Arc’teryx name their products in a specific way in order to categorise their performance parameters. What at first seems like a sea of Alphas, Betas and Gammas is really easy to navigate once you understand their thinking.

The first part of the name relates to the activity for which the product was designed: so Alpha products for instance have a full-on alpine climbing focus.

The second part of the name clarifies the weather and terrain conditions to which the products are fine tuned: SV for instance means Severe Weather so worse weather conditions in the most demanding terrain, whilst LT means Light Weight so still intended for Alpine terrain but stripping out features to minimise weight for the fast and light brigade prepared to sacrifice some SV performance.

Follow the guide below to find the perfect product for your needs and aspirations.