The Black Diamond Alpenglow Hoody is a comfortable and breathable shirt that makes it a natural choice for neck coverage in hot weather. Though this shirt has no thumb holes, its sleeves are long and provide comfortable partial hand protection. Clever seam placement in the armpits allows for the comfortable range of motion you'd want for activities like climbing and paddling. Perhaps not the most stylish of all the sun shirts we reviewed, this shirt is a useful choice for an active lifestyle.
Black Diamond Alpenglow Hoody - Women's Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Comfortable cuffs, breathable fabric, hood fits comfortably under helmet
Cons: Odd seam in middle of neck, tight band at bottom of torso
Manufacturer: Black Diamond
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Out of all the sun shirts we reviewed, three boasted hoods: the Mountain Hardwear Butterlicious Hoodie, Patagonia Women's Sunshade Hoody, and this one. We found that each of these three shirts was fairly different. Read on to learn how…
Comfort & Fit
One of the only shun shirts in this review to NOT have a classically feminine cut, the Alpenglow Hoody instead has a wide cuff around the bottom of the torso. While our reviewers felt this cuff perhaps made the shirt a bit less stylish, they did like how it kept the shirt in place even when they weren't fully upright - like when climbing under a ledge or doing an exuberant handstand. The fabric is soft and provides a lot of comfortable stretch to accommodate all your motions from climbing to paddling to enthusiastically cheering on your team. This shirt also lacks bulky hems, which our reviewers thought made the neck, hood, and cuffs much more comfortable. We gave this shirt an 8 out of 10 for comfort and fit.
Just like the Butterlicious Hoodie and Patagonia Sunshade, the Alpenglow has a high UPF rating of 50. Combined with a hood, this shirt offers excellent protection from the sun. Lacking the thumb holes that the other two have though, limits protection for your hands, unless you're doing an activity in which you can keep the ample sleeves pulled down onto the base of your hands. We give it an 8 out of 10.
This shirt is lightweight and has a relaxed fit to facilitate air flow. However, the bottom cuff around the torso we found to stifle that air flow more so than the Patagonia and Mountain Hardwear hooded sun shirts we reviewed. The fabric wicks moisture away relatively quickly, helping to keep you cool even under the hot sun. Overall, we gave it a 7 out of 10.
With strongly reinforced seams and a tight-knit, albeit thin, fabric, our reviewers feel that shirt stands up to usage. It's also treated with a Polygiene odor control treatment, helping to keep the smell down even after several long hot days in the sun back to back. Our only complaint was the model that we received had a bit of seam damage along the bottom cuff. Overall, we scored this shirt a 6 out of 10.
Because of its bottom torso cuff, our reviewers felt this shirt had a similar style to a thin, fitted sweatshirt. It comes in limited light to medium colors and has a large seam in the front and center of the neck. Perhaps not headed to the next fashion runway show, if you like the relaxed look this hoodie provides along with its coverage and lack of thumb holes, we think you'll enjoy this sun shirt from Black Diamond. We give it a 5 out of 10 for style.
Aside from the hood, this shirt has no features. Unlike the other two shirts with hoods that we reviewed (the Mountain Hardwear Butterlicious and Patagonia Sunshade), this model from Black Diamond has no hidden hip pocket or thumb holes.
Our reviewers felt this shirt is an obvious choice for climbing (thanks, Black Diamond), but also would be a great choice for hiking, backpacking, paddling, and other active outdoor sports. Though it lacks the thumb holes of the Butterlicious or Patagonia models, we found it to be more breathable than the Butterlicious and better suited to long-armed women than the Patagonia.
This was the most expensive sun shirt we reviewed, retailing around $85. While this might be your dream shirt, there are plenty of other sun shirts in this review that are far less expensive and we feel are just as good.
The Alpenglow Hoody from Black Diamond is a great option for anyone looking for an active sun shirt with a hood. The underarm detail allows for a comfortable range of motion and the lightweight material is breathable while wicking moisture away from your skin. If you're impartial about thumb holes but really want that hood, we'd recommend checking this shirt out!
— Maggie Brandenburg