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A mountaineering-worthy winter shell that'll put a smile on even the most seasoned veteran's face.

Arc'teryx has earned a reputation in the outdoor industry for making some of the toughest gear available. Arc'teryx doesn't pull any punches when it designs its gear. Nowhere is this more evident than its SV line of clothing—the burliest clothing that Arc'teryx makes. For 2013, Arc'teryx redesigned its venerable Alpha SV Jacket around a high-density nylon face fabric with a Gore-Tex Pro 3L laminate to make it just as tough as before, but now quieter and more supple.

To earn the Arc'teryx SV (severe weather) moniker, the Alpha SV jacket had to be tough. And, of course, this is Arc'teryx, so when we say tough, we mean bulletproof. The jacket's main body fabric is N80p-Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer. N80p is a high-density nylon weave. The high-density construction minimizes the yarns' exposure to abrasion, which reduces damage to filaments to maintain surface integrity. A durable micro-grid woven backer reduces weight and further resists abrasion. What all that means is years of guaranteed waterproof breathable service, even in the harshest conditions.

The Alpha SV is more than tough fabric, however. It's designed to work in perfect harmony with climbing harnesses and backpacks. This means the chest vent pockets and underarm zipper vents are designed out of the way of waist belts and shoulder straps, and the removable HemLock inserts keep the jacket in position when worn underneath a climbing harness. The hood and underarm zippers are designed for one-hand use for easy operation in tight spots. Of course, the Alpha SV is equipped with stormproof zippers throughout.

  • Gore-Tex Pro 3L
  • Ultra-durable N80p high-density nylon weave
  • Athletic fit, waist-length
  • Underarm zipper vents, chest pocket mesh vents
  • Fixed, helmet-compatible Storm Hood
  • Waterproof zippers throughout
  • Adjustable hem and cuffs

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I'm 6ft and 2.4 inches. Should I get...

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Hey!
I'm 6ft and 2.4 inches. Should I get a medium or large? I weight 174 lbs. thanks!

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Hey Carlos,

The key measurement for sizing jackets is your chest measurement. If you find a friend to help or if you can get that measurement on your own we have provide a size chart with the ideal spec listed for this jacket. Or if after you get your chest measurement and you still need any help picking out a size please feel free to chat in with one of our Gearheads and they will have a quick answer for you.

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I'm venturing into more...

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I'm venturing into more highly technical gear... Goal is to mountaineer snowboarding. I'd like to get my first Arc jacket as one that will last. I'll use it for multiple purposes and I have been trying to figure out which I should get... Alpha SV, Alpha LT, or Theta AR??? Price seems to all be about the same (SV a little higher). Help please...

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Hey Richard!
I can help you out with that. Really all depends on your climate, and what your intended use is. I am sending you an email with some more info.
The easiest way to think of it is:
LT-lightweight, more minimal less features
AR-All around, perfect for everyday use in the mountains
SV-Severe weather, built for the worst storms and most brutal conditions

has anyone used this jacket in wet weather?...

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has anyone used this jacket in wet weather? I'd love to know how this jacket performs in serious rainy situations, thanks!

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This guy is a little goofy...going on his trip...but, he is wearing the Alpha SV and during the video it becomes very in-climate weather. He speaks to the incredible performance of his SV.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skdrDYAXOAY
Hope that helps. I just ordered one of these based on numerous amazing reviews.
If that link doesn't work...cut and paste this title in Youtube.
Arc'teryx Alpha SV in a Real Life Situation (Video by Critter)

I am 6ft 170lbs do you think I should go...

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I am 6ft 170lbs do you think I should go with a medium or a large?

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I would say you would want a medium. I am 6 foot 175 and a medium fits with some room... You may be able to squeeze into a small but the shoulders are generally too narrow for people 6 feet tall.

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Thanks! How it is comparing to Alpha FL or Alpha SL? For FL and SL I definitely need L., sleeves are too short for me and chest is very tight...

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Kirill
The Alpha SL and FL are much more trim fitting jackets. I usually wear a size up compared to my SV jackets.
If you have a broad chest and long arms you may want to look to the large, but judging from your height and weight I would agree with Robert above in that the medium Alpha SV should fit you well.

Says it's bulletproof up to what caliber?...

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Says it's bulletproof up to what caliber?

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It's a figure of speech. It's not literally bulletproof.

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Good question!!! :-) Keep em' honest with truth in advertising. If bullet proof is a figure of speech, I wonder how seriously I can take it when they say it is waterproof! Seriously. Just the fact, ma'am.

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How would it handle a bullet made of water? That's what's at issue here counselor!

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The Alpha SV is impervious to bullets made of water.

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My girlfriend has the ladies jacket, and the waist strap on it wore out in just one season of snow boarding in wa. She's prob above average, and we go about 20 times a season. When we brought it in to the arteryx store they replaced it. With a new one and the manager said that it was an ongoing issue. When it happened again to her replacement jacket, at the exact same spot we figured it was a technical problem. And when she brought it back to them again they told us they "fired the guy who allowed it to be replaced" and said they won't do anything about it but repair it for $40 US dollars. So when they claim it's bullet proof it's "BULLSHIT" don't believe the hype. You're better off going with north face marmot or any other worthy company. For them to not honor their lifetime warranty is completely unacceptable. I've never had a warranty problem with "north face" gear. I'll say it again "don't believe the hype" I feel like I've been ripped off. Good luck

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Where did your girlfriend buy the jacket from? My jacket has the same problem.

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Arcteryx Alpha SV

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Arcteryx Alpha SV

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+1 For 'Made in Canada"!

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I just got mine today and it is still 'Made in Canada'. +1

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Arcteryx Alpha SV

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I love the front zipper with big teeth.

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No problem in 100 mph winds

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

Been using this shell since december 2013. Took it to Mt Washington Observatory in -30 F ambient temperature and winds measuring just around the century mark. The jacket had no unnecessary "flapping". The hood came of a couple of times and was a bit tricky to get to stick. The high chin sometimes got pressured to the neoprene mask making it hard to breath.
Very easy to stuff 3-4 layers including a thin down jacket underneath.

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Finest Technical Shell Ever Made

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

I recently eliminated a good number of rain shells and other technical shells from my gear closet. I now keep just two--a medium and a small Arcteryx Alpha SV Jacket. When Winter mountain trekking I wear the medium to accommodate a down mid-layer sweater and 220 ibex merino wool base-layer. I wear the small size Alpha SV with two Patagonia LS light-weight base-layer shirts and an Atom LT if needed, during spring and fall at altitude when wetter conditions roll in. I also wear Montbell rain pants with either when needed. I'm just over 6' and weigh 150lbs and the jackets and baselayers fit perfectly. These are durable against scrapes with boulders. The new material has 28% greater Evaporative Heat Transfer (heat loss) more than the 2012 model, but still seem to modulate body temperature very effectively. These shells are wind resistant and water proof even keeping my down mid-layer sweater dry. So I'll say it again: The Finest Technical Shell Ever Made!
Instead of getting the Alpha LT I went with the two Alpha SVs and I'm glad I did! I've put these through the wringer at Bryce, Rainier, parts of the AT, rafting the Rogue River and climbing Sisters. I like the slightly too long arm length because it cover the wrists and the storm hood is unbelievably effective. So yeah I'll say it again. Finest Technical Shell ever made! This is one happy trekker and I'been buying technical shells and gear since the late 1960s, but not one compared to these. Buy it!

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