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 Vest XSmall   Small   Medium Large XLarge XXLarge
Chest Circumference, inches 33-34 35-38 39-41 42-45 46-49 50 >
Zipper length, inches 12 12 14 14 16 16
Fill weight w hood & pocket, oz 3 3.4 3.9 4.4 5.3 6.6
Total weight w pocket & hood, .66 shell/liner, oz 5.9  6.6 7.5 8.6 10.5  13.6

Temperature Rating 2 Season
Baffle height 0.75 inches
Insulation Loft 1.0 inches
Fill Weight, size Medium 3.5 oz
Total Weight, 0.74 oz/sq. yd shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket 7.3 oz
Total Weight, 1.0 oz/sq. yd shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket 7.9 oz
Total Weight, Epic shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket 8.8 oz
Zipper Pullover style half-zip, YKK # 3 Coil. 12" sizes XS and S, 14" size M, 16" sizes L and XL
Waist hem finish Shock cord and center toggle
Sleeve end finish (cuff) Overfilled last baffle creates minimal seal
Exterior Pockets Optional handwarmer tunnel 'muff'
Interior Pockets Optional

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.
No Hood
Yes. Hood Please!
Front Pocket
This option adds a double sided entry hand warmer 'muff' centered below the pullover zipper. Adds 25 grams for a size large.
No Pocket
Add Hand Warmer Pocket (+$20)
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.
No Overfill
Add 1oz
Add 2 oz
Add 3 oz
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.

900 Fill Power Goose Down, RDS Certified
900 Fill Power Hyper-Dry, RDS Certified
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.
Left Side Pocket
Right Side Pocket
Left/Right Inside Zippered Chest Pockets