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Alpine Start Hoody

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The Alpine Start Hoody is a pared-down protective layer, designed to shield the minimalist climber against ridgeline gusts and intermittent precipitation. The ultra-packable design incorporates a self-stowing chest pocket for easy storage on your harness or in your pack. READ MORE
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$149.00 $119.20



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The Alpine Start Hoody is a pared-down protective layer, designed to shield the minimalist climber against ridgeline gusts and intermittent precipitation. The ultra-packable design incorporates a self-stowing chest pocket for easy storage on your harness or in your pack. Learn More


Ultralight and incredibly versatile, the Alpine Start Hoody uses Schoeller stretch-woven softshell fabric to provide highly breathable, weather resistant protection for alpinists and other weight-conscious climbers. Gusseted construction allows complete freedom of movement, and the hood fits over your climbing helmet for added weather protection when the wind picks up in the afternoon. This highly packable jacket stows in its own chest pocket when not in use, and a carabiner loop lets you clip it to your harness and take it up a route.
  • Adjustable, climbing-helmet-compatible hood
  • Stows in internal chest pocket with carabiner clip loop
  • Underarm gussets for added range of motion
  • Lightweight stretch cuffs
  • Drawcord hem
  • Primary fabric is bluesign approved
  • Weight: 250 g
  • Fit: Slim
  • Size: S-XL
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Alpine Start Hoody is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 61.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile, Lightweight and surprisingly tough I purchased this jacket to for AT skiing and ice climbing in drier conditions. It has exceeded expectations. The Alpine Start Hoody is lightweight and breathable, but cuts the wind nicely. Perfect when paired with a fleece mid layer for high output skiing and climbing in below freezing temps. For colder weather I pair it it with a light insulated jacket and it works great. I was surprised how well the jacket protects against the elements, light snow or water from wet climbs beads and falls off. Hopefully the NanoSphere treatment lasts. Has survived alder/devils club bushwhacks, typical to south central Alaska, unscathed. I'm 6'2 about 185, satisfied with a Large.
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE climbing shell This is hands down an amazing jacket. Perfect size for stuffing in its chest pocket and clipping to the harness. I have used it on cold mornings with some wind approaching the crag over my hot forge puffy and couldn't really ask for a better 10-20 degree approach combo with some light wind on a steep approach to the climb. I have climbed many chimneys/off widths with this thing and always get to the belay and inspect the jacket expecting to find some holes and have yet to see any wear/damage. The only thing this jacket tore on was a metal burr on the edge of a truck bed that no material would survive. Get this jacket, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2016-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Unimprovable" Hello, This Jacket and Company is definitely worth a review. The jacket is so sweet, it's a must, I'd say #1 jacket for backpacking/hiking because of the weight and features. Its stretches, resists rain, wind, and I take it everywhere. It's way better than the houdini because of the stretch and durability, so the price difference is worth it. I have needed Black Diamond's customer service due to a warranty issue and I must say, they are just as easy as Patagonia to complete an after sales issue. 10- Stars-- Black Diamond customer service Max- Stars-- Alpine Start Hoodie Thank you BD, Chris
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can see this becoming my favorite layer I just wanted to write some quick impressions (having only used it once), but mainly wanted to comment on the size. I'm 6'2" with average arms and a longer torso. I ordered a Large and it fits great. I appreciate the longer torso cut, as it fits my long torso well. I can easily see this becoming my favorite late spring, summer, and early fall layer. It doesn't insulate much as it breathes SO well. If it's slightly cool outside with a slight breeze, this is the perfect layer. Basically the perfect alpine summer layer. A car-to-car layer, if you will. The hood is fine and articulates well for looking around while climbing.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The shell you'll want on your route This jacket is fantastic. A super light layer that gives you great wind protection and weather resistance for long approches, skinning up your line or to bring with you on multi pitches. I wear it all the time. The fitting is a little more snug that a regular shell, which can be a surprise if you want to put insulation underneath it. You need to pay attention for rock abrasion, since the fabric is so light and thin. Other then that little heads up, this product is a must have if you want to play out in the field. I've used it for touring, climbing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, well any active outdoor activity!
Date published: 2015-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Windshirt and more Take-everywhere wind, snow, spits protection that works for climbers. Breathes way better than a Houdini, has a USABLE pocket, and a hood that fits over a helmet. Snow just slides off. Light rain is OK, but eventually it will get through. Decent wind protection considering the breathability. So far, unfazed by encounters with rock, tree branches, brush. Cactus spines will poke through (don't ask). Sizing is a bit tight. I'm 44"chest and L fits only base layers. I also have an XL, and that fits over anything I would want to wear while active. Excellent sleeve lengh in both sizes. I could use a larger hood, but then my climbing helmet is a large one.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Was a bit skeptical ordering this and was mentally prepared to return it. I read reviews on the fit and wasn't sure it would work. I was pleasantly surprised to really, really like it. I'm 6', 190#, and the L has a nice trim fit. I could wear a light layer under it. The XL was too big/baggy. The neck area on the Stance Belay Hoody is really tight on me, and I read some reviews saying the same thing about the Alpine Start. I have found this to not be the case. The hood also fits really well and snugs down nicely. Part of my skepticism came from expecting this to be a glorified version of the Patagonia Houdini. Quite the contrary. This jacket is way more comfortable due to the stretch, and breathes WAY better. The Houdini always felt a little plastic baggish to me. I wore this yesterday in 30-40mph winds and was impressed with the wind resistance.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps getting better! I have owned 3 of these starting with the first generation. The first gen. had a slimmer fit, the second gen. adjust the fit to where I can wear a light puffy underneath and the current gen. improved the hoody adjustment. I haven't worn out the first 2 that I bought, just liked the current iteration the best. The material is a great balance of breathability, lightweight and durable. My first gen. Alpine Start has one hole in it from a mtb crash in rocky terrain. The hole was maybe 3mm in dia. I was really surprised I didn't shred it. I wear one almost everyday or carry it with me as a just in case layer. I'm using the current version in conjunction with the Deployment Hybrid jacket and this has been an incredible combo for cold high output sessions. Bottom line: Get one or two!
Date published: 2016-05-23
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