Synthetic insulation and ultralight materials in a pullover or jacket style shell.
Extensive sizing and feature set available.
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The Skaha APEX is a 2-3 season technical hoodie, excelling when moisture can infiltrate the insulation: The synthetic fill does not lose all of its power when damp, and will dry and recover more quickly than dow
Compared to its down counterpart the Skaha APEX can be worn more effectively during exertion since perspiration barely affects the fill.
The Skaha design is optimized for backpacking. The cut is roomy for layering up; a feature that also allow it to be slipped on quickly without bunching or catching. The generously sized zipper-less front pocket(s) is ideal for hand warming either at camp or while hiking; and roomy enough for a headlamp and gloves besides your hands.
At night the Skaha APEX 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 in this way.
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 coil pullover style half zipper. The half zipper, without the complexity of a separating mechanism, has proven to be very long lasting.
An optional full length jacket style separating #3 toothed zipper is available in the menu below.
The Skaha APEX include the hand warmer 'muff' style exterior pocket. In the pullover version it's one large kangaroo pocket; while the full zip jacket has the same style pocket but split in two by the zipper.
We make the Skaha with two choices of collars or a hood, all insulated. Standard is a regular 2.5" tall collar. The nearly 5" tall Super Collar is a cozy in-betweener that saves a little weight and bulk over a full hood, but still insulates areas a wool beanie won't reach effectively .
The Hoodie version features an integrated standard sized insulated hood, however, not readily helmet compatible.
Hood and bottom hem are controlled by a shock cord and adjusted with a toggle.
APEX by Climashield, a superior continuous filament synthetic insulation, is the choice here.
We have 3 weights available, from light (less warm) to heaviest (warm, but bulky). It's hard to attach a temperature rating to each, however we feel the most efficient balance of weight and warmth for 2-3 season mountain use in the continental US (and the Alps) is the 2.5 oz/yd. Folks who easily get cold might disagree, and for you we have 3.6 and even 5.0.
We also offer a few variable applications of fill. The option is to go down one or more levels for the sleeves and hood if the 3.6 or 5.0 is chosen. This will reduce weight and bulk in a fashion that makes sense: more insulation for the core, less for appendages. Either way, the front pocket, if chosen, will always be 2.5 oz.
NB: The 5.0 is not available for sleeves, due to bulk.
The APEX specs:
2.5 oz/yd Climashield APEX - 85 g/m - light, compact, 2-3 season
3.6 oz/yd Climashield APEX - 122 g/m - in betweener, solid 3 season
5.0 oz/yd Climashield APEX - 170 g/m - bulky, light 4 season use
The Skaha APEX can be configured with 3 different shell choices, each in a limited number of colors. These are ultralight fabrics for folks who want the lightest, but realize that abrasion and tear resistance is minimal. Suitable for hiking/backpacking; less so for climbing, ski-mo and mountaineering.
At this point we can offer more durable fabrics on a special order basis only. These include Epic and multi-cam. Please email or call.
*10D Ripstop Nylon. Smooth, comfortable and about the lightest material possible for practical shell use, at 0.67 oz/yd. Very breathable with minimal moisture repellency. Also the standard inside liner. Moroccan blue, Dark Grey, Brick Red, Forest Green
*Pertex Quantum, 15d. This is a ripstop weave with a little more tear strength compared to the 10d, yet about the same effective breathability. Some resistance to mist via a factory DWR coating (Durable Water Repellant), although these applications are of variable life span. Black, Sage Green.
*Robic Ripstop. A special material based on an ultralight, yet relatively durable 7D base fabric with a breathable micro porous coating. Altogether the total weight ends at a respectable 0.74 oz/yd. The Robic is useful at shedding water with a HH (hydrostatic head) of 1000mm, while providing enough vapor transfer for mild activities (good breathability). Bright Blue, Black, Dark Olive and Dark Grey.
The chart below outlines the many options for sizing the Skaha APEX. The cut is generally aimed at providing a roomy fit, easily accommodating layering and backcountry utility.
If you desire a tighter, city-centric look, go down a size!
If you choose the bulkier, warmer 5.0 oz/yd fill - expect a less roomy fit.
Either way, 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!
Shell fabrics pictured, left to right: 10d Moroccan blue, 7d Dark Grey, 10d Grey. The right most jacket is the full zip version.
Please visit the Fabric Page for more details regarding these choices.