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Arc'teryx Alpha FL
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Pros Lightweight, form fitting, great storm hood, superior construction quality, reasonable priceUnrivaled weather protection, decent venting options, perfect fitAwesome weather protection, fits great, very mobileExtremely durable, superior weather protection, great hood, easy to manipulate zippersSturdy weather protection, extended wrist cuffs, supple fabric
Cons Crinkly and noisy, very little ventilation, few pockets, short front hemExpensive, not ultralight, mediocre breathabilitySkin pockets a bit too narrow, small ventilation zips, unreliable wrist cuffsHeavy, bulky, overkill for many, no handwarmer pockets, expensiveSuper short zipper tabs, average weight, mediocre DWR finish
Bottom Line Stands out among some stiff competition with its simple and solid designOur favorite hardshell for serious adventuresTurns out a company known for skis and bindings also makes a great jacket for touringAn expensive shell with exceptional weather protectionA couple slight flaws detract from an otherwise great jacket
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Alpha FL Mammut Nordwand Advanced Dynafit Radical Arc'teryx Alpha SV Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex
Weather Protection (30%)
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8
Weight (20%)
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Mobility And Fit (20%)
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Venting And Breathability (20%)
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Features And Design (10%)
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Specs Arc'teryx Alpha FL Mammut Nordwand... Dynafit Radical Arc'teryx Alpha SV Norrona Falketind...
Pit Zips No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight (size large) 11.8 oz 16 oz 15.4 oz 18.4 oz 16.2 oz
Material Gore-Tex with N40p-X face fabric 3-layer 100% nylon Gore-Tex Pro Gore-Tex Pro with C-Knit backer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro N100p-X 3-layer Gore-Tex
Pockets 1 external chest, 1 internal chest 2 front, 1 internal 2 side handwarmer, 1 sleeve, 2 internal stash 2 external chest, 1 internal chest, 1 sleeve, 1 internal mesh stash 2 hand, 1 chest
Helmet Compatible Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hood Draw Cords 3 3 1 3 1
Adjustable Cuffs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Two-Way Front Zipper No Yes Yes No No
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