Rain or shine, the Alpha handles the outdoors. Season after season. After season.
Arc'teryx designed its Women's Alpha SL Hybrid Jacket for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts who seek waterproof breathable protection that won't give up after a few seasons and that won't hold them back while they twist, turn, and stretch. Gore-Tex Paclite fabric makes this jacket super lightweight, compressible, and durable. It also has Gore-tex 3L reinforcements over critical areas like the shoulders for your backpacking adventures. The vents have WaterTight zippers for even more breathable protection against rainstorms. And a StormHood rotates with you without blocking your vision even when you wear a helmet.
The Alpha has an athletic fit with e3D patterning that allows you to layer under this jacket when the weather takes a chilly turn. You can compress this jacket down to take it with you backpacking or climbing without sacrificing much space. And a drawcord lets you cinch the hem tightly when winds try to blow up your shirt while you're in the air.
- Gore-Tex Paclite, Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer reinforcements
- 40D nylon face fabric
- Athletic fit with e3D patterning
- WaterTight underarm zippered venting
- Helmet-compatible StormHood
- Hem drawcord
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What does "hybrid" refer to on this jacket?...
What does "hybrid" refer to on this jacket? How does it differ from the Arcteryx Alpha SL (non-hybrid)? I had purchased the beta SL for my daughter and without a helmet the hood and neck swallowed her even tho the body of the jacket fit perfectly. Does this jacket have the same hood? How do those 2 product species differ from each other? Thanks!
When Arc'teryx uses the word hybrid they are generally referring to a garment that is built to be light--but that has extra or harder wearing materials on contact points. (For example, a "hybrid" piece designed for backpacking would have reinforced areas where backpack straps would sit... or a jacket might have soft-shell material on the main body but hardshell material on the shoulders where rain settles.)
The hoods are helmet compatible, and yes, this one will still be enormous. They can be adjusted but they will always be big unless you are wearing a helmet.
If you look on Arc' s site, you'll see that each series (Alpha, Beta, Venta, Gamma, etc.) is design for a particular type of sporting area. Alpha is designed for climbing and alpinism.. hence the helmet shaped hood. You might find other lines where they hood is sized for a normal human head.
I hope that helps!
Thank you David - that was an extremely well researched and thought out answer and I definitely appreciate the input for an increased understanding of Arcteryx's highly technical jackets.