Arcteryx LEAF – Cold WX Jacket and Pants SV

Arc’teryx unveiled the LEAF Cold Weather SV Jacket and Pants during SHOT Show. With Winter rearing its ugly head, now is the time to get yours. Although they are insulation layers, they combine Climashield insulation with Gore-Tex 3L and Windstopper fabrics to take you down below freezing.

The Cold Weather Jacket and Pants SV are available in MultiCam, Black and Crocodile, sizes Small – XXLarge.

Cold Weather Jacket SV

-Insulation provides maximum wet weather warmth
-Removable insulated hood; cinches with single pull adjuster and does not restrict vision
-Two way front closure for ventilation and easy on and off
-Waist drawcord retains articulated fit; Velcro® cuff closures allow enclosed sleeves
-Internal mesh pockets for radio carriage; internal stash pockets; external zip chest pockets
-Insulated hand pockets protect hands when not wearing gloves
-Upper arm zip pockets accessible when worn with personal protective equipment
-Vertically routed hem drawcords minimize interference with duty belt
-4×4.5 Velcro® upper arm identification patches with V-Lite™ retention ring

Cold Weather Pants SV

-Insulation provides maximum wet weather warmth
-Reinforced knees optimize durable performance
-Full side zips allow rapid ventilation and facilitate easy off and on
-External thigh cargo pockets
-Low profile suspender loops for optional attachment


23 Responses to “Arcteryx LEAF – Cold WX Jacket and Pants SV”

  1. Anthony says:

    I am still learning about layering concepts, would this be considered a “belay coat” meant to be worn over a hard shell ?

    • Lasse says:

      This is a hardshell with insulation inside. So it’s like wearing your puffy jacket on the inside of your hardshell.

      I’m not sold on the utility of it, compared to having a separate puffy and hardshell. Mainly because I don’t want to carry 2 hardshell jackets, and I want the puffy on the outside so I can ditch it when things aren’t static any more.

      • TM says:

        Go to Ft. Wainwright, AK around January and tell me there isn’t any utility for the SV series.

        Hey SS, do you know if these are larger than the civilian line so you can wear a plate carrier under it?

        • Lasse says:

          I am sure someone asked Arc’teryx for it, so I bet they see a use for it- if not it’s weird to make a $1500 top/bottom combo.. But for me, it looks like it’s too tight to be an outer reinforcement layer which makes me question the utility of it- because no matter how cold it is I’m not going to be active in a something like this.

          • TM says:

            “SV” is for severe weather. Mountain climbers having been using these for years. When it’s 30 below and you wan’t to feel “comfortably cool,” you don’t need to start stripping layers. Just open up your jacket for about 90 seconds and you’re good to go.

        • Gramick says:

          I think Lasse is questioning the purpose of putting a hardshell (or at least “harder” since it’s WINDSTOPPER) face fabric onto an insulation jacket. What benefits are there to this sort of jacket compared to having a separate hardshell jacket and an insulation layer. For example, this Cold WX Jacket SV versus an Atom SV paired with an Alpha. The need for extreme cold-weather insulation jackets is not in question here.

          • Lasse says:

            You put my butchered words into beautifully expressed questions.

            TM, I know what severe weather is and Arc’teryx acronyms. I’ve taken a dump in a blizzard above the arctic circle more than once. When it’s 30 bellow my main priority is to not produce any sweat at all- ventilating for 90 seconds doesn’t cut it because that’s not how the human body works.

            But I just realized that this is probably for dudes who use snow mobiles, ATVs or other open vehicles.

            • Kemp says:

              Open vehicles, inside helo doors, sitting still on top of a windyass mountain. There’s plenty utility to a layer like this..

    • SG says:

      Not sure why you’d wear a lofted jacket over a hardshell, honestly, unless you’re standing off and doffing your warm layer to slim down/lighten up for the climb/fight.


      I just explained it to myself, didn’t I?

      • Lasse says:

        Puffy goes on top of everything including gear. Wearing your puffy under your gear compresses the down and makes it way less efficient.

      • SSD says:

        You do it in cold dry environments all of the time.

    • Steak TarTar says:

      It has Gore Windstopper, which is basically waterproof except the seams aren’t taped. You would wear this underneath a hard shell, but that might be overkill unless you are in a blizzard in Antarctica

  2. redbeard33 says:

    Tried these on at OR and they are amazing -everything you’d expect from LEAF.
    Nice job!

  3. Hobbs says:

    Am I the only one who finds it a bit odd that all of these cold weather/extreme cold weather garments are being made in regular Multicam instead of Multicam Alpine? Doesn’t that seem a bit counterintuitive?

    Come to think of it, aside from a few very expensive custom shop one-offs and a SHOT Show video at the Crye booth showing off some overwhites, I haven’t seen ANYTHING done in Alpine. I have seen a bunch of Kryptek Yeti, and First Spear even did a complete chest rig setup in the A-TACS winter camo, but it’s crickets from Multicam Alpine. Is there a reason for this?

    • Jon, OPT says:

      That’s a limiting camo scheme, just have a set of over whites if there is snow, if there isn’t snow, the user doesn’t look like a snowman walking around.

      • Hobbs says:

        I get where you’re coming from, but I think you’re answering the wrong part of the question. I’ve seen lots of similarly “limiting camo schemes” like the aforementioned Kryptek and A-TACS patterns being used for full garments and whatnot, but nothing in Multicam Alpine. Is there some kind of licensing issue between Crye and fabric mills, some SNAFU that’s keeping Alpine from being as readily available as competing snow camo for third party vendors to make product?

        At the end of the day, all I want is a Crye HalfJak in Alpine, but I’m sure there are some other folks whose left eye twitches at the prospect of mixing camo families like mine does.

        • Steak TarTar says:

          Crye has the Compact Alpine Overwhites for this. Its not economical for them to make pieces completely out of Alpine when lead times for their regular Multicam stuff can be so long. There just isn’t the demand for dedicated Alpine pieces like there is for regular Multicam. They have the Compact Alpine Overwhites for the very small percentage of end users who need it

  4. Phil says:

    looks nice but not so useful if you’re not in a climate that is constantly that cold. Otherwise it makes more sense to have a light puffy + hardshell combo with you.

  5. Bobby Davro says:

    Reminds me of the Russian makalu jackets and sallopettes we used to pick in Kandahar made by a company called bask

  6. husky says:

    The best of the jacket! It’s still made in Canada..
    Too warm for the Boston area!
    Got 2 for my friends..don’t see any use of it..

  7. husky says:

    I won’t say it’s hardshell
    just windstopper
    the old Fusion jacket is more suitable in winter city wear!
    the outer layer of Fusion jacket is thicker than cold wx sv..

    • Lasse says:

      Gore Windstopper is a traditional 2 layer membrane construction. It’s a hardshell with bigger pores than Gore-Tex, so it’s less water proof but breathes better.

  8. MtMed says:

    Truth is Guys up North Layer different then we are taught here in the lower 48..J/S.. Nice looking jacket . we already use a Level 7 here.. use is up to the user …