Arcteryx Women's Alpha SL Jacket

Arcteryx Women's Alpha SL Jacket

Arcteryx Women's Alpha SL Jacket is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 24.
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Product Description Item No.   10300057

The Arc'teryx Women's Alpha SL Jacket is a waterproof jacket for alpine climbing. When weight is a big deal on the mountain climb, but you can't sacrifice performance, turn to the superlight protection of GORE-TEX® PacLite®. The changing wind, rain and snow is no match for the waterproof, windproof fabric and yet it still allows your upper half to breathe. Compress it down into the included stuff sack when the weather has an upturn and it'll be there in moments when you've gotta put it back on. The trim fit stays close to the body and out of the way of gear while the StormHood™ fits over your helmet and shields from the onslaught.

FEATURES of the Arcteryx Women's Alpha SL Jacket

  • N40r face fabric laminated to Gore-Tex fabric with Paclite product technology delivers ultralight, packable weather protection
  • Trim fit with e3D Patterning provides freedom of movement with minimized bulk
  • Helmet compatible StormHood
  • WaterTight centre front zipper with back flap for increased weather protection
  • Two piece removable HemLock inserts secure jacket under harness
  • External chest pocket with WaterTight zipper
  • Stuff sack with clip-in loop
  • Hood designed for full weather protection
  • StormHood can be cinched with one-handed drawcords, allowing it to rotate with the head without obscuring vision when turning from side to side
  • The world's first WaterTight zippers to pass the W.L. GORE extreme wet weather test
  • Hemlock designed to prevent your jacket from riding up while climbing, this removable foam insert installed at the hem, "locks" it under your harness
  • Ergonomic 3-Dimensional patterning refers to advanced gusseting and articulation in our garment patterning that creates better range of motion in key areas
  • Waterproof, windproof, breathable and lightweight
  • Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight
  • DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps repel water from fabric surface
  • Fully seam-sealed for waterproofness
  • Narrow GORE seam tape
  • One-hand adjustable drawcords
  • Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort
  • Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility
  • Articulated elbows
  • No-lift gusseted underarms
  • Laminated chin guard
  • Micro corded zipper pulls
  • Zipper garages to protect zipper closure from snow and rain
  • Laminated die-cut velcro cuff adjusters reduce bulk and won't catch or tear off
  • Drop back hem
  • Laminated hem
  • Adjustable hem drawcord
  • SL / Super Light uses the lightest weight materials available to provide high weather protection, performance and packability, but with the right amount of durability

- + Product Specifications
Gender: Womens
Features: GORE-TEX, Hood, Packable, Waterproof
Weight: 9 oz
Hood Type: Helmet Compatible
Breathability: Moderate Breathability
Exterior Pockets: 1
Waterproof: Yes
Type of Waterproofing: GORE-TEX
Product Technology: GORE-TEX
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Climbing, Mountaineering and Alpine, Ice and Mixed Climbing
Jacket Length: Hip
Fit Type: Slim Fit
Insulation: None
GORE-TEX fabric technology

Garments made with GORE-TEX® fabric are durably waterproof, windproof and highly breathable, providing reliable weather protection and maximum comfort for a wide range of activities. These garments keep your body dry by allowing perspiration vapor to escape so you remain cool during activity and warm during cool-down.

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great light weight jacket. I bought but returned it because I didn't realize it didn't have pit zippers. I need them for the flexibility they give me.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good design, leak in Like all Arcteryx products, good looking, great desingn (more pocket would be an improvement, if they are located on the sides of the seams). Unfortunately after a hiking with light rain I note the fabric on front of the garment totally wet but don`t leaks.A second time the same,but this time my base layer was wet.Is like the DWR is lost, but I own this jacket just for a couple of months. I´m thinking about using nikwax since NU is not available in my country.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Jacket, not as good customer experience Before I get into the review, I will say that this is a review of the warranty customer experience as much as it is about the Alpha SL itself. I was the owner of the previous generation Alpha SL (two hand pockets and pit zips) and it was exactly what I needed. Light, packable, reliable and versatile from use with layers to use with a t-shirt. Bottom line, it just worked and the pocket layout of the jacket was exactly what I needed. It was light but didn't seem to be so light that it lacked utility. Eventually the jacket developed a problem with the zipper that needed repair so I sent it back to Arcteryx to get it fixed (Hey, it happens to every coat sometimes -- I never questioned the construction quality though). In short, I loved this jacket. 5 stars. I was told that the zipper & fabric couldn't be repaired so Arcteryx sent me what is now the current generation Alpha SL. If anyone out there is concerned about whether or not Arcteryx stands behind their products, don't be. They certainly stand behind their products and I appreciate this. But there is one major problem here and that is because the new generation Alpha SL has a couple major, significant differences which for me, are deal breakers. The current Alpha SL has been pared down and is now missing a major feature that for me, is a complete deal breaker: IT ONLY HAS ONE TOTAL POCKET and it's located on the chest -- there are no hand pockets! Make sure you know this before you pull the trigger! Second, they've also taken away the pit zips which is disappointing but not as big of a deal. I understand the motivations of paring down the jacket and I understand why someone would want that. So I'm not questioning the design of the current jacket itself here but rather the warranty process that led to me receiving a jacket that doesn't resemble the one I sent in! I can't use this jacket for what I used my previous Alpha SL for and I never would have purchased it. I'm grateful for Arcteryx's warranty department coming through on one level, but I'm extremely frustrated that it was replaced by a jacket that lacks the functionality of the jacket I sent in.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best! I've had my Alpha SL for a few years now. It's a great jacket--fit's well, looks good, and performs well. The Gore-Tex PacLite fabric is nice, and it has always kept me 100% dry. I also have another Arcteryx hardshell, and it's made with ProShell, which is higher end fabric than this one, but I always find myself reaching for this one first.
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made and exactly as advertised I love this jacket, beacuse it delivers exactly what it promises to deliver. I would like to use this review to explain this, and to address two big issues I have with a lot of these seemingly confused reviews going around. Nothing about this jacket should surprise anyone. Here's why: First: It's a Paclite jacket. Obviously it's not as durable and/or breathable as Pro or Active. But it's cheaper and its lighter, and it delivers exactly the same wind- and rain protection. If anyone says a Pro is more rainproof, they're wrong. Pro is more durable (construction mainly) and breathable, and Active is more breathable and (perhaps) slightly more durable (construction). However, this jacket does sport a 40 denier face fabric (although not the super-tough N40p-x, like the Alpha FL), and as such, it is a pretty burly Paclite jacket. For the same reason, it's not the lightest on the market. But for a 40 denier face fabric jacket, it probably is. Second: It might not have pit zips, and it only has one pocket, but this should be very clear just by looking at it. If you know you want pit zips or more pockets, buy a jacket, that has those features. Just know that it will be heavier, and it will cost more. Because, you know, pit zips and pockets weigh more than just fabric, and putting them in takes time and therefore costs money. Complaining that a jacket, you bought, has no pit zips, is like bying a sportscar and complain that you can't fit your entire family in the backseat. Obviously, the car is not therefore flawed, you purchased the wrong car. Like I said, I love this jacket. It is easily light enough to earn its place in my pack on every outdoor occasion, and I have no worries pulling it on for rough use. If you want a lighter jacket, look elsewhere, but be prepared for something like 10-15 denier and much less durability. If you want more versatility (read: durability and breathability), go for the Alpha FL, which weighs only 20 grams more. It does cost 50% more, but I think it's a bargain. I don't feel like I need more durability, but I also don't want a lot less, so for me, this is a great choice. I'm sure I would love the FL too. And for the five stars: It's quite simply beautifully made, for what it is, and Arc'teryx are very up-front about what it is. There should be no surprises with this one, only expected satisfaction.
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly as Advertised The instructions supplied with the Alpha SL and the description on the website clearly states that this shell is for temporary inclement weather and is not designed for 24/7 tempests. It also clearly states that some durability is sacrificed for compactness and lighter weight. Having said that, the Alpha SL is exactly as described and as an ultralight packer/climber for 40+ years, it's more than I could have asked for. It does seem to run large but I'm at that size range between XL and XXL (ex-Olympic style weightlifter). In any case it allows for adequate layering for four season use. Used with several layers of different weight wool base layers and an Atom hoody there's not much I can't handle in the Continental US. When I move back north next year and resume my 14er efforts I'll buy an Alpha SV for winter summit attempts. For everything else I'll carry this. Interestingly the Beta SL pant was actually lighter than the Alpha SL pant so I went with the Beta which I'll review seperately. One ENORMOUS complaint: Can you ship by any other method other than UPS? Apparently they are utterly incapable of picking up a small parcel at a business and delivering it to a single family dwelling in a timely manner.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the jacket Great jacket. Small, compact, lightweight, great waterproofing. Appreciate the little travel sack that it comes with. Only complaint is that I wish it had armpit vents. Also it fits me very well.
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket, very versatile So, I actually bought the Alpha SL Hybrid, same jacket with a slightly different pocket arrangement and Goretex Pro in a few higher-wear places. Anyway, the jacket is amazing. I live in Syracuse, NY and I use it all the time, it is my go-to piece. If it's less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit I go to my Fission SV, but anything above that I go with this piece layered with a fleece or by itself, depending on the temperature. I use it on my commutes to and from the SU campus and as I walk around campus. I have taken it on a few hikes recently and it has fit easily in my pack, it doesn't breathe extremely well but the pit zips help. Now that it's getting a bit warmer the rain is coming... If I'm not wearing it, I keep it packed up in my bag just in case a rain storm should hit and it has definitely come in handy. I have gotten many compliments on the color (maize) and several on the materials. Love the hood, I never carry an umbrella so the hood comes in handy in rain storms.
Date published: 2014-03-23
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Women's Jackets, Shirts and Tops
SIZE X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Bust 33" 35" 37" 40" 44"
Waist 25" 27" 29" 32" 36"
Hip 36" 38" 40" 43" 47"
Sleeve Length 29 1/2" 30 1/2" 31 1/2" 32 1/2" 33 1/2"
Numeric Size 0 - 2 4 - 6 8 - 10 12 - 14 16 - 18

• Arc'teryx recommends you calculate your body measurements using the info in the Measurement Guide below before selecting a product size. The measurements provided in their size guides refer to your body measurements unless otherwise specified.

• Check the fit type in the product FEATURES and SPECIFICATIONS and refer to the Fit Guide below to ensure you are ordering a product for the correct end use.

Women's Pants
SIZE X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Waist 26" 27" 29" 32" 36"
Hip 36" 38" 40" 43" 47"
Length (Regular) 29" 29 5/8" 30 1/4"
Length (Long / Tall) Add 3"

• Please note that the actual pant length may vary slightly from the info above, depending on the intended end use of the product.

Women's Numeric Pant Sizing
SIZE 2 4 6 8 10 12 14
Waist 26" 27" 28" 29" 30" 32" 34"
Hip 37" 38" 39" 40" 41" 43" 45"
Inseam 32"

• Several models of Arc'teryx pants are sized numerically and available in different inseam lengths. You will see these sizes reflected in the options in the Select a Size drop down menu for particular products.

• For all other pants available in numerical waist sizes where the inseam length is not specified, the inseam lengths provided above apply.

SIZE Small / Medium Large / X-Large
Head Circumference 21.7 - 22.4" 22.8 - 23.6"
Women's Gloves
SIZE X-Small Small Medium Large
Hand Width 6.7 - 6.9" 6.9 - 7.2" 7.2 - 7.5" 7.5 - 7.8"
Hand Length 6.5 - 6.7" 6.9 - 7.2" 7.2 - 7.5" 7.5 - 7.8"
Unisex Gloves
SIZE X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Hand Width 7.3 - 7.6" 7.8 - 8.1" 8.2 - 8.6" 8.6 - 8.9" 8.9 - 9.3"
Hand Length 7 - 7.2" 7.2 - 7.5" 7.5 - 7.7" 7.7 - 8" 8 - 8.2"

Chest / Bust - Measure around your chest / bust, holding the measuring tape under your armpit.

Waist - Measure around the natural waist, which is often the narrowest part of your waist.

Hip - Measure around your hips at the widest part.

Sleeve Length - With your arms in a slightly bent postion, measure from the center of the back of your neck, along the length of your arm, to the wrist.

Inseam / Pant Length - From a standing position, measure from your crotch to your ankle.

Dress Length - Measuring the front of the garment from the neckline at shoulder to the hem edge.

Head Circumference - Measure the full circumference around the widest part of your head.

Hand Length - Measure from the tip of your middle finger to the base of the palm.

Hand Width - Measure the circumference of your hand around the knuckles, excluding the thumb.

• Please note that all the info provided above refers to body measurements, and NOT the dimensions of the garment.


Next to Skin Fit - These snugly-fitting garments are made with stretch fabrics to fit next to the skin to enhance moisture management and thermal efficiency. Garments in this fit category when constructed using Arc'teryx's heavier-weight AR and SV fabrics also perform very well as mid layer pieces, and users should consider selecting a larger size to accommodate a base layer underneath if the intention is to use this layering system as a mid layer option.

Trim Fit - Trim-fitted garments share the motion-friendly traits with Arc'teryx "Athletic" fit garments, but are patterned with lower volume for reduced bulk. These close-fitting pieces layer well under other garments.

Athletic Fit - This is the "Arc'teryx Standard" fit. These complete patterns utilize anatomical shaping and gussets to enhance motion by minimizing excess bulk. Easy layering under or over each item extends seasonal versatility and comfort.

Relaxed Fit - Relaxed fit garments rely on higher volume patterns and a reduced amount of articulation to offer roomy mobility.

Expedition Fit - Cut roomier than the Arc'teryx Athletic fit and suitable for winter/extreme conditions, Expedition (XPD) fit garments are cut larger to accommodate multiple layers without binding or restricting movement.

• You can find the fit type and additional fit info for Arc'teryx styles in the product description FEATURES and SPECIFICATIONS.


How to Find Your Foot Measurements

Sleeve - With your arms in a slightly bent postion, measure from the centre of the back of your neck, along the length of your arm, to the wrist.

Chest/Bust - Measure around your chest/bust, holding the measuring tape under your armpit.

Waist - Measure around your waist at the narrowest part.

Hip - Measure around your hips at the widest part.

Crotch to - From a standing position, measure from your crotch to your ankle.

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Arc'teryx Warranty and Repair

Arc'teryx guarantees the quality and performance of all of their products. Items with defects in materials or workmanship will be replaced or repaired at the discretion of Arc'teryx for the practical lifetime of the product. Items that are damaged through wear and tear, misuse, or neglect may be repaired at a small charge.

How do I send back an item for Warranty, or get an item repaired by Arc'teryx?
For Customers in North America and Europe, Arc'teryx recommends that the product be returned to the store or site where it was originally purchased.

If this is not possible, fill out their online warranty form which can be found HERE. They will email you with full instructions on how to send your product to their Warranty and Repair Center. Do not send your item to them without first obtaining an RA number from Arc'teryx.

Arc'teryx is not responsible for items that are lost or damaged during shipping and cannot replace parcels that are lost during return shipment if proof of tracking is not available. Please use a guaranteed delivery service that provides tracking information, insurance, and proof of delivery when sending an item back to Arc'teryx.

For customs purposes, Arc'teryx requires you to provide them with a PHYSICAL address, however, your warranty/repair item can still be shipped to a PO Box.

How do I contact them with questions?
Complete their Warranty or Repair Request Form. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach their Customer Service department at 1-866-458-2473.

What is and isn't covered under the Warranty Policy?
Defects in materials or workmanship are covered for the practical lifetime of the product. Material refers to zippers, buckles and fabrics. Workmanship refers to seams, seam tape and construction. Damage due to wear and tears such as rips, tears, abrasion or UV degradation, misuse or neglect is not covered under Arc'teryx's warranty policy but may be repairable for a fee.

What is covered under the Warranty Policy on Arc'teryx footwear?
Defects in material and workmanship will be covered by Arc'teryx for the practical lifetime of the product. The practical lifetime for footwear can vary drastically depending on the frequency and type of usage. Things such as the wearing of the outsole, frayed laces, nicks and tears can indicate that a shoe has surpassed its practical lifetime. These are examples of wear and tear or damage which are not covered by Arc'teryx. If you believe there is a defect in material or workmanship present on your product, please see follow the instructions on how to send it to Arc'teryx for assessment.

What does 'practical Lifetime of the product' mean?
Although Arc'teryx builds their products to last over extended periods of time, nothing lasts indefinitely. Materials will deteriorate and fade over time and moving parts will wear out. Arc'teryx will cover your product under their warranty policy until such a time that they have deemed the product to be worn out beyond reasonable repair. If the product is showing the signs of its age-for instance, the material has become thin or faded, there are rips and tears, the zippers no longer catch, the cuffs are fraying, or the soles are worn-they will take this into consideration when assessing your product for a warranty request. All gear will suffer from differing degrees of wear-and-tear, depending upon the user. Equipment used by an outdoor guide for 150 days a year will by comparison, degrade faster than gear used by a weekend skier. By taking care of your equipment you will ensure a longer lifetime for your gear. Arc'teryx recommends that you visit their Product Care page for more information on how to wash and care for your equipment.

Will Arc'teryx repair or replace my product?
If your Arc'teryx product fails due to a manufacturing defect, where possible, Arc'teryx will repair the item at no charge to you. They have repair centers in both Europe and North America that employ the same custom machinery and techniques that they use to create the original products. If the product is not repairable, or the cost of the repairs exceeds the value of the product, Arc'teryx may, at their discretion, choose to replace the product instead.

What happens if I rip or tear my jacket or pants?
Skis, snowboards, crampons, axes and other sharp equipment will damage clothing and gloves if they come into direct contact with them. Rips, tears, burns and punctures can occur during normal use and while carrying your equipment, and are not covered under the terms of the warranty. To assist you in keeping your product in optimal working condition, Arc'teryx offers a variety of repairs for a reasonable charge. Contact them and they will be happy to discuss your options.

What if I want to have my garment altered or tailored?
Arc'teryx does not offer custom alterations or modifications to their packs or garments at this time. For products made from GORE-TEX® fabrics they suggest using a GORE-TEX® authorized repair facility for alterations. There is a list of GORE-TEX® authorized repair shops in your area on the GORE-TEX® website.

Do alterations void my warranty?
Arc'teryx understands that individuals may, on occasion, wish to tailor their Arc'teryx products to suit their needs. If something should fail which is unrelated to any alterations, Arc'teryx will stand behind their products, provided that the Arc'teryx product is being used as intended. For a list of alteration facilities in your area, please visit the GORE-TEX® website.

How long will it take if I send my product in for warranty assessment and/or repair?
The typical turn-around time is 15 to 20 business days from the time they receive your product to the time they ship it back to you. Keep in mind that winter is the busiest season for warranty and repair service. Arc'teryx will provide you with updates and more accurate estimates throughout the process.

How do I prepare my item for return to Arc'teryx?
In order to comply with health and safety regulations, as well as for the protection of their staff, Arc'teryx kindly asks that all products be cleaned before being sent to them. Products that arrive unwashed may be subject to a cleaning fee before assessments can be made. To find out how to properly clean your garment, please visit the Arc'teryx Product Care page.

How are shipping costs handled?
Customers are responsible for shipping items to Arc'teryx, and Arc'teryx will cover the return shipping costs. Please ensure that you ship the product using a carrier that can provide you with tracking information and proof of delivery. Customers are responsible for their product until Arc'teryx has signed for its delivery.

What do repairs cost?
Repairs covered under the terms and conditions of the Arc'teryx warranty policy are performed at their expense. Costs for non-warranty repairs will vary depending upon the situation. Arc'teryx will provide you with as many repair options as possible based upon the amount of work and materials required and the expected end result. After your product has been received and assessed, Arc'teryx will be able to contact you with repair options and costs. Repairs requiring payment will never be performed without your authorization.

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