Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket

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Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
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Arc'teryx has earned a reputation in the outdoor industry for making some of the toughest gear available. Arc'teryx doesn't pull any punches when it designs its gear. Nowhere is this more evident than its SV line of clothing—the burliest clothing that Arc'teryx makes. For 2013, Arc'teryx redesigned its venerable Alpha SV Jacket around a high-density nylon face fabric with a Gore-Tex Pro 3L laminate to make it just as tough as before, but now quieter and more supple.

To earn the Arc'teryx SV (severe weather) moniker, the Alpha SV jacket had to be tough. And, of course, this is Arc'teryx, so when we say tough, we mean bulletproof. The jacket's main body fabric is N80p-Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer. N80p is a high-density nylon weave. The high-density construction minimizes the yarns' exposure to abrasion, which reduces damage to filaments to maintain surface integrity. A durable micro-grid woven backer reduces weight and further resists abrasion. What all that means is years of guaranteed waterproof breathable service, even in the harshest conditions.

The Alpha SV is more than tough fabric, however. It's designed to work in perfect harmony with climbing harnesses and backpacks. This means the chest vent pockets and underarm zipper vents are designed out of the way of waist belts and shoulder straps, and the removable HemLock inserts keep the jacket in position when worn underneath a climbing harness. The hood and underarm zippers are designed for one-hand use for easy operation in tight spots. Of course, the Alpha SV is equipped with stormproof zippers throughout.

Weather and Wind:

  • Fully seam-sealed for waterproofness
  • Waterproof zippers throughout
  • Windproof
  • Snow-shedding
  • Zipper garages to protect zipper closure from snow and rain
  • Narrow GORE seam tape
  • Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight


  • WaterTight Vislon front zip


  • Two crossover chest pockets are compatible with harnesses and packs, easy to see into


  • Athletic fit, waist-length
  • Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort


  • Hem Lock removable inserts prevent jacket from slipping out from underneath harness and adjustable hem drawcords
  • Laminated hem
  • Hard wearing nylon, plain weave N80p-X face fabric delivers long term performance
  • Made with N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro fabric, the classic Alpha SV is the most durable shell in the Arc'teryx lineup
  • GORE-TEX three-layer construction
  • Drop back hem
  • DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps bead water from fabric surface
  • Ultra-durable N80p high-density nylon weave

Lining and Layers:

  • Athletic e3D patterning provides room for three layers while facilitating movement
  • E3D patterning creates an ergonomic fit for ease of movement; expedition fit leaves room for maximum winter layering


  • Hood drawcords and pit zippers all adjust with one hand; corded zipper pulls reduce noise and are easy to grab
  • Helmet-compatible Storm Hood™ with a laminated brim rotates without blocking vision


  • Underarm zipper vents, chest pocket mesh vents
  • Breathable
  • WaterTight™ pit zippers allow easy and rapid ventilation
  • Water Tight pit zippers permit rapid ventilation


  • Two bellowed pockets remain accessible while wearing a pack; jacket also includes 1 sleeve pocket and 1 internal pocket


  • Harness HemLock inserts keep jacket in position
  • Lightweight
  • Articulated elbows
  • No-lift gusseted underarms
  • Laminated high-strength hanger loop
  • Laminated chin guard
  • Adjustable elastic waist drawcord
  • Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility
  • Laminated die-cut Velcro cuff adjusters with elastic
  • Gender specific patterning

The Arcteryx Men’s Alpha SV Jacket is equipped to keep you safe and dry in nasty conditions. Featuring a Water Tight center front zipper and a helmet compatible hood, this Arcterynx jacket won’t leave you hangin’ in a storm. With E3D patterning, it won’t leave you hangin’ in the winter either. Oh what a great relationship this could be.

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

The Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket is the company's most durable GORE-TEX® Pro jacket and has lead the industry since its introduction. A new GORE-TEX® Pro N80p-X face fabric, under development for 5 years, has a softer hand and greatly improved breathability for 2014. The Athletic e3D patterning provides room for three layers while keeping your movement as unfettered as possible. WaterTight™ pit zippers allow you to vent heat quickly when the need arises. Arguably the best hardshell in the world for serious mountaineering and winter snowsports, the Arc'teryx Alpha SV is in a class by itself.
The classic Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket has been redesigned to deliver the most potent combination of durability and performance, which adds up to the demise of cold conditions. Ridiculously tough and functional N80p-X Gore-Tex fabric was selected to provide extreme waterproofing while remaining highly abrasion resistant. An ergonomic fit allows for full range of motion and also lets you layer up during the most harsh winter months. The Storm Hood is helmet compatible, draw cords seal out the snow, and pit vents let you cool things down when you’re working hard. Alpinists of all kinds will rejoice when zipping into the crazy tough Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket.

The Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket is a classic piece recreated using exceptionally durable, N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro fabric that is extremely waterproof and abrasion resistant. E3D patterning creates an ergonomic fit for extra ease of movement paired with an expedition fit leaves room for maximum winter layering. Traditional bellowed, crossover pockets remain accessible while wearing a pack. The helmet compatible Storm Hood, drawcords and pit zippers all adjust with one hand and the removable HemLock inserts keep the jacket in position when worn underneath a climbing harness.


Ideal for climbing and mountaineering, the Arc'teryx Alpha SV jacket features rugged GORE-TEX® Pro fabric that is extremely waterproof and abrasion resistant for extreme mountain conditions.


Mountain Gear
ARCTERYX's Alpha SV Jacket provides hard core protection for alpinists facing the worst conditions.
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Also available for: Women
Back length:Thigh-length
Back length (in.):31.75 inches
Closure:Full Zip
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Fabric:Nylon / nylon blend
Fabrics/Materials:N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L fabric
Fit:Athletic Fit with e3D, hip length
Hem:Hem cinch cord and Hemlock removable inserts
Hood:Helmet compatible Storm Hood provides excellent uncontested peripheral vision
Material:N40p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Pit Zips:Yes
Pockets:2 Internal Chest Pocketz with Laminated Zip, Two High Crossover Hand Pockets with Laminated Zippers, Sleeve Pocket with WaterTight Zip
Seam Taped:Yes
Shell fabric:Nylon
Shell lining fabric:Polyester tricot
Suggested use:Alpine climbing, mountaineering
Type of waterproofing:Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer waterproof breathable laminate
Vent:Pit-zip vents
Weatherproof Material:GORE-TEX
Weight:1 lb 3 oz / 545 g
Zipper:WaterTight zippers
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Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

In my humble opinion, the best hardshell you can buy, period. I've had my saguaro green Alpha SV jacket for a few trips out in the Pacific NW (a couple overnighters). Really impressed with the breathability - I own and have owned other Gore Tex Pro Shell 3L products, but this has significantly better breathability for some reason.
The Alpha SV is a level above all other jackets, even those that Arcteryx makes - if you were designing your own hardshell, and were very knowledgeable about design and materials, the Alpha SV is pretty much the jacket that you'd end up designing. Given that level of quality and attention to detail, I wholeheartedly recommend this jacket if you can afford it. It's unfortunate that it's not more affordable, but it is truly a long-term investment, particularly if you are active outdoors.
I'm not an ice climber - I mainly go camping and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest, but I don't really miss my hand warmer pockets because when you're backpacking, you tend to have your pack around where your pockets would be anyway. I also plan on using this jacket for the occasional trip to the slopes this winter.
Don't get this as a raincoat; instead, get this jacket if you are in need of a bombproof shield from the elements - big difference.
As a mid layer, I would recommend the Atom LT, Atom SV, MH Ghost Whisperer, and any of the Rab down jackets. Dry/Cold = MH GW, Dry/Very Cold = Rab down jacket, Wet/Cold = Atom LT, Wet/Very Cold = Atom SV

rwkim7 at on 10/31/2013

First of all I'd like to give a BIG shout out to Their level of customer service is second to none, I should know as I have managed services units for blue chip corporations. Ok on to the Jacket, I have worn the Alpha SV for the past 6 years, climbing numerous times each winter. The "older" Alpha SV ended up failing at the tape seems on the inside wrist and waist. The tape actually separated from the shell fabric. Backcountry stepped up to the plate and replaced it for me and in turn won my devotion. For the most part the jacket is solid and will likely last a few years without any problems; it most likely will fail at some point as mine did simply because of the extensive use of tape in its construction. Arcteryx offers a lifetime warranty and for the price you pay for this jacket, you should take full advantage of it when and if it does fail on you. Let's just hope it doesn't fail when you're on a multiday expedition on some cold remote mountain top. All in all, I would recommend this jacket, its light, packs easy, keeps me dry and fits great with all my layering. I just wish they would find a way to eliminate all the tape.

MTKUNA at on 12/29/2013

I got both the Alpha Lt and SV, Sv new model.The LT is going back to Arc'teryx for replacement on warranty, after 5-6 years of heavy abuses it started to delaminnate and I'm really happy with their service, a true lifetime waranty. The Sv conception, it has a high collar and definetly gives more protection nice to know, it's easier for heavy layering then other jacket. I worn it in 100km wind (winter) it's a good protection, I felt more protected with the Sv. The jacket feels thicker, there are good adjustments everywhere inside. I'm 5'10'' 180 lbs and bought a medium, with the old sizing it would be a large. I found that it's breathing about the same as the LT. I think it's a bit overkill for a day to day jacket, for those who has no intentions for ice climbing, high summit exposure there's cheaper and lighter options with different design. It's just my opinion.... I personally love the jacket, it's expensive but with the lifetime warranty and the replacement of my LT with no problems. I recommend the product and certainly the brand, will buy other Arc'teryx products like a Nuclei or the Solo in near future.

jean-rené roy at on 01/19/2014

This is the first true technical shoe I've owned. Most of my other jackets have been resort-oriented, heavier, insulated pieces, and so I suppose I'm lacking in overall experience with backcountry, mountaineering style pieces. But, I've been loving this jacket for backcountry touring and feel it's a great piece.
I went with the medium size, which goes in line with the sizing chart. I'm 5'11", 170lbs, and the jacket fits nicely while still allowing for an insulated layering piece on top of my base and mid-weight layers.
The Alpha SV is very light and is easily stowed away in my pack while skinning. It's long enough to give it a slightly more American feel, as opposed to a skinnier Euro look. I've worn the jacket in high winds, and the styling of the hood and the face is great. You do need to put the hood on before fully zipping up the jacket/cuff, or else you won't be able to pull the head over your head, especially if you're wearing a helmet.

Cory Akin at on 11/30/2013

Best Shell Period

This is by far the best shell on the market. primarily use this for alpine climbing and ice climbing but this would be a great jacket for any winter sport. Very durable, breathable, and practical. I love longer length and no rise inserts that keep the jacket from ridding up your harness (probably the number one selling point for me on this jacket as I have a long torso and hate having a jacket ride up under your harness) I also love the cross chest pockets.

Only Con I have and this is more of a personal preference thing is the sizing. I am 5'10" 165lbs and everything Arcteryx I own is size medium however size medium in this jacket was very big(think ski/snowboard baggy). Keep in mind Arcteryx designed the jacket this way so you can fit lots of layers under it but personally I like trim fitting jackets so I went with a size small.
bdnumber6 at REI on 01/01/2014

This is a fantastic Jacket! It will keep you warm and dry in the wind and the rain. I've taken it out in a thunderstorm and wasn't the least bit concerned about getting wet. It's also very light for how bombproof it is. The gortex pro breathes really well for a waterproof shell and the harness hemlock is a nice touch. I also like how this is one of the few jackets still made in Canada by Arcteryx.
The only complaint I would have is the lack of handwarmer pockets, but it is designed specifically for climbing, so it's not really a valid complaint.
If you are looking for a standard jacket fit, order a size down, the expedition fit is quite roomy.

Ron Bergundy at on 10/30/2013

I received my Black SV today and was very impressed on the attention to detail in the craftsmanship. I love the liner that they put on the inside of the jacket, its nice and smooth so its very easy to slip on over your layers. Zippers work great, very smooth. I love all the adjustable hems and hood pulls to tighten up the jacket when adding layers or without layers to get a nice custom fit. I was amazed, with the hood on, that you can actually look around and the hood moves with you, instead of blocking your view. They say that this is a tough jacket, I will be testing it out !

Hank at on 12/20/2013

Got this jacket to replace an old Patagonia shell, and it by far exceeds all my expectations. I'm 5'5" 185lbs(I carry it well) and got a medium, and it fits like a second skin. It's tough too, like a suit of armor, I charge through any bramble or down trees With confidence, this jacket won't be getting puncture holes in it. You get what you pay for, and this jacket is the best one out there. Buy it now!

slap958638 at on 02/02/2014

5"10 175lbs broad shoulders and the Medium SV fits like a glove. This shell is just awesome, I already took it out 2 times with wind and snow coming down. With the hood on, I felt totally protected and nothing got in. I love the hood and the platinum color is really different. Overall the jacket is as others described, just awesome. Keeping this and the Theta as I will use them for different purposes.

Tester at on 12/26/2013

The color Cayenne looks red on the website but is orange when you receive the jacket. Had to return it... I had another SV, I loved it.

Peter Grimm at on 02/07/2014

Neutral Reviews:

I have owned several Arcteryx Alpha Svs over the years. Love everything from the wrist closures to the drop tail hem, the Napoleon pockets and especially the storm hood. I do most of my winter hiking in the southern Cascades, usually at 20 to 30 degrees (without factoring in the enormous windchill) in very rainy and very windy conditions. I do a double traverse up 1500' across five miles five days a week. I usually wear the SV with a # 2 Patagonia baselayer and Atom LT Hoody through November. This year I wanted some warmer insulation for down time between hikes and just for general use on fall-to-spring days. I purchased the Atom SV Hoody and liked it right off, however when I tried it with the Alpha SV shell, I found that the front hem of the Atom Hoody was two inches longer than the SV shell, so it hung out below it. They are the same size jackets, so that wasn't the problem. The rear hem of the SV Hoody fit under the hem of the shell jacket as it should.
Called Arcteryx and they said yup, the front hem is longer than the shell. I mentioned that the Atom LT Hoody fits perfectly but the rep just said unh hunh. I said to the rep that I was still looking for a synthetic jacket that's warmer than the LT--one that would fit under the Alpha SV shell . He said they had down options, but no synthetic options. As I live in the Pacific Northwest where it's more often wet than snowy, this doesn't work for me. Because of this I dropped my rating of the Arcteryx Alpha SV to 3 stars. The Atom LT Hoody fits perfectly but there's no heavier synthetic mid-layer jacket, except in down? Backcountry mentioned I might try an Arcteryx Nuclei and it works great, fits just as well as the Atom LT light. Thanks Backcountry! I've since upped my rating of the Alpha SV to four stars (it is the best shell jacket ever made hands down) but a 4 star rating is the best I can give it because the poor fit Atom SV Hoody reduces the jacket's versatility.

Test at on 11/14/2013