Arcteryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket
|Price:||$475.24 - $678.85|
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- N100p-X 3L GORE-TEX
- Made with hard wearing N 100p-X GORE-TEX? face fabric engineered to shed water, snow and resist abrasion while staying soft and quiet compared to other shell materials
- Athletic e3D patterning provides room for three layers while facilitating movement
- Helmet-compatible StormHood rotates without blocking vision and is designed to provide the ultimate protection in cold or wet weather
- WaterTight pit zippers permit rapid ventilation
- Two large bellowed chest pockets, perfectly placed to fit above your pack or harness, two internal laminated pockets and one sleeve pocket
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There are a lot of companies out there that make waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex jackets. What sets the Arcteryx Mens Alpha SV Jacket apart is attention to detail. The SV (severe weather) is loaded with solutions to problems that other companies had not even recognized so this ultra-light, super-tough shell is worthy of taking on Mother Natures foulest mood swings.
- Material: 489N Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3L
- Fabric Waterproof Rating: guaranteed waterproof
- Fabric Breathability Rating: guaranteed breathable
- Fit: standard
- Center Back Length: (medium) 30 in
- Venting: underarm zips
- Powder Skirt: no
- Pockets: (external) 2 front, 1 sleeve, (internal) 2
- Seams: fully taped
- Wrist Gaiters:
- Hood: yes
- Liner-Compatible: yes
- Recommended Use: taking on the most severe weather
- Manufacturer Warranty: lifetime
Top Customer Reviews
After much research I bought the Alpha SV and have had it for roughly 6-7 years (still looks new). The jacket has never let me down. Handle, wind, rain, snow, cold, and look stylish doing it. I found it to be extremely windproof and obviously waterproof. Hood is very functional as well as the bottom drawstrings to cinch it to your waist. If I have to say anything negative about the jacket I would say yes it's rather stiff, yes it is kinda loud, yes it is expensive, and no its not going to breath like other materials. Armpit zips I found to be very effective. It doesn't have "hand pockets". The front pocket are more for storing things, not warming your hands, wear gloves... No it's not a "stand alone jacket", doesn't have "insulation" it is a shell. Learn how to layer properly.
To sum it up if you are not serious about the outdoors. If your going to be using this jacket to get from your car to inside your office job, this jacket is probably not for you. If you put your comfort and safety at a premium, like I do, and appreciate quality gear, then you are on the right track with this jacket. You may find some REI special or something that may be "similar" for cheaper, but at the end of the day you don't want to be the miserable one out in the bush, wishing you wouldn't have been a cheap ass.
They charge a super-premium price for their gear, but they don't have a great warranty. I used to be an Arcteryx fan, but they DO NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCTS. BUYER BEWARE!!!
I just got this jacket (in the right size) yesterday. I'm 5'7, 190lbs (I should be 150-155)and I thought that a Medium may be too slim as these(Arc'teryx) can be cut tight, so I ordered the large. The large compelled me to think that the medium would fit, so I returned and received the M and it fits quite well, still giving my torso comfortable (but not sloppy) space.
Instead of going into all the pros and cons of this jacket (as there are many as other reviews have shown), let me just mention a couple things:
First off, the hood is huge. You can wear a motorcycle helmet and have absolutely no problem fitting this hood over it. I know because I tried. In contrast, when I put the hood over my head without my wearing a hat I was disappointed. The top half of the hood was just so much higher than my head it was disappointing... that's right 'was' disappointing. Later I became aware of the fact that there are draw strings on the back of the hood so u can mold it to your head 'easy'. So, the jacket was redeemed! The hood with draw-strings accomodates the best of both worlds.
I love the crap out of this jacket. It was pouring rain in Redmond (much harder than normal) and there wasn't a drop that came into the jacket. Furthermore, the wind did not cut through. As long as you have a long sleeve shirt or a fleeze, you'll be satisfied.
Regarding areas of improvement I only see two or three:
1) I wish there was a pocket right on the top of the sleeve above the wrist; that way I could have something very accessible, and handy such as notes or a map. I know one of the 5.11 jackets does this.
2) I wish this jacket had normal pockets to put your hands do like virtually every other jacket does! Sometimes it's cold outside and I don't have gloves with me; I wish this jacket was virsatial enough to have had pockets for hands. People wouldn't 'have' to put their hands in those pockets, so I don't see how it could have hurt anything.
3) I don't think this may be able to be changed but, the jacket is kind of noisy. Since I got this for extreme weather backpacking and stealth may be a preferred mode of operation, I would appreciate it if my jacket wasn't so noisy. This may just be how a goretex jacket is but a friend mentioned my russling around and after that it kind of ate at me.
At any rate, this jacket is worth my $600 bucks. I now have a new best friend; sorry Jenny.
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