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Discussion in 'Shopping' started by el manana, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. pilbond

    pilbond Hiker

    At the end of what color is it? Gray or white?
  2. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    It's a very light grey. I've no intention of dyeing it, it's fine.
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  3. pilbond

    pilbond Hiker

    I understand that dyeing polyester is difficult, how do you do it?
  4. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    With difficulty. Polyester does not take dye easily.
  5. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Yes, it's difficult. If I really need to dye synthetics, I use iDye Poly and it has worked well, even on some old grotty backpack. I do it in a pan of very hot water, not in a washing machine but it's tricky to have the water hot enough to dye but not so much that it will ruin the garment. @Munro277 hasn't had much success with iDye so results may vary. As I said, i've no intention of dyeing the Alpha Lite.
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  6. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Yep I can confirm I have a naff looking pair of terra pants. :(
  7. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    The Alpha Flash (120) is much warmer than the Decathlon Quecha MH500 (I have both) but weighs slightly more. Though the Flash breathes well enough to be used in similar conditions to the Quecha, it will also do for much colder conditions when under a shell.
    The Lite version may be similar in warmth to the Quecha but at a lighter weight, at least, that's what I'm hoping (I won't get my hands on mine before the summer).
    If you're happy with the Quecha (I like it) then there may be no compelling reason to go for the Alpha Flash Lite but with the 120 version, you can get quite an increase in warmth for a minimum increase in weight.
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  8. Lempo

    Lempo Section Hiker

  9. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Just got this from, may be of interst to someone
    Use this Voucher Code:

    To get an extra 10% off all Softshell jackets & trousers
    offer ends monday 20/01
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  10. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

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  11. Lang pack

    Lang pack Summit Camper

    I sent my alpha light back, bit disappointed with it. Super thin/light material spoilt with a heavy zip and pointless heavy weight pocket. I think it’s too thin to be a useful jacket as it offers little insulation unless worn under a wind shirt. Would be fine if they dispensed with the zip, pocket and draw cord, and sold it as a simple base layer.
  12. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    After what @WilliamC said above I ended up ordering the 120g one. I think it will be an important part of my layering system but we will see when it arrives.
  13. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    Sounds like a good choice I have relegated the MH grid to the bargain bin-it's a one trick pony.
  14. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I thought that, the 1st Time I walked out in my Norrona raw.... Then it became a firm favourite... It how you layer under it... Do you need a layer under, or one over, or both...?
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  15. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    The usp of alpha is it's breathability and warmth to weight, on without a windproof on a windy day it offers no warmth at all. As a layer it's fantastic, and if you do get sweaty removing a windproof is all you have to do as it's so breathable.
    Totally agree the warmth to weight canbe killed stone dead when the accessories are heavy, I have the 90g Rab jacket and it's 400+g, and the 120g at 250, the 90 was related to non hiking wear, as has the 120 now I have a macpac, 170g for a hoody and no normal fleece to hold water.
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  16. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I'm planning to try it with my OMM Aether jacket and not use a wind shell. I recon the Aether is more breathable than my cheapo Rab windshell anyway and I always have it with me anyway as a rain jacket. I've been belly aching about whether I'll need a warmer jacket for camp and stops on the TGO Challenge but recon that this with my Arcteryx Atom Lite and OMM Rotor vest should be able to be mixed and matched to suit all of the conditions I'm likely to encounter. All 3 with a merino T shirt should be toasty if it gets really cold, or at least that is my thinking. I'll find out with some of the things I have planned before then.
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  17. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    That sounds like a plan to me. A combo of my macpac and omm mountain raid I reckon would see me to as cold as I'm ever likely to hike in.
  18. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Any alpha with a merino is a bad mix in my experience. A damp with sweat merino will stop the alpha doing what it does. In my humble experience.
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  19. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    What do you wear with it @Chiseller ? I'm not wedded to Merino except for smell reduction. Especially since I read about Mulesing in Australia, just horrific.
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  20. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Summit Camper

    Icebreaker audit their Merino suppliers, I feel a lot more comfortable using their products
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  21. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I bought the Lite precisely because it promised to be very thin and light material. ;) If I want thicker (i.e. Alpha 120), I believe the Norrona Alpha Raw Hoodie is better than the plain Rab Alpha while the Rab Alpha Freak is a Norrona Raw on steroids.

    As for the pocket, it only adds 10 grams (and 1.5 of that is thread !). It's a royal pain to remove for not much gain and I doubt water retention is much of an issue here as opposed to the sleeves. At least it wasn't glued on like the Nitro.

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  22. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I'm resisting the alpha freak!
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  23. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I'm resisting the Nitro!
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  24. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Depends on duration/environment and activity... Bear in mind I've about 6 or seven different Alpha garments.

    Mostly, I'll wear the rab pulse, under or over. Both light and compact enough to cast off if I must.
    Other times I'll wear a Brynje under, but more times than not, I wear them next to skin.
    I've been known to wear the Nitro under the raw if I'm wanting some static warmth.
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  25. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Is this really true @Balagan ? Did you unpick the pocket and then weigh the thread separately?

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