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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"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.
I wore this jacket in full on conditions during a January ice climbing trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, as well as on various winter hikes during storms and it performed flawlessly. I am 5' 9" and 160 # and I bought a large, which leaves room to layer a mid-weight base, a Fortrez hoody, and an Atom LT hoody without articulation issues at all, which is important to me. It looks and feels pretty big around town wearing a t-shirt, but that is not what I bought this for!The hood is the best I've ever used, tons of adjustments and fits a helmet without restriction of head movement. The collar comes up nice and high to seal out the elements.The pockets are awesome, the zippers are great (especially the main one), and the wind and waterproofing is as good as it gets. The new special sauce Pro shell they used is indeed very breathable for a hard shell, even during uphill post-holing with a pack on approach.Basically, the best, most bomb-proof shell available!!
In the Cascades we get all kinds of weather and a lot of rain from Fall into Winter and from late Winter into Spring. For someone who does a double traverse to fifteen hundred feet across five miles five days a week in this kind of weather this jacket can't be beat. Hands down it is the finest shell jacket ever made! I've been hiking, trekking (and at one time climbing) for more than fifty-five years and this jacket does exactly what it should. I wear a couple of thin baselayers and an Atom Lt in the colder temps, but I like being cooler most of the time, wearing an Lt vest with light base-layers. I you can, buy it! One thing to know though is that the front hem of the Atom SV jacket is two inches longer and hangs out under the Alpha SV hem. I was annoyed about this and returned the Atom SV, but I found I found that it would have been too warm anyway so it wasn't a deal breaker. The Atom Lt, Cerium and Thorium jackets and the Atom LT vest all match up perfectly with the Alpha SV.
"AWESOME FIT, Love this coat! Mens Medium its a 40" chest"
Great fit and easy to adjust w/ gloves on. Arcteryx thinks of everything!! This is that kind of jacket you buy and becomes everlasting! I'm 5-8" 170lbs athletic build i bought a Medium & it was important to me to be able to layer up and still feel comfortable feels great over a cerium down and they put nice little cords inside the front pockets to pull the jacket tight. Overall look / feel, quality simply amazing Great Job Arcteryx!
"Nice jacket with good location of pockets."
Purchased this jacket for all around use both Fall and Winter. It has an excellent hoodwith plenty of room for a helmet yet can be tighten down if used without. The material isdefinitely wind proof with good location of pockets.On the down side, I'am 6'3 225#. Purchase the XL and it fits but there's not enough room if you want a mid layer under it without feeling tight.. Also the length comes down to your belt. I prefer my jackets longer so my back if not exposed. Had to return it do to the above.
Killer jacket. Although designed for climbing I'm using for as a winter AR layering piece for skiing and other snow sports. I'm 5'10/ 183 large fits well with room to move. Highly recommend. Oh yeah I gotthis using my Mooooosejaw rewards...how cool it that!
"Typical of Arcteryx build - Excellent quality and highly functional"
Replaced the old faithful Sabre Jacket. Has all the features the Sarbe had yet noticeably lighter. This is the only shell I use now, has even done the job in a nasty early season storm, very tough and exceptionally wind and waterproof. I'm 6'1 and 195 lb and the XL provides plenty of that needed room for layers and never feels restrictive or tight….and besides it also looks pretty sweet!