"No it's not just a rain jacket, if you hike or spend anytime outdoors when it's raining or even a light snow this jacket is the best barrier against both. There are very few pieces of gear I can say that I've used spring skiing then the next week used hiking on St. John's in the Caribbean. I have had the Alpha SL jacket for two years now and have used it more than any other. It has everything you need - 1) Water proof and windproof as a result of Gore-Tex Paclite, 2) looks badass, 3) great fit, 4) my favorite, pit zips that actually open wide enough to be useful. The pocket placement has also worked really well under my pack. I have used this coat for skiing/snowboarding, hiking, canoeing (4 days of straight rain in Algonquin and never got wet), and everyday use. But seriously, this is by far my favorite Paclite shell and yes you should get one too, then stop in the Rochester store and we can be twins."
The Men's Alpha SL Jacket by Arcteryx, designed for the light and fast fanatic, the Alpha SL Jacket is streamlined to deliver complete weather protection without excess weight and bulk. Appointed with all the essential back country features, this compact and lightweight jacket rides along for take anywhere storm security.
|Clothing Fit:||Trim Fit|
|Cuffs:||Laminated die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off|
|Fabrics/Materials:||340NR GORE-TEX® Paclite® 2L|
|Fit:||Athletic, hip length|
|Gusseted:||No-lift gusseted underarms, Articulated elbows, Gender specific patterning, Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility|
|Hem:||Drop back hem, Laminated hem, Adjustable hem drawcord|
|Hood:||Helmet compatible Speed Hood|
|Liner:||Laminated chin guard|
|Material:||N40r GORE-TEX fabric with Paclite product technology|
|Perfect For:||Climbing, Hiking|
|Pockets:||Two hand pockets with laminated WaterTight zippers|
|Recommended Use :||Alpine climbing;Ice climbing ;hiking; casual urban|
|Seams Taped:||Tiny GORE® seam tape (13 mm)|
|Type of Waterproofing:||GORE-TEX® / DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent)|
|Warranty :||Manufacture defect|
|Weight:||12.1 oz / 342 g|
|Zipper:||WaterTight™ external zippers, Molded zipper garages, Pit zippers for easy venting, Corded zipper-pulls reduce noise and are easy to grab|
|Arc'teryx Alpha LT Jacket||$349.27 - $525.00|
|Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant||$99.47 - $258.95|
|Arc'teryx Alpha SL Hybrid Jacket||$338.95 - $350.00|
|Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant - Long Length||$258.95|
This is an excellent product that has yet to fail me.
I'm very hard on my gear and am unwilling to baby anything I own. I have used it hiking, running, snowshoeing, around town, and as my go to jacket when fly fishing--it is during this activity that the Alpha SL gets put to the test, as I'm constantly bushwacking through all kinds of tough undergrowth, branches, prickers, thicket, etc., to get to secluded fishing holes, often when it is pouring since fish tend to be more active then. I have even taken spills on rocks and slid down gravel riverbanks and this jacket just laughs at it all.
I have never had a problem with breathability, or leakage, and the hood is real nice on windy days, once cinched properly.
I get full range of motion which is important for casting properly with a fly rod.
As for fit, I'm 6'1" about 188lbs with very broad shoulders, a 45" chest and a 77" wingspan (the equivalent of a 6'4" person of average proportions) so the XL works perfectly for me with plenty of room for layers without feeling too baggy. The Large fit well around the waist but was tight in the back and upper torso with layers on and the arms were a bit short. If you are of average build and my height with a normal wingspan (take 1.023 times your height in inches to see what the average is for your height) then a Large will probably work fine.
A note about layering: I also have the Atom LT hoody in XL and this shell is a perfect match for this jacket, giving you the perfect kit for 75% of your outdoor activities. The Atom SV will fit underneath, but it is a just little too snug in the shoulders and arms for me given that the Alpha SL is an Althetic cut.
You simply can't go wrong with this piece, it does exactly what its designed to do and is amazingly durable.
Just an unreal piece of gear. Waterproof, breathable, durable, sleek, simple. These are all traits inherent in all Arc'teryx jackets, but other brands manage to sometimes stack up. This jacket, like all Arc'teryx jackets but unlike the competition, is just perfectly well thought out. Everything you want in the jacket is there, everything you don't isn't. Down to the most minute details, this is a high quality product clearly designed by people who are completely in tune with how you plan to use it. So go for it and splurge. I can guarantee you won't regret it.
This jacket is lightweight and packable. If you are in the amrket for a lightweight rain jacket that can stand up to snow and a lot of use, this is the piece. The Paclite material is great when variable conditions are present, it's easy to stuff in a pack when not is use. If you plan on wearing a backpack the majority of the time, I would look at the SL Hybrid Jacket as well.
Originally bought the pull over version first. My wife would not let m get away with buying another pull over of the same jacket, so i purchased this on and could not be happier! It is super lightweight and will keep all the elements out. I like how this jacket has a little more generous cut than the other jackets they sell. Keeps me dry and cozy during the worst storms.
packable, and omni-proof. But it's not a detail perfection stuff, and looks fragile even though last weekend hiking proved I'm wrong. One star for the fluff of the edge , four star for the rest good .
This jacket is dope yo! I wear it all the time and am like wow this jacket is exceeding my expectations. Everyone should buy it for skiing.
I have not had great luck with Paclite. During heavy rain I have been soaked through the shell fabric on 2 occasions- with 2 different paclite shells. To test the jackets and rule out condensation, I did the shower tests with both cold and warm water and again both were wet inside. They seem to handle a drizzle of rain but when the water comes down in buckets I head straight to pro shell.
Alpha SL is a nicely made paclite shell. It is really lightweight and nicely constructed. 2 large volume hand pockets with watertight zips. The fit is nice but could be a bit more trim in the chest (like the FL series of jackets). Nice length in front and back providing ample coverage. hood fits nicely and has lots of adjustments to cinch down when not using a helmet.
Overall nice jacket but expensive. The Alpha SL hybrid is only a bit more expensive and has Pro shell in the shoulders and under the arms, plus has a better front zipper (Watertight Vislon #3 ). The other option is to look into a proshell like the Alpha LT