The Arcteryx Alpha FL Jacket is a fast and light jacket for high aerobic, non-stop climbing routes. A clean feature set and trim fit keep the weight and packed size to the minimum while providing uncompromising breath ability. Reinforced in high-wear hip and shoulders.
Men's ultralight Arc'teryx Alpha FL Jacket for climbers and alpinists uses waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® Pro technology that won't slow you down on highly aerobic, nonstop climbing routes.
|Back length (in.):||Unavailable|
|Clothing Fit:||Trim Fit|
|Fabric:||Nylon / nylon blend|
|Fit:||Trim with e3D, hip length|
|Material:||N40p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L|
|Pockets:||Single External Chest Pocket|
|Shell lining fabric:||None|
|Type of waterproofing:||GORE-TEX 3-layer waterproof breathable laminate|
|Weight:||10.9 oz / 310 g|
|Arc'teryx Alpha FL 45 Backpack||$238.95 - $239.00|
|Arc'teryx Beta FL Jacket||$312.94 - $449.95|
|Arc'teryx Alpha LT Jacket||$323.99 - $579.00|
Since the purchase late in the summer, I've taken the FL out on a handful of camping, hiking, and backpacking trips and I've come to appreciate its simplicity yet thoughtful design the more I used it. Couple of big pros for me:
1. Lean cut and long arms - having had the Sidewinder AR (which is cut too large in my opinion, but serves its purpose for easier layering, and the Sidewinder is my ski jacket, so not exactly apples to apples comparison here) for past couple of seasons, I really appreciate that the Alpha FL has a leaner cut. Call me vain, but it just looks better when it's cut leaner around the waist, but has plenty of arm length to facilitate the range of motion.
2. I was a little disappointed that I ended up ordering the Citron because the Squid ink was out of stock, but I really dug the Citron once I wore it. It's not as all yellow as it looks on the computer screen, and I think it stands out pretty well.
3. Light, super breathable, and packable. It's certainly not as burly as Gore-Tex pro (hence not as wind-proof), but not quite as trash baggy as the pac-lite (which I still love by the way). I think it's a great balance. I've worn it with no more than a under armor base layer and an Arc'teryx Covert vest at low 30s, and it kept me reasonably warm, yet it's breathable enough to be comfortable while hiking up to I'd say low 60s.
4. Helmet compatible hood and the adjustment provided are excellent.
One downer for me is the lack of pit zips, I would've taken on couple more ounces to have that...despite the fact that the active shell is quite breathable. I really wouldn't recommend this if one were looking for a snow sport jacket, just not enough pockets, the leaner cut may be difficult for layering depending on your build, and not as burly as the pro or the soft shell.
I love this jacket, so light it's like wearing nothing but still gives full protection from the elements. Cut and fit is perfect if you are slim with long arms, this is the only jacket I have ever owned where the sleeves were long enough and the jacket does not ride up when you put your arms over your head. Packs to almost nothing. Material is not exactly stretchy but does seem to have a little give. I like the added mobility of not having pit zips and the material seems to breathe well enough to not need them. I am 6'1", 183lbs, 32" waist, 43"chest, size large fits like a glove with enough volume to get an Atom LT underneath on colder days.
Unbeatable deal from backcountry on sale !! with the confidence of the best return policy ever, great job guys !!!
This jacket really is exception. Used it today in 40 degree torrential downpour. Bone Dry. The new Gore-Tex active shell really gets the job done quite well. Also, the quality of creation in this jacket is exceptional, I am quite glad this jacket is still made in Canada. I am 6'0 and 175 lbs and I went Large, i do tend to like looser fitting jackets though. The squid ink color is really quite exceptional. You will not be disappointed with this jacket.
-One note: this jacket DOES NOT have hand pockets, i knew this and liked this feature on purpose, if you are someone who enjoys hand pockets, the Beta FL is what you are looking for.
The gore active is as advertised. This jacket fits a bit "young", i.e short. Keep that in mind.
4000 feet in 2 miles. Didn't get clammy at all.