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As I write this I am wearing an Alpha Direct Rip-Back hoodie. It breathes perfectly, is remarkably light and provides a significant amount of warmth. I live and play in the Sonoran desert and this is the perfect warming layer. Even a very light shell to block the wind and the R factor is greatly increased.

Best alpha I’ve invested in!

Bought my Alpha Direct to take on the Appalachian trail! Customer service is phenomenal. I reached out about sizing and the amount of time to get it to me - as I am running out of time before I hit the trail. They were right on the sizing and had my hoodie just over a week! Also, I’m loving the length of this hoodie, as it is long enough to give my bum some coverage as well!

The do-it-all piece of gear!

I’ve worn it hiking, camping, running, and even around the house. Warm when it needs to be but breathes so as to not get over heated. Super versatile. Super lightweight. Great customer service. What are you waiting for?!

Great Mid Layer!

Fit on this hoodie is perfect for a mid layer and it’s super comfortable and surprisingly warm. Had a chance to use it a few times on backpacking trips and it has found a permanent home in my pack. Great product and great customer service coming out of BTT!


My wife loves this hoodie under any other layer. Fit and finish is awesome and the hood provides many possibilities. Excellent sewing.

Love it!

I got this for my husband and he loves it! We spend a lot of time hiking and trail running, and he loves the material. We had shipping issues at first and Justin sent us a replacement hoodie when the first one got lost in the system.

Excellent quality!

Great hoodie, great service!

Ordered the standard Alpha 90 hoodie a couple months ago. There was a slight error in the custom sizing I had ordered, but Justin was great with a free return label and had a new hoodie in my hands in a couple weeks. Love the hoodie and wouldn't hesitate to buy more gear from BTT.

Great Hoodie!

This hoodie is very warm for its weight in addition to having nice features, including the neck gaiter and kangaroo pocket. Definitely a nice piece of gear that I highly recommend.

Awesome Product!

Great product and service. Asked several questions during process and they were quick to get back with me.

Nice piece of gear.

I’m very pleased with this hoodie. I got one for myself and one for my wife. We enjoy the features, it’s very warm for its weight and dries very quickly and I would definitely recommend it! A nice piece of gear to bring with you!


Justin worked with me on getting the right fit. Allowed me to return for a size that fit and tailored it to my needs(L hood on size M). I'm in-between a M and L - I'm short(5'7") with a broad back. I initially went with a L. It was too big. Returned it for a M - the fit is comfortable. I will continue purchasing from here.

Great customer Service and product!

I ordered a couple hoodies and was concerned they were not going to arrive before I was leaving the address so provided and Justin promptly replied to both of my emails and assured arrival before my departure. I had ordered a XXL for my 6’3” son and have bought other Alpha Direct products from others but Beyond the Trail were one of the few that even had a XXL and it was proper size (other brands seem to run small). Lastly, the Navy is an awesome color! Thanks Justin!

Alpha Direct Rip-Back Hoodie 90 - Navy


This is, by far, the best base layer I own. The sizing and fit is perfect for me, it is not too slim and form fitting. It is comfortable to wear as the base of a layering system, or as standalone shirt.
The construction and sewing is perfect. The hood/balaclava marriage works great, especially as a hammock camper. Justin, the owner, responded quickly about a concern of mine and worked with me on a special request which just made the hoodie that much better for me.
If you understand the benefits and limitations of the alpha fabric itself, then this is the perfect use of the fabric and I couldn't be happier with the product.


I just wanted to say that the Alpha Direct Hoodie is AMAZING. I hate to pay top dollar for gear, but after buying one I will always make sure I have this in my pack. It's light, dry, super warm with a shell, and you don't overheat easily. It is simply an amazing product and I love it. I spent a weekend backpacking and lived in it when I wasn't hiking (temps hit mid 40's). FANTASTIC product - grab one while you can!

Excellent, super-lightweight hoodie. Love the snaps

I've used this hoodie on two long-distance hikes - the 170-mile Collegiate Loop and the 300-mile Benton MacKaye Trail - and it still looks brand new. The snaps and cords are durable but ultra-lightweight. I go between a Large and X-Large on my gear and definitely had to order the X-Large and could even have gone XX. YouTube video placeholder
amazing hoodie

love the color and quality. surprisingly lightweight. fantastic.

Alpha Direct Rip-Back Hoodie 90

The size M(L) fits me perfectly and I am 5'7" and 170lbs. The hoody weighs very little yet provides much added warmth when worn as a layer. It works well as an outer layer if not too cold and windy. I will be using this while back packing and also layering while archery hunting and steelhead fishing.

Great for travel

I bought an Adventure satchel for both my aunt and my mother who aren't hikers but they love it for travel. They've used it as a lightweight purse for a trip to Chicago on the Amtrak and to Florida through airport security and they give it glowing reviews. It fits their passport, wallet and just a few essentials. I use mine as an everyday purse because I needed to go lighter weight on what I was carrying on my shoulder. It's been fantastic.

Great Hoodie

I am an older hiker and I have been lowering the weight that I carry and I like how UL this hoodie is. It has not been cold enough to try it out yet, but all the reviews on this material tells me it should work really well. I purchased this hoodie because I liked the design with the snaps. Construction is excellent and I do like the color I bought.

Excellent Hoodie!!

I took this hoodie on my recent High Sierra Trail backpacking trip. It was awesome! It’s hard to explain, but this shirt is breathable and offers some warmth when needed, yet it doesn't lead to overheating. I wore it alone when it was around 55-70 degrees, which worked well. If it got cooler, I used it as a layer under my down jacket, providing even more warmth on cold/windy nights. It dries fast. It doesn’t keep in the stink, it packs down tiny, and yes, this shirt is very comfortable to wear.

This really is the ideal hiking shirt for me. It does snag on some kinds of brush, but that doesn’t bother me because I usually stay on trail. If trails are super overgrown, I’d throw another shirt or rain jacket over it. The hoodie is well-made and didn’t fray or snag when I had my 25lb backpack on. Again, I’m not joking when I say this is the ideal hoodie for hiking!

Super light and warm!

Beautiful color fade too. Would definitely order again!

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