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A minimalist fortress for fast-and-light alpine ascents.

Lining up 12 pitches in a day is a serious endeavor, and while you'd prefer to do it in perfect weather sometimes that's not just how things go, so you need an ultra-light rain shell like the Arc'teryx Alpha FL Men's Jacket. The lightest Gore-Tex Pro jacket that Arc'teryx makes, the FL (Fast and Light, if you were wondering) is the speed demon of the climbing-and-alpinism-oriented Alpha series, with a lightweight 3-layer design, waterproof and breathable membrane, and taped critical seams to keep you dry without any extra bulk. 

Unlike average shells, the FL is designed specifically with climbers in mind. It has a trim fit to eliminate any extra material, and an e3D ergonomic design that's articulated in all the right places to facilitate climbing movements The slim profile also makes it easy to see your harness, so you don't waste time and energy trying to grab piece of gear from it, while the removable HemLock foam hem inserts keep your jacket from sliding up under your harness and leaving you exposed. The helmet-compatible StormHood adjust with a single-handed pull, and the entire package stuffs into the zippered, harness-compatible chest pocket and clips onto your harness with a webbing loop, making it easy to carry and quickly accessible when the clouds gather.

  • N40p-X Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer waterproof and breathable membrane
  • Taped critical seams
  • Trim fit with e3D ergonomic and articulated design
  • HemLock removable inserts keep the jacket under your harness
  • Helmet-compatible StormHood
  • WaterTight front zipper
  • Stuffs into chest pocket
  • Webbing loop for clipping to your harness

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5 5

Fantastic Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Great jacket, very light, rugged, has a large and functional chest pocket and an athletic fit that allows for many layers underneath. Picture is of 17K camp in Denali, here I had a t-shirt, expedition base layer, softshell jacket and heavy hooded fleece underneath. I'm 176cm tall and weigh 80 kg wearing Medium size.

Fantastic Jacket
5 5

So far so good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I got this jacket to use for hiking/backpacking. I wanted something light, waterproof, and breathable. This jacket is all three.
I used it recently on a trip to Red River Gorge, KY and I was very impressed. My friends and I just finished a 14 mile hike on the Sheltowee Trace and when we arrived at the trailhead there was a massive storm heading our way. We all put on our rain jackets and covered our packs and proceeded to get rained on heavily for about 20 minutes. My pants were soaking wet but my upper body was dry to the bone.
The jacket is very light (10.9 oz) and packs into itself which is very convenient. Lastly the jacket is breathable and comfortable during high output activities even without pit zips. I hate overheating and sweating profusely. I'm more of a cool weather person so this feature is key.
I would definitely recommend this jacket as a hiking/backpacking rain jacket

5 5

Measurements for the L

I promised a customer earlier today I would get them some measurements on the size L. Like a derp, I forgot to copy your email before we ended our chat. I hope these measurements find you somehow and help anyone else torn between a L and XL or M and L. Across the chest pit to pit: 25?. Across the waist: 23?. Sleeve length from center of back: 37?. Center back length: 31?. Length of the front (zipper): 28.5?.

I'm 6'2" and pretty much all of Arc'teryx...

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I'm 6'2" and pretty much all of Arc'teryx hardshells (even XL) have sleeves that are too short for me. Could you send me some measurements of this jacket in LARGE to buy it online? (chest, waist, bottom, sleeve, back and front length)

Best Answer Responded on

Hey rodrigo altamirano,

Thanks for your question.

I measured the jacket in a large and came up with these measurements. Across the chest pit to pit: 25?. Across the waist: 23?. Sleeve length from center of back: 37?. Center back length: 31?. Length of the front (zipper): 28.5?.

When will you get the Black Large Version...

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When will you get the Black Large Version of this jacket again ?

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Soon, we have a shipment of almost 50 jackets on the way. I am assuming that we will probably see this back in stock in early May. Just in time for that tax refund check to show up in the mail box.

To the Backcountry Staff-
I'd like to...

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To the Backcountry Staff-
I'd like to challenge you guys to step it up. I, like others on this string of posts, wear an XS in Arc Teryx jackets. People need XS just like people need XL. Backcountry is a leader in the online outdoor retail industry, and arguably you all set the bar for all other online retailers. I'd encourage you to distinguish yourself from other retailers and cater to your customers that need the less common sizes. Despite being produced by Arc Teryx, these jackets are difficult to come by in XS. So if backcountry doesn't stock it, who does??

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It's possible that they do stock it, but since they're hard to come by, they're frequently out of stock. It's also plausible that Arc'teryx doesn't make as many in that size, limiting Backcountry's ability to keep them in stock. I don't know that that's the case, but it's worth considering.

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mca4552482,

hi, I am one of the buyers for Men's Outdoor here at backcountry.com, and have an answer/explanation about our decisions to stock (or not stock) certain sizes. In the case of this particular style Arc'teryx does make it in a size XS, however we typically do not carry them because generally speaking the demand is very low. Sorry we could not accommodate you at this time, but we are always looking for ways to bring our customers the best possible array of merchandise,, and will certainly consider stocking this size in the future.

Cheers,

Ed

I am 6ft 170lbs do you think I should go...

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I am 6ft 170lbs do you think I should go with a medium or a large?

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Hi Kirill,
I would recommend checking their sizing chart, just to be sure. But on average, with your height and weight I would recommend a Large!

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Go with a medium. I am 5"10 175lbs and the medium fits awesome. I can fit a lorum hoody underneath no issues.

So this question is for anyone that has...

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So this question is for anyone that has used a stuff sack for their hardshell. What happens with the hood? Doesn't this ruin the brim by creasing it?

Best Answer Responded on

The brim is actually flexible enough not to crease unless you put a lot of pressure on it and really try to fold it. Also, I make it a habit of stuffing/folding the rest of my hardshell into the hood, which makes it easier to stuff into the sack and protects the hood from creasing.

5 5

Another awesome shell from Arcteryx

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I am 5"10 175lbs and the medium fits me fine. I can get a base layer and light fleece and still be comfortable. This jacket is not designed for many layers, for that something like the Alpha SV would be better. This is a light shell and comes with a stuff sack. Hood is awesome, has 3 adjustments to make it fit with or without a helmet. I recommend this shell.

I ordered the 2013 Alpha SL in Chipotle...

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I ordered the 2013 Alpha SL in Chipotle thinking that it was a red color with a hint of orange. I ended up returning it because it was way more pumpkin orange in color than red. Is the Alpha FL Chipotle the same? The detail picture makes it appear to be more of a red. Also, is the mantis green color more yellow or more lime green?

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To answer my own question, I ordered the FL in Mantis Green & it is an awesome color. It is more green than yellow but still has a yellow glow when in bright sunlight. Overall this jacket has a really good fit and despite being ridiculously light, it feels more durable than I expected. I can't wait to put this bad boy to use.

Another post... Sorry guys/gals

Another post... Sorry guys/gals

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Apparently i can't post more than one photo per post, so here's the jacket just by itself, as you can see compared to the black couch in the background it really is more of a grey than a black.

Awesomness!!!

Awesomness!!!

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Some photos of the awesome Alpha Fl!!! As you may see the Carbon Copy colour is more of a grey than a black, but the zipper is a nice bright red, therefore creating a nice contrast with the rest of the jacket. I am wearing small.

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How tall are you and how much do you weigh?

I have the Alpha SV in a medium and I'm 5'10" 166 but feel like I could pull off a small if I didn't layer so I'm wondering how the FL compares.

5 5

Literally got goosebumps, so light...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

So i bought this jacket just over a week ago when it first came out so i definitely haven't tested it out fully. Of course, you might go, "Oh here's another person's superficial review of something they haven't even had time to test out yet", but trust me, you wanna read this and ultimately buy this shell. First things first, my previous kit. Arcteryx phase ar/patagonia capilene 3 top as bases depending on the day, then an arcteryx fortrez hoody/patagonia r1 hoody as first insulators, again depending on the day. Then an eddie bauer first ascent propellant hoody (beautiful piece of kit). And then a patagonia knifeblade softshell jacket (not the pullover) that stays on me most of the time unless i start running around, sweating buckets and what not. Mind you I am wearing these pieces on the approach to a wall/climbing/hiking. Two major flaws with this setup are the first ascent propellant and the patagonia knifeblade softshell. The propellant is an extremely versatile, breathable, and suitably warm piece of clothing, as well as EXTREMELY stretchy and comfortable :D, but it weighs 23 ounces. The knifeblade softshell jacket is also extremely functional (breathable), comfortable, stretchy, and doesn't make a lot of sound when moving around, as well as being durable (I've "put it through the wringer" as backcountry calls it), but it weighs 19 ounces. Long story short i felt like a thick, chewy brownie, albeit a very breathable, stretchy, plush brownie. Sooo i just told you my life's story, now what about the alpha fl? Basically i threw it on, shaved 8 ounces replacing the knifeblade, decided i was warm enough to go without a fleece, put away my fortrez/r1, shaved another THIRTEEN ounces, and became a light fluffy sponge cake , albeit a completely waterproof, warm, durable, kinda breathable sponge cake. And also a crunchy one. Yes, gore-tex pro shell is crunchy, very much so compared to a softshell like the knifeblade. Went ice climbing once, literally got goosebumps.

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The fit is also superb, really a trim fit. If you get the right size it will fit perfectly as a shell no matter what the season. Fits trim and flatteringly when worn over only a base-layer for summer pursuits, and I can fit a fleece as well as a puffy under it for colder climates. It actually hides the fact that you are wearing a fleece and a puffy because of how nicely fitted it is. I am wearing a small because i'm skinny and lanky, but broad shouldered. It fits perfectly around the shoulders, the arms are nice and long, the hood is great per-usual. The only thing I'm worried with is the fit around the waist and down the back. It fits me perfectly with no complaints but I can see people complaining that the front is a bit too short and that there isn't much room for a belly as the bottom hem does fit snugly. But if you are skinny/ fit (but not ripped like a body-builder) then it should fit perfectly.

Hi,
I am also after XS. Will you get XS...

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Hi,
I am also after XS. Will you get XS soon?
Thanks

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Daniel,

Unfortunately the XS doesn't look to be something we have on order.

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

i called Arcteryx and they said the new...

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i called Arcteryx and they said the new Alpha FL will be produced in an XS. will you be stocking that size in the Carbon Copy color? Thanks.

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Chap,

Unfortunately at the moment we don't have anything for XS on order.

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

Does the new model have reflective tabs...

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Does the new model have reflective tabs like the old one?

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Hey Travis,

They do still have the reflectors on this jacket.

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I bought the jacket?love it! But... it does not have the reflective tabs the other one had. The Arc'teryx logo and Gore-tex info is reflective, but the wrists and back do not have the reflective tabs that the old one had. Still an awesome jacket, but those reflectors were so useful! Night skiing, cycling, climbing, hiking...

I just noticed there are two versions of...

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I just noticed there are two versions of Alpha FL. This one is made of Gore-Tex Pro, and the previous one is made of Gore-Tex Active. Is this one the newer model? Is it better than the Gore-Tex Active version? Thanks.

Best Answer Responded on

This is the new and improved version, constructed with Gore-Tex Pro. It will be more durable than the previous version, which was constructed with Gore-Tex Active. The new/updated Alpha FL is more durable and will have a similar level of breathability.

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How come the new model doesn't even offer medium size?

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We do offer the new model in a medium and we will likely be getting more sizes in more colors as we get more orders in from Arc'teryx. Please call or chat in to find out more specifically what we have on order.