Burly protection for burly places.
Prepare for expeditions in the alpine with the Men's Alpha AR Pant by Arc'teryx. Its fully taped, three-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell provides guaranteed waterproof breathable protection, and N155p-X paneling reinforces high wear areas for long-lasting durability. WaterTight zippers cover the sides and thigh pocket for additional protection from bad weather. The Alpha AR also features removable suspenders, tear-resistant Keprotec instep, and a removable LegWrap that helps avoid crampon snags. An adjustable hem ensures a secure fit, and there are hooks for boot laces.
- 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell
- Athletic fit with e3D design
- N155p-X reinforcements
- Removable suspenders
- WaterTight side zippers
- Removable LegWrap
- Keprotec instep
- Adjustable hem
- Boot lace hook
- Item #ARC004T
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Small
Fit: long and loose to accommodate layers. I'm 5'6 and would have preferred these in a short fit. I will have them modified at RainyPass.
Breath ability: submitted Rainier on 6/26. It was HOT. I wore these with shorts underneath for most the trip. Vented great with side zips and didn't mind the cover in 80+ heat
Durability: somehow tore a hole near my harness. I'm confident no ice tools or sharps caused the tear. Looks like a stress rip. For $600 I'd expect more. Moreover, Backcountry won't replace Arcteryx gear. I'm currently dealing with the manufacture directly. Not excited.
Features and Value: Meh... Hard to say. No much available that is comparable to these pants with respect to function. The only improvements would be a full side zipper and the length. I've never heard of anyone having the durability issue before. Maybe I have a defective pair? We'll see what arcteryx does.
Backcountry: disappointed. I spend enough that I'd appreciate you standing behind the items you sell. your team is polite, but that won't save me the additional $150 to have them repaired if I'm found to be in the wrong.
Alpha AR pants
Is the fly zipper also WaterTight?
is the length short?