Renowned for being consistently at the forefront of innovative designs in climbing gear, in 2008 Arc'teryx introduced their truly ground breaking 'Warp Strength Technology' harnesses. What is WST? Most harnesses have webbing that wraps all the way around to the buckle and padding to add comfort. Arc'teryx eliminated the need for padding by making the webbing itself wider and more comfortable. How? They remove the weft fibres from a set length in the middle of a strip of webbing, leaving only the warp fibres behind. Warp fibres represent the strength in the webbing and weft fibres give the webbing structure. Then they spread out the warp fibres, which retains the webbing strength, laminate them to give the webbing structure and wrap them in a durable face fabric.
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For 2011 they've upped the stakes even further: altering the weight, shape and width of the harnesses. In this video, Arc'teryx designer Ian Martin explains what makes the new Spring 2011 Warp Strength harnesses even better, lighter and more comfortable. Here follows an insider's look into the designer's thought process and how the new shaping improves performance...
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