Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
Fabric: 3-ply Gore-Tex
Price Paid: $450
This jacket was designed for the true rough weather adventurer. The Alpha SV is bomb proof. Water literally beads and rolls off the jacket, even after several days in a brutal NorthWest downpour.
Arc'Teryx has managed to keep the weight down by developing waterproof zippers in the pit zip and outer pocket areas which eliminated the need and weight of storm flaps. The pit zips are almost the length of the jacket which allows for significant venting when necessary.
The hood is extremely large to allow for any headgear you might be wearing, and there are three adjustment pulls to make the hood conform to the exact shape of your noggin. The jacket has two internal pockets for water bottles, and there is midrift and waist adjustment that will retain body heat when needed.
This jacket is a superior design and the colors are calm compared with all the mango and guava jackets I see in the retail stores. Shadow, is a midnight blue, and the one I chose. The price is hefty, but this jacket should be the last one you'll have to buy, unless you get fat from inactiivity and it doesn't fit.
A tip if ordering over the internet, these jackets and pants are designed to conform to the body, and if you normally wear a large, order the XL so you can wear some things under the shell. One question to Arc'Teryx, is what were you thinking when you designed the outer pockets? The position and shape of the pockets make the user cross their arms if they want to use the pockets. Just a question I had to ask.
Now is this jacket perfect, no, but it comes extremely close.
Buyers note: I purchased the Theta LT, which is also extremely well built, but exchanged it for the Alpha SV, because the Theta has no internal pockets and the thing feels like a dress it is just too long. An XL Alpha SV is long enough to cover the backside and yet you aren't tripping over it when you need to climb a ledge or boulder.
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The Alpha SV Jacket for women ice climbers and alpinists is the toughest waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX(R) Pro hard shell from Arc'teryx for severe alpine environments. Exceptionally hard-wearing N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L nylon face fabric delivers long-term resistance to abrasion. Durable micro-grid woven backing reduces weight and is also highly abrasion resistant. Jacket features a Durable Water Repellent finish that beads up and sheds precipitation. Athletic patterning provides room for 3 layers while facilitating movement. Helmet-compatible StormHood(TM) turns with your head and won't obscure vision; cinches with 1-handed drawcords. WaterTight(TM) pit zippers permit rapid ventilation. Removable HemLock(TM) inserts keep the jacket in position when worn underneath a climbing harness. 2 crossover chest pockets are compatible with harnesses and packs, and are easy to see into. 2 laminated internal pockets; 1 sleeve pocket. Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket for women protects against the most severe weather conditions.
The Arc'teryx Women's Alpha SV Jacket has a durable N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro shell that withstands the kind of horrendous weather that rends tents to tatters and forces the Yeti to seek shelter. Whether you're a medic on a search-and-rescue chopper, guiding a group of novice ice climbers, or backpacking through the Olympic National Forest, the e3D design and uber-tough Gore-Tex Pro fabric lets you move the way you want, and stay protected from the elements, too.N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro is a mouthful, and hardly scratches the surface of this amazing fabric--literally. Made from tightly woven nylon, this guaranteed waterproof and breathable fabric resists abrasions, scratches, and general horseplay with nary a scrape. The dense construction minimizes exposed strands of fabric, reducing the potential for damage from rock faces, tools, or just the occasional cold shoulder. The smooth surface of this uber-techy fabric won't get roughed up from harness straps, nor will it cause your fabric purses to pill when you wear it around town.This jacket shows why it's the alpha in the pack with all of the bells and whistles complementing the Gore-Tex shell. Arc'teryx's e3D design gives you freedom to move without ripping the jacket or exposing more of you than absolutely necessary. The hood is helmet-compatible so you can protect your melon from the elements and not just falling rocks or oblivious skiers. You can access the two bellowed chest pockets while wearing a pack, and the sleeve stash pocket lets you hide an $20 for the first pitcher after a hard day on the hill. Underarm vents let you blow off steam as you scrape an inch of ice off your windshield or hump up 3,000 vertical feet in less than a mile.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Arcteryx Women's Alpha SV Jacket FEATURES of the Arcteryx Women'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 WaterTight pit zippers permit rapid ventilation Two crossover chest pockets are compatible with harnesses and packs, easy to see into, two internal laminated pockets and one sleeve pocket HemLock removable inserts prevent jacket from slipping out from underneath harness and adjustable hem drawcords SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Women's Alpha SV Jacket Weight: 16.0 oz / 455 g Fit: Athletic with e3D, hip length N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro 3L This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
The expedition fit and long-term durability of the Alpha SV's face fabric explains why this Arc'teryx jacket is seen on more ski patrollers and expedition adventurers than almost any other. This highly abrasion resistant fabric is designed to hold up to the most rugged conditions, keeping you protected and dry through intense storm cycles. Easily layer to keep your body temperature up and cool off with extended pit zips. Fully adjustable hood.
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