The Black Diamond Alpine Start is relatively new on the windbreaker scene, and its already established a niche in the climbing community. This piece performed relatively well across our testing metrics, with admirable breathability and wind resistance; where it absolutely shined was in its versatility qualities. Thanks to a slightly stretchy fabric, this piece is more comfortable than models that outperformed it. And this stretchiness adds to the jacket's ability to move well while making long reaches on alpine granite. Plus, if you're a climber, the jacket's feature set allows you to move well when wearing a harness.
BD has updated the Alpine Start Hoody this year. Read on to see what's new!