Skaha Down Vest

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Core insulation with our ultralight vest, featuring a full set custom options including hood, pockets and fill quantities.

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The Skaha Down Vest is the lightest, most compact member of the popular Skaha family of garments. 

Designed for summer use in the mountains this little wonder stuffs inside your coffee mug with room to spare.

It's a 2-3 season, fully baffled box construction garment optimally filled with our 900FP goose down.  For folks wishing to extend the use of the Skaha vest into colder seasons we offer 2 additional levels of down fill boost. Please see menu choices below. 

Among the many uses for the Skaha Vest is the advantage of boosting the temperature rating of your sleeping bag by providing core warmth to the torso region.

We build the Skaha Vest with simplicity and low weight as our design parameters. It has no extras, zero bells and whistles, nothing to snag or break or get in the way of traveling light and fast. What you do get is maximum warmth for the given weight, and a clean looking, functional garment. Standard features include a pullover style half zipper, and an elastic draw cord and toggle at the waist.

Standard features are a YKK #3 pullover style half zipper and an elastic draw cord and toggle on the waist hem. The half zipper, without the complexity of a separating mechanism, has proven to by very long lasting, even in the tiny #3 size. 

Without overstepping the boundaries of simplicity, our Skaha series of down vests has options of a sweatshirt style front pocket, integrated hood and other custom features, available on the configuration menu below.

Skaha Down VestXSmall  Small  MediumLargeXLargeXXLarge
Chest Circumference, inches33-3435-3839-4142-4546-4950 >
Zipper length, inches121214141616
Fill weight w hood & pocket, oz33.
Total weight w pocket & hood, .66 shell/liner, oz5.9 13.6

Temperature Rating2 Season
Baffle height0.75 inches
Insulation Loft1.0 inches
Fill Weight, size Medium3.5 oz
Total Weight, 0.74 oz/sq. yd shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket7.3 oz
Total Weight, 1.0 oz/sq. yd shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket7.9 oz
Total Weight, Epic shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket8.8 oz
ZipperPullover style half-zip, YKK # 3 Coil. 12" sizes XS and S, 14" size M, 16" sizes L and XL
Waist hem finishShock cord and center toggle
Sleeve end finish (cuff)Overfilled last baffle creates minimal seal
Exterior PocketsOptional handwarmer tunnel 'muff'
Interior PocketsOptional

Very pleased with my vest!

Ordered the Skaha vest in large part due to sizing problems or mediocre construction I experienced with other brands. I am delighted with the Skaha! It is warm, the custom features that I wanted were all well-executed, and, most importantly, the fit is close to perfect. I enjoyed wearing this vest so much that I'm now bummed that warmer weather is upon us.


    Superior product- 5/5 stars!

    I am thrilled with the quality and service at Nunatak Ultralight. I ordered a hooded vest with pocket in exactly the material that I wanted and it arrived promptly, with superb communication all along the way. The fit is exactly as stated and allowed me to comfortably wear layers underneath. Nunatak is a cottage manufacturer and the workmanship is top notch, perhaps even better than what I'd expect from a large company. As an artisan myself, I am not only pleased to have the opportunity to personalize the product to fit my own desires but I am pleased to be able to support Jan as a small businessperson. I don't know of anyone else in America who offers the endless possibilities of customization and Jan always seems up for the challenge provided that I am willing to finance project. I now look forward to placing orders for new APEX synthetic insulated garments for me and my sons. Very grateful for the service. Robert Alexander @robmalexander



      I received the vest today. I'm blown away, it's such a wonderful vest! You've gained a loyal customer! Thanks for being so quick with the turn around too. Have a good holidays, and I'm sure we'll be doing business in the future.

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        Skaha Down Vest

        Skaha Down Vest

        Core insulation with our ultralight vest, featuring a full set custom options including hood, pockets and fill quantities.

        Product Options
        Shell Fabric

        Please see our Fabric Page for help choosing the right shell material

        Liner Fabric
        Integrated Down filled Hood
        Sewn on, with a baffled transition, this relatively snug hood adds less than an ounce and lots of warmth.
        Front Pocket
        This option adds a double sided entry hand warmer 'muff' centered below the pullover zipper. Adds 25 grams for a size large.
        Down Fill Amount
        Adding down will boost the temperature rating. Size XS should not get more than 1 ounce of overfill. Small to Large can handle 2. The XL sizes are good for up to 3 ounces.
        Down Type
        Choosing Hyper-Dry moisture resistant down will help combat the effects of perspiration, misting tents and damp air. Nunatak products made with Hyper-Dry down will have a slight increase in bulk over those made with regular down. In some instances they may contain an additional 5% of fill weight.
        Interior Zippered Chest Pocket
        With a vertical opening hidden behind the main front zipper, these pockets are protected yet easily accessed.
        If choosing just one consider a left side pocket for right-handers and vice-versa.
        Each pocket adds 8 grams in size large.