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Freaking Awesome

    I was skeptical that arc'teryx could live up to all that its name claims...but it did and exceeded all that i desired!! I work all day on the edge of a cliff rappelling kids which makes for a lot of wind, rain, sleet, hail, etc. the jacket slashes all wind and rain. since its a shell its incredibly light, i don't even know i'm wearing it sometimes, and if it gets a lil more chilly i just put on a fleece underneath and good to go. it truly is incredible! get one! it's worth every penny!(and thats a heck of a lot of pennies)

    Is getting in and out of a pullover a pain?...

    Is getting in and out of a pullover a pain? it seems to me since there is a full length side zip it is pretty much like the regular one, $50 cheaper. also does anyone know if it fits similar to the full zip?

    On my Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pullover the big side zipper/pit zip makes it easy to get in and out, but it still has to go over your head. Fit is the same as the Alpha SL jacket. One consideration, no hand pockets on the pullover, the jacket has two high hand pockets (for access while wearing a pack or harness).

    Could it be possible to use this jacket...

    Could it be possible to use this jacket for a ski jacket? Of course I would wear a fleece or something else underneath to keep me warm. But is the jacket strong enough to keep so much water and snow outside? :)

    The Arc'teryx Alpha SL could be used as a ski jacket. It will keep you dry and block the wind. If you'll be skiing a lot of days, you may want a jacket with a more durable fabric. This Gore Paclite is designed for maximum pack-ability, and trades super tough face fabric, and inside backer material, to accomplish this. I've used mine as a compliment to a softshell for an added layer in really harsh conditions, but for skiing resort days, I'd recommend the Beta AR, Sidewinder, or Stingray from Arc'teryx.

    Write your question here... Would this...

    Write your question here...

    Would this make a good running jacket. I live in SE Alaska and run in heavy rain and strong wind conditions?

    Well I'm not sure the temperatures you run in, but it is definitely a very light coat. Only 10.6 ounces, which would be good for running. It is also waterproof which is good for the heavy rain part. For the wind it will be great as well. Your only issue may be how cold of weather you run in. If it gets too cold you could always throw on something like a fleece pullover underneath to keep you warm.