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Alpine Start Hoody - Women's

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Minimalist to the core, the Alpine Start Hoody provides lightweight weather resistance and breathability for fast-and-light mountain travel. When the weather clears, just stow this ultralight softshell in its internal chest pocket and clip it to your harness. READ MORE
Item# APV41O604SML1
$149.00 $119.20



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Minimalist to the core, the Alpine Start Hoody provides lightweight weather resistance and breathability for fast-and-light mountain travel. When the weather clears, just stow this ultralight softshell in its internal chest pocket and clip it to your harness. Learn More


An ultralight softshell designed to shield weight-conscious climbers from ridgeline gusts and light weather, the Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody features Schoeller® stretch-woven fabric to provide highly breathable and highly packable weather resistance. A gusseted construction offers unrestricted freedom of movement, while the adjustable hood fits over a climbing helmet. The jacket also stuffs into its own chest pocket, which features an internal carabiner clip loop for attaching to your harness.

  • Adjustable, climbing-helmet-compatible hood
  • Stows in internal chest pocket with carabiner clip loop
  • Climbing-specific underarm gussets
  • Lightweight stretch cuffs
  • Drawcord hem
  • NanoSphere® Technology repels water, dirt and oil
  • Primary fabric is bluesign approved
  • Weight: 190 g
  • Fit: Regular
  • Size: XS-XL

Tech Specs

Materials :   Schoeller® stretch-woven nylon (80 g/m2, 93% nylon, 7% elastane) with NanoSphere Technology
Weight :   190 g (6.7 oz)
Country of Origin :   Bangladesh
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Alpine Start Hoody - Women's is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this jacket This is a must have for any outdoorswoman. It's the perfect layering piece to add to a backcountry ski touring layering system. I wear this over a baselayer with a vest and a shell for touring and it's a great sweat wicking piece. I also love this for multipitch climbing as it adds a little warmth, skin and wind protection and packs down into its pocket to clip to my harness. I have this in two colors because I like it so much. I also like it for skate skiing and biking. All around great piece and a soft fabric so you don't hear the crinkles.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect lightweight layer I just bought this jacket and have taken it on an early morning hike in Yosemite, climbing at Lover's Leap and on my bike on the way to the gym. It's great to cut the wind and take the chill off in the morning and it's so lightweight. Also great for climbs when it's warm at the base and windy a couple pitches up. My only complaint is that it doesn't have pockets. Reduces weight I suppose and fine for climbing when you don't really need pockets but would be nice for activities that aren't as active. Overall, very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and versatile The alpine start hoodie is a great addition to your jacket collection. It packs down super small and folds into it's own pocket. It stands up to light rain when showers are in the forecast and you don't want to bring a full hardshell. The hood fits great over a helmet and material, while lightweight, is stretchy and can hold up to mild rock abrasion. The blue is a great color choice. Only downside is a lack of side pockets. I'm 5'4" and 125 and the small is a perfect fit.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this jacket! This is BD's answer to the Patagonia Houdini and I think it's a much better technical jacket. I like that this jacket stretches, is fairly water resistant and layers better than the Houdini (and doesn't smell as bad over time...). I have been using it in monsoon storms, in mosquito-filled canyons, on alpine adventures and am very happy with it's performance. Plus it looks great! I am a small/medium in general and ordered the small in this jacket and am happy with the fit.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight = high performance I love my new jacket ... have only used a few times this winter, snowshoeing, ski touring and walking. Fits really well, is very light weight so barely notice I'm wearing it, so far has performed very well as a shell or part of layering system. Looking forward to using it for high aerobic activities such as Nordic Skiing, cycling etc... Although I've only had the jacket for a few weeks, it has quickly become a 'go to' option for many of my outdoor activities.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite jacket I love this jacket! I bought it almost a year ago. It works well in the rain and wind. I've taken it on multi-pitch climbs and have been happy to have the ability fold it up and clip it to my harness. I just ran a 55k with it and during the race it rained on and off. It dried quickly and is so comfortable. I'm actually online today to order a second one. I'm 5'8 and 135 pounds. I wear a small and its long enough for my torso.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this jacket! I've had this jacket for almost a year now and I've worn it weekly for every outdoor adventure since I got it. It fits awesomely, looks great, and moves well. The hood easily fits over my BD Vapor helmet. I love that you can stuff it into its own small pocket and clip it to a harness. It weighs nothing, and takes up virtually no room in a pack. It's great for blocking wind and light rain. It dries fast. I've also taken it biking and spring ski touring. I did poke some holes into it while it was clipped to my harness when it scratched up against some rock, so it's not super burly but that's expected for such a lightweight jacket. I'm 5'5" and 135 lbs and I have a small. I love the length of the torso and sleeves - it's perfect. My only wish is that there was a second pocket... The black clip strap inside the pocket seems to be dyeing the jacket a dark color around the strap. I'm not positive that this is the cause, but it's the only area of the jacket that is turning this color. Other than that, no complaints.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile jacket Absolutely love this jacket as a lightweight climbing/cycling wind breaker. It packs super small for a perfect travel companion. Hood has amble adjustability to fit a climbing or cycling helmet. Need to grab the hi-vis Aloe color for night riding.
Date published: 2016-03-03
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