Moosejaw Staff Pick "No it's not just a rain jacket, if you hike or spend anytime outdoors when it's raining or even a light snow this jacket is the best barrier against both. There are very few pieces of gear I can say that I've used spring skiing then the next week used hiking on St. John's in the Caribbean. I have had the Alpha SL jacket for two years now and have used it more than any other. It has everything you need - 1) Water proof and windproof as a result of Gore-Tex Paclite, 2) looks badass, 3) great fit, 4) my favorite, pit zips that actually open wide enough to be useful. The pocket placement has also worked really well under my pack. I have used this coat for skiing/snowboarding, hiking, canoeing (4 days of straight rain in Algonquin and never got wet), and everyday use. But seriously, this is by far my favorite Paclite shell and yes you should get one too, then stop in the Rochester store and we can be twins." Eric the Red - Rochester Moosejaw
The Men's Alpha SL Jacket by Arcteryx, designed for the light and fast fanatic, the Alpha SL Jacket is streamlined to deliver complete weather protection without excess weight and bulk. Appointed with all the essential back country features, this compact and lightweight jacket rides along for take anywhere storm security.
FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Alpha SL Jacket
Compact, lightweight N40r Gore-Tex fabric with PacLite product technology
Trim fit with e3D adds mobility yet keeps fit close to enhance breathability; improves line of vision to see the gear on your harness
Helmet-compatible Storm Hood
Water Tight zipper with flap increases weather protection"
Single external chest pocket. Included stuff sack has a clip-in webbing loop
Two piece Hemlock inserts work with hem drawcord to prevent jacket from slipping out from underneath a harness
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Men's Alpha SL Jacket
Weight: 10.8 oz / 305 g
Fit: Trim with e3D, hip length
N40r Gore-Tex fabric with PacLite product technology
This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
I have not had the opportunity to really put this jacket to the test but it has excelled as a building to building rain jacket. My first "hard shell" ever and love the breathability. Still stuffy on a muggy day but I expected that w/ the Gore-Tex.
This jacket is some BA rain wear for the average hiker. The length of the jacket is just right so that even when reaching it always rides below your waist. What sets this jacket apart from the Beta SL is the pit zips. After having a Beta SL for three years I switched to the Alpha to get the additional cooling from the pit zips. I've tried other jackets with pit zips and frequently they are annoying because you can feel them bunching up under your arms when your arms are at rest. Obviously Arcteryx is famous for their fit and finish and the pit zips on their jackets are no exception. You don't even know they are there until you need them. And when you do they are extra long and generous to aid in rapid ventilation. I love the high pockets too. Even though they were designed for use in a harness, they work great while seated and also under a pack. No other manufacturer can touch the quality of their products.
"If the Wicked Witch of the West was to pick a rain coat it should be this one."
Lets face it. Arcteryx is good stuff. It's pricey but you're reading this so you're considering buying it. You should. It's packable. Stylish. Durable. Also it fits great if you're not a fatty. If you are a fatty you should loose weight just so you can fit in this jacket. It's that good of a jacket.I wear it backpacking and around town...looks and performs like it should be in both environments without compromises.I use it primarily as a rain jacket so it's not my daily driver. However it looks like brand new after about 2 years of use.
"It will keep your iPhone dry after plunging into a pool!"
As a current resident of Arizona, we don't find much use for high end rain-gear -- a trash bag will usually get you through the short monsoons. This purchase came about after agreeing to hike the SHT in Northern Minnesota. It worked great; it didn't rain once! A few excursions in the Pacific North West including a sumit of Mt. Rainer, as well as multiple trex around this islands of Hawaii have me sold on this shell/rain jacket as an amazingly versitile layer. Been through a few down pours now at hot and cold temperatures, and I have nothing but great things to say about this product. Unfortunately it walked away from me recently at a party, so I will have to replace it.A little on the spendy side, but a great layer in warm and cold weather. Breathed surprizingly well, especially with the pit-zips. a Cheeper layer will suffice, but this thing is durable! Roll over some razor-wire if you need to with out worring.
don't keep on staring the jacket wont buy itself. so worth it you wont regret it. keeps me dry in the snow sleet and rain the mail man should wear this jacket!! maybe they would be happier about delivering the mail!!
Very light clothing, has been placed in the trunk of my car or backpack, wear out when it rains, very convenient.Good waterproof, but not warm.Suitable for summer, or when the rain is not too cold in spring and autumn.
The Arcteryx men's Alpha SL jacket was purrrfect as a shell for skiing at Wildcat mountain (get then purrrfect reference?) which is cross Pinkham Notch from Mt. Washington when the temps were in the high 20s and wind was less than 15 mph. I'm 6'4 and 250 lbs and xxls are a must for me. The only two minor comments is that the hood is huge and an interior or sleeve pocket would have been nice. Be safe.......
This is a verrrry expensive rain slicker. Besides the name, your probably better off going to an east coast mtn on a rainy day and picking up a few of those free oversized plastic bags with a whole for your head and arms (also great for body sledding)... but other than that it's awesome!
"Best jacket i have ever owned! Hands down"
The best of the best. Love this rain jacket. I use it for those rainy days around town and as an emergency rain jacket for backpacking trips. Used it in the White mountains where it rained basically every day, Kept my down jacket I had on under it %100 dry. also a very good wind breaker. The most well made jacket I own. Looking foward to using it on my AT thru hike in 2014