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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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5 5

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.

5 5

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!

5 5

Cayenne color looks red

The color Cayenne looks red on the website but is orange when you receive the jacket. Had to return it... I had another SV, I loved it.

5 5

Alpha SV, the last shell you'll ever buy

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

Got this jacket to replace an old Patagonia shell, and it by far exceeds all my expectations. I'm 5'5" 185lbs(I carry it well) and got a medium, and it fits like a second skin. It's tough too, like a suit of armor, I charge through any bramble or down trees With confidence, this jacket won't be getting puncture holes in it. You get what you pay for, and this jacket is the best one out there. Buy it now!

5 5

Great shell!

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

This shell is a great piece of ear. Worn it on several hikes and stayed dry. Easy to move in fits great.

5 5

bulletproof

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

I got both the Alpha Lt and SV, Sv new model.The LT is going back to Arc'teryx for replacement on warranty, after 5-6 years of heavy abuses it started to delaminnate and I'm really happy with their service, a true lifetime waranty. The Sv conception, it has a high collar and definetly gives more protection nice to know, it's easier for heavy layering then other jacket. I worn it in 100km wind (winter) it's a good protection, I felt more protected with the Sv. The jacket feels thicker, there are good adjustments everywhere inside. I'm 5'10'' 180 lbs and bought a medium, with the old sizing it would be a large. I found that it's breathing about the same as the LT. I think it's a bit overkill for a day to day jacket, for those who has no intentions for ice climbing, high summit exposure there's cheaper and lighter options with different design. It's just my opinion.... I personally love the jacket, it's expensive but with the lifetime warranty and the replacement of my LT with no problems. I recommend the product and certainly the brand, will buy other Arc'teryx products like a Nuclei or the Solo in near future.

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Hi, I noticed that Arcteryx carries this jacket on their website in an XS. I'm 5'7", a very lean 140 lbs, 37 chest and 29 waist. I had the impression that the jacket runs a little on the roomy side despite the athletic fit. I was going to order the small but afraid I would swim in it with just a baselayer underneath. Should I get the S or XS? Thanks.

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I am pretty lean myself and can understand your desire to avoid "swimming" in a jacket that you have invested so much money in, but I would definitely not recommend an XS for you. I really believe that the small will give you a perfect fit where you will be able to layer under it, but it will still fit trim if you are just using a simple base layer.

The Alpha SV is highly adjustable and the small should give you the range you need for light or heavy layering.

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I'm 5'3, 140lb and have an older expedition fit Small. If I ordered again I would get an XS, but for your height I would definitely get the small size.

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I ended up ordering an Alpha SV and the Beta AR in an XS. I kept the BETA AR since it just fit my very lean profile better. I still found the Alpha SV bulky in the shoulders and arms. The Beta was cut a touch slimmer, and I like the slightly shorter length. I can still very comfortably wear my Maverick mid weight fleece or my Delta AR zip underneath. I called Arcteryx and they will be carrying the Alpha FL in an XS for the F/W 2014 year, so I will probably try that on as well.

4 5

The test of time

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

First of all I'd like to give a BIG shout out to Backcountry.com. Their level of customer service is second to none, I should know as I have managed services units for blue chip corporations. Ok on to the Jacket, I have worn the Alpha SV for the past 6 years, climbing numerous times each winter. The "older" Alpha SV ended up failing at the tape seems on the inside wrist and waist. The tape actually separated from the shell fabric. Backcountry stepped up to the plate and replaced it for me and in turn won my devotion. For the most part the jacket is solid and will likely last a few years without any problems; it most likely will fail at some point as mine did simply because of the extensive use of tape in its construction. Arcteryx offers a lifetime warranty and for the price you pay for this jacket, you should take full advantage of it when and if it does fail on you. Let's just hope it doesn't fail when you're on a multiday expedition on some cold remote mountain top. All in all, I would recommend this jacket, its light, packs easy, keeps me dry and fits great with all my layering. I just wish they would find a way to eliminate all the tape.

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Thanks for the BC love and the great review!

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