Arc’teryx Alpha AR Jacket Review
Ah the Arc’teryx Alpha AR jacket. I freaking love this jacket.
If you’re looking for a classic and solid softshell that repels wind and wet weather, fits like a glove, and looks great then you need to look no further.
The Arc’teryx Alpha AR jacket has all of the following features:
- Windstopper, which keeps you protected when the winds start howling up high;
- Pit zips to cool you off when you get warm;
- Dual breast zipper pockets with plenty of space for a sandwich or an extra set of gloves;
- Helmet-friendly hood for those skiing or alpine days;
- Waist cinch to keep the powder out;
- Wrist cuffs that you can adjust based on your movement needs.
I’ve used the Alpha AR for the last nine years and absolutely love it. While mine is showing a bit of wear after many seasons of hard wear, it has held up remarkably well and I plan to get a new one for this coming year.
While I do love this jacket more than pretty much any other piece of gear I own except for my Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer, there are a few shortcoming to it that I should point out.
First, there is no powder skirt. If you’re in the deep stuff a lot, this might not be the right jacket for you.
Second, it does not pack down very small and thus if space is in tight supply for your mission, you may be better off with a puffy jacket because that will keep you warm.
From the manufacturer
Versatile GORE-TEX® Pro jacket performs across a range of alpine conditions. Alpha Series: Climbing and alpine focused system.
The Alpha AR is a versatile, intelligently designed hardshell that performs across a range of alpine conditions. Light, durable N40p-X 3L GORE-TEX® Pro delivers durable waterproof, windproof, breathable performance. Burly N80p-X GORE-TEX® Pro reinforces high wear areas. The helmet compatible StormHood™ delivers full protection with minimal impact on vision and secures with glove-friendly Cohaesive™ cordlocks. Large crossover chest pockets are easily accessed, and pit zips add ventilation.