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marp105685 wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

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.

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marp105685 wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

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 hardshells. 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.

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marp105685 wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I bought this hard-shell for my wife. This is not the first Arc'teryx hard-shell I've purchased for her. She has both a beta AR (still in reasonably good condition) and an older Theta AR (just about worn out). She wears one or the other year round so i figured it was time for a new one...

When i gave her the Alpha SV a few weeks ago she immediately remarked how much she liked the jacket in terms of design, features and fit.

Coming from someone who views these things as little more than 'tools' and is rarely 'impressed' with anything... her response was a pleasant surprise.

Thank you Arc'teryx!

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marp105685 wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i purchased three of these three months ago; one each in black, bison, and tungsten.

i returned the tungsten immediately since the right cuff was cut a full inch in diameter larger than the left one. not the kind of quality control i've become accustomed to from Arc'teryx.

i kept the bison and black. with just about equal wear the bison still looks brand new while the black one has pilled so badly it now looks ten years old. in fact, I've got another Arc'teryx fleece sweater (can't remember the model) that is over ten years old that looks much better...

i've contacted both Arc'teryx and PolatTec; both companies indicated an awareness of a problem with about 1% of a recent run of "thermal pro" fleece. I must say i really hope to find one or two more of these made with the "good" fleece. problem is, the only way to know is to buy it and see....

anyway, i love the cut and fit of this sweater and the fleece has such a wonderful 'hand'. from a technical standpoint, i've worn these in the nasitest of weather in the mountains of china this winter and found the thermal pro to be incredibly warm for it's weight.

despite my 'issues' i will buy again. as soon as my color/preference/size is available here on backcountry!

if not for the pilling i'd give it five! i'll update later with more info on the pilling if i'm able to find one or two more...

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marp105685 wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've lived in two pair of these pants for the last two months in the mountains of china. They've kept me warm and comfortable through nasty winter weather; exceeding my every expectation. These pants are exceptionally comfortable, offer great protection, are easy to clean and fast drying... oh and the pockets! i love the pockets! the integral belt and drawstrings on the pant cuffs are wonderful touches. all-in-all an excellent pant. i can't think of a single change I'd make.

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