Arc'teryx Alpha SL

Written by Ryan Van Gorder
Created Date: Monday, 13 October 2008 18:22
Last Updated: Monday, 13 October 2008 18:38

The Alpha SL is simple but very sweet. This jacket has worked its way up my favorites list based on its functionality and eight ounce weight, amongst other things. The laminated pit zips pay big dividends in keeping you cool and ventilated when you are working hard on your bike, running or climbing a mountain and the two ply 290NR Gore-Tex® Paclite® fabric keeps you warm when the temperatures outside dip down below freezing. The single chest pocket allows for critical item storage and easy access. My biking, climbing and snowboarding helmets all fit into the storm hood and the well placed draw cords allow for a more snug fit when appropriate. With proper layering underneath the jacket you can use the Alpha SL anytime during the year and it will likely earn its place on your outerwear podium. The Alpha SL is currently retailing for roughly $250 in selected Arc'teryx distributors and is worth every cent.