Two of the latest offerings from the Arc’teryx LEAF line are the Sphinx Pant and the Gryphon Pant . Both use a combination of different fabrics, anatomical patterning, and a host of integrated features to offer outstanding versatility across a broad range of weather conditions. I would normally do completely separate writeups for each pair of pants, but it made more sense to compare them to each other at the same time so the differences (some of them subtle) and shared features could be better pointed out. In a nutshell, both are combat pants designed for inclement weather use, with the Gryphon having an edge in water-resistance, and the Sphinx in breathability.
Following in the footsteps of the Predator and Raptor, the Spectre HS is Triple Aught Design’s newest hardshell offering. While the Raptor ProLite Hardshell Jacket was designed primarily as a lighter and more packable version of their popular Predator Hardshell for backpacking and mountaineering; the Spectre is more similar to the Predator, which was intended as fully featured tactical hard shell with all the bells and whistles. Constructed of a heavier-duty 3-layer waterproof breathable fabric from GE’s eVent Professional Line Division, the Spectre is loaded with all the distinctive features that defined TAD’s jackets.
The Gryphon Halfshell is a new offering from the LEAF (Law Enforcement and Armed Forces) division of Arc’teryx. The Gryphon is part of LEAF’s new Armour Compatible Layering system. Aptly named after the legendary creature that was a hybrid of a lion and and eagle, the Gryphon is a 1/4-zip, non-insulated pullover hybrid hooded anorak that utilizes softshell fabric in areas that are covered by body armour and hardshell fabric in high-exposure areas like the shoulders and sleeves. It is designed to be armour-compatible. The Gryphon also incorporates Arc’teryx’s ‘Roll-and-Stow’ sleeve system that enables the user to convert the sleeve configuration on the go from long to short during periods of intense physical activity.