Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SL Jacket

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Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket
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"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.

FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Alpha SL Jacket.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Men's Alpha SL Jacket.


  • Embroidered logo

Weather and Wind:

  • Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight
  • Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex PacLite membrane
  • Tiny GORE® seam tape (13 mm)
  • Full front zip with wind flap
  • Fully seam-sealed for waterproofness


  • Corded zipper-pulls reduce noise and are easy to grab
  • Water Tight zipper with flap increases weather protection"
  • Two hand pockets with WaterTight™ zippers
  • Molded zipper garages
  • WaterTigh front zipper


  • Harness-compatible pocket

Lining and Layers:

  • Generous cut for easy layering


  • Laminated drop back hem with adjustable drawcord
  • DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps bead water from fabric surface
  • Two piece Hemlock inserts work with hem drawcord to prevent jacket from slipping out from underneath a harness
  • Compact, lightweight N40r Gore-Tex fabric with PacLite product technology
  • GORE-TEX® two-layer construction


  • Trim fit with e3D adds mobility yet keeps fit close to enhance breath-ability and improve line of vision to see gear on your harness
  • Athletic fit, hip length
  • Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort


  • Laminated pit zippers allow for faster venting


  • Helmet-compatible Storm Hood


  • Single external chest pocket. Included stuff sack has a clip-in webbing loop


  • Laminated high-strength hanger loop
  • Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility
  • Laminated die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off
  • Adjustable elastic waist drawcord
  • Compressible and packable
  • No-lift gusseted underarms
  • Laminated chin guard
  • Non-chafing label
  • Gender specific patterning
  • One-hand adjustable drawcords
  • Articulated elbows
For those gram counting climbers and trekkers who are minimalists that still demand a high level of performance, grab the Arc’teryx Alpha SL Jacket, and get going. This is weather protection in an ultra lightweight package at its finest. Never worry about finding space for this jacket as it is extremely packable and just whip it out whenever the weather turns savage for superior defense. Waterproof fabric all jacked up on Gore-Tex ensures that rain stays on the outside, but the Alpha SL remains highly breathable. As an incredibly versatile piece of outerwear, you can bet that you’ll be covered anywhere from a laid-back day hike, to a demanding multi-day excursion. Even though it won’t feel like much when you put it on, there are still some solid features built in, like pit zips and a pair of hand pockets that crank up the functionality. Flip up the helmet compatible hood and solidify your fortress of weather defense. With a generous cut for layering and an anatomically correct fit, the Arc’teryx Alpha SL Jacket is primed to protect you from any beastly storm that nature can conjure.

Unsurprising fact of the day: mountain storms come out of nowhere and move really quickly. What was a mellow bluebird day can suddenly turn into a serious alpine experience, and you won't be able to stay dry unless you can move as fast as the storm. Weighing in at just 10.8oz, the Arc'teryx Alpha SL Men's Jacket is a tough and compact rain shell that'll keep you one step ahead of the storm. As part of Arc'teryx's Alpha collection (the SL stands for superlight), this shell is designed to be clipped onto your harness or backpack, so you're always prepared on long climbs and alpine expeditions. Made of lightweight nylon and waterproofed with a Gore-Tex PacLite membrane, the SL sports a trim fit with e3D ergonomic and articulated construction to keep you sending during the storm, and provides clean sightlines to your harness so you can grab the right protection without hassle.

To keep carrying simple, the SL packs into its own pocket and clips to your harness via a webbing loop, keeping it out of the way but close at hand should the weather turn. If it gets really nasty, the StormHood covers your helmet and adjusts with a one-handed cinch, and a WaterTight zipper stops sneaky moisture from finding its way into your jacket. Maybe best of all, the removable HemLock foam insert sits around the hem of the SL, keeping it from slipping up underneath your harness and leaving exposed skin. If that's not thoughtful design, nothing is.

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The Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket is designed for those of us who travel fast and need lightweight, dependable gear. The Alpha SL Jacket is made of durable, yet lightweight 2.5 layer GORE-TEX® with Paclite Technology material for unsurpassed breathability and weight.

The Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket is designed to be extremely lightweight and packable for light emergency use. This jacket is streamlined to deliver complete weather protection without excess weight and bulk when the need arises. Built with GORE-TEX fabric with Paclite product technology, and appointed with only essential backcountry features, this compact and compressible jacket stows away easily for take-anywhere storm security for climbers and alpinists.

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Also available for: Women
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:Trim with e3D, 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
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Pockets:Two hand pockets with WaterTight™ zippers
Recommended Use :Alpine climbing;Ice climbing ;hiking; casual urban
Seam Taped:Yes
Seams Taped:Tiny GORE® seam tape (13 mm)
Type of Waterproofing:GORE-TEX® / DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent)
Ventilation :Breathable
Warranty :Manufacture defect
Waterproofing :Yes
Weight:342 g / 12.1 oz
Zipper:WaterTight™ external zippers, Molded zipper garages, Pit zippers for easy venting, Corded zipper-pulls reduce noise and are easy to grab
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Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket Reviews:


Perfectly fitted for the rain

Use this product in poor weather conditions. Rain/Wind
Great things: style and fit, lightweight
Not so great: not warm
Matteo at Paragon Sports on 03/03/2013

Great Gore PacLite shell

Straightforward, minimally featured PacLite shell great for travel and occasional use in foul weather in the backcountry
Chris at Paragon Sports on 05/05/2008