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The Helly Hansen Alpha LifaLoft Jacket
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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award   Editors' Choice Award 
Price $58.83 at REI
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$375.00 at Backcountry
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$949.00 at Backcountry$359.55 at Backcountry$468.75 at Backcountry
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Pros Versatile, inexpensive, 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 Bulky, basic fit and styling, limited weather protectionMore 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 This 3-in-1 jacket is a very affordable and versatile option for the infrequent skierWe can't picture a better all-around jacket for skiingThis top-shelf manufacturer 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 Whirlibird IV Interchange Helly Hansen Alpha LifaLoft Arc'teryx Macai Patagonia Primo Puff Arc'teryx Sabre AR Jacket
Warmth (20%)
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Weather Resistance (20%)
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Specs Whirlibird IV... Helly Hansen Alpha... Arc'teryx Macai Patagonia Primo Puff Arc'teryx Sabre AR...
Main Fabric Nylon 2-layer stretch polyester N40p-X GORE-TEX 2-layer, 4-oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester N80p-X GORE-TEX
Insulation 80g MicroTemp synthetic LifaLoft synthetic Coreloft 100, Coreloft Compact, and 750 fill goose down PlumaFill synthetic Light flannel backer
Pockets Shell: 3 external, 1 internal. Liner: 2 external, 1 internal 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) 2.94 lbs 2.56 lbs 2.64 lbs 2.54 lbs 1.66 lbs
Waterproofing OmniTech 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? Mesh-backed (shell only) Mesh-backed Mesh-backed Open Open
Cuff construction Velcro Interior stretchy wrist gaiters and external velcro cuffs Velcro Velcro Velcro
Ski Features Powder skirt on shell only, pass pocket 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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