marp105685 wrote a review of Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket - Men's on January 18, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Over the past 15 years or so, I've owned more Arc'teryx gear than i would like to admit. From hard-shells to soft-shells and everything in between.
When i had to send my aging Scorpion jacket in for warranty work this past fall i quickly learned that waiting till fall to repair a shell i rely on in the winter was a bad idea.
so while i waited, i decided to buy a new one. when i discovered that the Alpha SV is still made in Canada i didn't waste a moment placing my order for one in black.
i cannot say how pleased i am with this jacket. every aspect of it reminds me why i left the other makers long ago and began giving my hard earned cash to the "dead bird". I've lived in this shell the past couple of months in miserable weather in both the cities and the mountains of china. all the while warm and dry.
i tend to "live" in my hard-shells. i use them all year long... so i buy them in black or nightshade, or some similar dark color. as they age the invertible dirt and stains don't show as much on the darker shells...
i was (am) so impressed with this jacket that i bought one for my wife in that beautiful Cayenne color... see my separate review for her response... Oh, OK; She LOVES it.
we both liked the red so much 'in person' that with [very] little coaxing from her, i purchased another for myself... excessive? perhaps, but i have no doubt in the quality of this garment. And on the off chance that economics eventually force Arc'teryx to eliminate or compromise their SV line, I'll have twice as long before i have to think about it again... and likely many years before I'll need to worry about another shell.