I’m sure it’s something we all realize when the warm weather hits – we need to stay protected from the sun. As runners, we are mostly hitting the streets and trails outside, and Oregon is about as beautiful a place in the country to do so. When my dad first was diagnosed with cancer 9 years ago, there was a small epiphany that I needed to be better about this. But, I was 26 at the time and though I had a child, I was still youthfully invincible. Now at 35, with my dad’s cancer recently returning, it has again hit home that I actually need to be serious about this. As a result, I am going to be highlighting some items over the summer that assist in protecting us from the sun – this time with a hoody from Black Diamond.
As the weather seems to be turning into milder temperatures and cloudier skies, this may be our final post covering great long-sleeved, sun protection items. The best part about these items is that, while they were great in the summer, will continue to come in handy in the Oregon fall and winter as baselayers and chilly-temp tops. It’s a 2-for-1!
The Alpenglow Hoody, while designed with rockclimbing in mind, can absolutely convert to a long-sleeved running top it is UPF 50+ and even has a cooling technology which is said to reflect over 70% of near-infrared rays. Even with that technology, it is super light not-at-all bulky, making it a great standalone top. In the few late-summer days that saw some heat, I was impressed by the cooling. It was hot out, sure, but I felt as normal as I could in long-sleeves.
The Alpenglow also a tight hood for protection as well. I think it’s supposed to be more for under a rockclimbing helmet, so it sits pretty high up on the neck and fits snug on the head – but I actually didn’t mind it. In looking at the reviews on their website, the main complaint, if any, is the fit. If you are looking for a looser-fitting hoody, you may want to consider sizing up as it does fit a little tighter. That being said, I didn’t find it near as tight as some of the reviews state, but it is worth understanding what you are going to get.
To be, the feel of these is quite top notch. The Polyester stretch textured knit is super comfortable and the arm length (always a challenge with my longer limbs) felt really on point. It has enough tech in it to wear on workouts, yet is simplistic enough to even double as a out-and-about casual hoody as well. It also has Polygiene odor control, which prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria at the source and has proven to have high level of odor control beyond the usual lifespan of a garment.
- Alpenglow Hoody ($85)
- Polyester Stretch Textured Knit (87% Polyester, 13% Elastane, 200 gsm)
- Weight: 291 g
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