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Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket - Men's

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    Legendary protection for demanding alpine missions.

    Improving upon the iconic protection of the Alpha SV Jacket, Arc'teryx focused on the seemingly contradictory design concepts of lightweight construction and robust strength, seeing as it's the favorite choice of 100-day skiers, professional mountain guides, and alpinists facing the worst conditions on the planet. The newest iteration of the Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket leverages a 100-denier nylon face (what Arc'teryx calls N100p-X) over the previous 80-denier fabric for twice the abrasion-resistance and 50% more strength against tears. It retains the legendary waterproofing and breathability of a Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer membrane for those skiing and pushing peaks in exposed terrain and raging snowstorms.

    This increase in strength comes with a slight weight penalty (approximately 2% increase) in the face fabric. Offsetting this minute increase, Arc'teryx decreases the jacket's overall weight with narrower 8mm Gore seam tape, eliminating zipper garages with the use of WaterTight zippers and RS sliders, as well as Cohaesive hem adjusters that replace the previous version's Harness HemLock insert. This obsessive focus on weight savings makes the Alpha SV a top contender for light-and-fast alpine missions where nasty weather is expected.

    Besides saving precious weight, the Cohaesive hem adjuster offers a snug fit around the hip that prevents the jacket from riding up when you're wearing a climbing harness. WaterTight underarm zips provide active breathability while you're skinning up your favorite backcountry stash or embarking on a mixed route of demanding rock and ice. The StormHood accommodates skiing and climbing helmets while sealing out pouring rain and wind-driven snow. These features make the Alpha SV a veritable fortress against against the world's most demanding alpine environments, all without sacrificing functionality or storage like many lightweight jackets on the market.

    • Lightweight and tough jacket for demanding alpine missions
    • 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro guarantees waterproof, breathable protection
    • N100p-X face fabric reinforces jacket from tears and abrasion
    • 8mm Gore seam tape for less weight and extra breathability
    • WaterTight underarm zippers increase active ventilation
    • Cohaesive hem adjuster prevents riding up with climbing harness
    • Arc'teryx outerwear sits at the forefront of durability and alpine protection
    • Item #ARC00KP

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane] 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro, [face fabric] N100p-X (100D nylon)
    Seams
    critical seams sealed with narrow Gore seam tape (8mm)
    Fit
    regular with e3D
    Length
    hip with dropped rear hem
    Center Back Length
    30.7 in
    Hood
    yes, helmet-compatible StormHood with Cohaesive hood adjusters
    Pockets
    [external] 2 chest w/WaterTight zippers and RS sliders, 1 left bicep w/WaterTight zipper and RS slider, [internal] 1 security, 1 dump
    Venting
    WaterTight underarm zip vents
    Claimed Weight
    16.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, backcountry touring, skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Top of the line craftsmanship

      This jacket is state of the art. The hard shell to end all hard shells. Immediately upon putting it on you can feel how well made it is and the quality of the materials. Numerous glowing reviews and awards are what led me to this piece. This is a burly hardshell designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. Very happy with the purchase and look forward to years of use! Backcountry got it to me super quickly! #goatworthy

      The best of the best

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

      I love this jacket so much that this is my second one. Winters in New England are harsh. It gets super cold and then the wind chills you to the bone. I have thrown just about everything I can at this jacket and it has not once failed me. I have climbed, hiked, skinned, and skied in this jacket and it is far and away the most versatile in my arsenal.

      Kept me dry under dripping ice

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

      I was initially hesitant dropping this much money on a jacket, but you do get what you pay for with technical gear.



      I didn't really have a use for this until ice climbing season. Lows high in Ouray were -3/7 but once you got in the sun the ice started dripping, and as the temps came up later in the week it was like climbing in an icy rain. Started climb with puffy but nearly died of heatstroke even at -2. The ability to ventilate this jacket while you're working hard and keeping dry made climbing much more enjoyable. As I wasn't soaked while on belay I didn't freeze my ass off either.



      So the jacket does exactly what it was designed for. Breathability, waterproofness, articulation, and it doesn't sneak out from under your harness. Excellent piece of gear. I bought the Lg thinking about layering and while it's fine a Med would have worked too.

      Kept me dry under dripping ice

      It's the best

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

      This jacket is amazing and I love everything about it. It is the best outer shell on the market. Everyone else copies the design of this shell but this is the original. Arc'teryx is a company that I will continue to buy from again, and I'm glad that they still manufacturer their products locally in Canada.

      Impenetrable and unbeatable

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

      Can't say enough positive about this jacket. Have taken it out in a blizzard (before I thought better of it and went in), skiing in -15 weather, out in a roaring downpour, and in every condition it's been light, dry, and fits great.

      It's fantastic for layering, giving enough room for a decent insulator jacket underneath while still fitting decently close to the body. No hand pockets but the breast pockets are huge and can hold a ridiculous amount of stuff.

      The Magma color is pretty visible from far away through heavy snow, and if you're out skiing with friends it would be pretty hard for them to lose track of you, even though the trees.

      I'm a pretty tall guy but I'm pretty thin, so I was kind of stuck between the M and L - tried both of them on and the M fits fine in the arms and down past the waistline, the L is mostly just more voluminous. Haven't had any problems with the M size yet.

      Rock Solid!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Size Bought: Large

      I've owned this jacket for about 5 years now, wearing it all over the world in many extreme environments and also in everyday weather. I've generally have an insulating layer underneath this jacket while in the mountains and it has fit perfectly.

      If you've ever sat safe indoors, feeling cozy and warm, while watching crazy violent weather outside. Then, you may understand it when I say, for me, this jacket has given me that same feeling. While on Denali it kept my body in that comfortable cozy place, while all hell was breaking loose around me outside the jacket.

      Although expensive, it is worth the price and will last for many years. For me, I now have the piece of mind that if the weather gets really nasty I’ll at least be dry and protected from the wind.

      Fortress

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

      Yes, it's expensive. But I do believe you'll never have to buy a hardshell again. I use it primarily for hiking and mountaineering in the northeast. Lame winter so far, but I had it up on Katahdin in classic whiteout blizzard conditions earlier this month and it was very nice to have this between me and whatever Mother Nature decided to throw at us. Complete piece of mind. It fits great, is constructed like a work of art, and is the very definition of the word "bomber". I've had every fabric and trend to come out the past several years, and if I had to choose one shell to get me through anything, this is it. Not the lightest or most breathable, but if you want fool proof protection, this is it. My friend had on a lightweight neo shell piece for this trip and it got shredded. He's currently attempting to send it back to the manufacturer. No comparison.

      I have an Alpha FL as well, but I much prefer the fit on the SV for winter layering.

      PS: The Adriatic Blue color is awesome and MUCH darker in real life than in the stock photo. See my pic.

      Fortress

      I wish I could give more than 5 stars!

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

      Okay, right off the bat it is hard to shell out the $$$$ but wow, this jacket is so worth it. It is very comfortable and the quality is top notch. I used this while snowshoeing in the Northeast and it is great. If you are too hot, unzip the pits. The hood is a great feature since it can be pulled down to fit your head. I was recently stuck in downpour with hail - the jacket was soaking wet on the outside but not a drop inside. I was shocked because I haven't washed the jacket in over a year and didn't re-apply any DWR coatings.

      Bomber Jacket

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

      I am 6'2 185lbs athletic cut and I got a large. I think it fits true to size and it is an excellent jacket - which it better be for the price. There is room to layer, but you can still wear it around SF and not look like a total tool when it is pouring (recent phenomenon). I have worn it when it 25 degrees, winds gusting 75+mph, snowing sideways and it was perfect at blocking out the wind and weather. I have brushed trees skiing and see no marks what so ever. I wore it on a 4 hour hike with the rain coming down sideways and kept me and my phone in my inner pocket bone dry. Some reviews say it is too thick and it's overkill, but compared to my patagonia triolet it is thinner and more breathable.

      2 legit 2 quit

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

      I bought this jacket for general winter activities and it's become a staple in my normal outdoor set up. This thing sheds elements like my Australian Shepherd sheds fur. As with most of the Arcteryx line this thing is pricey, but you get what you pay for. I would almost suggest buying one of these used off ebay vs buying any other jacket new. It has a lifetime warranty and Arcteryx has a great reputation for standing by their product.

      This shell as a stand alone is loose and baggy so it's definitely designed for a layer or two underneath. I haven't used this for any sort of mountaineering but have been using it as a ski jacket and love the way this thing does in the snow. Hood fits perfectly over my helmet, and if it's warm the pit dumps remove heat like crazy.

      If you buy this jacket online without actually seeing one in a store just keep in mind it does not have any hand pockets. At first this irritated me, like a Mercedes not having cup holders, but I quickly got over it. So i'm not complaining, just throwing it out there.

      Also, the only real complaint I do have, is that there isn't a headphone slot on this thing. I understand this may be trivial and I might not be using this jacket for it's full intended purpose (at least for now) but at this price I'm pretty sure just something on the internal pocket could have been an easy addition. Will also add that neither of the internal pockets are big enough for an iPhone 6+, even without a case.

      You can purchase this with full confidence that it'll get the job done. Should last a lifetime.

      Awesome jacket, awesome warranty

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

      Had my first Alpha SV for about 10 years. Have skied all over the world with this jacket. Recently, there was a delamination issue. Called Arc'teryx... Send the jacket in and they could not fix the issue so they send me a new one.. May be a pricy jacket, but well worth the money given its performance and lifetime warranty. I am forever a loyal Arc'teryx customer because of this experience. For what it's worth the Poseidon blue is a kick @$$ colour.

      Most durable coat out there

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

      I have owned this coat in black size large for around a month now and it has quickly turned into my favorite jacket I have ever purchased. You can truly notice the warmth compared to how breathable it is with the Gore-Tex material. I have a bit of room from the shoulders to waist area due to being only 150lbs but I go with the large to have that extra room for an under layer or even hoodie. Ends up having a perfect snug fit with those layers involved. Sleeves run to a perfect size still in the large version for this height and average arm length. Arc'teryx holds a very high standard to there products and it definitely shows in this jacket.

      Best of the best

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

      You can buy an expensive hardshell from the others that might be flashier or fancier, but the Alpha SV is the benchmark Gold Standard. I am a 41 R suit/sport coat, 5'11" with a 35 sleeve and the "athletic fit" which Arcteryx calls their standard fit is excellent: Room for a mid layer and insulating layer with unrestricted freedom of movement. If you need something expedition ready and out of GTX Pro, get this jacket.

      Built For a Purpose

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

      This jacket is perfect....for the right situations. If you need a jacket for Mountaineering or long expeditions, this is the jacket to buy and the best on the market. If you want an all-around shell that you can wear into town or at the ski resorts, it works, but isn't the best. The Gore-tex is thick and burly and meant to be punished. I took this on my second trip to Denali and it worked great.



      This jacket has an Expedition Fit and is meant for layering. It fits bigger than most other Arc'teryx product but is true to size. I don't recommend sizing down.



      I have it in Magma. It is as bright as a traffic cone, and I love it.

      Built For a Purpose

      Bombproof

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

      If you’re looking for a bombproof jacket then look no further. The Arctery’x alpha SV jacket is as solid as they can come. Due to the price and durability, this jacket is focused for people who buy their gear to use it. I have used this jacket going on four years now and have not had a single problem with it. This jacket is cream of the crop for multiple reasons! Using the Gore-Tex pro shell is like being in a breathable bubble. It stops and beads all water that hits it; given, I have reapplied waterproofing due to how often I use it but even between longer stints of not waterproofing the fabric, it still has stopped all rain and snow. Living in Wisconsin and Iowa it has been put through a pretty solid test of the elements.
      Next, the pocket setup is second to none. It is slightly difficult to get used to having a climbing/backpacking pocket set up as there is not a spot for your hands but once you get used to it, it is great. The two chest pockets are unbelievably large; I can fit a large winter hat, a glove, sunglasses, and wallet all in just one of the chest pockets with room to spare. The pocket on the left is great for a quick access location for items such as an ID card or a few dollars. Moving inside, the pockets are awesome for the small things again. I keep less needed cards, some cash, and anything that could be important in there. I have travelled the world with jacket and it has held up through everything.
      The fit of this jacket is great as well. I am 5’11”, 175lbs and a large is perfect to wear just the jacket and add a few layers for the freezing days of winter. The hood is also very adjustable to accommodate helmets, hats or anything you decide to wear on your head.
      If you are looking for the best jacket on the market then this is it. It will keep you dry in any condition you could ever imagine yourself in. The SV stands for severe and this jacket can handle anything that I have and hopefully you will throw at it!

      If you haven't already heard...

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

      This is pretty much just piling on at this point, but this jacket truly does rock! This piece has been my partner on so many adventures I couldn't even count. Truly a bomb proof jacket that seems to find its way in to my pack every time I head out for a bigger adventure.



      The fit on the jacket is one of the best features. I'm 5'10" x 165 lbs. (slightly trim build) and have a size small. This leaves me more than enough room to get a couple of layers underneath the jacket and still have full ROM when raising my arms or turning my head. I wouldn't say the cut of the jacket is generous but it does have some room which seems to sit nicely on the body with or without layers. Lots of comments on the massive and perfectly adjustable hood, and for good reason. The hood on this thing is so nice! It can cinch down in 3 different areas to really customize the fit based on your activity. Pockets on the jacket are unique and take some getting used to, but once you start using them you realize it is so easy to reach across your chest to grab things out of the cavernous pockets. Do I miss hand warmer pockets, yeah, sometimes when skiing, but for the most part, you quickly forget them because of the usefulness of the chest pockets. My only tiny complaint is on length of the jacket in front...currently the jacket tapers from just below your belt in the front to the bottom of your butt in the rear. I'd love like another 1-1.5" in the front to make the jacket work slightly better for skiing. I know skiing is not the intended purpose of the jacket, but a little more coverage should still be ok for tucking the front of the jacket under your harness for the technical ice climbers out there and make it work better for skiers as I'm sure many customers cross this jacket over like myself.



      Materials are 1st class GoreTex Pro and seem like they'll last forever. Another big improvement is the handle of the material which is now much less noisy and easy to stuff in your pack.



      In the last 5 years this jacket went from being great to amazing. It became less noisy and pack weight went down. I use the jacket for mountaineering, bc skiing, and a myriad of other outdoor activities. If you're looking for a do it all jacket that you'll have for years to come this is the best option IMO.

      If you haven't already heard...

      Best Jacket Ever

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

      Is $675 expensive for a jacket? Yes. Is this jacket worth every penny? Yes. This is hands down the best jacket I've ever owned. I've owned Arcteryx stuff for over 10 years, and obviously the made in Canada stuff is the best. This is one of the only remaining pieces made in Canada and is probably better quality than some of my older stuff was. Useful for everything, this jacket is the best. Do not let the price affect your decision on buying this jacket. Medium fits well with room for one layer (800 fill down or smaller). Great articulation in the sleeves so they run a little long and wide to not pull the jacket around on your waist while moving your arms.

      Made in Canada ?