Why We Made It
The Alpine Vest is a particularly versatile piece to have in your shoulder season/Winter kit and can be added on any number of layering options to provide a huge range of operable temperatures. With zoned application of the Polartec® Alpha® Direct fill, there’s insulation where you want but avoiding excessive overlapping of insulation like over back pockets.
Layer it up over our Ascent LS Jersey and Alpine Thermal Bib Shorts to take the chill off those cold Fall mornings and stuff it in your pocket as it warms up, or use it over our Alpine Thermal Jersey and Alpine Thermal Tights on a chilly Winter training day to keep your core toasty warm without overheating.
The stretchy, cozy grid fleece softshell material on all leading-edge panels of the Alpine is not only thermally efficient, but both water resistant and wind proof as well. Medium-weight Storm Fleece across the back ensures a perfect fit while also aiding temperature regulation and breathability. To further enhance the usability of this winter garment we used an environmentally sensitive C6 DWR (durable water repellent) coating on all exterior fabrics so that moisture in the form of road spray, snow and sleet merely rolls off.
A reflective two-way zip allows for even more temperature regulation if you run hot during exertion. Three large rear pockets with a fourth zippered security pocket ensure you can stow everything you may need for a big winter ride.
Polartec Alpha Insulation
Polartec Alpha Insulation, a recycled synthetic fill that is remarkably warm for it’s weight and density. Polartec Alpha Direct has an incredibly high rate of moisture vapor transfer due to it’s highly open structure and lack of backer fabric, and when combined with our highly vapor permeable shell fabric this is the most breathable winter vest we’ve created.
To emphasize the focus on high-intensity breathability, we’ve perforated the under-arm area of the side panels for even more rapid moisture transfer. This breathability, combined with the incredible warmth to weight ratio of Polartec Alpha Direct make a fantastically warm package.
Plenty of Storage
Three large pockets for all-day ride storage and a hidden security pocket with glove-compatible zipper puller.
Two-way, YKK Vislon zipper provides smooth, durable action and allows for ventilation from both the bottom and top, also allowing easy access to jersey pocket contents.