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    Alpha SV Jacket

    When Arc'teryx set out to improve upon its already legendary Alpha SV Jacket, the seemingly contradictory concepts of lighter and stronger instantly came to mind, seeing that it's the go-to choice for 100-day skiers, professional mountain guides, and alpinists scaling the world's most daunting peaks. The current iteration of the Arc'teryx Women's Alpha SV Jacket leverages a 100-denier nylon face (what Arc'teryx calls N100p-X) over the previous 80-denier fabric for twice the abrasion-resistance and 50% more strength against tears. It retains the dependable Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer membrane for guaranteed waterproofing and high levels of breathability when you're making first tracks on waist-deep days or pushing up peaks in the worst conditions imaginable.

    Arc'teryx kept the jacket's weight to a minimum with narrower 8 millimeter Gore seam tape, eliminating zipper garages with the use of WaterTight zippers and RS sliders, as well as custom Cohaesive hem adjusters. This obsessive focus on weight savings makes the Alpha SV a top contender for light-and-fast alpine missions where nasty weather is expected.

    Besides saving weight, the Cohaesive hem adjuster offers a snug fit around the hip that's ideal for pairing with a climbing harness on alpine missions. Zippered underarm vents provide extra breathability without sacrificing protection from oncoming precipitation, while the StormHood accommodates helmets during skiing and alpine climbing. Moreover, there's a plethora of pockets along the chest and bicep for quickly grabbing and stashing items on the move.

    • Lightweight and rugged jacket for demanding alpine environments
    • 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro guarantees waterproof, breathable protection
    • Durable face fabric reinforces jacket from tears and abrasion
    • Gore seam tape for weight savings and extra breathability
    • Underarm zippers increase active-use ventilation
    • Cohaesive hem adjuster prevents riding up with climbing harness
    • High pockets work with backpack hip belt or harness
    • All external zippers are WaterTight for maximum water-resistance
    • Item #ARC00JP

    Tech Specs

    [membrane] Gore-Tex Pro (3-layer), [face fabric] N100p-X (100D nylon)
    fully sealed
    Center Back Length
    helmet-compatible StormHood
    [external] 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered arm, [internal] 1 zippered chest, 1 mesh stash
    underarm zips
    Claimed Weight
    Recommended Use
    climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding
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    It did everything I needed it to do!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I went to Patagonia hiking and the weather changes on a dime. This coat was excellent. I love when people say their size in their reviews so I will as well. I am 5'3" 130 lbs. I bought the medium so I could put extra layers under it and and still move comfortably. I could have gone with the small....but I wanted it a little baggy.

    The Best.

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    Got this for my wife. Performs great and has great features. The pockets are thoughtfully laid out and she especially loves the "Hemlock" feature that helps stop the jacket from riding up over a harness or a pack's waist strap. If you won't settle for anything but the best. Look no further.

    Arc'teryx – Women's Alpha SV Jacket

    The Alpha SV, the most durable Arc’teryx hardshell for climbers and alpinists, is now stronger and lighter. Exceptionally hardwearing waterproof, breathable N100p-X 3L GORE-TEX® Pro fabric delivers outstanding abrasion resistance. Optimized construction, WaterTight™ zippers with RS™ sliders, and minimized seams shed grams. Fully featured with a helmet compatible StormHood™, pit zips, and articulated construction, the Alpha SV remains the proven choice for extended use in severe conditions.

    Love this PUFFY!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    Intro: I got this puffy for daily use in SLC in the winter, backcountry use, winter camping/snowshoeing etc. I have used it regularly since I received it and really love it.

    Fit: I am 5’5” (athletic/climber – so sometimes have trouble with tops fitting arms/shoulders) and I ordered a small. I can comfortably wear a fleece jacket or mirco synthetic puffy jacket under this one and I can wear a gortex shell over the top. I normally wear smalls in jackets, but also like a snug/fitted fit. If you like your jackets bigger, then size up. This jacket is a shorter crop than other down jackets. If you have a long torso (I don’t), you would be better off getting one of the longer cut downs.

    Performance/Use: This is one of the warmer arc’teryx puffy jackets and I think it has performed well in its use. Ive used it snowshoe camping when sitting around camp. It keeps me warm in 0-20 degree weather in the Uintas when worn over a baselayer/midlayer and below a gore-shell. I run cold though, so like a LOT of warmth. When doing activity, this jacket packs up fairly small for an 850 fill heavy duty down. If you want a puffy for easy and small packing you might consider getting the AR, LT or SL version of this jacket, though they likely won’t be as warm. I definitely can’t wear this jacket when working out hard, because it gets warm really fast.

    Pros/Cons: Pro: really warm, well made, fits well. Has elastic cinches along waistline to cinch down in cold/windy weather, has cinched sleeves and a well fitted hood. Love the stash sack pocket inside and packs up fairly well.
    Cons: Not waterproof – can’t wear alone in snowy/wet conditions. This jacket does not have a helmet compatible hood so it is not ideal for skiing etc where you would be wearing a helmet. (I did not purchase this for this reason, so not truly a con, but just good to know). If you want a down jacket you can wear skiing with a hood they make ski/board specific jackets that are down with a waterproof exterior shell all in one. This jacket is also potentially short for some who have a longer torso.

    All in all I would definitely by this jacket again

    Great jacket!

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

    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.

    Bombproof Shell

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

    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!

    Dry FOREVER.

    • 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.

    Dry FOREVER.

    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.