arc'teryx lovingly replaced my old '06ish Alpha SL after it started ripping on the front zipper due to bad design. they sent me this one ('08 model) in return.
1. ok it's made it china now... therefore arcteryx should decrease their list price by half.
2. wore this from paradise to base camp at mt. Rainier and after a few thousand feet the jacket, inside and out, was dripping wet and basically ruined my life. There was no heavy rain, at all, only cloud mist.
3. all zippers are hard to operate, besides for the zipper pull strap snapping on the first or second day or wearing, just try to close one of the pit zips when youre juggling other gear. they require 3 hands. i do not have 3 hands.
4. this jacket is great for about 15-20 minutes of light rain. then prepare to get wet.