Kings Mountain, NC – April 15, 2024 – Appalachian Gear Company, the brand that pioneered 100 percent alpaca fiber performance fleece for the outdoors, is proud to announce its latest innovation, a revolutionary new fabric that redefines outdoor apparel. AlpaLite blends the unparalleled benefits of natural alpaca fiber with advanced technical features to create a line of garments built to withstand the rigors of an active lifestyle.

The foundation of the AlpaLite line is 80 percent alpaca, a sustainable natural fiber proven to be stronger, softer, and warmer than merino wool. Alpaca’s natural breathability ensures comfort in various climates, while its superior moisture absorption and quick-drying properties make it
ideal for high intensity activities. By blending this powerhouse fiber with 20 percent recycled nylon, Appalachian Gear Company has created its most technically advanced layers to date, adding even greater stretch, durability, and softness to an already extraordinary material. AlpaLite apparel is highly durable, naturally antimicrobial and odor resistant, lightweight, and machine washable. As with all Appalachian Gear Company products, AlpaLite is proudly designed and built in the U.S. and provides an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic outdoor layers.

“We first had the vision for AlpaLite back in 2020, but then COVID happened and turned the global supply chain upside down,” says Appalachian Gear Company co-founder John Gage. “In 2023, we were finally able to focus on developing a technical line once again. Today, we are proud to have not only overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic, but to have expanded our collection with the first technical alpaca garments crafted with our proprietary yarn and manufacturing process. That we have been able to create this incredible fabric and these garments without outsourcing our production is just the icing on the cake.”

The initial AlpaLite line is available at and includes a Hoodie and a Quarter Zip Crew with more styles to come. AlpaLite garments feature a standard, non-compression fit and are available in gender-neutral sizing from XS-XXL.

For wholesale opportunities, please contact John Murtiashaw at For more information, contact Suzanne Hermann at