The Alpha Direct Jacket is a breathable, insulated outer/mid-layer, constructed using Polartec Alpha Direct technology and Pertex Microlight for 'on the move' use in cold weather.
Our new Alpha Direct Jacket is truly defined by our decades of experience in mountain environments.
During an alpine adventure every kind of condition can be experienced, from a warm walk or ski to the base of a route to shivering it out on a freezing belay. In these varied conditions the Alpha Direct balances moisture control and comfort when on the move with warmth and protection from the elements when static.
Designed to be worn as an outer or mid-layer depending on the temperature, this jacket adds exceptional versatility to your layering system. A tough and reliable Pertex® Microlight outer fabric secures the insulation and minimises wear. Key tech features include an under-helmet hood, two-way zipper and stretch fleece cuffs.
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Some of you may have used, or at least read about Polartec Alpha insulation, a more modern version of a lightweight fleece, that keeps you warm but lets sweat out, even when active. Well the Polartec Alpha Direct insulation is basically the same but with the mesh liner removed, so you get more unimpeded airflow (not to mention less weight and bulk) without sacrificing warmth. It also feels super soft against your skin!
Designed to be worn when you are active - so on the move - there are alternative insulation garments that are more suited to wearing around camp - Polartec Alpha is about keeping you vented even though you are also being kept insulated.
Its quite a breakthrough, especially for cold weather walking when you need insulation but start sweating hard when you reach a strenuous bit. Weight for weight Polartec Alpha is only about half as warm as Primaloft so the king of insulation keeps its crown - but Alpha has its place - I recently wore an Alpha garment all day while walking in Corsica in particularly cold conditions and stayed warm & comfortable for the duration - I kept checking my baselayer, which stayed completely dry.
A water-resistant Pertex Microlight outer fabric repels light rain and snow, while still allowing sweat and heat out. If you stop for a while in cold wind after being quite active you will most likely need to through on a shell. Rab have thought about this and removed any cuff bulk so you can layer better without discomfort.
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