It does seem to me that the vast majority of people who dislike Arc'teryx, criticize Arc'teryx, or question people who own Arc'teryx gear aren't able to afford it. I'm the sort of person that if I determine something to be 10% better than the alternatives, I'm not afraid to pay steeply for it. There are certainly cheaper products on the market for those that don't have enough money, or prefer to spend it in different ways. There are obviously some exceptions to the rule, but for the most part I find that Arc'teryx's gear is of higher quality (both in materials and workmanship), more durable and long lasting, and while this is completely subjective, fits me better than most other brands. Base functionality between say a MEC jacket or pair of pants and an Arc'teryx piece is the same but I'm sorry, you're deluded if you think that the MEC piece is just as good. It is perfectly adequate for the vast majority of people, but it's not as well made or as good. Why aren't there all sorts of these threads about how silly it is that Western Mountaineering or Feathered Friends sleeping bags are twice as expensive as MEC's? Because you don't wear your WM or FF bags around. In my eyes it's envy, pure and simple.