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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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4 5

long Sleeves ..

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

I m 160 ,5.10 , Got a M size black. It fits my body well, but just the sleeves are longer than expected , the M size of most brands fits me perfectly . is it a special design?

Does anyone have experience skiing in this? I'm just looking for a shell to use for general mountaineering, skiing, and ice climbing. It looks like it would be good for mountaineering and climbing, but sometimes features that make jackets good for those purposes don't translate well into skiing

Best Answer Responded on

It really depends on how much functionality you want from the jacket when you are skiing. If you are okay with just having one chest pocket and a lighter weight shell this is the one! Its awesome that its really light, the trade off is the durability. There are thicker more durable jackets on the market, they are just way heavier. 10 oz for a Gore Tex Pro Shell 3 layer is pretty dang amazing.

Responded on

Bill nailed it. Thanks Bill!

It's worth pointing out the new version of this jacket is substantially more durable than the previous version, which was constructed with Gore-Tex Active.

I have the previous version and it's my go-to hardshell for touring. As this is a minimal jacket it features the Trim fit. You will be somewhat restricted in the weight/thickness of mid-layers. I usually throw a synthetic puffy over my Alpha FL if start to freeze when out touring.

If you're looking for an awesome all around mountaineering/skiing jacket check out the new Alpha AR:

http://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-alpha-ar-jacket-mens?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6YWxwaGEgYXI6MTo0OmFscGhhIGFy&skid=ARC004S-ARU-S

The Athletic fit block will accommodate a wider range of mid layers.

There's also the all-mighty Alpha SV:

http://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-alpha-sv-jacket-mens?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6YWxwaGEgc3Y6MTo0OmFscGhhIHN2&skid=ARC3678-POS-S

5 5

Pure epicness

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

For being almost $300 cheaper than the SV, this is a very close second. The fit is superb and doesn't mind getting thrashed against a granite face. I have never been wet as it breathes super well and lets nothing in. 5'10", 175 and the medium is a perfect fit. Looks damn good too!

F***ing cold.

F***ing cold.

Lower saddle, waiting for a storm to blow over before a mixed attempt on the grand teton.

Center back length?

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Center back length on a medium is 33 inches.

Fall Rain

Fall Rain

Wet day on the Sundial. Central Wasatch, UT. Wore the Alpha from the moment I got out of the car. Breathed well in the drizzle all day, with a pack loaded for a day of alpine climbing. My old jacket would have wetted out in a less than a half hour.

Alpha FL on the Grand Teton

Alpha FL on the Grand Teton

My partner took a big whipper and broke his leg mixed climbing on the Grand. Spent several hours on a narrow ledge in the cold, the Alpha FL kept me protected from high winds, weather, and falling ice all day. Stoked.

5 5

amazing

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

I've only taken this thing out a few times so I'll save a detailed review for later, but this thing rules. Sleeves are super long, so that is one thing to consider with fit.

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...

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...

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...

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??

Best Answer Responded on

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.

Responded on

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...

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

Best Answer Responded on

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!

Responded on

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...

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...

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?

Responded on

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.

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The mantis green is a great color but shows every little stain. I took it climbing/hiking in the Tetons and it held up well in snow and rain in late August. It's just tough to clean.

Another post... Sorry guys/gals

Another post... Sorry guys/gals

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!!!

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.