Unfailing durability thanks to Graphene
Graphene (the strongest but lightest material on Earth) empowers the shell face of the new Alpha.
We ran the Martindale Abrasion and Pilling test on the new Alpha Series jacket (a test designed to test how the fabric holds up after X amount of rubs that simulate wear) and after 100.000 rubs the fabric was as good as new. As a reference military grade gear is required to withstand 20.000 rubs to be fit for duty.
Fully waterproof and breathable
We've had users of the previous Alpha reporting how the jacket kept them bone dry while looking for a shelter in the middle of a storm after their boat moored. Almost two years after that, the middle membrane that brings the waterproofness and breathability to the jacket has improved its performance dramatically. You can just imagine how good this works now.
The new Alpha Series jacket features an internal zipper so you can connect your GRAnaREC middle layer and make them work truly as one heavy duty jacket. Layering is probably one of the most important topics before heading to adventure. Factors like rain, cold, wind and humidity can dramatically change the setting and being ready is paramount. The GRAnaREC middle layer self-packs in its pocket and its a joy to bring along. Then, when conditions require, empowering the Alpha with its supreme insulation got easier and swifter than ever with this new inner connection zipper.
This little amazing piece of technology can save your life
The main purpose of a jacket like the Alpha Series II is to protect you against the elements. Well, the Alpha goes way beyond that. Imagine you are doing some backcountry skiing or venturing into the middle of Amazonas and suddenly weather gets you lost and without any kind of communication with the world. Meet RECCO. RECCO is a reflector which does not need power to operate and which will reflect signals from the rescue mission so they can identify your position. This reflector is hidden inside the hood of the Alpha Series II jacket and even though you won’t ever see or feel it, it might just save your life.
Antibacterial shell face
With Covid-19 we started caring more than ever about hygiene and protecting ourselves against external pathogens. Copper and silver are known for their antibacterial properties and have been widely used to empower goods. Less known is the fact that Graphene is antibacterial as well.
By integrating Graphene in the shell face of the Alpha Series II jacket we are putting an extra barrier of protection between you and the world that could inactivate 98% of bacteria and kill over 90% of them even after being washed over 100 times.
Pockets that reach pockets
One of the biggest issues when layering down is that we lose access to the storage space (pockets) of the middle layer. The Alpha Series II jacket solves this problem by adding internal zippers to the front main pockets. With this, when using your middle layer you'll have full access to their main pockets as well without the need to open or remove your Alpha Series II jacket.
Think about his again: Pockets designed to reach other pockets. How cool is that?
Superlative thermal distribution
Graphene radiates Far Infrared Energy (FIR) in almost identical waves as the human body. This leads to an incredibly efficient heat management. We have tested the Alpha Series II jacket accompanied with just a t-shirt in temperatures of 5 Celsius (41 Fahrenheit) and felt comfortable. Humidity, wind and even your own metabolism can change your comfort levels so consider using a mid-layer like the GRAnaREC if your adventure takes you to extremely cold settings.
Extra internal storage
We got a bunch of emails asking us to include an inner pocket in the new version of the Alpha. As in every challenge we face we choose the hard route and making this extra pocket had to be in line with the design and performance with which we engineer the rest of the jacket. It had to be fully seam taped and able to carry any mobile phone on the market (except for you guys who use iPads as phones!).
Double pit zippers
Pit zippers are probably one of the least understood features and at the same time one of the most handy on high performance apparel. Sometimes the going gets extremely tough and no fabric can offer the level of breathability we need to release heat.
Pit zippers are made for those occasions, and the new Alpha not only has them, but we also made them with double zippers so you can control exactly the amount of opening you want and the position of this opening.