wouldn't feel good wearing something i'm not completely satisfied with. a lot of thought goes into the garments i want, and i like companies that put as much effort into their clothes as i put into considering what i like best.
September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentern.s.
This line is exquisite. Expensive, yes, but worth it. Beautiful fabrics, perfect design. Nothing better.
September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMel
I bought an arc'teryx shell a few years back not really knowing anything about the company. I haven't regretted it one bit. I know this may sound pejorative, but I feel the Veilance stuff is a bit more relaxed than their mainline, which is great in my book.
September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjon
Thanks for the responses.
The argument is not applicable to Visvim et al, n.s. - they don't produce diffusion lines at twice the price. And it’s not about justifying what we spend on clothes, but on the justification of how those clothes are priced.
I repeat that I like the Veilance line and I’m not criticising anyone else’s opinion on this - I agree that these are cutting-edge in construction, well designed, well made, etc. and so on. I don’t doubt that this is a step up from their main line range and I get that the design and the made-in-BC elements justify a premium. I just question whether the premium is justified at 100% and more, on products (more specifically this jacket) that are not a million miles away from what they already produce (albeit adjusted for the “city setting”).
If the above points on design and location of manufacture genuinely make these products twice the price, then fair enough. I’m just saying I’m not convinced.
I’m sure that’s a real blow to them.
September 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersts

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