The 2-3 season Skaha zip neck pullover, here with an ultralight (UL) treatment to give you the lightest possible configuration.
Featuring a full set of custom sizing and feature options including hood, pockets and fill quantities.
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The Skaha is a 2-3 season, fully baffled box construction zip neck sweater optimally filled with our 900FP goose down. For folks wishing to extend the use of the Skaha into colder seasons we offer 3 additional levels of down fill boost. Please see menu choices below.
Use the Skaha as a stand alone 'almost' down jacket, or under a shell when the conditions are rough. With the right size chosen, the fit is roomy with the capacity of accepting the layering often needed in the backcountry, especially compared to the popular form fitting, quilted down jackets.
At night the Skaha can serve double duty boosting the temperature rating of your ultralight quilt, thus saving on weight otherwise invested in redundant insulation. With the optional hood, this jacket is especially handy at this.
We build the Skaha with simplicity as the overriding design parameter. In its standard configuration 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.
The standard front closure is a YKK #3 pullover style half zipper. Pro and cons outlined in the side bar.
The options for pockets on the Skaha UL includes the hand warmer 'muff' style exterior pocket. Not limited by a full length front zipper, this is one large pocket accessed from both sides.
We make the Skaha both with or without a hood. The Hoodie version features an integrated standard sized insulated hood, not readily helmet compatible.
Hood and bottom hem are controlled by shockcord and toggle.
The sleeve ends can be done in a number of different ways. See menu choices below.
Do we do the Skaha with a full zipper on a custom basis? Yes, but reluctantly. Many little details have to be redesigned for it to work and that's expensive. If you want the full zip, but in a lighter Skaha style package, please consider using our Kobuk Parka or Hoodie as the basis for such a project. Contact us!
The Skaha UL is insulated with 900 fill power white goose down, available in regular untreated or moisture resistant Hyper-Dry down. We recommend selecting the latter for garments, at the expense of a little extra bulk. Both options are RDS certified responsibly sourced down from ethically committed harvesters.
For the UL specific Skaha viewed here, we offer only the lightest, best breathing fabrics we could source, for both shell and liner. For the experienced user, who understands the obvious compromises of pushing the ultralight boundaries, the Skaha UL is the one to look at.
The Membrane, at 0.66 ounce per square yard, is in a class of it's own. Few, if any, down proof materials comes even close to rivaling its low weight and minimal stuffed bulk. Choosing Membrane as both shell and liner produces Nunatak's lightest jacket configuration. Black and dark blue are the colors.
The second shell material for the Skaha UL is the 0.8 ounce per square yard Quantum, from the venerable mill of Pertex. The Quantum is comparable in durability to Membrane, with maybe just a slight advantage. It is a ripstop weave, compared to Membrane's taffeta weave, which concentrates a fair bit of the fabric weight in a coarser thread grid and leaving very thin areas in between. This greatly increases the tear strength, while the uniform weave of Membrane's taffeta almost seem to offer a more general resistance to wear and improved seam consistency. The Quantum is offered in black and sage green.
A fairly accurate depiction of the fill weight is in the main chart below. The total weights are representative of the lightest fabrics and options available for this product: Membrane shell and liner, integrated hood and front pocket, standard sleeve ends, no overfill, etc.
Choosing the Quantum shell will increase the chart values by a small amount.
The chart below outlines the many options for sizing the Skaha. Since these are built to order we saw no reason to limit the choices. 8 general sizes can be combined with custom 4 each sleeve and back lengths. Have at it!
Pictures below are of the Classic version of the Skaha.
|Temperature Rating||2 Season - more with optional overfill|
|Baffle height||0.75 inches|
|Fill Weight, size Medium||5.6 oz|
|Total Weight, 0.66 oz/sq. yd shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket||9.8 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'|