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The Helly Hansen Alpha LifaLoft Jacket
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Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award   Editors' Choice Award 
Price $174.48 at Backcountry$250.00 at Backcountry
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$949.00 at Backcountry$599.25 at Backcountry$374.83 at REI
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Pros Good value, highly versatile, warmExcellent performance in every category, durableImpeccable quality, clean lines, very warm, excellent weather protectionVery warm, great weather resistance, high quality constructionCompletely weather resistant, good ventilation, freeride style
Cons Heavy, poor ventilation, slightly restrictiveMore snug fit than other optionsSuper expensive, too warm for some applicationsBoxy fit, unremarkable style, expensiveExpensive, too heavy and warm for most backcountry use
Bottom Line A fairly-priced, versatile 3-in-1 option for resort skiers and snowboardersWe can't picture a better all-around jacket for skiingArc'teryx pulls no punches and creates a spectacular jacket in the processA warm and durable jacket with a high price tagWith weather resistance, style, and ventilation, this is the total package for a ski shell
Rating Categories ThermoBall ECO Snow Triclimate Helly Hansen Alpha LifaLoft Arc'teryx Macai Patagonia Primo Puff Arc'teryx Sabre AR Jacket
Warmth (20%)
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4
Weather Resistance (20%)
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Comfort And Fit (20%)
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Ventilation (15%)
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Style (15%)
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Specs ThermoBall ECO... Helly Hansen Alpha... Arc'teryx Macai Patagonia Primo Puff Arc'teryx Sabre AR...
Main Fabric DryVent 2L 2-layer stretch polyester N40p-X GORE-TEX 2-layer, 4-oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester N80p-X GORE-TEX
Insulation ThermoBall Eco, 80g PrimaLoft Silver synthetic LifaLoft synthetic Coreloft 100, Coreloft Compact, and 750 fill goose down PlumaFill synthetic Light flannel backer
Pockets Shell: 2 zippered hand, 2 zippered chest, 1 goggle, 1 zippered sleeve. Liner: 2 external handwarmer 2 handwarmer, 2 chest, 1 internal chest, 1 internal mesh, 1 sleeve 2 handwarmer, 1 sleeve, 1 chest, 1 internal mesh, 1 internal chest 2 hand, 1 chest, 2 interior 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 1 internal
Weight (pounds) 2.82 lbs 2.56 lbs 2.64 lbs 2.54 lbs 1.66 lbs
Waterproofing DryVent Helly Tech Professional 3L Gore-Tex Pro Shell Gore-Tex Gore-Tex
Hood Option? Adjustable Adjustable and removable Adjustabe and Removable Adjustable Adjustable
Pit-Zips? Open (shell only) Mesh-backed Mesh-backed Open Open
Cuff construction Velcro Interior stretchy wrist gaiters and external velcro cuffs Velcro Velcro Velcro
Ski Features Removable synthetically-insulated liner sweater, pass pocket, goggle wipe Powder skirt, fixed goggle wipe, high visibility brim, pass pocket Removable powder skirt, attached/removable goggle wipe, pass pocket Pass pocket, powder skirt attaches to Patagonia pants Fixed powder skirt buttons to matching pants, pass pocket
RECCO? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
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