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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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?
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.
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.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
This is the first true technical shoe I've owned. Most of my other jackets have been resort-oriented, heavier, insulated pieces, and so I suppose I'm lacking in overall experience with backcountry, mountaineering style pieces. But, I've been loving this jacket for backcountry touring and feel it's a great piece.
I went with the medium size, which goes in line with the sizing chart. I'm 5'11", 170lbs, and the jacket fits nicely while still allowing for an insulated layering piece on top of my base and mid-weight layers.
The Alpha SV is very light and is easily stowed away in my pack while skinning. It's long enough to give it a slightly more American feel, as opposed to a skinnier Euro look. I've worn the jacket in high winds, and the styling of the hood and the face is great. You do need to put the hood on before fully zipping up the jacket/cuff, or else you won't be able to pull the head over your head, especially if you're wearing a helmet.
Why is this suddenly $25 more than it was...
Why is this suddenly $25 more than it was two weeks ago?
It is odd that the increase was only on two variants. I am having our merchandising department look into it. Stay tuned.
Prices have been fixed. Thanks for bringing it to our attention Joe.
Not bear proof, but close
I wore this jacket 7 days while floating down the Alagnak river in Alaska. It rained all day erry day and held up strong the whole time. Is this the intended venue for this jacket? No. Does that mean it's a burly versatile jacket? YES!
Great Great Jacket Except!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I have owned several Arcteryx Alpha Svs over the years. Love everything from the wrist closures to the drop tail hem, the Napoleon pockets and especially the storm hood. I do most of my winter hiking in the southern Cascades, usually at 20 to 30 degrees (without factoring in the enormous windchill) in very rainy and very windy conditions. I do a double traverse up 1500' across five miles five days a week. I usually wear the SV with a # 2 Patagonia baselayer and Atom LT Hoody through November. This year I wanted some warmer insulation for down time between hikes and just for general use on fall-to-spring days. I purchased the Atom SV Hoody and liked it right off, however when I tried it with the Alpha SV shell, I found that the front hem of the Atom Hoody was two inches longer than the SV shell, so it hung out below it. They are the same size jackets, so that wasn't the problem. The rear hem of the SV Hoody fit under the hem of the shell jacket as it should.
Called Arcteryx and they said yup, the front hem is longer than the shell. I mentioned that the Atom LT Hoody fits perfectly but the rep just said unh hunh. I said to the rep that I was still looking for a synthetic jacket that's warmer than the LT--one that would fit under the Alpha SV shell . He said they had down options, but no synthetic options. As I live in the Pacific Northwest where it's more often wet than snowy, this doesn't work for me. Because of this I dropped my rating of the Arcteryx Alpha SV to 3 stars. The Atom LT Hoody fits perfectly but there's no heavier synthetic mid-layer jacket, except in down? Backcountry mentioned I might try an Arcteryx Nuclei and it works great, fits just as well as the Atom LT light. Thanks Backcountry! I've since upped my rating of the Alpha SV to four stars (it is the best shell jacket ever made hands down) but a 4 star rating is the best I can give it because the poor fit Atom SV Hoody reduces the jacket's versatility.
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.
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.
The Best Hardshell
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
In my humble opinion, the best hardshell you can buy, period. I've had my saguaro green Alpha SV jacket for a few trips out in the Pacific NW (a couple overnighters). Really impressed with the breathability - I own and have owned other Gore Tex Pro Shell 3L products, but this has significantly better breathability for some reason.
The Alpha SV is a level above all other jackets, even those that Arcteryx makes - if you were designing your own hardshell, and were very knowledgeable about design and materials, the Alpha SV is pretty much the jacket that you'd end up designing. Given that level of quality and attention to detail, I wholeheartedly recommend this jacket if you can afford it. It's unfortunate that it's not more affordable, but it is truly a long-term investment, particularly if you are active outdoors.
I'm not an ice climber - I mainly go camping and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest, but I don't really miss my hand warmer pockets because when you're backpacking, you tend to have your pack around where your pockets would be anyway. I also plan on using this jacket for the occasional trip to the slopes this winter.
Don't get this as a raincoat; instead, get this jacket if you are in need of a bombproof shield from the elements - big difference.
As a mid layer, I would recommend the Atom LT, Atom SV, MH Ghost Whisperer, and any of the Rab down jackets. Dry/Cold = MH GW, Dry/Very Cold = Rab down jacket, Wet/Cold = Atom LT, Wet/Very Cold = Atom SV
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
This is a fantastic Jacket! It will keep you warm and dry in the wind and the rain. I've taken it out in a thunderstorm and wasn't the least bit concerned about getting wet. It's also very light for how bombproof it is. The gortex pro breathes really well for a waterproof shell and the harness hemlock is a nice touch. I also like how this is one of the few jackets still made in Canada by Arcteryx.
The only complaint I would have is the lack of handwarmer pockets, but it is designed specifically for climbing, so it's not really a valid complaint.
If you are looking for a standard jacket fit, order a size down, the expedition fit is quite roomy.
Any chance you will carry this in long...
Any chance you will carry this in long again?
You seem to be the only North American dealer who will do it.
Sorry, I am a little confused because I do not remember ever having the Alpha SV jacket in a long option. I know that Theta SV (ARC3652) is a very similar jacket that comes longer than the Alpha but its has a few other design differences as well. Otherwise the Alpha SV bibs (ARC3679) do come in a tall or regular option but I again do not remember those sizing variances for the jacket.
A tall version was made 2 years ago and sold on BC.com; I have one. It's a couple inches longer in sleeves and body, and is great for tall skinny guys. Don't know why they didn't keep it going--there is clearly a demand for them.
Great piece of hardshell
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Alpha sv jacket is one of the best hardshell out there. Six foot one 170lbs size m fits good with enough room for layering. Tried mammut norwand, norrona lofoton and peakperformance heli. Alpha sv fits the best due to extra room around the shoulders.
Come on Arc'teryx, make size small/long
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
First off, I have to say that I do not own this jacket. I want to own it, and would buy one, if it was sized properly for someone my size/shape. I have checked them out, tried them on, coveted one. The design, materials, and construction are perfect. But, at least for me, they struck out on the sizing. I am 5'11" tall, and weigh 145pounds, 38" chest and 30-31" waist, 35" sleeve. I have a lean athletic physique, but am tall for my weight, so I have long arms. In the store, the sleeves of the medium jacket just barely give me adequate coverage, but I can imagine some real-world maneuvers causing some limited wrist exposure. And yet my body swims inside of it. I understand that the idea of the expedition fit is to allow layering, but the amount of extra fabric in this jacket actually creates the risk of it getting caught or snagged on tree branches, etc. . The small jacket is the right girth, but is ridiculously short in the sleeve and at the waist. I would think that many people who actually do the kinds of activities that truly warrant a shell of this caliber might also have a lean athletic shape. I really want to get this jacket, but I'd expect it to fit. I find it so funny, because the company devotes so much marketing effort promoting how much technical design goes into each piece of clothing, and yet it seems to be well beyond their technical capabilities to add a long/tall option to each size offering?
Does this have an expedition or athletic...
Does this have an expedition or athletic fit? The details to the left say athletic and the description towards the bottom says expedition.
According to arc'teryx, it's a expedition fit
Definitely expedition. The fit takes layering into account. I'm 5'9 150 lbs, size small fits me perfectly with room for a heavier midlayer like a patagonia R3 on those really cold days
Now you have me wondering. I'm 5'9", 170 lbs and I was planning on getting a Med. Maybe a small would work better? Does this jacket run big? Any thoughts anyone?
So i received my alpha sv in size med. im 5 10 175lbs with a 40" chest and 33" waist and the fit is perfect. I can easily layer a mont bell alpine light parka and a patagonia micropuff vest underneath. Surprisingly the it isnt too baggy when worn alone either. The lack of hand pockets will take some getting used to but after trying multiple jackets by patagonia, arcteryx, and mammut this is by far the best in my opinion.
5'5" and about 165 lbs. A small fits well. I have room to layer a t-shit and two mid-layers (North Face Flux Power Stretch in Medium). Sometimes I wear two North Face Flux Power Stretch medium mid-layers under this. Most of the time I buy medium, but for this jacket I picked small and am very happy. I like having multiple jackets on hand for different situations. I don't like to layer too much.
I use the Arcteryx Alpha Fission jacket in small when it is 45 or lower. I may use Canada Goose Expedition jacket (size extra small) for 20 and below.
No one jacket is perfect for every situation.
This years is athletic fit, last years was expedition.
Hi. just wondering why this one is more...
Hi. just wondering why this one is more expensive than the other one which is 437.47? do they use different material? thanks
If you are referring to ARC3378 that is currently discounted because it is a past season color/variant. The quality is identical as is the workmanship. Additionally that one is only available in XL as that is what we have left. So if you happen to be an XL and like those colors, then that would be a great deal and you wouldn't sacrifice any quality.
The new Alpha SV has Gore-Tex's brand new material, which is up to 28% more breathable than last season's Alpha SV. So one has to decide if that is really worth an extra $200.