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Severe winter weather doesn't stand a chance against this pro-level jacket.

The Arc'teryx Women's Alpha SV Jacket has a durable N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro shell that withstands the kind of horrendous weather that rends tents to tatters and forces the Yeti to seek shelter. Whether you're a medic on a search-and-rescue chopper, guiding a group of novice ice climbers, or backpacking through the Olympic National Forest, the e3D design and uber-tough Gore-Tex Pro fabric lets you move the way you want, and stay protected from the elements, too.

N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro is a mouthful, and hardly scratches the surface of this amazing fabric—literally. Made from tightly woven nylon, this guaranteed waterproof and breathable fabric resists abrasions, scratches, and general horseplay with nary a scrape. The dense construction minimizes exposed strands of fabric, reducing the potential for damage from rock faces, tools, or just the occasional cold shoulder. The smooth surface of this uber-techy fabric won't get roughed up from harness straps, nor will it cause your fabric purses to pill when you wear it around town.

This jacket shows why it's the alpha in the pack with all of the bells and whistles complementing the Gore-Tex shell. Arc'teryx's e3D design gives you freedom to move without ripping the jacket or exposing more of you than absolutely necessary. The hood is helmet-compatible so you can protect your melon from the elements and not just falling rocks or oblivious skiers. You can access the two bellowed chest pockets while wearing a pack, and the sleeve stash pocket lets you hide an $20 for the first pitcher after a hard day on the hill. Underarm vents let you blow off steam as you scrape an inch of ice off your windshield or hump up 3,000 vertical feet in less than a mile.

  • N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro 3L face fabrice
  • e3D design, free range of motion
  • Updated design, reduced chest circumference, more efficient arms
  • Underarm zip vents
  • Hood, helmet compatible and rotating

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Great jacket!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'6"
    Weight: 160 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

I have been shopping for a hard shell that will stand up to snowboarding, rainy concerts at Red Rocks and anything else I need it to do. I have an hourglass shape so finding something wide enough at the bottom without being oversized at the chest was key. I got the XL to accommodate layers and it fits great and performed well on rainy hikes this fall. The snow is falling so snowboarding is around the corner.


perfect for this buying

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 67'
    Weight: 132 lbs

worthy for the price, i got the most suitable one


Bombproof Shell

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'2"
    Weight: 120 lbs

I got this jacket as a gift for my stepmom, who was in desperate need of a new shell and kept running into fit issues. She put this one on and it fit like a glove! No weird zipper bulk in the front that gives the weird uni-boob look. The drop-hem is a nice touch to help protect on the wetter days without being too long. And it actually fit through the torso and sleeve length- everything else from Patagonia was fitting her short. The material on the shell is nice as well, not super stiff but definitely bombproof and ready to protect against the wind and precip. Zipper works smoothly, doesn't get stuck. She wears a Medium in most tops and a Medium in this jacket fits nice with enough room for a couple of layers.
Another top notch product from ArcTeryx!

How bright is this green? Can you compare it to something or provide a more accurate color sample? Thanks!

It's bright! I just posted another picture, but ours is definitely very accurate. If you google "Arcteryx Midori Green" you'll see a few other pieces that are the exact same color!


Love at first Zip!

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

The minute I put this jacket on and zipped it up, I knew it was going to be my new favorite piece! I can easily go from snowboarding on a Powder day to an evening (spring) hike on the Wasatch Front. This Jacket is great for the rainy spring days that are upon us, to the spring storms that greet us Here in Utah.

I Purchased the Orange color that they call Cayenne. I've never owned this bright of a jacket, but I do fancy the color very much! The detailed pictures of this jacket are more true to the color than the basic color choice by the sizing button.

Jacket is super light weight. Jacket has an amazing range of motion. I stay dry with the GORE-TEX and my temperature can be regulated with the vents under the arm. (No mesh in vents is a bonus)

I usually buy my jackets a bit bigger because I like a longer jacket. When I stepped up in size it didn't get much longer just wider. Still very happy with the shape of the jacket.


Love at first Zip!


  • Gender:Female
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've had this jacket since Christmas of 2006 (so I'm reviewing a VERY old model here with Gore-Tex XCR instead of Proshell). So while I can't speak to the specifics of the current model on a day-in-day-out level, I can say this -- it is 2014 - and this thing has been across the country with me. It has gone up mountains, down mountains. It's traveled hundreds of miles off shore (remote-island life and whale watching). It has lasted through many summers of field work (read: bushwacking, hiking through clearcuts, 5-year old clearcuts, in terrible weather day in and day out). It has helped me through a master's thesis and 3 different jobs (it even effectively shed my tears when I got laid off when the economy tanked). It has been outside through the duration of 3 different hurricanes (all activities during hurricanes not endorsed by author).

I'm still dry. Never once gotten the least bit wet. Never once did I think it was not breathable enough. Despite being dragged through terrible brush, it doesn't have holes. It's a little dirty - but less dirty than anything else I've owned this long. The older models fit tighter than the newer models - so that's something to keep in mind - both Arc'T and Backcountry are great at helping you find the right size if you need.


love it

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

The Arc'teryx Women's Alpha SV Jacket is the best jacket. i wore this jacket skiing , climb snow mountain and ice climbing. Arc'teryx's e3D design gives us freedom to move without ripping the jacket or exposing more of us than absolutely necessary. i love it.


My Mother loves it!

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

Fits great and deals with the Buffalo winter like a champ. Couldn't be better.