User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £460
Great jacket. Not bomb proof.
- Very light weight
- Tough construction
- Great fit
- Lets water in!
I am a plant hunter, who travels to remote places all over world looking for plants in forests, mountain sides, swamps — all kinds of places (no matter what the weather). I scored my ASV last year for a trip to Western China to spend two weeks hunting in mountains about 3000m. I chose the ASV because it is supposed to be the best jacket on the market.
My first day hiking in the mountains it started to rain heavy, so I was happy to have my jacket and Beta Pro-shell pants. After an hour in the rain though, I started to feel my front getting wet?!? Another 2 hours later after setting up camp at the now chilly 3226m I took off my jacket and was horrified to see the front of my down jacket was soaked and no longer functioning as it should. I think this is due to the front zipper on the jacket that just lets water in. To me this defect seemed to void a lot of the brilliant functionality of the jacket (and a waste of my time, drying out a sopping down jacket).
Interestingly my Beta Pro-shell pants did not leak a drop because they have the water resistant zipper down the side of each leg. Why did they not use a water resistant zipper on the front of the ASV??? Are you reading this Arc'teryx?