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Founded in 1989, Black Diamond Equipment is committed to designing and engineering the most innovative mountain equipment in the world. Focused on quality and high performance, Black Diamond is a global leader in outdoor gear touted for its durability and versatility; supporting the rigorous demands of alpine experts to weekend warriors exploring their local resort. For Fall/Winter 2023, Black Diamond continued its partnership with Polartec® to create another game-changing outdoor jacket engineered for warmth without the weight for changing terrains, conditions, and intensities.

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The Alpine Start Insulated Hoody, in men’s and women’s styles, is a versatile mid-layer that combines a lightweight design with exceptional protection. Crafted for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, the strategic incorporation of Polartec® Alpha insulation in critical core body areas - including the front of the chest, shoulders, upper arms, and back panel – strikes the perfect balance between warmth and breathability, allowing wearers to stay comfortable and perform at the highest level.

Polartec® Alpha is a breakthrough insulation engineered to sustain comfort and breathability during intensive activity in cold, variable conditions. The fabric’s lofted fibers connect to a solid mesh core allowing continuous release of excess body heat before overheating can occur. Comfort and confidence at any elevation. 

Crafted with both durability and sustainability in mind, the Alpine Start Insulated Hoody meets Black Diamond’s stringent standards for ECO label status; affirming materials and manufacturing processes have been vetted for reduced environmental impact. Whether backcountry skiing, ice climbing, or mountaineering, head out with confidence knowing the Alpine Start Insulated Hoody is engineered for both optimal function and ecological stewardship.