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At Snow and sister title Active Traveller we have a bit of a love affair with Arc’teryx gear, expensive – yes but the quality of construction and thought that goes into the design of their products is second to none.

At Snow and sister title Active Traveller we have a bit of a love affair with Arc’teryx gear, expensive – yes but the quality of construction and thought that goes into the design of their products is second to none.

Here we get a rare glimpse into the world of one of Arc’teryx’ designers - Mike Blenkarn – and see how his obsession with product development feeds into the continual development of the technical gear in the Arc'teryx range.

‘While his approach might be seen as unconventional to some, it has proven true for Mike, time and again. He goes out, he tries his own designs, he tinkers, he tests, he goes back to make revisions and then he heads out again. He doesn’t give up despite poor results, substandard materials or outright failures to hit the solution. If Mike believes there is a way to make something better, you can bet he will be out there, talking to people, researching fabrics and glues, making turns and trying out theories.’