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Bomber, weatherproof, trim-fit pant for alpine climbing or touring.

It may be sunny, but the weather can change on a dime, so equip yourself with the Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SL Gore-Tex Pant when you head out into the backcountry. The windproof, waterproof, and breathable Gore-Tex Paclite 2L membrane protects you from the wet elements and keeps this pant light so you can move fast. Full side zippers ditch excess heat and accommodate your climbing or touring boots.

  • Waterproof, windproof, and breathable Gore-Tex 2L Paclite membrane and fully taped seams shield you from snowy, wet elements while you tour or mountaineer
  • Reinforced seat and knee areas adds durability and longevity without adding extra weight
  • Trim cut provides a non-baggy, athletic fit
  • Full side zippers ditch excess heat while you tour or climb and accommodate your boots
  • Low-profile waist adjustment system offers a comfortable, just-right fit
  • Reinforced instep for added durability and longevity
  • Boot lace hooks and hem drawcords help keep the pant legs down and the snow out

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2 5

Must have back.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

This doesn't just run big, it seems to run huge. I typically can take up to a 32" inseam and a 32" waist (though 30x30 fits best). I had to hike this up to my belly button and cinch the waist as tight as it would go to get it to stay up. Still felt long. Worst of all, the amount of material in the back was hysterical looking. It looked as if I had a gigantic derriere. Will be returning this for sure.

I was really interested to get a full-zip pac-lite pant, but this is just a laughable fit. Still hunting for the right waterproof pant for a short, skinny guy.

Other than the poor fit, the garment seems quite nice. The pant looks and feels great in terms of build quality. However, the waist adjustment system is not as nice as others I've seen. It consists of metal hooks that clip into loops on each side of the waist. This limits adjustment to set increments, rather than being able to cinch it to a precise fit.

5 5

Waterproof Perfection

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before writing this review, I tried to think of something negative about these pants. Honestly, I can't think of anything I would change about them.
Let's just say this: I recently spent 7 hours hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park in a constantly rotating storm of rain, sleet, hail and snow. Then snow, hail, sleet and rain. Then combinations of rain & sleet, hail and rain, sleet and snow. You get the idea: all the cold, wind and wet the Rocky Mountains can dish up. During the entire hike, I was never wet from the storm nor wet from sweat. Typical of Arc'teryx gear, the cut is trim but plenty of room in the knees and rear for hiking, scrambling, etc.
They are lightweight and very packable. They are a natural for your 10 essentials and will fit in any pack. I am 5' 11", 170 pounds and the medium/reg fit like they were tailored for me.
Some may object to the lack of pockets. But you don't need the added weight (& cost) when you consider your hiking pants underneath have pockets as does your rain coat. Speaking of price, you get what you pay for. Arc'teryx price = Arc'teryx quality. I should have bought these last year. Don't make that mistake. Get 'em. Wear 'em. Love 'em.

5 5

Amazing Pant!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

These pants are amazing! I bought them just as a storm proof layer but quickly realized they are so versatile. I've used these in all seasons for activities ranging from hiking to snowboarding. There is extra material exactly where you need it so the durability is excellent. I bought the jacket too. It is a bombproof combo. I even grilled out in the rain during the summer and they were excellent inclement weather attire on the home front. I'm 6', 180 lbs, 34 waist, and 32 inseam. I bought a medium and the fit is great. Plenty of room for multiple layers underneath.

Looking to buy these and Atom as well but...

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Looking to buy these and Atom as well but i?m between sizes?
6? tall, 34 waist, 32 inseam. Any advice?

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Here is a link to their trim-fit size chart, which is the fit cut that arc'teryx designed for these pants {http://arcteryx.com/sizing-chart.aspx?EN/men-s-trim-fit-pant-sizing-chart}.
I cannot tell if you could buy, perhaps, a Medium/Tall set of pants, which might help to accommodate your rather unusual set of measurements with regards to what their sizing chart stipulates for pant sizes.
I have no experience with these, so I don't know if you would be able to add the extra 1+ in you would need from a medium regarding the waist size; further, the inseam lengths for XS, S, and M are all the same - 30 1/2 in - but then with a Tall factor it states that one should add three inches, which then may be potentially too long for what inseam length you have specified.
Personally, I would call Arc'teryx and give them your measurements to see if they can give you some more tailored advice, given the person (people) you'll end up talking to will either be able to look at the pants immediately, or will hopefully have had some involvement or acquaintance with them insofar as they will be able to find something that will fit just right. Hope this helps though, sorry I couldn't offer more in the way of pointers or decision-worthy anecdotes.

5 5

Pricey, but nearing perfection

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

Full length zippers are uncommon and heavenly. Premium materials, minimalist design, and flawless assembly. The hook system at the waist holds well, doesn't rub, and allows a very small amount of adjustment in fit. The waistband is not lined for bare skin. On the inside, the ankle cuff lacks the burly reinforcement of the rest of the instep.
The fit is very generous in the seat, regular/slightly-trim in the thigh.

5 5

Fits like your favorite pair of jeans

Wouldn't it be great if your favorite jeans were waterproof? For years, folks from Iowa have been trying to make that happen by spraying Scotch-guard on their favorite pantalones in an attempt to make a truly versatile, bomb-proof, all-weather garment.
Arc-Teryx has taken this idea in a different direction with the Alpha-SL pant, making a gore-tex pant that fits like your favorite around-town pant. Now, I'm not recommending you spend this kinda money in bum around town wear (spend $10 on scotch-guard instead!), but wouldn't it be awesome at the end of a day of skiing, skinning, touring, or mountaineering to find yourself in a pair of pants you actually WANT to wear?
I've had these pants for a while now and they stand up to the abuse! These babies are burley, and if you can front the down-payment on your first born child to pay for them, you'll find them well worth the investment!

5 5

Versatile!

As always, Arc'teryx never fails to deliver (I think I'm a little biased to Arc'teryx products at this point). I've only been able to use these pants a few times now and they have been amazing. I love the full side zips, it makes getting them on so easy. I threw these on when it started raining on a winter route and I didn't have to worry about my crampons tearing a hole into my expensive pants. The full zip design is simply the best when it comes to mountaineering hardshell pants. The boot hooks and hem cinch are awesome. I didn't even use gaiters when hiking through the snow; its that good. Also, they're totally waterproof (it is Goretex) with a great DWR coating to bead off the water.

These pants are made from gore paclite, but the face fabric is plenty burly. The paclite makes them super light weight so I have used these pants just as rain pants as well. They breathe very well but I wouldn't want the inner fabric in direct contact with my skin. Be sure to wear long-underwear under the pants if you use them as rain pants.

As a reference, I'm 6' with a 32" inseam and very skinny. The small actually fit great and gives me enough length in the legs. I think the sizing guide is off on all Arc'teryx hardhsell pants though... they seem to run a little longer than suggested by their size charts.

Overall: great, versatile pants that can be used all 4 seasons!