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Alpha SV Jacket Women's The most durable GORE-TEX® Pro jacket for severe alpine environments with N80p-X face fabric and features for climbers and alpinists. Alpha Series: Climbing and alpine focused systems | SV: Severe Weather.

The most durable GORE-TEX® Pro jacket for severe alpine environments with N80p-X face fabric and features for climbers and alpinists. Alpha Series: Climbing and alpine focused systems | SV: Severe Weather.

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XS, S, M, L, XL
455 g / 1 lb 0.1 oz
Athletic Fit, with e3D patterning, Hip Length
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The Alpha SV was created to address the need for a lightweight, streamlined, waterproof jacket that could work with a harness and withstand the severity of alpine terrain and climate conditions. Hardwearing, stripped down and unlike anything else at the time, the Alpha SV was introduced in 1998 and quickly became an icon. It still stands as an essential hardshell for any serious alpine, rock or ice climber willing to brave extreme conditions.


Constructed from N80p-X , a face fabric five years in development, the Alpha SV Jacket delivers exceptional durability, yet is supple and resilient. Engineered to shed water, snow and resist abrasion, the fabric utilizes larger yarns that are very tightly woven to create a smooth but highly abrasion resistant surface.


Arc'teryx constantly refines their designs, seeking the most effective answers to unforgiving environments and technical problems. Constantly refined over time to improve function, the Alpha SV delivers essential, focused features. Traditional bellowed crossover pockets sit high and work with harness and packs, and the helmet compatible StormHood™ cinches tight and covers the neck, head and lower face. Removable HemLock™ inserts keep jacket in position while in use with a harness and WaterTight™ zippers seal out weather.


Arc’teryx e3D patterning provides enhanced mobility with a precise, clean, use specific fit that doesn’t sacrifice coverage. The Athletic fit is streamlined, but accommodates layers, and the Arc’teryx commitment to ergonomic freedom, especially vital while climbing, is a key aspect of the Alpha SV’s legendary performance.

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Women's Ascent Jacket Features

Helmet Compatible Hood
Tall Collar with Chin Guard
Pit Zips for Venting
High Crossover Pockets
WaterTight™ Zippers
Harness Hemlock™

Helmet Compatible Stormhood™

Helmet Compatible Stormhood Helmet Compatible Stormhood™

The Arc'teryx helmet compatible Stormhood™ is designed to provide the ultimate protection in cold or wet weather. The laminated brim and hood adjusters secure tightly and deliver full coverage without restricting movement or visibility.

Key Advantages

  • Laminated brim
  • Adjustable hood cinch cords
  • Tall collar for full coverage

Harness HemLock™ Insert

Harness HemLock™ Insert Harness HemLock™ insert

The Arc'teryx Harness HemLock™ insert is designed to keep your jacket from riding up when wearing a climbing harness. The foam insert can be removed when not needed.

Key Advantages

  • Lightweight
  • Functional — keeps jacket in place when worn under a climbing harness
  • Removable

Arc'teryx Fit Guide - Athletic Fit

Standing in as our “Arc’teryx Standard” fit, the complex patterns used utilize anatomical shaping and gussets to enhance motion and eliminate excess bulk. Trimmer than the Relaxed fit with room for a base layer, a light fleece mid-layer and a synthetic or down filled mid-layer.

To find out how to calculate your body measurements, view our Sizing Charts:

Men's Tops | Men's Bottoms
Women's Tops | Women's Bottoms

Arc'teryx Fit Guide - e3D

Ergonomic 3-Dimensional (e3D) patterning brings an additional level of articulation to provide enhanced range-of-motion in our Trim, Athletic, and Expedition fit categories. The application of e3D patterning allows for enhanced mobility for sport-specific activities in challenging environments.


Climbing and alpinism focused pieces: harness compatible length and waistline; chest pockets accessible while wearing a pack or harness; maximum articulation for overhead motions; helmet compatible hoods; drop hem; highest possible durability-to-weight ratio; emphasis on lightweight materials.

SV | Severe Weather

Employs the most durable materials for prolonged use and provides the most weather protection in the harshest weather conditions.

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Technical Features
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Breathable
  • Highly durable
  • Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight
  • Laminated high-strength hanger loop
  • DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps repel water from fabric surface
  • Fully seam-sealed for waterproofness
  • GORE-TEX® Pro three-layer construction
  • Generous cut for easy layering
  • Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort
  • Gender specific patterning
  • Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility
  • Articulated elbows
  • No-lift gusseted underarms
Hood Configuration
  • Laminated brim
  • Glove-friendly hood adjusters
  • Helmet compatible StormHood™
Collar Configuration
  • Laminated chin guard
Zippers & Fly Configuration
  • WaterTight™ external zippers
  • Pit zippers for easy venting
  • WaterTight™ Vislon front zip
  • Zipper garages to protect zipper closure from snow and rain
  • Micro corded zipper pulls
Cuff & Sleeves Configuration
  • Laminated die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters with elastic
Waist & Belt Configuration
  • Adjustable elastic waist drawcord
Hem Configuration
  • Adjustable hem drawcord
  • Laminated hem
  • Drop back hem
  • Harness HemLock™ inserts keep jacket in position under harness
Pocket Configuration
  • Sleeve pocket with WaterTight™ zip
  • Two internal laminated pockets
  • Two high, crossover hand pockets with laminated zippers
  • Note: Our WaterTight™ zippers are highly water resistant, but not waterproof. We do not recommend keeping items in your pockets that may be damaged by moisture
  • Fully reinforced for maximum durability


  • N80p-X GORE-TEX® Pro 3L


  • Machine wash in warm water (30°C).
  • Double rinse.
  • Do not use fabric softener.
  • Tumble dry on medium heat.
  • Do not iron.


  • Men's Journal Gear Lab Approved
  • Forbes.com - Top 5 New Winter Gear Pieces 2013
  • Outdoor Gear Lab Editor's Choice Award
  • Backpacker Magazine's Lifetime Award
  • Outdoor Magazine Test Win (Germany)
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