Not only is it our favorite jacket this year, but has been our favorite for the past six years, through five review processes, and literally countless days out in the backcountry. The newest version of the Arc'teryx Alpha FL is virtually unchanged from last year, and it continues to use a GORE-TEX Pro three-layer membrane paired with a thin and light 40 denier face fabric. This jacket excels at everything from day hikes to multi-month expeditions — it's a backcountry enthusiast's dream come true.
The latest iteration of the Alpha FL is out, which includes fewer seams, a vertical realignment of the chest pocket, a new zipper design, Cohaesive cord locks, three new colors, and a $25 price hike. We updated the photo above and price-check links to the new version. Check out the details on this new version below.