PCT Jacket

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3 season+ synthetic insulated jacket sized for layering. 

Extensive sizing and feature set available. 

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The is the big sibling to the JMT Jacket. With warmer insulation, more features and a roomy fit, the APEX insulated PCT Jacket excels during adverse weather conditions, or in any circumstance where moisture can infiltrate the insulation. Full front zipper and zippered hand warmer pockets sets it apart from the pullover style Skaha Apex


The warm puffy to wear during cold activities; short recovery breaks; freezing nights and mornings in camp; or as a boosting layer for sleeping.


Starting with a conventional jacket layout the PCT can be configured with or without an extensive feature set.

With 8 basic sizes as starting points, one can further customize with sleeve and body length adjustments.

Synthetic Fill

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. 

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 PCT Jacket can be configured with 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. Listed below from lightest to heaviest:

10d ripstop. Smooth, comfortable and about the lightest material possible for practical shell use, at 0.67 oz/yd. Very breathable with minimal moisture repellency. Moroccan Blue, Brick Red.

7d Robic. A waterproof/breathable material based on an ultralight, yet relatively durable 7D base fabric with amicro 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.

15d ripstop. A little more tear strength compared to 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.


The chart below outlines the many options for sizing the PCT Jacket. The cut is generally aimed at providing a roomy fit, easily accommodating layering and backcountry utility.

If you choose the bulkier, warmer 5.0 oz/yd fill - expect a less roomy fit and a stiffer garment.

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!

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PCT Jacket

PCT Jacket

3 season+ synthetic insulated jacket sized for layering. 

Extensive sizing and feature set available. 

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.
Climashield APEX Level
The level and/or combination of insulation values. The lightest in weight offers the least warmth, etc.
Take note that the 5.0 level can feel a little stiff (not available for pants).
Shell Fabric

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

Liner Fabric
10d for ultralight priority, or 15d bright orange Pertex Quantum for safety visibility when inside out.
Integrated Hood and Collar Choices
Choose how to finish out the head opening. Getting an integrated hood eliminates all collars.
Regular Insulated Collar
Insulated & Integrated Hood
Zippered Exterior Pockets
This option adds two slanted zippered lower torso pockets. Omit for a 25 gram weight saving.
No Pockets
Add 2 Lower Exterior Pockets with Zipper Closure
Interior Zippered Chest Pocket
With a vertical opening hidden behind the main front zipper, these pockets are protected yet easily accessed.
The pockets adds 16 grams in size large.
Sleeve End Finish