Which Endorphin Day Is It
Three years ago, we introduced our Endorphin collection, as many of us here at Arc’teryx are passionate runners. Plus, being based in beautiful Vancouver, we are lucky to have access to some of the most amazing trails in the world. With each season, we’ve continued to perfect the gear – working very closely with our Arc’athletes, including ultrarunners Adam Campbell and Joe Grant, as well as being involved in the Squamish 50 trail ultra race – to introduce new fabrics and features, and cover more performance levels.
In essence, we know that there is no single way to train or race, that weather conditions change from one session to another (and often once or twice during), and that your individual output goes through a range of peaks and valleys during the length of the season. This is exactly why we’ve evolved the Endorphin range into the following three categories.
These are the most versatile pieces in the Endorphin collection, designed to be light and quick-drying, while often incorporating such features as hand pockets, casual detailing, and more relaxed cuts. They’re perfect for warm-up, post-race, lighter running days, and cross-over training. Examples include the Actinium Sleeveless and Accelero Short on the men’s side, and the Solita Jacket and Kapta SS on the women’s.
This is the gear for your serious training days, offering a higher lever of performance during high aerobic output. Each piece is designed with super lightweight fabrics that focus on moisture management, anti-chafing, and run-specific patterning. Examples include the Incendo Hoody (pictured above) and Accelerator SS for men; and the Ensa Zip Neck LS and Cita 3/4 Tight for women.
This is your race-day gear – the pinnacle of Endorphin design and construction, with the lightest fabrics and most sophisticated moisture and temperature regulation, including such features as race-pocketing and race-ready fits. The Race category is currently being prototyped, as we test it with our Arc’athletes for rollout in future seasons. For example, Adam, Joe, and our entire Skyrunning team will be putting our new gear through its paces this season in some of the most grueling racing conditions on the planet.
Long story short, we love to get out there and push ourselves to the limit – and we expect the same of our gear. Each time we lace up those shoes, we ask ourselves, “What kind of day is it – Training, Performance, or Race?” and suit up accordingly.