Skaha Down Sweater, Classic Version

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The 2-3 season Skaha zip neck pullover, featuring a full set of custom options including hood, pockets and fill quantities.

The Classic Skaha configuration presents an excellent balance of function and acceptable light weight.

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This is the Classic version of the Skaha Down Sweater. It is also available as in UL and Pro

Go here for more about these Performance categories.

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 and capable of accepting the wide range of 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. With the optional hood, the 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. The half zipper, without the complexity of a separating mechanism, has proven to by very long lasting, even in the tiny #3 size. 

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.

We recommend selecting Hyper-Dry moisture resistant down for garments, at the expense of a little more weight and bulk.

The Classic Skaha configuration is available with a choice of light and/or durable shell fabrics.

The 1.0 ounce per square yard materials (Quantum, Argon) are towards the light end of the spectrum. These fabrics are our most popular jacket shell materials, hitting an almost perfect spot in the balancing game of weight, performance and durability. Colors offered currently are black, sage green and purple.

Epic is Nunatak's most durable shell, and easily the best choice in circumstances where the jacket is worn in brush or tight rocky places. In addition the Epic has improved water shedding abilities. The drawback is added weight and bulk, as seen in the chart below. Black and pale orange are the colors.

Skaha Down Hoodie w Pocket XS S M M/L L L/XL XL XXL
Sleeve length, inches 31 33 34 34.5 35 36 37 38
Chest Circumference, inches 33-34   35-36   37-38   39-40   41-42   43-45   46-49   50 >
Back length, inches 24 25 26 27 28 30 32 34
Zipper length, inches 12 12 14 14 14 16 16 16
Fill weight, oz 4.7 5.0 5.6 5.9 6.6 7.2 8 9.1
Total weight, 1.0 Quantum, oz 9.9 10.9 12.2 12.9 13.7 14.7 15.8  18.3
Total weight, 1.7 Epic, oz 11.5 12.5 13.8 14.9 15.9 17 18.1 21

Temperature Rating 2 Season
Baffle height 0.75 inches
Insulation Loft 1"
Fill Weight, size Medium 5.6 oz
Total Weight, 1.0 oz/sq. yd shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket 12.2 oz
Total Weight, Epic shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket 13.8 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

Custom Skaha

It was a very good service and a great product. Thank you!



This is the second garment I have purchased over the years, both variations of the same jacket. My primary objective was to find an ultralight that I could work into my ultralight backpacking goals, the Skaha Down Sweater was the perfect match. I cant see how it would be possible to make a warmer jacket/sweater for any less weight. When you hold the Skaha in you hands you would think there is no way this will provide the warmth I need. I have not been cold with temperatures in the teens and single digits(Yosemite high country). Highly recommended.


Skaha/Half Quilt combo

This review is from 09/28/2016.

Hi from Munich, a couple months ago I have ordered the Skaha Hoodie, Pant and the Arc Half Quilt and I am very happy with all. Last weekend I made a bivouac on 10325ft and the Skaha Hoodie with the Arc Quilt, both with over fill, combined with warm underwear, 90g Booties with synthetic filling and a Pertex quantum Bivy kept me at 25,3°F warm enough for a good sleep.


Nifty zSweater

Review from 05/23/2016:

I like it a lot. I got it in light Pertex so it seems a little delicate to the touch, but I carry it as an oh-crap pack piece rather than as a weararounder. It's served well and I'm glad I got it. Thanks!



Review from 04/27/2016:

HI Jan and the team Down jacket arrived safely. Very pleased with the product and the service, Cheers Peter in AUS


Custom Skaha

Review from 04/27/2016:

I received the Skaha today, and it's really awesome! Very nice job, I'm totally satisfied - fit is perfect, super warm and still very light. It will do the job very nicely. Take care, and I'm sure there will be more gear for me to order down the road. Can't have enough down - love it!

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Skaha Down Sweater, Classic Version

Skaha Down Sweater, Classic Version

The 2-3 season Skaha zip neck pullover, featuring a full set of custom options including hood, pockets and fill quantities.

The Classic Skaha configuration presents an excellent balance of function and acceptable light weight.

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 about 26 grams 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.
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 1 oz
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.
Left Side Pocket
Right Side Pocket
Left/Right Inside Zippered Chest Pockets
Sleeve End Finish
Plain Skaha Type Sleeve Finish