Arc'teryxAlpha SV Jacket - Women's

Lighter and stronger than ever.

When Arc'teryx set out to improve upon its already legendary Alpha SV Jacket, the seemingly contradictory concepts of lighter and stronger instantly came to mind, seeing that it's the go-to choice for 100-day skiers, professional mountain guides, and alpinists scaling the world's most daunting peaks. The newest iteration of the Arc'teryx Women's Alpha SV Jacket leverages a 100-denier nylon face (what Arc'teryx calls N100p-X) over the previous 80-denier fabric for twice the abrasion-resistance and 50% more strength against tears. It retains the legendary Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer membrane for guaranteed waterproofing and high levels of breathability when you're making first tracks on waist-deep days or pushing up peaks in the worst conditions imaginable.

This increase in strength comes with a slight weight penalty (approximately 2% increase) in the face fabric. Offsetting this minute increase, Arc'teryx decreases the jacket's overall weight with narrower 8mm Gore seam tape, eliminating zipper garages with the use of WaterTight zippers and RS sliders, as well as custom Cohaesive hem adjusters that replace the previous version's Harness HemLock insert. This obsessive focus on weight savings makes the Alpha SV a top contender for light-and-fast alpine missions where nasty weather is expected.

Besides saving weight, the Cohaesive hem adjuster offers a snug fit around the hip that's ideal for pairing with a climbing harness on alpine missions. WaterTight underarm zips provide extra breathability without sacrificing protection from oncoming precipitation, while the StormHood accommodates helmets during skiing and alpine climbing. Moreover, there's a plethora of pockets along the chest and bicep for quickly grabbing and stashing items on the move. These features make the Alpha SV a veritable fortress against the world's most demanding alpine environments, all without sacrificing functionality or storage like many lightweight jackets on the market.

  • Lightweight and rugged jacket for demanding alpine environments
  • 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro guarantees waterproof, breathable protection
  • N100p-X face fabric reinforces jacket from tears and abrasion
  • 8mm Gore seam tape for weight savings and extra breathability
  • WaterTight underarm zippers increase active-use ventilation
  • Cohaesive hem adjuster prevents riding up with climbing harness
  • Arc'teryx outerwear fuses legendary durability with unrelenting protection
  • Reviews
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It did everything I needed it to do!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I went to Patagonia hiking and the weather changes on a dime. This coat was excellent. I love when people say their size in their reviews so I will as well. I am 5'3" 130 lbs. I bought the medium so I could put extra layers under it and and still move comfortably. I could have gone with the small....but I wanted it a little baggy.

YAY! I'm so glad this worked out for you Maria.

Gore-Tex Wash Tutorial

Chest Pocket

Chest Pocket

Front View

Front View

Side View

Side View

Hem Adjustor

Hem Adjustor

Hemlock

Hemlock

Hood Adjustor

Hood Adjustor

Hood Front

Hood Front

Pit Zip

Pit Zip

The Best.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Got this for my wife. Performs great and has great features. The pockets are thoughtfully laid out and she especially loves the "Hemlock" feature that helps stop the jacket from riding up over a harness or a pack's waist strap. If you won't settle for anything but the best. Look no further.

Arc'teryx – Women's Alpha SV Jacket

The Alpha SV, the most durable Arc’teryx hardshell for climbers and alpinists, is now stronger and lighter. Exceptionally hardwearing waterproof, breathable N100p-X 3L GORE-TEX® Pro fabric delivers outstanding abrasion resistance. Optimized construction, WaterTight™ zippers with RS™ sliders, and minimized seams shed grams. Fully featured with a helmet compatible StormHood™, pit zips, and articulated construction, the Alpha SV remains the proven choice for extended use in severe conditions.

Great jacket!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

I have been shopping for a hard shell that will stand up to snowboarding, rainy concerts at Red Rocks and anything else I need it to do. I have an hourglass shape so finding something wide enough at the bottom without being oversized at the chest was key. I got the XL to accommodate layers and it fits great and performed well on rainy hikes this fall. The snow is falling so snowboarding is around the corner.

perfect for this buying

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

worthy for the price, i got the most suitable one

Bombproof Shell

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I got this jacket as a gift for my stepmom, who was in desperate need of a new shell and kept running into fit issues. She put this one on and it fit like a glove! No weird zipper bulk in the front that gives the weird uni-boob look. The drop-hem is a nice touch to help protect on the wetter days without being too long. And it actually fit through the torso and sleeve length- everything else from Patagonia was fitting her short. The material on the shell is nice as well, not super stiff but definitely bombproof and ready to protect against the wind and precip. Zipper works smoothly, doesn't get stuck. She wears a Medium in most tops and a Medium in this jacket fits nice with enough room for a couple of layers.
Another top notch product from ArcTeryx!

Dry FOREVER.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this jacket since Christmas of 2006 (so I'm reviewing a VERY old model here with Gore-Tex XCR instead of Proshell). So while I can't speak to the specifics of the current model on a day-in-day-out level, I can say this -- it is 2014 - and this thing has been across the country with me. It has gone up mountains, down mountains. It's traveled hundreds of miles off shore (remote-island life and whale watching). It has lasted through many summers of field work (read: bushwacking, hiking through clearcuts, 5-year old clearcuts, in terrible weather day in and day out). It has helped me through a master's thesis and 3 different jobs (it even effectively shed my tears when I got laid off when the economy tanked). It has been outside through the duration of 3 different hurricanes (all activities during hurricanes not endorsed by author).



I'm still dry. Never once gotten the least bit wet. Never once did I think it was not breathable enough. Despite being dragged through terrible brush, it doesn't have holes. It's a little dirty - but less dirty than anything else I've owned this long. The older models fit tighter than the newer models - so that's something to keep in mind - both Arc'T and Backcountry are great at helping you find the right size if you need.



Best.christmas.gift.ever.

Dry FOREVER.

love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

The Arc'teryx Women's Alpha SV Jacket is the best jacket. i wore this jacket skiing , climb snow mountain and ice climbing. Arc'teryx's e3D design gives us freedom to move without ripping the jacket or exposing more of us than absolutely necessary. i love it.

My Mother loves it!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Fits great and deals with the Buffalo winter like a champ. Couldn't be better.