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Black Diamond Alpenglow Hoody

photo: Black Diamond Alpenglow Hoody long sleeve performance top

Great sun protection and versatile base layer.

Pros

  • Sun protection
  • Ample hood
  • Fit

Cons

  • Hood is a bit floppy
  • Thumb holes would be nice

Sun hoodies are becoming increasingly popular so I thought I'd try one out. I like versatile systems and in the past have used baselayers along with an OR Sun Runner Cap which uses a snap-on/off neck cape. That approach has worked fine too. But I found the Alpenglow to be an attractive option (e.g., the attached hood means no fiddling with attaching/detaching the cape or retrieving a hat that blows off during an unexpected gust).

The fit is good—not too loose or too tight—just about right, at least for me. The hood is large, allowing hats/helmets under or over, but can be a bit floppy alone. Sun protection is very good. Fabric is breathable and dries quickly. There are no thumb holes in this hoody, compared to many other brands. It would be nice to have them, to extend the coverage a bit over the hands. This isn't a big deal though, and is even a benefit when wearing gloves.

Experience

This is my first sun hoody and season of use. Put it to the test on a sunny climb of Mt St Helens and it performed as expected.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70 on sale

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Specs

Men's
Price MSRP: $85.00
Current Retail: $56.93-$95.00
Historic Range: $49.97-$95.00
Reviewers Paid: $70.00
Weight 291 g
Fit Regular
Sun Protection UPF 50+
Materials Polyester Stretch Textured Knit (87% Polyester, 13% Elastane, 200 gsm)
Women's
Price MSRP: $85.00
Current Retail: $63.75-$95.00
Historic Range: $10.00-$95.00
Weight 245 g
Fit Regular
Sun Protection UPF 50+
Materials Polyester Stretch Textured Knit (87% Polyester, 13% Elastane, 200 gsm)
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