With winter weather moving into the Front Range of Colorado this week. I decided that it would be a good time to test out some new gear that I got for this season.
For this trip, with the air temps in the mid-20’s and wind chill of near 0 I decided to test out the Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid that I picked up over the summer.
I have always been a big fan of Arc’Teryx and purchase under the mentality that I want what protects me from the elements to top of the line. This being my third jacket from them (2nd hard-shell) but first for Gore-Tex Pro Shell, I was looking forward to seeing how it performed.
FIT: Just trying it on, I love how this jacket fits. Lots of room in the body and shoulders compared to the more form fitting Arc’teryx Theta. I had no issues with jacket riding up while moving my arms overhead. The hood is big…it fit well over my helmet but I was also able to cinch it down over my hat when I was hiking up.
FEATURES: The pockets large and well positioned. I was able to use them with ease even with my backpack on hip-belt cinched. I also, was able to fit my skins in the pockets. One in each. This is particularly useful for BC Skiing since keeping you skins warm is essential between runs. PIT-ZIPS: This is a must have on a waterproof jacket. When I skinning up and the wind wasn’t blowing having them open kept me cool but as soon as the wind picked up I was able to close them without taking off my pack to keep from getting to cold.
OVERALL: I am really happy with this jacket. The combination of Gore-Tex PacLite body and Gore-Tex Pro Shell in the shoulders and underarm gussets is tough, extremely breathable and durably waterproof and windproof. By using two different weights of Gore-Tex the jacket is the perfect combination of weight and durability. I would recommend this jacket for people looking for a light BC skiing, backpacking, or climbing shell. If you are looking for a resort ski jacket I would recommend the Arc’teryx Stingray or Arc’teryx Sidewinder jackets. There are more ski specific with powder skirts and a thicker outer shell material.
Other Pieces Used on this trip: