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Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket - Men's

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    Legendary protection for demanding alpine missions.

    Improving upon the iconic protection of the Alpha SV Jacket, Arc'teryx focused on the seemingly contradictory design concepts of lightweight construction and robust strength, seeing as it's the favorite choice of 100-day skiers, professional mountain guides, and alpinists facing the worst conditions on the planet. The newest iteration of the Arc'teryx Men'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 legendary waterproofing and breathability of a Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer membrane for those skiing and pushing peaks in exposed terrain and raging snowstorms.

    This increase in strength comes with a slight weight penalty (approximately 2% increase) in the face fabric. Offsetting this minute increase, Arc'teryx decreases the jacket's overall weight with narrower 8mm Gore seam tape, eliminating zipper garages with the use of WaterTight zippers and RS sliders, as well as Cohaesive hem adjusters that replace the previous version's Harness HemLock insert. 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 precious weight, the Cohaesive hem adjuster offers a snug fit around the hip that prevents the jacket from riding up when you're wearing a climbing harness. WaterTight underarm zips provide active breathability while you're skinning up your favorite backcountry stash or embarking on a mixed route of demanding rock and ice. The StormHood accommodates skiing and climbing helmets while sealing out pouring rain and wind-driven snow. These features make the Alpha SV a veritable fortress against against the world's most demanding alpine environments, all without sacrificing functionality or storage like many lightweight jackets on the market.

    • Lightweight and tough jacket for demanding alpine missions
    • 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro guarantees waterproof, breathable protection
    • N100p-X face fabric reinforces jacket from tears and abrasion
    • 8mm Gore seam tape for less weight and extra breathability
    • WaterTight underarm zippers increase active ventilation
    • Cohaesive hem adjuster prevents riding up with climbing harness
    • Arc'teryx outerwear sits at the forefront of durability and alpine protection
    • Item #ARC00KP

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane] 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro, [face fabric] N100p-X (100D nylon)
    Seams
    critical seams sealed with narrow Gore seam tape (8mm)
    Fit
    regular with e3D
    Length
    hip with dropped rear hem
    Center Back Length
    30.7 in
    Hood
    yes, helmet-compatible StormHood with Cohaesive hood adjusters
    Pockets
    [external] 2 chest w/WaterTight zippers and RS sliders, 1 left bicep w/WaterTight zipper and RS slider, [internal] 1 security, 1 dump
    Venting
    WaterTight underarm zip vents
    Claimed Weight
    16.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, backcountry touring, skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Damn Good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    This Jacket is sleek and fits well. The hood is probably my favorite part of it all and second is the fitted cut of the jacket.

    Pros: Hood is perfect; waterproof; breathable; armpit vents; draw-strings are superb;

    Concerns (not Cons): Sleeves are a little baggy around the armpit, but not a major issue; a little noisy when moving around, but also not a huge issue.

    Five Stars Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 148lbs

    This Alpha SV jacket which made in Canada. I have been visited at shop to feel this great quality. It looks different compared of other waterproof jackets with nothing to say.

    returned

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: xxl
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    liked this jacket very much---but, as a photographer, I need regular pockets---not using a climbing harness------this company makes a great product but is making there items smaller, slimmer and designed for only people on mountains

    Great all-around jacket!

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

    "The Arcteryx Alpha SV is a great all around jacket. It was plenty warm in 30 degree weather with a base layer underneath, but is not too hot in 80 degree rainy weather with the pit zips open and a T-shirt underneath. The pockets on the chest is super convenient for phone, keys, etc. But keep in mind there are no side pockets like on normal jackets, so you have no place to put your hands. It is not too bulky to fold up and just shove in a backpack just in case. The fit is as expected for a hardshell. "

    What a BEAST!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    Wow... this thing is such an amazing shell. I've had my Alpha FL for two years and it's the best piece of gear I've ever owned. Based on my initial impressions of the SV, it will be even more beloved. Such a stout jacket. Cannot imagine ever wearing it out. My SV (in Odysseus) is made in Canada (which my FL is not). Both are simply amazing and the Marmot, North Face, and Eddie Bauer shells in my closet will likely never be worn again. Would be like driving a Chevette and leaving my Ferraris parked in the garage (if I had any). My SV will be my winter/peak-bagging/ice climbing jacket, and the FL will continue to be my mountain biking and 3-season rain shell.

    Flawless

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    The best jacket on the market. Hands down flawless this is just a bomber jacket. If you are thinking about saving a few bucks to get a different Arc'teryx coat... Don't, think about what you really want to get out of a jacket. This bad boy with handle anything I mean anything you throw at it. I have a Pennsylvania wrestlers build and I wear a Large jacket. If I was more narrow I would be able to fit into a medium no problem.

    When combining this jacket with a mid layer, I strongly suggest the Arc'teryx Atom LT. or the Cerium LT on colder days. The range of motion your arms have is impressive to say the least. The coat will dump heat when needed but not necessarily the warmest sitting on a lift or walking around but the moment you put out any effort you are snug as a bug.

    Top of the line craftsmanship

      This jacket is state of the art. The hard shell to end all hard shells. Immediately upon putting it on you can feel how well made it is and the quality of the materials. Numerous glowing reviews and awards are what led me to this piece. This is a burly hardshell designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. Very happy with the purchase and look forward to years of use! Backcountry got it to me super quickly! #goatworthy

      The best of the best

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 190lbs

      I love this jacket so much that this is my second one. Winters in New England are harsh. It gets super cold and then the wind chills you to the bone. I have thrown just about everything I can at this jacket and it has not once failed me. I have climbed, hiked, skinned, and skied in this jacket and it is far and away the most versatile in my arsenal.

      Kept me dry under dripping ice

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 160lbs

      I was initially hesitant dropping this much money on a jacket, but you do get what you pay for with technical gear.



      I didn't really have a use for this until ice climbing season. Lows high in Ouray were -3/7 but once you got in the sun the ice started dripping, and as the temps came up later in the week it was like climbing in an icy rain. Started climb with puffy but nearly died of heatstroke even at -2. The ability to ventilate this jacket while you're working hard and keeping dry made climbing much more enjoyable. As I wasn't soaked while on belay I didn't freeze my ass off either.



      So the jacket does exactly what it was designed for. Breathability, waterproofness, articulation, and it doesn't sneak out from under your harness. Excellent piece of gear. I bought the Lg thinking about layering and while it's fine a Med would have worked too.

      Kept me dry under dripping ice

      It's the best

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      This jacket is amazing and I love everything about it. It is the best outer shell on the market. Everyone else copies the design of this shell but this is the original. Arc'teryx is a company that I will continue to buy from again, and I'm glad that they still manufacturer their products locally in Canada.

      Impenetrable and unbeatable

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 6'4"
      • Weight: 180lbs

      Can't say enough positive about this jacket. Have taken it out in a blizzard (before I thought better of it and went in), skiing in -15 weather, out in a roaring downpour, and in every condition it's been light, dry, and fits great.

      It's fantastic for layering, giving enough room for a decent insulator jacket underneath while still fitting decently close to the body. No hand pockets but the breast pockets are huge and can hold a ridiculous amount of stuff.

      The Magma color is pretty visible from far away through heavy snow, and if you're out skiing with friends it would be pretty hard for them to lose track of you, even though the trees.

      I'm a pretty tall guy but I'm pretty thin, so I was kind of stuck between the M and L - tried both of them on and the M fits fine in the arms and down past the waistline, the L is mostly just more voluminous. Haven't had any problems with the M size yet.

      Rock Solid!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      I've owned this jacket for about 5 years now, wearing it all over the world in many extreme environments and also in everyday weather. I've generally have an insulating layer underneath this jacket while in the mountains and it has fit perfectly.

      If you've ever sat safe indoors, feeling cozy and warm, while watching crazy violent weather outside. Then, you may understand it when I say, for me, this jacket has given me that same feeling. While on Denali it kept my body in that comfortable cozy place, while all hell was breaking loose around me outside the jacket.

      Although expensive, it is worth the price and will last for many years. For me, I now have the piece of mind that if the weather gets really nasty I’ll at least be dry and protected from the wind.

      Fortress

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      Yes, it's expensive. But I do believe you'll never have to buy a hardshell again. I use it primarily for hiking and mountaineering in the northeast. Lame winter so far, but I had it up on Katahdin in classic whiteout blizzard conditions earlier this month and it was very nice to have this between me and whatever Mother Nature decided to throw at us. Complete piece of mind. It fits great, is constructed like a work of art, and is the very definition of the word "bomber". I've had every fabric and trend to come out the past several years, and if I had to choose one shell to get me through anything, this is it. Not the lightest or most breathable, but if you want fool proof protection, this is it. My friend had on a lightweight neo shell piece for this trip and it got shredded. He's currently attempting to send it back to the manufacturer. No comparison.

      I have an Alpha FL as well, but I much prefer the fit on the SV for winter layering.

      PS: The Adriatic Blue color is awesome and MUCH darker in real life than in the stock photo. See my pic.

      Fortress

      I wish I could give more than 5 stars!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: XL
      • Height: 6'00"
      • Weight: 225lbs

      Okay, right off the bat it is hard to shell out the $$$$ but wow, this jacket is so worth it. It is very comfortable and the quality is top notch. I used this while snowshoeing in the Northeast and it is great. If you are too hot, unzip the pits. The hood is a great feature since it can be pulled down to fit your head. I was recently stuck in downpour with hail - the jacket was soaking wet on the outside but not a drop inside. I was shocked because I haven't washed the jacket in over a year and didn't re-apply any DWR coatings.

      Bomber Jacket

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'2"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      I am 6'2 185lbs athletic cut and I got a large. I think it fits true to size and it is an excellent jacket - which it better be for the price. There is room to layer, but you can still wear it around SF and not look like a total tool when it is pouring (recent phenomenon). I have worn it when it 25 degrees, winds gusting 75+mph, snowing sideways and it was perfect at blocking out the wind and weather. I have brushed trees skiing and see no marks what so ever. I wore it on a 4 hour hike with the rain coming down sideways and kept me and my phone in my inner pocket bone dry. Some reviews say it is too thick and it's overkill, but compared to my patagonia triolet it is thinner and more breathable.

      2 legit 2 quit

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Height: 6'2"
      • Weight: 240lbs

      I bought this jacket for general winter activities and it's become a staple in my normal outdoor set up. This thing sheds elements like my Australian Shepherd sheds fur. As with most of the Arcteryx line this thing is pricey, but you get what you pay for. I would almost suggest buying one of these used off ebay vs buying any other jacket new. It has a lifetime warranty and Arcteryx has a great reputation for standing by their product.

      This shell as a stand alone is loose and baggy so it's definitely designed for a layer or two underneath. I haven't used this for any sort of mountaineering but have been using it as a ski jacket and love the way this thing does in the snow. Hood fits perfectly over my helmet, and if it's warm the pit dumps remove heat like crazy.

      If you buy this jacket online without actually seeing one in a store just keep in mind it does not have any hand pockets. At first this irritated me, like a Mercedes not having cup holders, but I quickly got over it. So i'm not complaining, just throwing it out there.

      Also, the only real complaint I do have, is that there isn't a headphone slot on this thing. I understand this may be trivial and I might not be using this jacket for it's full intended purpose (at least for now) but at this price I'm pretty sure just something on the internal pocket could have been an easy addition. Will also add that neither of the internal pockets are big enough for an iPhone 6+, even without a case.

      You can purchase this with full confidence that it'll get the job done. Should last a lifetime.

      Awesome jacket, awesome warranty

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      Had my first Alpha SV for about 10 years. Have skied all over the world with this jacket. Recently, there was a delamination issue. Called Arc'teryx... Send the jacket in and they could not fix the issue so they send me a new one.. May be a pricy jacket, but well worth the money given its performance and lifetime warranty. I am forever a loyal Arc'teryx customer because of this experience. For what it's worth the Poseidon blue is a kick @$$ colour.

      I purchased the alpha sv and in the pocket was a small black plastic piece I have no idea what it is for, any ideas?

      Hi Jeff, Not sure what that plastic piece would be for. If you want to email me a photo of that I can forward it along to our rep and see if he can shed some light on that for us. You can shoot that over to mpizza@backcountry.com. Please let me know if you need anything else.