M's Alpha Direct Vest

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  • A critical piece in your layering system, the versatile Alpha Direct Vest features exposed 100% recycled 90gm Polartec® Alpha® insulation. By eliminating the interior lining, the insulation dries quicker, is more breathable and lighter weight, making this piece our premier active insulator. Weighing a mere 175g, put it on and keep it on (or throw it in your pack) for all of your cold-weather adventures.

  • FIT: Active

    CENTER BACK LENGTH: 27.5 in (size Medium)


    • Sam is 6'2"/188cm wearing size Large
  • FACE FABRIC: Recon AIR lightweight 2-way stretch mini rip-stop | 100% nylon | acyrlic coating

    INSULATION: 90g Polartec® Alpha® Insulation | 100% Recycled Polyester

    LINING: none

    WEIGHT: 175 g (6.2 oz)


    GUARANTEE: Strafe 2 Year Warranty

chopping wood at the lindley hut in the alpha direct vest


  • Lightweight vest with active insulation for cold-weather activities.
  • 100% recycled, quick-drying, breathable, and lightweight Polartec® Alpha® Direct insulation.
  • Highly air-permeable stetch face fabric aids breathabiilty with an acryclic coating to repel light weather.
  • Direct insulation adds performance, drops weight, and adds hand feel.
  • Zippered hand pockets with an internal media sleeve in right-hand pocket. Bonus interior drop pockets.
  • Hem drawcord adjustment at sides, elastic binding at armhole, and backpack-friendly shoulders.
  • Full-length center front zip with wind and zipper guard featuring reliable YKK VISLON® zippers.
  • 2023 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide Select

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    Eric SVG verified by SHOP

    Really wanted to like this but the material is super thin and the shoulders were much narrower than you would expect in an XL size. Very sorry to say not worth $153 IMHO. That said, the Strafe Capitol ski pant is fantastic, highly recommend.

    Daniel W.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Super layer

    This piece is perfect for that top layer on those tours or mid layer for mild cool days on the resort. It packs amazingly. The material is dope. Actually I’ve been wearing it around the house and in town pretty much daily since I got it, but will see how that goes long term. When the temp drops you’re going to need something more but it’s pretty versatile. Get one! :)

    • What is your favorite mountain or place to ride? Heros is becoming my fav or is it !?!?!!
    • What size did you purchase? L
    • How would you rate the sizing of this product? Runs SmallPerfectRuns Large
    Phillips M.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    M's Alpha Direct Vest

    I can’t believe I did not get one of these a long time ago. Such a great functional piece.

    • What is your favorite mountain or place to ride? The world!
    I recommend this product

    Perfect ski layer

    The Alpha Direct Vest is an amazing ski layer. I wore it every single day out this season, warm or cold, rain or snow, hill/touring/sledding/introducing my 1.5 year old to the mountains. Good fit, doesn't feel too bulky (I'm 5'9", 160lb and have the med). Made for a perfect mid layer, usually over a basecamp hoody. Looking forward to using it as a simple packaway layer for cold mtb or alpine climbing this summer/fall.

    • What is your favorite mountain or place to ride? Coast Mountains
    • What size did you purchase? M
    • How would you rate the sizing of this product? Runs SmallPerfectRuns Large
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    Kelly W.
    I recommend this product

    Thank you!

    The team at both the Highlands store and the Snowmass shop are great. Best is warm and easy to cram in a backpack if it get’s a little hot in the spring. The gear is the best! Thanks for everything

    • What is your favorite mountain or place to ride? Highlands