User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket
Price Paid: $400
I just have to agree with the praise below. If you are into serious outdoor activities, this is a great jacket. I had the Theta AR before, also a great jacket, but this one is far better.
The Pro shell seems much better than the XCR that I had before. It beads much better. Don't know about durability, since I have only had this one for two years. But I had the Theta for about 7 years and it was almost like new even though I wore it all the time. Just a couple of ruffing on the elbows from falling.
The main reason why I upgraded is that the hood is bigger on this one, fits a helmet well, plus it is fully integrated (not a collar and a hood attached on the outside) which I find much more comfortable and convenient for better face protection in high winds.
The two only chest pockets not such a good idea in the beginning, since Theta has four, but I like this setup better as well now.