User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Alpha LT Jacket
Fabric: Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Price Paid: $450
First of all, I have no idea what that guy was talking about, I have the Pro shell version (Fall 07) and it couldn't be more waterproof. To be honest though, I was afraid to wear this jacket after spending so much money on it and feeling how light it is.
That being said, this jacket is pretty damn durable despite its ridiculously low weight. It is as waterproof as can be and while I haven't used it that much yet (I will definitely update my review if anything goes wrong with it) the new Gore-Tex Pro Shell seems amazing.
I was trying to chose between this jacket and the Alpha SL (which is half the cost) and made with the Pac-lite rather than the pro-shell, which after a bunch of research, I found is not as durable over the long term but it depends on your use. I decided to go with this jacket because I want something that was light and that I can beat up and I plan on using it for mountaineering as well as a light, packable rain jacket. The SL is a great jacket, my roommate has one, but consider your uses before you buy.
The only thing you need to be careful about both the Alphas is they are cut short in the front. I am a tall skinny guy and the a L is a little too short for me in the front but I'm keeping it anyway because it will still do the job. Oh yeah, best hood design ever on this jacket. Fits your head snugly yet can fit a helmet, amazing.