Polartec Alpha KoolAid Thread

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Gadget, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Is this stuff better close fitting or loose?
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  2. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I think the Nitro is 90g/sqm and the Norrona is 120, which might explain it.
    I've read that alpha is twice as warm per weight as fleece and half as warm as primaloft. Don't know which variants.
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  3. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    @theoctagon, I've no idea, the norrona is close fitting though.

    @WilliamC ime, that's probably true if worn under a shell. Where alpha really shines (imo) is thermo regulation. It is warm but I don't really overheat fhe way I do with regular fleece as long as you monitor ventilation.
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  4. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    It’s a shame the nitro doesn’t have a zip. Lose the pocket for a quarter zip and it’d likely weigh the same but be a better layering piece.
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  5. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    True, I'd even take a 30g hit for a full zip and high collar and remove the pocket.
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  6. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    I bought a snuggish one (not skin tight) in L and one in XL (layering potential) and haven't really noticed a difference in warmth etc so far but only use is in temps from about zero to about twelve. But the Nitro at least is sold in the so called Athletic style. @oreocereus for what it's worth the lack of zip is not an issue on the Nitro. I have some comments on the Rab pulse hoody thread about pairing this with that very thin and light capilene stuff. Chuck some Capilene LW over and the warmth goes up, under and less warm.
  7. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    The womens has no pocket and has a nice fit for a bloke if you are a bit less tapered-tried it on, but the colours they had didn't grab me.
  8. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Rab Alpha Flash?
  9. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    it’s not stretchy so you need a bit of space but not baggy. I bought up a size and seems good.
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  10. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    This alpine team NZ review may have been posted but I'll link to it anyway. The author says he sized up too.

    Ooh! I heard someone say the same thing about the Rab pulse hoody. Believe you me, having a 1/4zip is always better. No matter how breathable. ;)
  11. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I have the Rab zipped 120g cardigan, it's 240g without a hood, the nitro is 100g lighter with a hood and 3/4 as warm. I think for me that's a better proposition. Especially as warmth on the go, and according to Mole better in the rain as alpha doesn't soak up water like the fleece stretch panels on the Rab.
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  12. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    "Believe you me"- I was waiting for the -"you young whippersnapper"!:woot:
    And I concur with my tramper colleague 100 percent on the Rab Hoody!:thumbsup::happy:
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  13. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    Though it might be good for keeping the phone warm. My battery seems to freefall if there’s a breeze and it’s below 15c..
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  14. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    I had my phone in there yesterday-strolling along listening alternately to the Drones and Nadia Reid.
  15. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    this week a friend said “what’s punk rock?” “Proof that I’m old” I replied.
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  16. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    I remember the song I just posted on 'Music' when it first aired on TV in 1976 like it was yesterday!
    Alpha keeps me young.
    Sorry for the punkish digression.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2019
  17. Lempo

    Lempo Ultralighter

    Better punks than ticks.

    (ironically, 'punkki' is Finnish for a tick)
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  18. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Close but not Stretched
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  19. Dr Zarkov

    Dr Zarkov Trekker

    Having owned a few Alpha garments just thought I would sing the praises of my most recent purchase. ME Switch vest. I was after an Alpha gilet without a hood, a pocket on the front for my vape stick and a breathable / non alpha back. Up step the Switch with its 40g Alpha front and Pontetorto Tecnopile back and side panels. Lord knows what Pontetorto Tecnopile is but on a recent 2 week trip to Scotland I did not get a sweaty back with a baselayer underneath. The front was only slightly warm (I run hot) and cut the wind enough for me to basically wear almost all the time. The collar was fine (non scratchy on the beard) and the pockets were big enough and did not snag. I even like the dark blue colour. For me 40g is just about right for anything down to 5 degrees or so. Past that I have my Hydrogen Direct Jacket and Alpha Fux for whenever.
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  20. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Pontero tech is a rival for polartec grid.... There was a fair old legal battle went off over it a few years ago. Switch is nice, but it's just ME ripping off the OR deviator. Deviator wins. Imho of course :whistling:
  21. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    Adidas terrex has something similar too. I have the previous primaloft version but the new one is polartec alpha on the front

    I wear my alpha cycling gilet for commuting to work most days
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  22. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    @Lamont-Cranston negative degrees...bit of windchill could have been around - 3 Brynje net shirt + Nitro + windshell.... Comfortable, even when static at the summit :thumbsup:
    I'll be buying another when I can justify the spend. Maybe post brexit the customs will go down.... Or up??? :eggonface: IMG_20191202_204453.jpg
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  23. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    GIDDEE UPPP! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Nice spot!
    Nice combination.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019 at 2:12 AM
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  24. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    Does the nitro have any stretch in it? I wonder if that's one of the reasons why the rab alpha flash has the stretchy panels in the side. I know they don't breath as well but they do make for a very comfortable fit, more so than many other tops i find
  25. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Natural stretch (not a lot) due to the very open weave...

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