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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
    • Item #ARC3678

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Pro (3-layer), [face fabric] 80D nylon
    Fabric Waterproof Rating
    guaranteed waterproof
    Fabric Breathability Rating
    guaranteed breathable
    athletic with e3D
    Center Back Length
    [medium] 30.5 in
    yes, helmet-compatible StormHood
    WaterTight underarm zips
    [external] 2 zippered chest, 1 zippered sleeve, [internal] 1 zippered
    fully taped
    Claimed Weight
    17.6 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine climbing, ice climbing, expeditions
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    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.


    • 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.


    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 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 warn it when it 25 degrees, winds gusting 75+mph days and it is snowing sideways and it was perfect at blocking out the wind and weather. I brushed trees skiing and 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. Some reviews say it is too think and 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


    • 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.

    Lives up to the hype

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

    Was on the fence about this vs a ski specific jacket. What sealed it for me is that it is the ONLY jacket made in Canada. For this alone I was willing to buy it. Functionally it is flawless. 6' 175lbs and medium fits perfect. Fits a light fleece to a thick fleece without restriction of movement. Quality is top notch. This is the ultimate all-around alpine and severe weather jacket.

    Perfect design, effective

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

    In the last 2.5 years, if I've been traveling, this jacket has been with me. I've used it camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, snowboarding, skiing, and for general daily wear as a rain jacket, windbreaker, etc. I've never wanted another jacket or noticed a problem or flaw.

    The product couldn't be designed better, the materials are top notch, and I've never had another hardshell function as well as the Alpha SV. It's an athletic fit that will allow base layers to be worn comfortably. I'm of an athletic build and usually wear a 38 to 40 suit jacket.

    Why not 5 stars?
    1) Expense.
    2) After 2.5 years of regular use, the fabric inside the sleeves that covers/retains the elastic has separated and frayed. This is unacceptable and perhaps warrants 3 stars instead of 4. Still waiting to hear back from Arcteryx.

    Simply wow

      I'll get it over with: this is the most amazing piece of gear I have ever owned. The price is nothing to scoff at. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? More than you can imagine. If you can't afford it then save for it.

      Great jacket

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

      This is an awesome jacket. It's roomy and very functional. The articulated elbows fit perfectly allowing movement without an restrictions. The jacket keeps warmth in but breaths so you don't over-heat. Zippers in all the right places. I do wish Arc'teryx would design hand pockets with this jacket. It would be perfect. Great jacket, highly recommend.

      Great durability and exceptional fit

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

      durability 9/10

      fit 10/10

      weight 8/10

      breathability 7/10

      value - depends on how you use it

      overall 9/10

      Excellent durability. Hiked through rough thorns and bramble for many days... Only one thorn managed to poke through the face fabric. Most jackets would have been ripped to shreds. Climbed on rough sandstone for about a week... Still no evidence it has been climbed in.

      Fit... Excellent range of motion while climbing. Never felt like I was restricted in my motion. Wish it was about 1/3'' longer overall for more protection while going for really reachy holds.

      Breathability- Wore this in temps up to 45F with the pit zips open. Its comfortable for any kind of climbing and hiking up to moderate output. For colder weather below 30 you can push much harder. Above 45 it starts to get clammy unless you are going really easy.

      Weight... Super light and packable for the amount of durability.

      Sidenote: I think the higher durability fabric used throughout the body of the Alpha SV vs the AR is worth it if you are planning on climbing in the jacket (especially trad).

      The best waterproof jacket on the market

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

      I've put this one through the ringer. Size first: I'm 6' and 150#; athletic and trim. Medium fits me perfectly.

      I've worn this as a casual rain jacket, I've worn it skiing (with or without layers underneath), climbing, hiking, camping, and everything in between. It's been drug through brambles and thorns, scraped over rocks, and slid down ice and snow. It still looks like new.

      This is the most waterproof jacket I've ever had, bar none, and comparing to many, many goretex jackets that are on the market. I have to say...I thought the price was ridiculous, until I tried it. This is a jacket I'll have for 20 years.

      I can offer no constructive criticism of it. If you want more pockets or a longer cut, look at some of the other options. For me, the length is perfect because of the versatility and flexibility that it allows.

      This is a jacket that forms the basis of my outer layers year-round. In cold conditions, I layer up under it. In warm conditions, I wear it alone. I can't say enough good things about it. This jacket is worth it.

      Arc'teryx terrible warranty service

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

      I really liked this jacket until some strange discoloration happened. Contacted Arc'teryx and they told me to contact gore. Really? It's like Apple telling me to contact the battery manufacture. I did anyway and Gore said that it was a manufacturing defect. Arc'teryx tells me they don't agree. Now I have this $700 jacket that has a bunch of strange spots on it. I have been a fan of Arc'Teryx for sometime but will never buy it again. If you buy this jacket just hope it isn't an outlier with a defect or you're out of luck. I have never had a problem with gear for over 30 years (except for a North Face jacket the Gore-tex de-laminated but they replaced immediately. They didn't have the same jacket in stock so they sent me a check) this was very disappointing. I would never recommend anything Arc'Teryx again on the small chance there was a defect. They just don't care.

      I somehow doubt you went through every obstacle with Arc'teryx before writing this review. I had an issue with my face fabric being stained and they offered to repair it for free, and Arc'teryx is known for having the best customer service in the business so I'm not sure where you are getting all of this.

      I spent over a month of back and forth with them and as I said I even went to Gore as they told me to (which I find nuts anyway). Gore said 'this is a manufacturing issue' and Arc'teryx said 'we don't agree.' All I asked for was that they repair the strange discoloration and they said it wasn't their fault even though I forwarded the email from Gore. If you read through their Facebook page their customer service has really seemed to have gone downhill. When did you have this problem? Was it recent? I had to follow-up with them because they wouldn't get back to me when they said they would, I contacted their supplier because they told me to, I gave them every opportunity to make this right. Even if they had offered to repair it for a small fee I would have been okay with that. Their last response "both Gore-tex and ourselves do not consider the discoloration your are experiencing a warranty issue." What they said was true Gore-Tex considered it a manufacturing issue. Obstacles should not be a part of standing behind your product but I sure did go through everyone of them.

      Yep, thanks for the review. Discouraging to hear that after dropping serious coin on a nice jacket that the company tries to push you aside and point fingers. My friend talks up the quality of Arc'teryx but who cares if they don't stand behind their product. Not sure I'll get anything made from them now and I'm a big believer in spending more to get a quality product.

      I have a very hard time believing that Arc'teryx didn't go further. I had an 8 year old shell that I sent in to have an elbow tear repaired from a skiing accident. They said they could fix it but noticed that there was some delam in the sleeves and chest area. I put that shell through the wringer over those 8 years. They sent me a brand new jacket, when I didn't even ask for one. As far as I knew the shell was fine. After 8 years of wear and tear they stood by me. Don't let Kevin's story change your opinion of a great company.

      I agree with Chris. Just had an issue after 10 years of use. It was painless sent in jacket, they could not fix the issue and it was deemed a product defect. They immediately sent me a new one... Great products, great warranty if you are going to play hard.

      What size? I am 6'1" and weigh 183. Tried a large in the store and it was large. But I have not tried this one. I think I should do a medium? Thoughts? Does this have a powder belt or not for powder days skiing?

      Best Answer


      You're sounding fairly similar to my build at 6'0'' and 185lbs.

      What is your chest and waist measurements? Did you have any layers on when you tried the jacket on? What part of the jacket fit big on you? Arms? Chest? Waist? etc

      The Alpha series from Arc'teryx won't have a powder skirt on the jackets as they're intended more for alpine/climbing.

      Let me know if you've got other questions.

      Question is, if I wear a large in North Face Jackets, I have plenty of room for multiple layers, which is what I am trying to get away from, would you think I should order a Medium based on the comments of purchasers, my arm length is 34-35, 5' 11' - 170 lbs?

      Thank you,

      Hi there. I am currently living in Sydney. I am wondering whether you can ship garments to Australia? How long will it take? How much is the shipping cost?

      I am thinking of getting this jacket but I am not sure about the size. I am 148 pounds, around 5' 9" (175 cm). Not 100 % sure about chest size, but around 94-95 cm (about 37in). A stated in the size chart, that would be between an XS and S, but not sure when it comes to layering.

      I would like to get one or perhaps two layers under the jacket. My main activities are backcountry skiing, nordic (touring) skiing and hiking in the summer and fall. So a year round jacket.

      Thankful for any input!

      Hey C. Jenk,

      The Alpha SV Jacket is Arc'teryx's Athletic or Standard fit. It is designed to accommodate some layering underneath. Based on your measurements I would recommend a Small so you can layer a Down or Synthetic insulating jacket easily.

      Feel free to contact me directly with any more questions about the Alpha SV or if you are interested in setting up an order.


      Expert Gearhead


      I have a Cerium LT hooded jacket in XL ,....will this Alpha SV fit well as a shell ?....In an XL size ?

      Hey Gregory,

      The Cerium LT is a trim fit and will work perfectly as an insulating layer under the Alpha SV since it is an athletic fit. Especially if you are using both in an XL.

      Feel free to shoot me any questions about Arc'teryx Jackets:


      Expert Gearhead


      I am looking between the beta AR or alpha SV. How are the fits different? For the Beta, a medium was a tiny bit too small and a large was a tiny bit too big. Would a medium SV be a bit bigger than a medium Beta or should I go a large? I have nowhere to try one on.

      I'm wanting to pull the trigger on this Alpha SV but hanging in the balance between the Small and Medium. My body characteristics are the following:

      5'9, 175lbs, very toned physique

      Normally, I purchase chest sizes at a 38 and usually Mediums shirts.

      Any assistance would be great and I'll pull the trigger to purchase.

      Thanks so much!


      I have two questions: 1. )Did Arcteryx change the fit on this jacket from "expedition" to "athletic"? About a year ago I tried on a 2013 Alpha SV, and found I had to choose between sleeves that were too short, or a body that was too baggy (even with extra layers underneath). Would be really excited to learn that they revised the fit to make this jacket better proportioned, and would definitely buy one immediately.

      2.) Has anyone seen the new oxblood color? Does it look like more of a dark red, or more of a rusty orange? Sometimes it is hard to tell on the screen. Thanks!

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


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

      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.

      Double post: I'm venturing into more...

      Double post:

      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...

      Best Answer

      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?...

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

      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.

      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...

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


      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?...

      Says it's bulletproof up to what caliber?

      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

      Hi, I noticed that Arcteryx carries this...

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Platinum/Suguaro colors look pretty good,...

      Platinum/Suguaro colors look pretty good, but do they get extremely dirty? I am always afraid to venture away from the traditional black colors because it seems these get extremely dirty and fast..any word on this? Easy to clean?

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      The Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket shouldn't be too difficult to clean although to make things easier and to protect your investment I would recommend picking up Nikwax Tech Wash for regular washing or their TX Direct Wash in for refreshing your waterpoof breathable membrane. You can buy them in a duo pack here:

      I have the products, I didn't know that they would clean the fabric well enough. That's one reason why I stuck with black but I just pulled the trigger on the platinum sv. I feel like that color will defiantly catch dirt quicker but it is all good..

      Dark Olympus - is it purple or blue? Never...

      Dark Olympus - is it purple or blue? Never can tell on the screen.

      What differences are there between this...

      What differences are there between this jacket and the Beta AR (other than the hoods)? What situations would call for one over the other?

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      You get the separated collar from the hood with the Beta AR, regular hand pockets instead of the Napoleon pockets you find here, it uses a 40D fabric vs the fortress like 80D on the Alpha SV. The Beta AR is also a few ounces lighter. Basically to sum it up the Alpha SV is the armor of the outdoor world. It is meant for technical and severe conditions where you may be up against rock and ice and generally abrasive surfaces. The Beta AR is an all around jacket that will excel at a great many things but not at the level of durability and performance as the Alpha SV.

      I also find that the Beta AR /Theta AR still use the old N40p-r vs the new N40px fabric. The older one has the nylon rip stop on the outside. Also the beta AR sleeves are longer than the alpha and the alpha has nice cuffs with the elastic on half of it.

      The previous quarter and the quarter...

      The previous quarter and the quarter Gore-Tex Pro What is the difference?

      I have to see the bottom

      I'm a bit confused about your question. but it looks like you're asking about Gore-Tex Pro. Gore-Tex Pro is their top of the line fabric. it doesn't necessarily breathe better or have a higher waterproof rating, but is more durable than their 2 layer fabrics. Compared to models from previous years, it should have higher waterproof and breathability ratings as well as higher durability.

      Why is this suddenly $25 more than it was...

      Why is this suddenly $25 more than it was two weeks ago?

      For everyone that got last years model...

      For everyone that got last years model with the n80p-x upgrade, can you compare the difference with this current shell? I know there is new gore-tex, does that really make a difference? Sizing? Any input would be cool as I could get last years model for 50% and not sure if this years is totally worth the full price tag.

      Normally when it comes to model years I say get the older model if you can get a better price, but with the new Gore-Tex Pro shells that came out I am on the side of getting the newer product this time. While most features of this jacket will be the same as last year the New Gore-Tex Pro is going to be more durable that the previous model and will be 28% more breathable as well.

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      If the Arcteryx Alpha SV is now 28% more breathable it reduces the warmth factor--the Resistance To Evaporative Heat Transfer . In short, the increased rate of breathability equals heat loss and 28% increased breathability equals a substantial amount of heat loss. I guess this is one difference between the 2013 and 2012 models. And if the jacket has 28% more breathability, then warmer mid-layers like the Atom SV or Nuclei may be needed, as any owner of an e-vent jacket will tell you. The event jackets have similar breathability and do require upgrades in midlayers! Actually the advantage of jackets which are more breathable or less breathable depends on the wearer's activity level. A layer of warm moist heat that isn't soaking insulation will be appropriate for someone who has limited activity, while crampon jamming ice climbers pulling themselves up 400 vertical feet will use a jacket with more breathable fabric (like the Alpha SV) wearing a light base- and mid-layer. Someone in between, who does winter hiking or trekking might use the same jacket with a similar mid-layer base- and mid-layer. But it may also depend upon how a person takes the cold... These all play a part in assessing the right base-layer, mid-layer and shell jacket combos for your needs.... The important thing is matching the function of the fabrics with your activity and your personal response to colder temperatures.