Dannywrote a review of Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket - Men's on August 13, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I thought finding a rain jacket that is light & breathable, durable, stylish, and well-priced was impossible. Normally you can get most of those things, but you have to sacrifice at least one––a jacket that is light & breathable, durable, and well-priced will probably look horrendous, etc.
Then there's the Alpha SL.
When I first got it in the mail, I had my doubts it would last very long: the zippers seemed flimsy and the material was very, very thin. After few months of day-to-day wear, and ten days of downright abuse in Thailand, I can say that it's the best rain jacket I've ever owned. It kept me dry and comfortable in those spontaneous downpours, and the sleek design and bright color got me compliments left and right.
Still not convinced? Well, on a particularly soggy trek through the Thai jungle at 1:30am, I used it as an impromptu pack-cover (which put a lot of stress on the zippers). Fast forward to a few hours and A LOT of sharp undergrowth later, and not only is my expensive camera gear nice n' dry, the fabric and stitching around the zippers still look like new. Do not hesitate on purchasing this jacket, because in a decade, when this one bites the dust, I know I won't hesitate to buy another.