There has been and always be a lot of talk around outdoor brands. The most interesting thing is to see how you can geographically split up the major metropolitans by whether they prefer The North Face or Patagonia. After owning a myriad of items from each brand and despite the acknowledgement that each have their accolades, I must say Arc'teryx stands above the rest. As an engineering, this truly technical wear. The material choice. Where it's located. How the cuts influence the fit. Placement of natural and synthetic insulation. Simply put, their work is beautifully practical.