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 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 next paragraph. 

The options for pockets on the Skaha Classic 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. 

Also on the menu is the option to add interior zippered chest pockets.

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.

Half Zipper

Why the unusual pullover style half zipper design?


* Warmer. While probably marginal, it can't be discounted that more continuous insulation is more thermally efficient.

* Lighter. This is always good. A little here, a little there. The half zipper, as explained below, is less prone to failure - so a lighter gauge can used.

* Durable. Most zippers eventually fail. When it happens it is often in the area right where people struggle to reconnect the two halves. Wear, misalignment, hamfisting the delicate parts, they all contribute. And when it finally won't zip anymore, there's not much utility left in the garment. The Skaha half zipper doesn't separate, so the wear is minimal, thus longevity is boosted. And should it give in, the jacket is still very useful.

* Handling in wind. Cresting a pass in a stiff breeze, one wants to get the puffy on quick. A completely unzipped jacket is a struggle in these conditions. Not the Skaha. You will be toasty before your partner has even located the flapping ends of a unruly full front zipper.

* Thru pocket design. No zipper on the lower half gives us the freedom to design a tunnel thru muff-style pocket that is superior for hand warming and cozy camp time loitering.


* Bulky. Roomier cut is necessary to be able to put the thing on. To make it simple to slip on the fit cannot be body hugging. But it's debatable if you even want that in the backcountry.

* That's it.

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!

Down Fill

The Skaha Classic 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 and responsibly sourced down from ethically committed harvesters.


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.


A fairly accurate depiction of the fill weight is in the main chart below. The total weights are representative of the options available for this product: All shell types in combination with the standard taffeta liner, integrated hood and front pocket, standard sleeve ends, no overfill, etc.


The chart below outlines the many options for sizing the Skaha Classic. 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!

Temperature Rating2 Season
Baffle height0.75 inches
Insulation Loft1"
Fill Weight, size Medium5.6 oz
Total Weight, 1.0 oz/sq. yd shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket12.2 oz
Total Weight, Epic shell, size Medium, incl. Hood and Pocket13.8 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

Minnesota cold

My Skaha has become my go to outdoor jacket for nightly winter hikes and I am comfortable with just a cotton t shirt and Skaha down to -5 F so far. Wind proof, light as a feather, super well designed and made. Simplicity with every detail done right.


    Skaha with custom measurements

    I received my down sweater yesterday and went out on a night hike with starting temps about 30 degrees and rapidly dropping to about 20 in 3 hours winds about 25 mph. It was no problem in my new Skaha. I asked for the most windproof materials and I got windproof. The XL shoulders and L body, 2" extra in the body and the extra down in the hand warmer pocket really made it perfect for me. Glad i got the interior chest pockets so my iPhone is handy. Workmanship and materials are as good as it gets. Anyway thanks for being easy to deal with, prompt and making a world class product.


      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
                  Back Length
                  Adds a number of inches to the torso length of the selected general size.
                  Sleeve Length
                  For folks with long arms, or skinny torsos.
                  Shell Fabric

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

                  Liner Fabric
                  20d Black Taffeta - Durable
                  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. Omit for a 25 gram weight saving.
                  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.
                  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. A 5% increase in fill weight also occur.
                  900 Fill Power Goose Down, RDS Certified
                  900 Fill Power Goose Down, 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.
                  Sleeve End Finish