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The Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket allows you to go light in the mountains and on the trail without sacrificing much-needed storm protection.

The Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SL Jacket provides bomber weather protection at a weight low enough to put a smile on the faces of ounce-counting climbers and backpackers. Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Paclite fabric makes this shell jacket versatile enough to take on a single-push alpine climb, backpacking trip, or even a long-distance ski tour. Arc'teryx made the Alpha SL Jacket with minimalists in mind, adding only essential features like Underarm zips, two hand pockets, and a helmet-compatible hood. *Only Available for US Shipment.

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5 5

best rain coat I have owned

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

I have owned several rain coats over the years consisting of Patagonia, Marmot, and Mountain Hardwear. Of course these were all great brands and did what I wanted the to do. However, none of them fit as well as the Arcteryx Alpha SL. I own several Arc pieces and this continues to impress.

It truly lives up to its name So Lite. I could tell a significant difference between my MH with my pack on vs the Arc Alpha SL. The other great feature is the high pockets. This was very handy when I needed to stow gear for easy access when on the trail. The hood cinches are also amazing giving you tons of versatility to fit any shape head. Finally, it packs small and fits right in the hood of my pack along with a pair of Arc rain pants and first aid kit.

As far as fit, it is more of an athletic fit but not so snug that you can't move around. It allows you to cinch your pack tight without creating a bunch of extra material that rides up.

Sure this jacket is a little costly but for the lifetime warranty, quality craftmanship, and gortex, it's definitely worth the extra change.

From the photos it looks like the...

From the photos it looks like the brim-tightening control is inside the jacket...that doesn't make any sense. Why would they make a jacket you have to unzip and let rain or snow or sleet in in order to batten down the hatches? Or am I seeing something else?

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John,

You are correct that Arc'teryx decided to put the hood cinch cords inside the jacket for the 2013 version of the Alpha SL. Some companies will place these adjustments inside to avoid giving water any place to pentrate the jacket's outer shell.

You may be happy to hear that Arcteryx has placed the hood adjustment cords on the exterior of the jacket for the Spring 2014 model.

http://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-alpha-sl-jacket-mens

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Having them inside the jacket also prevents them from snagging on things (branches, etc.). They are not obtrusive inside the jacket..

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I get your point of wanting them on the outside but have actually found that I prefer them inside more to David's point. It avoids catching on my pack when adjusting the straps which was annoying with past coats I had.

Winter Summit with the Alpha SL

Winter Summit with the Alpha SL

Using the Alpha SL for some added wind protection on the summit of Mt. Mondnock, NH.

Early Winter Use of the Alpha SL

Early Winter Use of the Alpha SL

Using the Alpha SL on a cold winter day on Mt. Mondnock, NH for some quick mountaineering skills practice.

Cold Windy Day Protected by the Alpha SL

Cold Windy Day Protected by the Alpha SL

View of the Alpha SL on a cold, windy day in NH during an ice climbing trip. Mt. Washington is poking its head out in the background.

5 5

Sweet jacket

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

It is a sick jacket that I use for biking in the rain ski touring and occasionaly even xc skiing. It is way more durable than I thought when I got it. I have about 12 days of lift skiing 2 days of mt biking and dozens of just wearing around town or camping and it has no holes or rips of any kind. The only issues are that is pretty dirty and that the zipper pull strings have fallen off on some places. Other tnan that it could be brand new.

So I'm looking for a shell to wear whilst...

So I'm looking for a shell to wear whilst skiing over a couple of layers to keep dry and block the wind.
I'm torn between the Alpha SL or the Alpha FL.
Could you over some advice?

Thanks

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Fitp,

The big difference between the SL and FL is the fabrics. The rest of the features are pretty consistent with each other.

The SL uses the Gore Pac-Lite while the FL uses the Gore Active. I'd personally opt for the Gore Active (Alpha FL) over the Pac-Lite. But that depends on the region you do the bulk of your skiing in. If you find yourself always in dry climates then the Pac-Lite is more than sufficient. If your in places that are wet like the Sierra, Northeast or PNW then go for the Active.

Hope this helps in your decision!

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

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That is fantastic advice thank you so much :-)

I ski mainly in Colorado as thats where most of the races are, but as my skill leave improves I will certainly be going over to Europe and Aus/New Zealand.

Are the jackets the same fit/cut/length?

Also, would the FL be a more 'hardy' jacket?

Thanks

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Fitp,

If your a racer I'd opt for the Alpha FL. The Alpha FL is a 3-layer fabric with is what I'd refer to as a hardier jacket.

In terms of the fit / cut / length these two jackets will be a little different as the Alpha SL has an "athletic" fit and Alpha FL has what they're calling the "Trim with e3D" fit.

Hit this link to see how Arc'teryx is show casing their different fits:

http://www.arcteryx.com/Sizing-Charts.aspx?EN

Overall, personally I'd opt for the Alpha FL.

Let me know if you have any more questions!

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

3 5

Hmmm ...

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

I had really wanted the Alpha SL to work for me (I loved the pit zips and, of course, it's cheaper), but it just didn't fit me right. The medium felt fine in the torso, but was too short. The large was the right length, but was too baggy in the torso unless I was wearing a few jacket layers (okay for the winter, not ideal for any other season, and at this price, I want a four-season coat).

I am 5'11, 155 lbs.

I ended up buying the Alpha FL instead. It fits perfect in the arms, torso, and waist. I can layer with it and it fits well with just a t-shirt underneath.

I was looking at this jacket for year round...

I was looking at this jacket for year round use, and was wondering if the paclite is tough enough to ski in. If I bail, will it just tear to shreds, or is it tough enough to handle some icy scrapes?

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I have this jacket... and I'm looking for something a bit tougher for ski use. I'm not as worried about the occasional ice scrapes as I am the repeated chances of tearing it on the lift. It's very thin and light.

5 5

Awesome...just awesome.

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

Been wanting an Arc'teryx shell for years and finally splurged. Not even that expensive if you consider the quality and lightweight construction. Quick shipping and great service from Backcountry to boot! Happy customer!

5 5

I've worn the hell out of this thing

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

I've worn this jacket as a rain jacket, as a shell while skiing, around town, just as some protection from the wind. I love this jacket. It's minimalist for sure. Only two mid-chest, outside pockets and no others. Taped seams and a hood that could fit a helmet if it had to. The Paclite material really reduces the weight and material needed to keep you dry. Fit is just right such that if you need to add some mid-layers, you can. Hood has three adjustment points so you can really dial in the face opening when the real crap is coming down. This jacket has been everywhere with me and truly stood the test of time.

5 5

Jacket of my dreams!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have lusted over Arc'teryx garments since I could first pronounce the name. Unfortunately, the best requires pretty pennies. Finally the planets have aligned and I got one. This is not a jacket, it is an investment. Compare this to a protective coating for your car or a protective skin for your phone. It will keep you dry no matter what and enable you to do activities that most people would not want to do....unless they have this jacket. It is ultra-lightweight and the lightest jacket I own, yet outperforms all others. Everything is the highest quality you can possibly buy.

Again, the price is probably your biggest concern if your reading this. So, let me say this again: This will be the most expensive clothing item you ever buy per pound, but it will also be your most treasured and worth every penny. This is a jacket that will last 10 or more years, so drag the price over 10 years and you have a bargain of a long-term investment.

I bought the coat in XL and it fits perfectly (I'm about 6'3", around 180lb). It exhibits little or no lift when I raise my arms above my head, even as a tall guy. The fit and finish is exquisite and what you would expect from this company. The finish seems like it will take a lot of abuse.

5 5

Arm Length

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Love the jacket, everything I would expect from Arc'Teryx. I found the arm length is a bit long for me. 5'8 150 lbs, bought a medium and definitely would have sized down to a small for overall arm length. a little long is good for cover, but it is now bunching which I hate. Overall, stellar jacket and happy I went with the SL vs AR.

Is the Chipotle color a bright reddish...

Is the Chipotle color a bright reddish color or orange hue.

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Its kind of a "yes" on both. The Chipotle color is going to appear reddish for the most part but will have a little orange to it in direct sunlight. Not the answer you were looking for perhaps but a lot of the colors on Arc'Teryx shells will vary significantlly with bright sun (e.g. saguaro, dark olympus).

4 5

Expectations exceeded!!!

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

Thank you, Cameron for your great customer service! My wife raved about you when she ordered this jacket for me this past Monday. Today is Wednesday and the jacket arrived via UPS. I ordered the Maize in Large. I am 6" ft with broad shoulders and a 44" chest. The large fits great! The XL was way too roomy. I really enjoy the way you can adjust the hood. I work outdoors for a delivery company. So that will come in handy. I can feel the quality of the Gor-Tex just by touching it. The nylon is superior. I have owned a few other rain jackets in the past and I was disappointed. However, I did not pay $350 for those jackets like I did this one. It is a bit pricy but just by wearing it outside I can feel the difference. I have yet to wear this jacket in the rain, so I can only give it 4 stars.

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Hey Michael! I'm really glad to hear the jacket is working out for you! The Alpha SL is a superb jacket and it is guaranteed to be waterproof for life. If it ever leaks, please call Gore-Tex and they will test it and send you a new one. Stay dry out there!

Inside

Inside

Jacket laid out to see inside

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That's the Alpha SV, not the SL. The SV has a 3-layer and the SL has a 2.5-layer... it feels (and looks) more plasticy than the 3-layer. If you see David's picture below showing the inside/pit zips, that's what the laminate looks like on the SL.

Zipper Garage

Zipper Garage

Here's a closeup. YKK Zipper. Also shows't the ripstop pattern in the fabric.