Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket

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Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
Weight 486 g / 1 lb 1.1 oz
Fit XPD Expedition fit, Hip Length
Materials 480N GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L



This jacket was designed for the true rough weather…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
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.

rated 4.50 of 5 stars All Alpha SV Jacket versions

In addition to the 1 women's review above, there are 15 reviews for other versions of the Alpha SV Jacket. Read all reviews »

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Arc'teryx's Alpha SV Jacket page.

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The Alpha SV Jacket for women ice climbers and alpinists is the toughest waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX Pro hard shell from Arc'teryx for severe alpine environments.


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 e3D anatomical patterning and fit for unrestricted movement Water Tight Vislon centre front zipper Crossover bellowed chest pockets and sleeve pocket with laminated Water Tight zippers, two internal laminated pockets with zippers Removable HemLock inserts keep jacket in position under harness Laminated Water Tight pit zips SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Women's Alpha SV Jacket Weight: 17.1 oz / 486 g Fit: XPD with e3D fit, hip length 480N Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3L This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

Fully waterproof jacket with the harness HemLock feature; ideal for climbing in severe weather conditions. Our most durable waterproof shell. Weight: 486 g / 1 lb 1.1 oz Fit: Athletic fit, Hip Length Fabric: 480N GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L

- Teton Village Sports