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    2023 NW Alpine Spring Product Preview

    2023 Spring Preview

    We've been busy this winter! Our factory has been cleared out of past contract sew customers trims, machines have been sold and we've been transitioning a number of our products to other US based factories.

    Spring 2023 is a kickoff of what we see as big step forward for us. This initial release includes some of the last product sewn in our Oregon factory along with product from new factories. In addition to the products below, we've recently restocked our sun hoodies. Look for Black Spider Hoodies to release in April.

    Bagby Shorts

    We’ve revised our quick-drying softshell short this season. We’ve added an elastic drawstring to both the M’s & W’s short along with increasing the back pocket zipper from 4 inches to 6 inches. The inseams remain the same. Men’s has a 7’ inseam and the Women’s is 4.5”.

    New Colors & Prints

    Men’s – Gravel, a neutral gray great for wearing outdoors or for town errands. Magenta – bright and bold for your summer adventures.

    Gravel Men's Bagby ShortMagenta Men's Bagby Short

    Women’s – Starburst – A repeating print with a blue background and bursts of light turquoise emanating from the center of geometric petals. 

    Starburst print Women's Bagby Short


    M’s & W’s – The climber print – Meet our homage to climbing. This repeating print features 13 different climbing poses and is offered in a navy in with gray climbers in M’s and dark khaki green with magenta climbers in W’s.

    Climber Print Women's Bagby ShortClimber Print Men's Bagby Short

    Closeup of Climber print for Bagby shorts


    Where it’s made – Manufactured in a factory in the Mid-Atlantic, our USA made short also uses a US milled 4-way stretch softshell fabric.

    Weight – M’s – 7.5 oz, W’s – 6.1 oz

    Price & Availability - $59, Now, shipping late next week. Climbing print available late next week.


    Long Sleeve Sun Shirts

    Hate hoods or have a go to sun hat to keep your head protected?

    Pick up one of our 40+ UPF long sleeve sun shirts to keep you protected while outside. Made with the same fabric as our Sun Hoody, this lightweight shirt is a great option. Offered in Sage, Ocean, and Sun.

    Want to learn more about UPF ratings and what they mean? Check out our tech page to learn more about it.

    Long Sleeve Sun Shirt - Sage available in Men's and Women's

    Where it’s made – Manufactured in Salem, Oregon. Our USA made shirt uses a US milled, UPF treated fabric milled on the west coast. 

    Weight – M’s – 6.4 oz, W’s – 5.7 oz

    Colors - Ocean, Sage, & Sun

    Price & Availability - $59, Limited availability on website, available in select retailers


    Men’s Levitas Lined Shorts

    We’ve added a lined running short for long trail runs.

    The outer fabric uses the same poly/spandex blend as our Approach Short and Volo pant. We use a mesh fabric for the boxer brief liner that is soft and doesn’t bunch up when running.

    Features include a drawstring and 7” zippered back pocket. The inseam is 4.25”

    Men's Levitas Short in Black

    Where it’s made – Manufactured in Salem, Oregon. Our USA made short uses a US milled polyester/spandex blend fabric.  

    Weight – 5.7 oz

    Colors - Black

    Price & Availability - $69, Available now


    W’s Wonderland Short

    Released late last summer, our featured running short for women is now available in all sizes in both colors.

    This lined short is built to withstand all the abuse you can throw at it in your alpine pursuits and it features a DWR coating to help keep the elements at bay. The high elastic waistband utilizes a soft fabric for comfortability and includes an elastic drawcord for adjustment. A zippered back pocket provides ample room to stow essentials. With a 2.5" inseam, these shorts ride high and stay out of your way. Slits on the sides make high steps going up hills and even climbing movement easier.

    Women's Wonderland Short - Bluebird

    Where it’s made – Manufactured in Salem, Oregon. 

    Colors - Gravel/Black, Bluebird

    Weight – 4.8 oz

    Price & Availability - $69, Available now


    What's happening at NW Alpine?

     by Bill Amos

    Updates have been a little scarce here at NW Alpine so I thought I'd take this opportunity to talk a little bit about what's been going on with us, where we are now, and what's in store for the future. 

    Where we came from

    I launched NW Alpine in 2010 with the goal of making alpine climbing clothing in the United States. Starting on a small scale we were able to utilize local contract manufacturers to develop and manufacture our line. This worked to an extent but being a small brand with small orders, it's quite difficult to get attention from manufacturers who must focus on larger clients to keep the lights on. We started working with a small manufacturer outside of Portland in 2011 and slowly we transitioned most of our business to them. With sales doubling every year it was clear that we were going to outgrow our main manufacturers capabilities. For the fall/winter season of 2014 we took few orders from retailers because we were concerned about being able to fill orders, and this turned out to be a good thing as we had issues even filling the orders that we received. It was during this time that we started to talk to the owner of our manufacturer about their future goals.   

    Where we are now

    In October 2014 we finalized a deal to purchase the manufacturer's assets and launched Kichatna Apparel Manufacturing LLC. KAM's mission is to provide NW Alpine with guaranteed access to manufacturing, as well as provide contract sewing services to other brands that are interested in making their products domestically. We hit the ground running, bought more equipment, hired more people and have spent the last eleven months building this side of the business. If you've tried to contact us during the last year and gotten a delayed response and wondered what was happening, this is it.  

    Where we're headed

    What does this mean for NW Alpine? Throughout the last year we've brainstormed the future of the company, and continued to develop new products. NW Alpine will remain dedicated to our core values of making functional clothing for alpine climbing and manufacturing our products domestically. Owning our own manufacturing means that we have the ability to prioritize our products, as well as greater control over quality and speed to market. 

    This winter expect to find our products at three of our key retailers: in Portland at the Mountain Shop and MadeHerePDX, and at Mountain Supply in Bend. You'll be able to shop for our full line on our website as well.

    As always we greatly appreciate your support. If it wasn't for our loyal and stoked customers we wouldn't be here. 

    Keep up on the latest NW Alpine news and product releases on Facebook and on Instagram. Use #nwalpine to see what our ambassadors and friends have been up to, and tag your own photos! 

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    Featured: The Fast/Light Jacket


    As with all of our apparel, the development of our first softshell jacket (the Big Four jacket) began with our core belief that technical clothing for climbing should be simple and functional. There are many options available on the market for softshell jackets, but not many that remove all of the extraneous stuff that adds weight and hassle to a garment. We wanted a jacket that fully took advantage of the best parts of softshell fabrics and left out anything that wasn't necessary. Our first generation was extremely minimalist, with just a chest pocket, two inside stretch pockets and a hood with a fixed elastic cord. 

    For Fall 2013 we made some changes to our initial design to create the Fast/Light Jacket. We started with the fabric. We searched far and wide, through hundreds of different softshell fabrics before deciding on one from the Tweave Durastretch family of fabrics. The fabric is created by a non-conventional process for wrapping yarn called air entanglement. This process gives the fabric a softer hand, while improving the stretch. An eight percent spandex content also allows for awesome mobility in the fabric.  

    We spent many hours with our fit model and designers (and went through many samples) to get the fit just right. The jacket is athletically cut. The length and stretch of the fabric allows the jacket to easily stay under a harness, and the sleeves are long enough to not get annoying when swinging ice tools or rock climbing. The hood is also helmet compatible.

    For features we kept things minimal with hook and loop adjustable cuffs, a zippered chest pocket (on the opposite side as our Black Spider Hoody for layering purposes), inside stretch pockets, and we added adjustment to the hood.

    Essentially we created the non-compromising softshell jacket that we wanted to wear. 

    Our women's version is also great, utilizing the same Durastretch fabric and design concept as the men's. You can check out this video for more information:

    The Fast/Light jacket is available at many of these fine retailers. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us at 

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