Originally Posted by Suicmez
Most fashion brands just focus on the details... the whole point of Arc'teryx Veilance was to use superior construction and an absence of those frivolous details. The focus was just on muted technical perfection. It only caught on in the internet fashion world because of a) the name (seriously, veilance just fits in with the whole tech/goth ninja hybrid aesthetic), and b) the quality/price point of their jackets was the highest of anything not made by gaudy Moncler; it was simply a whole other level (rightfully so, Veilance stuff is unparalleled in the attention to detail and the quality of fabric).
This is also why most outdoor enthusiasts buy Arc'teryx stuff - compared to the Columbia/TNF/whatever else, Arc'teryx is just on a whole other level with fabric technology
and construction. My family and I have always been avid outdoors people, and we've sworn by Arc'teryx stuff for decades (so perhaps I am a bit biased), but my dad's Sidewinder ski jacket from the 90's is still in pristine condition, and all the zippers/seams are basically new.
Is using 2 layers of gore-tex developed fabrics really that much of a technological leap?
I've never handled veilance but I can't really see what's so great about their fabric. It seems to me like it's the same as any other gore jacket.
The construction and machining that goes into it might be excellent. Still I have to think that all these innovations (microseams etc) do is very slightly reduce the weight of the jacket. Might be useful at the top end perhaps.
e.g. waterproof zips are unnecessary if you just add a placket to the design.
Those details are nice to have though and I guess contribute to the nature of the garment from a stylistic sense.
I wish there was more actual fabric innovation as it seems that everyone is still stuck with gore-tex.