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M Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody review

by David Chenault

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Article Summary:

Back in late 2012 I concluded, at the end of my Windshirt State of the Market report, that

...the future [of windshirts] looks bright. Advances in fabrics will continue to allow for good durability at less and less weight, as well as further bending the curve between breathability and weather resistance.

The future is now, and it has arrived in the form of the Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody; a windshirt which blends performance characteristics better than anything else, as far as I know. It feels quite unreasonable to ask any more of the 80 gram/meter Schoeller stretch woven fabric, which combines breathability, toughness, and weather resistance in an extraordinary fashion. The fit and detailing are peculiar in some ways, which I find tolerable but quite a few others have found less so. Given that Black Diamond has just entered the apparel market, I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume that the next generation Alpine Start will sort these out.


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