Black Diamond Men's Alpine Start Hoody - Moosejaw
Black Diamond Men's Alpine Start Hoody

Black Diamond Men's Alpine Start Hoody

Black Diamond Men's Alpine Start Hoody is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 33.
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Product Description Item No.   10301543

The Black Diamond Men's Alpine Start Hoody is a softshell jacket for alpine climbs, early mornings, and light weather protection. The Schoeller® fabric is stretch woven with NanoSphere® technology, which means it stretches and follows your every move while still providing light weather resistance. A little wind up on the crag or a light rain as you're scrambling down to reach your car by sundown are quickly tossed to the side by this lightweight jacket. At only 8.8 ounces, it tucks right into the chest pocket when the weather is sunny and warm, allowing you to clip it to your harness for later. The helmet compatible hood is adjustable and always ready to keep moisture and wind off your neck and the precious hairs atop your head.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Men's Alpine Start Hoody

  • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
  • Highly packable design stows in chest pocket with internal carabiner clip loop
  • Climbing-specific gusseted underarm panels
  • Lightweight elastic cuffs
  • Drawcord hem

- + Product Specifications
Gender: Mens
Features: Adjustable Drawcord Hem, Helmet Compatible Hood, Bluesign Approved, Packable
Weight: 8.8 oz
Hood Type: Helmet Compatible
Breathability: Moderate Breathability
Exterior Pockets: 1
Jacket Fabric: 93 % Nylon, 7 % Elastane
Fabric Weight: 2.36 oz / Square Yard
Cuff Fabric: Elastic
Eco Friendly: Yes
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Climbing, Ice and Mixed Climbing, Mountaineering and Alpine
Jacket Length: Hip
Fit Type: Regular Fit
Insulation: None
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent product but the cuffs... I bought this piece of equipment for high intensity activities and it does the job very well, Breathable and offer good protection from the weather. Fits Perfectly, i bought an L Size. My only complain are the elastic cuffs... The elastic is too big for me, it slips to half of My forearm easily. It should be more tight for me. My wrist circumference is 17,5 cm.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good jacket with nice features I bought the jacket prior to the ski season, but it fits so well and blocks the wind that I find I'm using it more for late fall mountain biking rides too. It breathes well and it packs up small. I can see that I'll use it alot camping trips and hikes
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great For The Price, Very Packable I have had this jacket over a year and used it on everything from summer climbing in the Tetons to spring skiing. Great backup layer to throw in the pack, and it hardly takes up any space. The hood fits over a helmet perfectly.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best soft shell for rock climbing I've had this jacket a few years now. Definitely 5 stars. Please BD, never stop making this jacket. I'll buy another one when mine is worn out. The best features of this jacket are absolutely its weight and packability. This makes it the best shell imaginable for rock climbing. I don't know of a lighter soft shell on the market. I love that it packs into its own pocket, a must if you ask me for climbing. It's way more durable than a nylon windshirt. The soft shell material will actually stand up to climbing. I almost always clip this on my harness for multi-pitch climbs. If the wind picks ups, throw it on. The hood works well over helmet. True, there are no hand pockets, but this is the price you pay to have such a light soft shell jacket. I'm OK with this. I've also worn this quite a bit ski touring. It won't replace a true shell in winter conditions, but it's way more breathable than a hard shell or even a heavy duty soft shell. It will shed some light precipitation on the way up but is breathable enough (most of the time) to keep it on when skinning. I've brought it as my only 'shell' in nice spring conditions as well to keep wind off me on ridges. My only minimal gripe is that the wrist cuffs are a little loose.
Date published: 2017-11-10
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 Butter Zone! This jacket has been in my quiver for a little over a year, and so far I have no complaints! It's so lightweight and packable that it's in my pack nearly every day, for work and commuting as well as hikes and bouldering at Lumpy Ridge. The abrasion resistance is impressive-there have been several occasions where I was certain I'd torn a sleeve and examined it to find not so much as a scuff. The trim is nice and athletic, which is perfect for my longer, leaner build. I'm 6'1", 180lbs and the Large size is perfect. Great as a standalone for cool mornings at the crag, and the stretch is great for layering over a synthetic midlayer hoody to provide extra wind and precip protection. This bomber hoody has everything I want, and nothing I don't! I also have to give BD props for their stealthy branding. I have the all black color and I love how the logos are low key. More companies should follow suit and refrain from using loud branding/logos. Another home run from Black Diamond!
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite layer This is the second Alpine Start Hoody I have purchased due to becoming pregnant and temporarily growing out of my original. It is by far my favorite layer because it is lightweight, fast drying, packable and surprisingly warm. The material is somewhat stretchy but very tough and the fit is pretty slim. The new improved version has the zipper to the pocket on the outside of the coat where the old one had it on the inside. If it isn't a layer I am wearing to start a climb or provide extra warmth on a cold day, it is always thrown into my pack for added warmth on the descent or when the sun goes down.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect ultralight rain/wind jacket Perfect fit, great fabric, super packable in its own pocket. I really love this jacket! I haven't had a chance to test it in hard rain (although I don't think that's really what it's for), but it's great for that unexpected light drizzle at the crag or three pitches up.
Date published: 2017-09-16
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- + Size Guide

Men's Outerwear
SIZE X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Neck 15" 15.5" 16" 16.5" 17.5"
Chest 34 - 35.5" 36 - 38" 38.5 - 41" 41.5 - 44.5" 45 - 48.5"
Sleeve 33.5" 33.5" 34" 34" 34.5"
Waist 27-28.5" 29-31" 31.5-34" 34.5-37.5" 38-42"
Hip 33.5 - 35" 35.5 - 37.5" 38 - 40.5" 41 - 44" 44.5 - 48"
Inseam 31.5" 31.5" 32.5" 33.5" 33.5"

Sizing information above refers to body measurements, and NOT garment dimensions.


• Neck: Around the fullest part of the neck, at the base
• Chest: Around the chest, just under the arms and across the shoulder blades
• Sleeve: From the center back of the neck, across the shoulder, and down the arm to the wrist
• Waist: Around the narrowest part of the waist
• Hip: Around the widest part of the hips
• Inseam: From the crotch to the anklebone on the inside of the leg

Men's Gloves
SIZE Men's and Unisex
X-Small 7.25 - 7.75"
Small 7.75 - 8.25"
Medium 8.5 - 9"
Large 9 - 9.5"
X-Large 9.5 - 10"

Determine your glove size from the chart above by selecting the LARGER of the two measurement results described below.

• Palm Girth: Measure around your dominant hand at the knuckles with your fingers together.
• Palm Length: Measure from the crease at the base of your wrist (on the palm side) to the tip of your middle finger.