The updated Alpha SV: Strong gets Stronger

July 30, 2020

In 1998, when Arc’teryx stepped into outerwear with the Alpha SV Jacket, it transformed the outdoor industry. A foundational part of the Arc’teryx line, the Alpha SV remains an industry icon. A proven performer in severe alpine conditions, and built to withstand years of use, its quality is legendary. But obsession keeps the Arc’teryx design team pushing forward and, working closely with GORE, they have created the strongest Alpha SV ever. Redesigned for Fall 2020, the latest version of the Alpha SV ascends another level with the introduction of a brand new fabric technology from GORE-TEX.


• Constructed from new waterproof, windproof, breathable GORE-TEX PRO with Most Rugged Technology, the most durable, and contamination-resistant GORE-TEX Pro ever

• Embedded RECCO® reflector lightweight transponder that makes you searchable to over 700 SAR organizations around the world

• N100p-X face fabric is Arc’teryx’s most durable outer


Arc’teryx has worked exclusively with GORE-TEX since the launch of their outerwear line and remains committed to the partnership because their products are the most durable on the market. Proven over time, it has evolved into one of the deepest, most important collaborations in the outdoor industry. This is how GORE-TEX PRO with Most Rugged Technology came to be. Using more durable face fabrics and leveraging a new membrane that better resists abrasion and contamination, it delivers serious storm protection for a seriously long time.


At Arc’teryx, design is an obsession that never rests. Refinement and evolution drive the product teams, and they push themselves to make each product better. In addition to the use of GORE-TEX PRO with Most Rugged Technology, the updated Alpha SV sees some subtle, but important, changes for Fall 2020. RECCO® locator technology is now built in. Simple, effective, and virtually unnoticeable until needed, the embedded RECCO® reflector is a lightweight transponder that makes the wearer searchable to over 700 Search-And-Rescue organizations around the world. The StormHood™ has been redesigned to fit better over today’s helmets and, thanks to the new GORE-TEX technology, no longer requires a patch to protect the laminate, so the hood is more comfortable and moves more easily with the head. Existing technologies like the iconic WaterTight™ zippers, minimized seams, combine with the new in a revised fit optimized for alpine adventure.

“The purpose of the Alpha SV has always been to create the most durable solution for alpinists in harsh environments. For Fall 2020 we continue to evolve and refine the SV with a focus on improving the longevity of the product. The shift to the new Gore-Tex Most Rugged membrane contributes significantly to creating the most durable product we know of.”Greg Grenzke, Design Director, Outdoor Product

“When Arc’teryx launched their Alpha SV with GORE-TEX it became a garment that would transform the outdoor industry. It has been and continues to be the perfect alignment.” Christy Haywood, Application Engineer for W.L. Gore & Associates

FABRIC: N100p-X Most Rugged 3L GORE-TEX PRO

DATE AVAILABLE: August  2020

WEIGHT: Women’s: 440g /15.5oz (S) Men’s: 510g / 18oz (M)