User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 5799 Norwegian Kroner - 975 USD
Use this on all my alpine climbs and winter endeavours with the slightest hint of wind. Great adjustment possibilities and fantastically tailored for climbing and climbers needs. Great attention to detail and small tricks that just make it the best hard shell I have ever worn.
- Everything can be adjusted — excellent fit
- Durability and weather resistance
Fit & Comfort: Great fit. The torso is sewn to a inverted trapezoid to accommodate climbers having their arms above their head almost constantly. Gusseted arms for mobility. A band around the hips that will prevent the jacket from sliding over your harness when reaching.
Adjustability: Almost everything can be tightened or loosened. As with all Arc'teryx gear, hoods accommodate a helmet easily, though the hood scrunches up if you tighten it up without wearing one. All the drawstrings are made for one-hand use, including one in each napoleon pocket for the chest. Cuffs have a sweat resistant fabric on the inside as does the nape of the neck.
Water Resistance: Holds up extremely well to both rain and snow, but close the zip all the way or water will get in.
Breathability: Good ventilation options under the arms. A bit tricky to operate with only one hand, but of great use.
Moisture: I will wear this in semi warm conditions with a thin merino top underneath. No concerns there. Wore it on Matterhorn with a thick Merino hoodie, a fast'n lite down and had absolutely noe moisture problems whatsoever.
Conditions: Use this on everything from hiking in the Norwegian mountains to climbing Matterhorn and various mixed alpine climbing.
Layering: Accomodates other layers very well due to adjustment options.
Abrasion: I have used and abused this jacket very hard. No wear or tear marks visible
Function: Benchmark for design and features.