Daniel Neilson tests a host of breathable jackets that will stand up against the wind. On test Black Diamond Alpine Start Jacket
Firstly, I love this material. It’s made by Schoeller, and is a stretch woven fabric. It is really breathable but will still hold off most of the wind. It’s easily the most stretchy jacket here. Like all Black Diamond products, it is designed with climbers in mind which is why there’s a helmet compatible hood. However, the volume adjuster is effective and wearing it running, it didn’t catch the wind. It’s still not as good as the Montane hood though – otherwise it would have been a contender for Best Buy. There’s one chest pocket – not big enough for an OS map, but fine for a phone. A hem pull cord helps with the fit. It’s a tad longer than most too.
Reviewed in June 2015 Issue