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The reason that I love Arc'teryx jackets, apart from their flawless construction and seemingly endless list of technical features, is that they give me the option of doing some extreme alpine excursions. Here's the thing about me, I probably won't do any alpine mountaineering, but I love having options. The Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket, designed for severe conditions, opens up those options. The GORE-TEX® Pro fabric shell is fully waterproof (with WaterTight™ zippers all around) while remaining breathable, lightweight and durable enough to function perfectly under a harness. Pit-zips allow you to further regulate ventilation and temperature. While bred for mountain tops, the Alpha SV won't judge you if its primary usage is day to day comfort and protection.
FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket
Hard wearing nylon, plain weave N80p-X face fabric delivers long term performance
Athletic e3D patterning provides room for three layers while facilitating movement
Helmet-compatible StormHood rotates without blocking vision
WaterTight pit zippers permit rapid ventilation; two large bellowed chest pockets, one internal pocket and sleeve pocket
Hem drawcord and HemLock removable inserts prevent jacket from slipping out from underneath harness
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket
Weight: 17.6 oz / 498 g
Fit: Athletic with e3D, hip length
N80P-X Gore-Tex Pro 3L
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The durability and features of this jacket are unmatched by any other on the market. Pocket placement is all you need, and works extremely well when wearing a backpack. The four points of adjustment on the hood are great too. All draw cords only require one hand to use them, and can be done with gloves on. I use it mostly for skiing, and it is amazing at keeping the wind at bay. I have found it to be a bit heavy and weather resistant for backcountry skiing, but I like having the extra security incase the weather rolls in.
actually, it's the send Alpha SV Jacket we bought, the first one is for myself, this one is for my husband, we love the jackets & believe it can protect us from the wind & snow when we enjoyed our travel in arctic circle.
"High Quality Construction and Great Water Proofness"
I've had this jacket for about a half year. The DWR is holding up much better than many other jackets I have had. Actually the best water beading of all so far.The fabric feels a bit stiff but the jacket overall is lightweight. No uncomfortable seams insideQuality of construction is high. I have heard many good things about ArcTeryx products so have some high expectations.The breathability is decent. Venting is great even in super humid Florida conditions. Of course, some moisture will accumulate inside in those conditions on any jacket.The details are well done. I like the velcro cuffs and the material of the velcro itself seems to be less pilly than others yet still has good firm grip.My only gripe would be the hood. It's great and has room to fit over a helmet. However, the adjustments are not as good as I have found on my Marmot. The hood can't quite be adjusted to give as much peripheral vision.I will add another review after I have used this jacket a bit more.
Made in Canada! The Alpha SV is still made in Canada, this is my second Alpha SV (caught a great sale here on MooseJaw for the color I really wanted). I put my current Black Alpha SV through the ringer in the Alps as I work in Germany and have year round access to mountain activities. Love it! I'm 5'11" 210lbs and an XL fits me perfectly with an XL midlayer underneath.
"Best jacket I have ever owned. Colors not true to website product photos."
Best jacket out there in terms of construction and materials arm length is kind of on the long side as Arcteryx made this for the lanky climber type and having to reach above your head all day. The colors are not very true to what is presented in the product photos the Cayenne color is much closer to Coast Guard Orange that you would expect to be painted on a USCG helicopter or on one of those old school yoke style life jackets. Cayenne is great for visibility during rescue operations, but expect your friends to shun you a bit when you wear it around town at all (or at the very least always wear sunglasses while you are wearing it).
I have had a theta ar for the last ten years. I upgraded to the Alpha SV this summer in preparation for this fall. While some six footers say go with a medium, the large fits me (at 5' 11") well. For comparison, the Venta MX large is a tighter fit, and a Gamma MX large fits looser.The jacket's design seems to wrap you when it put on. It's a very articulated fit that really works. I think the minimal experience I have with this jacket already tells me how well it is going to work. Extremely pricey, I know. But if you are looking for something at this level, the Alpha SV is the pinnacle.
"Best of the best (for what it's designed for)"
First let me say that I've had this jacket for a few months now, and done a fair bit in it, from rock climbing to backpacking to just errands around town. For what this jacket was designed for (more on this in a second) it's the best money can buy. The face fabric is near impossible to destroy, no issues with it wetting out, tons of room for layering, and an amazing construction that Arcteryx is known for. That said, keep in mind this jacket is from their Alpha line is their SV variant. What this means for you is some added weight (for you gram counting backpackers out there), lack of hand pockets (can be annoying around town), and a storm hood (not as comfortable as a drop hood on other models). Also, for anyone wondering, this is an "athletic" cut, not "expedition" as years prior. According to Arcteryx, this jacket is 1 inch smaller in the chest than the same size Beta AR. The arms and shoulders are a bit roomier though, allowing for better maneuverability.
I use this jacket for technical mountaineering, ice climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, and around town in bad winter weather. The fabric is durable and breathable. Cut well for layering but still an athletic fit. The hood easily accommodates a helmet. It's now time to renew the exterior fabrics water repellency, although nothing gets through the membrane.
Superb fit and cut - you move, it moves, stays in place, never binds. Perfect hood and the best zippers in the industry. Great details, like the hemlock that works perfectly to keep the tail under the harness and off the rack. The fabric has a great "hand" and stays quiet - not like so many shells that crunch and swish like they were made of a plastic garbage bag. And its tough - granite won't shred it, and you don't have to baby it into the pack. You can find lighter and cheaper shells - fine for a walk in the rain. But shells are like ropes - you don't always need one, but when you DO - it better be 100% reliable. This one is - mine has fended off everything from driving Alaska rain to 50 mph plus Colorado wind just perfectly. The "SV" is in my pack for anything above treeline or anytime the ground is white - or might be before I get back to the Jeep or tent.
I've used my Alpha SV for a year and a half now, from Colorado to Alaska. This was money well spent - the old adage "you get what you pay for" comes to mind. I'm 5-11, 200 lbs, and the large fits so well you don't know you have it on - layers perfectly over an R1 and/or Atom LT. ArcTeryx always gets the details right - perfect zippers, perfect hood, the hemlock works with a harness, nothing "rides up" or binds when you are climbing. The GoreTex Pro fabric is tough and quiet - no need to treat granite like a hot potato or baby it into the pack - it will hold up fine. You can find lighter and cheaper shells - fine if you are just walking in rain -, but most of them will shred and puncture all to easily with any hard technical use. Shells are like ropes - you don't always need it, but when you do, it has to be 100% reliable. This one is. Mine is in my pack, year round, for anything above treeline.