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Comments about Arc'teryx Alpha FL Jacket - Men's:
Arcteryx makes some pretty amazing stuff. The construction is second to none and there is not a thread out of place. This is perfection in nylon. The jacket is incredibly light and overall the fit is athletic and typical Arcteryx: long sleeves, fitted torso, zero restrictions for shoulder movement.
This jacket has some issues, however. While the new Gore fabrics are supposedly more breathable than the old stuff, the lack of pit zips is a problem. When you are humping a load up a mountain on a rainy day, I don't care how well the shell breathes, you still need real ventilation, even if it adds 2 ounces worth of zipper.
The hood is also cut to fit over helmets. While there are some nice adjustments to snug the hood over your un-protected melon, it ends up making the material bunch and bag and still leaves too much of an opening around your face. If you plan on wearing a helmet a lot, then great, this is your hood. If you don't wear one however, the hood is simply huge. The cinch around the crown of our head is nice and can be adjusted with the jacket zipped up, but the side cinches around your face end inside the jacket with no way to adjust the fit of the hood from outside. When you are cresting a ridge and the wind is howling, the last thing you want to do is take your gloves off and unzip your jacket to be able to tighten the hood down. Seriously. You want to just paw the end of the bungie, give it a yank, and get on with business. It may even take you two trips into the zipper to get the hood adjusted via trial and error on this jacket. Not a great design. Even with the hood cinched down tight, the wide opening left the wind-driven graupel scouring my temples.
While the hood is big, the sleeves are quite narrow. I don't have thick arms, but I can only get a medium-weight top under this jacket before the forearms start binding and squeezing. If I wear my Patagonia R4 jacket under this shell, it fills the entire volume of the arms and constricts slightly. And wearing even a mid-weight puffy jacket under the shell compresses the loft and thus the warmth of the insulation in the arms. The torso of the jacket is fine with a trim, athletic cut.
The hem bungie toggles are not captured by at the shell, so it takes two hands to tighten them. Why?
I love Arcteryx stuff and wanted to love this jacket too. I would give it 3 stars because of the lack of pit zips, baggy hood, narrow arms, and loose toggle at the waist, but the construction is superb and the jacket weighs a mere 10 ounces, so I'll be generous with 4.
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