Polartec Alpha KoolAid Thread

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Gadget, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I recently stumbled across 66North's Hrannar top recently. Pricey, but the only other pure Alpha top that I'm aware of, along with the Nitro.
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  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I like that, but it looks less adaptable as it appears to be 120 PA? And those colours :banghead:
    I'm sure 66 north gets sold by tkmax sometimes.... We may see a cheaper tag in the future?

    I love the chewbacca highloft. Hoody they do... Damn pricey though for what I see as a casual garment?
  3. Clare

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  4. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

  5. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

  6. Leslie G

    Leslie G Day Walker

    You can often buy both Alpha and Alpha Direct, in various GSM from Discovery Fabrics dot com
    Alpha is meant to be a lined sandwich layer between a waterproof shell (example Polartec Neoshell) and a light liner. Alpha direct can be made into a stand-alone mid layer jacket as Rab did a few years back, or a next-to-body liner of a shell fabric. Alpha doesn’t absorb any water so when you sweat it evaporates very quickly, so stay much dryer. If you want warmth and are not active (someone standing around in cold weather) then alpha isn’t the best choice. There are some great online articles that explain alpha in better detail. I googled What’s the difference between Polartec Alpha and Alpha Direct, and got some good results.
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  7. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

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  8. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    well, I'm planning to start making some clothes once we've gotten our house and settled in. I did 3 years of tailoring in college, although I never worked as one. But that was 25 years ago, so am very rusty.

    I do have a few unique clothing ideas I want to try out.
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  9. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Just received 2 meters of the 80gsm Alpha Isolation.
    Compared it to my Macpac Nitro (which is 90gsm) - The mesh fabric has much much much bigger holes in it and the pile is nearly twice as long as the Macpac (estimate).
    Not sure I 'like' it - mmmh. :unsure:
    The colour is quoted as "dark teal" by Extrem - I'd call it "Petrol" or "Slatey Blue" - I'm not that bothered colourwise but thought others might want to know.

    The 130gsm Alpha from Extrem is fine and just as I expected it to be :thumbsup:.
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  10. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    What are you planning to make Cathy?
  11. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I was putting the fabric by for the moment with the thought of a Nitro replacement maybe (?), sometime in the future.
    I got my Nitro very inexpensively :D - in the sale and brought back by my daughter as my B'day pressie (- she did her medical elective in NZ).
    I don't expect to be able to buy another quite that cheaply :cautious:.

    PS. But having seen it now I'm not so sure and if anyone wants to buy some off me I'd be happy to deal.
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  12. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    @Chiseller might be interested, I'm sure he's mentioned a project to me in the past, I think he's just disappeared to the Lakes for a few days though
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  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Could be your huckleberry :whistling:
  14. Toby

    Toby Backpacker

    Have you got any pictures of the nitro vs the 80g/sqm alpha fabric? Was also planing on sewing something similar out of this fabric, but your post got me thinking!:) Do you feel that the bigger holes will increase breathability but it will shed more fur since the pile is longer?
  15. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

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  16. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    No pics ATM but my impression is that on it's own the 80gsm would let so much vapor/air thru' it wouldn't give much warmth.
    But with the long pile it might be very effective sandwiched between 2 wind proof layers.
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  17. Toby

    Toby Backpacker

    Ordered a free sample of it from extremtextil to check! More breathability for a mid/baselayer is often good though!
  18. Toby

    Toby Backpacker

    Got my sample now! It certainly looks very airy and I think that's because it's Polartec Alpha and not Alpha Direct which sets it apart from the nitro. So it should be used sandwiched which kinda defeats the purpose of it for me.
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  19. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

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  20. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    So , from a couple of years ago, @Gadget did a group order of Alpha. Just before we knew about the Nitro.
    I didn't get round to using mine. Due to getting a Lofoten and us both getting Nitros...:whistling:

    So I'll put it on offer here if anyone interested?

    1.5 yd of 90gsm. The salmon side of red...:whistling:
    Cost me £23.

    I'll post it second class for £20

    I think it's the same as in the Nitro really.

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    Edit: SOLD!
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2020
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  21. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Not my colour anyway  :D:D:D
  22. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

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  23. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Hey @Chiseller, there's someone on FB selling a Nitro and other Alpha kit... get in quick... :hilarious:
  24. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Hahahaha all spares that have to go... Brynje was 1st to sell. Which surprised me.
    I recently got a second Nitro, so mine that's in better condition is up for sale.
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