Last week, Drake and Virgil Abloh showed up to a star-studded Nike presentation wearing matching camouflage jackets from Arc’teryx LEAF. The duo’s synergistic style understandably piqued a lot of people’s interest, which made the fact that the jacket is theoretically unattainable to most of us, a tough pill to swallow.
LEAF is an Arc’teryx B2B ancillary operation, and is an acronym for “Law Enforcement & Armed Forces.” So, when we say it is theoretically unattainable, we mean you need much more than $750 USD in your bank account... you need actual training to own this piece! That, or some serious connections.
So, if the thought of enduring the force’s physical training is too much, shop a list of the best alternative Arc’teryx products below.
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
Words almost fail me when looking to give pieces like this the “props” they deserve. The Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket features a durable hardshell construction, and is good for any number of alpine conditions. However, if the specifics are not important to you, it still looks great.
Arc'teryx Sabre Ar Nylon Jacket
The Sabre Ar Nylon Jacket is a no-frills silhouette, devoid of any sort of design complication. Packed full of the very same, unrivaled functionality, this particular piece is an ideal alternative.
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
Beta AR Jacket
If you’re in the market for a commuter-friendly jacket, you needn't look any further than the Arc'teryx Beta AR. Coming in at a very reasonable price point, the Beta AR is windproof, waterproof, and most importantly, breathable. You can even fit a helmet under its hood.
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
If Drake and Virgil’s Alpha Jacket LT Gen 2 Multicam is a little too flashy for you, turn your attention to the brand’s expansive range of lightweight shells. Take the windproof Squamish Hoody for example.
Arc'teryx Solano Jacket
The GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ Solano Jacket is an ideal entry-level piece for anybody looking to capitalize on their new-found appreciation for Arc'teryx.
Arc'teryx Covert 1/2 Zip Neck
As we turn our gaze towards Arc'teryx‘s broader selection of goods, we are greeted by pieces like this elegant half-zip. Well suited to just about any occasion, the piece is constructed from the brand’s innovative Alpenex II™ heathered fleece, making it durable, and warm.
Arc'teryx Calvus Cap
If the compensatory jackets shown above are still a little too expensive for you — and you want to enter the game from its foundations — Arc'teryx’s range of accessories takes some beating. All reasonably priced, and great value for money, pieces like the Calvus Cap feature DWR (durable water repellent) treatments for the more active among you.
Arc'teryx Maka 2 Waistpack
Everyone could use a waistpack. All the better if it is as durable as this one here.
Arc'teryx Blade 20 Backpack
Blade 20 Backpack
The epitome of utilitarian chic, the Blade 20 Backpack is another commuter classic.
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