The Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket allows you to go light in the mountains and on the trail without sacrificing much-needed storm protection.
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- 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.
The Jacket is great for your pack, doesn't take a lot of room
Jacket laid out to see inside
Hood with a helmet on
Here's a closeup. YKK Zipper. Also shows't the ripstop pattern in the fabric.
Bottom of jacket
Photo shows integration of several materials.. fit and finish.
Detail of interior
A detail of the inside of the jacket, showing texture, taping of the seams, etc.
Incidentally: on the inside of the pit zips (the orange part showing in this image) ... this is the only reliable part of the jacket where you can write your name in black ink.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Just an unreal piece of gear. Waterproof, breathable, durable, sleek, simple. These are all traits inherent in all Arc'teryx jackets, but other brands manage to sometimes stack up. This jacket, like all Arc'teryx jackets but unlike the competition, is just perfectly well thought out. Everything you want in the jacket is there, everything you don't isn't. Down to the most minute details, this is a high quality product clearly designed by people who are completely in tune with how you plan to use it. So go for it and splurge. I can guarantee you won't regret it.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Originally bought the pull over version first. My wife would not let m get away with buying another pull over of the same jacket, so i purchased this on and could not be happier! It is super lightweight and will keep all the elements out. I like how this jacket has a little more generous cut than the other jackets they sell. Keeps me dry and cozy during the worst storms.
Better windbreaker than rain jacket
I have not had great luck with Paclite. During heavy rain I have been soaked through the shell fabric on 2 occasions- with 2 different paclite shells. To test the jackets and rule out condensation, I did the shower tests with both cold and warm water and again both were wet inside. They seem to handle a drizzle of rain but when the water comes down in buckets I head straight to pro shell.
Alpha SL is a nicely made paclite shell. It is really lightweight and nicely constructed. 2 large volume hand pockets with watertight zips. The fit is nice but could be a bit more trim in the chest (like the FL series of jackets). Nice length in front and back providing ample coverage. hood fits nicely and has lots of adjustments to cinch down when not using a helmet.
Overall nice jacket but expensive. The Alpha SL hybrid is only a bit more expensive and has Pro shell in the shoulders and under the arms, plus has a better front zipper (Watertight Vislon #3 ). The other option is to look into a proshell like the Alpha LT
I'm 6'1, 200lbs with an athletic build. I...
I'm 6'1, 200lbs with an athletic build. I don't want this jacket to be too loose, but I want to be able to wear a fairly thick sweat underneath it. What size would people suggest? I was thinking large...
What is your chest measurement? I'm 6'1" 180lb with a 40.5" chest and the large fits me well with a couple layers underneath. The medium just fits if I have only a tshirt on. A large would probably work well for you, but double check you chest size first to be sure.
I have a 42" chest so I'll probably go for the large. Thanks a lot for the quick responses.
I'm 6'0", 210 lbs 44" chest. when I tried one of these, the Large left a little room for layering, but was a hair tight across the shoulders. Not enough to be a deal breaker, but enough that I got a better fit from Columbia's shells.
I say large. I am 6"ft 188lb with broad shoulders. Large fits great. You don't want it to be to loose as wind may get into your jacket. The large should leave you enough room for a sweater. More than enough with this jacket. Good luck.
steezy ski jacket
This jacket is dope yo! I wear it all the time and am like wow this jacket is exceeding my expectations. Everyone should buy it for skiing.
I'm confused about all the Arc'teryx...
I'm confused about all the Arc'teryx jackets. I've looked here, on REI and at their site and I'm still confused. What are the major themes? Why do two seemingly similar ones have a huge difference in price? I can't figure out how to put them in some kind of logical order.
I'm looking for a rainproof yet breathable jacket for hiking and backpacking that I can wear in all temperatures.
I just found the page where they explain their naming scheme so I'll go study it. Still seems overly complicated, but at least there's a guide.
The Alpha SL is a great jacket for hiking and backpacking in all temperatures. Prices differ depending on the materials used and features offered.
The main difference in price due to Acr'teryx's timeless design ethos, quality control and attention to detail. Arc'teryx jackets and products focus on functionality and its ease of use such as ergonomics. What you will notice between Arc and REI is that Arc jackets have miro seam allowances, and offer no-lift gusseted armpits; when you lift your arms the jacket will not also come up with you. To do a run down of things. Arc'teryx jackets offer a better detailed and constructed jacket, hence the price difference.
You need this link:
Arc'teryx Naming Conventions
if you're concerned about price, you probably don't want to look at arc'teryx. they do make quality products, but no more so than top of the line marmot, stoic, mountain hardwear, outdoor research, or TNF. the main difference is that those brands also offer cheaper choices.
Paclite is light.
This jacket is lightweight and packable. If you are in the amrket for a lightweight rain jacket that can stand up to snow and a lot of use, this is the piece. The Paclite material is great when variable conditions are present, it's easy to stuff in a pack when not is use. If you plan on wearing a backpack the majority of the time, I would look at the SL Hybrid Jacket as well.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
packable, and omni-proof. But it's not a detail perfection stuff, and looks fragile even though last weekend hiking proved I'm wrong. One star for the fluff of the edge , four star for the rest good .
I'm 5'7 and 170 lbs, and recommendations...
I'm 5'7 and 170 lbs, and recommendations for size? Will use it with at most a midweight fleece..
I would lean towards a medium. However, I would measure your chest and double check it against the size chart.
You are roughly 10lbs above the average for your height so you might need to size up, depending on your physique and arm legnth. My experience has been that if you have average sized shoulders and arm length, then the Arc'Teryx measurement guide is dead on, but if you have very broad shoulders then the athletic cut may call for sizing up even though you fall within the measurements for a particular size.
In addition to measuring your chest, make sure you get an accurate measurement of your arm length and when in doubt, size up, particularly with the athletic cut garments.
I find an Atom LT fits perfectly under this shell, but not much more than that.
Hey Stephen, I'm pretty much your height and weight 5'6" 170 with a muscular build, I wear a medium and have room for layers
Versatile and Bombproof
This is an excellent product that has yet to fail me.
I'm very hard on my gear and am unwilling to baby anything I own. I have used it hiking, running, snowshoeing, around town, and as my go to jacket when fly fishing--it is during this activity that the Alpha SL gets put to the test, as I'm constantly bushwacking through all kinds of tough undergrowth, branches, prickers, thicket, etc., to get to secluded fishing holes, often when it is pouring since fish tend to be more active then. I have even taken spills on rocks and slid down gravel riverbanks and this jacket just laughs at it all.
I have never had a problem with breathability, or leakage, and the hood is real nice on windy days, once cinched properly.
I get full range of motion which is important for casting properly with a fly rod.
As for fit, I'm 6'1" about 188lbs with very broad shoulders, a 45" chest and a 77" wingspan (the equivalent of a 6'4" person of average proportions) so the XL works perfectly for me with plenty of room for layers without feeling too baggy. The Large fit well around the waist but was tight in the back and upper torso with layers on and the arms were a bit short. If you are of average build and my height with a normal wingspan (take 1.023 times your height in inches to see what the average is for your height) then a Large will probably work fine.
A note about layering: I also have the Atom LT hoody in XL and this shell is a perfect match for this jacket, giving you the perfect kit for 75% of your outdoor activities. The Atom SV will fit underneath, but it is a just little too snug in the shoulders and arms for me given that the Alpha SL is an Althetic cut.
You simply can't go wrong with this piece, it does exactly what its designed to do and is amazingly durable.
I recently bought this jacket at REI. I...
I recently bought this jacket at REI. I was looking for a light weight ski jacket that I could layer. I'm an expert skier in the northeast and will probably put up 25+ days this year. My only concern with this jacket is durability. Let me know your thoughts. Thx in advance.
I had paclite, its pretty thin but it wont tear. What you should be concerned about is how it breathes. Paclite,like on my theta sl would have a lot of condensation build up when going hard.
I'd return your jacket to the REI and pick up an Alpha LT from BC.com. The Alpha LT is a great 4 season piece durable enough for skiing in the winter and breathable enough to wear in the spring/summer seasons.