Rab Alpha Direct

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Shewie, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I'm tempted to get a Rab Alpha Direct jacket, a bit on the heavy side but I wondered if anyone here used one for hiking?

    It looks like a useful combination of materials
  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I've two alpha tops and an alpha direct...amazing tech that works...my deviator is a hybrid of alpha and grid, my rab is alpha direct and my guye jacket a hybrid....it's addictive...its kinda magical how they function with nowt to go wrong...I wouldn't call them heavy as you can use them as a stand alone , or a mid.
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  3. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    A mate has two, he loves them. Says it's the best piece of kit he's had and uses his older one that's a bit flat in the shoulders daily. Reckons it's great for high output stuff, but he's more of a climber and he hardly sweats. I tried it on and it's comfy and seems a fair bit warmer than a fleece. His only complaint is the 2 way zip opens from the bottom accidentally and very easily.
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  4. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    I don’t own one but it looks like a fancy/modern version of my old Buffalo gear i.e a “proper” softshell. The fancy polartec alpha replaces the old fibre pile and shelled with a similar breathable pertex layer. I’m guessing to get the most out of it you should wear it directly next to the skin, saves the weight of a base layer (and waterproof)? :)
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  5. benp1

    benp1 Backpacker

    I have a rab strata vest and I think it works in a wider range of situations that a normal synthetic insulation vest, and breathes better too. They dropped it from their range for some reason, you can't really find many polartec alpha vests these days, mostly long sleeve tops

    In some ways it's a bit like fleece tops aren't fashionable anymore, fleece still works pretty well though - I've just bought two new montane fleece tops
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  6. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    Mountain equipment still do the “switch vest” which has polartec alpha on the front and I think is excellent (I have two).

    Mind you some folks get obsessed with cooking stuff and titanium pans and stoves - I seem to collect jackets - my favourite Montane is their old style Prism jacket - I bought 3 of them just in case - the first ones just about worn out after nearly 10 years, so two more to go :D
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  7. benp1

    benp1 Backpacker

    i was recommending vests to a friend (and was looking for something in alpha on both the front and back), couldn't find one, very disappointed. went with the rab VR vest instead, I know it's different but I find VR great to breathability and pretty good at being layered too

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