Poutine's great and all, but Canada's a trip for Tim Horton's coffee and cheap prescription drugs; it's a hike to go for clothing.
Which is why we're so pumped Seattle just got the very first Arc'teryx store in the country.
If you're not familiar, Arc'teryx is the Vancouver-based company that started in 1989 with climbing harnesses and quickly became the mountaineer's best friend, diversifying out into ski jackets, bicycle gear and everything else you need to survive the Pacific Northwest outdoors.
Previously you used to have to head north to pick up their architectural, clean-lined outerwear, but once you bought it you had something that would last you for life.
Like the AR jacket, which employs minimalist tailoring and a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex shell to take on everything a Seattle downpour has to offer, then come back thirsty for more.
If you plan on scaling some faces, Arc'teryx also makes the best gloves in the business. The durable leather Tactician AR gloves have seam-free fingertips to ensure sensitivity and a slim-fit Velcro closure cuff.
You'll still have to take 'em off to tickle that new iOS7.
Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 1 (out of 4)
Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-8PM; Sun 12PM-6PM
Nearby: The Hideout; Clever Bottle; RN74