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Kappa Mountain Vest

Kappa Mountain Vest
Kappa Mountain VestKappa Mountain VestKappa Mountain VestAs used by the Braemar Mountain Rescue teamKappa Mountain VestKappa Mountain Vest

Last winter we bought and tested a couple of your Kappa Vests which received good reviews from those who tried them.
Equipment Manager for Braemar Mountain Rescue (purchased Kappa Vests for all team members).

Kappa Mountain Vest

Our warmest synthetic-insulated mountaineering vest. Waterproof fabric and Primaloft Gold-fill to cope with really rough and wet conditions. Now also available in custom sizes.
Typical Operating Temp:-10°C (14°F)
Weight:415g (15oz)
Price:£204.00

Available Options:

Sizing type:
Because our custom-sized clothing is personalized specifically for you, it is non-returnable and can take up to 45 working days to make & dispatch
Body Width:
Body Length:
Size:
Colour:
Hood:

Features

  • Primaloft Gold® synthetic insulation
  • Outer Fabric: Waterproof HS2 (un-taped for lightness†)
  • Inner Fabric: Superlight MX
  • Pockets:
    • 1 chest pocket - zipped
    • 2 handwarmer pockets - zipped
    • 1 inside security pocket - zipped
  • Elasticated draw-cord adjuster at hem
  • New! Now also available in Custom Sizes. Specify Body Width and Body Length independently*****
  • Edge-stitched for maximum loft
  • Fleece lined collar
  • Reflecting tape on Zip tabs - for night location
  • Stuff sac - 17cm x 28cm*
  • Options:
    • Zip-on 'standard'-sized hood with cord adjustment and volume reducer tab.
    • Both hoods add 100grms.

 

†Please note: although the outer fabric is waterproof, the stitch lines are un-taped for lightness. So, although the outer will shed rain and snow, in a heavy downpour water can penetrate the stitching. However, the Primaloft insulation retains much of its insulation if wet. As always in the mountains, if there is a possibility of prolonged rain, carry full specification waterproofs.

* Please note: we make our stuff sacs big enough to allow fairly easy stuffing rather than reducing the vest to the tightest minimum.

Description

This synthetic-insulated vest is now also available in custom sizesSpecify Body Width and Body Length independently to order a made-to-measure Primaloft-insulated vest. This tailor-made service can cope with sizes from XXXS to XXXL and is ideal if your chest/waist to height ratio differs from standard, ready-to-wear patterns. 


The Kappa Mountain Vest, our warmest synthetic vest, is based on our very successful Kappa Jacket. Excellent protection is provided by the HS2 waterproof outer and quick body warmth by the 133 gsm Primaloft Gold® synthetic insulation, which will retain much of its insulation when wet.

The Kappa's two zipped hand-warmer pockets make it a pleasure to wear round camp, while the two chest pockets (one out & one inside) provide plenty of space for camera and keys.

The option of adding a zip-on hood significantly adds to warmth and protection in wild weather.

As used by the Braemar mountain rescue team.

Please note: If you order a custom-sized version of this vest it will take longer (approximately 45 days) to be manufactured ready for dispatch. Custom-sized versions of this vest are not returnable and customer loyalty discount cannot be applied.

Technical

Superlight MX fabric (weight: 32 gsm)

A mini-ripstop nylon with excellent tear strength, MX is the pick of the superfine 15 denier downproof materials. We have tested lighter fabrics, but most have had significant drawbacks, while our confidence in MX is based on several years of extensive use in both our ultralight and our high mountain gear.

Primaloft Gold®

Primaloft Gold® is the ideal microfibre insulation. Ultrafine fibres produce an insulating core that is incredibly soft, lightweight and water resistant. In our experience it absorbs water much more slowly than other waddings, a marked advantage in wet-cold conditions.

The nearest of the synthetics to the feel of down, yet tougher than you would expect. Primaloft Gold® offers the best warmth/weight performance in the Primaloft range

Waterproof HS2 outer fabric (weight: 88 gsm)

HS2 is PHD's high-spec 2-layer ripstop for waterproof outers on our down. It is light enough to be the optional taped shell on our sleeping bags and tough enough for expedition use in our Omega clothing. HS2 is completely waterproof (when the seams are taped) and offers excellent breathability.

Sizing

Standard Sizing

The PHD Sizing Chart below is based on measurements without clothing, exactly the way you would buy a shirt. A 42" (107cm) chest means that your bare chest uninflated measures 42".

Size Height Chest Waist
XS 155-163cm
(5'1"–5'4")
86cm
(34")
71cm
(28")
S 164-170cm
(5'5"–5'7")
91cm
(36")
76cm
(30")
M 171-178cm
(5'7"–5'10")
99cm
(39")
84cm
(33")
L 179-186cm
(5'10"–6'1")
107cm
(42")
91cm
(36")
XL 187-193cm
(6'2"–6'4")
114cm
(45")
99cm
(39")

Custom Sizing

Once you've selected a Body Width you can choose Body Length up to two sizes bigger or smaller. For example, a vest with a medium (M) Body Width can be XS, S, M, L, or XL in Body Length. If you have any questions about your size, please contact us.

Body Width. Use the chart below to find your Body Width. Measure yourself without clothes, relaxed with an uninflated chest.

Body Width Chest circumference Waist circumference
XS 86cm (34") 71cm (28")
S 91cm (36") 76cm (30")
M 99cm (39") 84cm (33")
L 107cm (42") 91cm (36")
XL 114cm (45") 99cm (39")


Body Length -- can be two sizes up or down from Body Width. Use the chart below to find your Body Length size. Measure your height without shoes:

Body Length Size
Your height in cm Your height in inches
XXXS 139 - 144cm 4'5" - 4'8"
XXS 145 - 154cm 4'9" - 5'
XS 155 - 163cm 5'1" - 5'4"
S 164 - 170cm 5'5" - 5'7"
M 171 - 178cm 5'7" - 5'10"
L 179 - 186cm 5'10" - 6'1"
XL 187 - 193cm 6'2" - 6'4"
XXL 194 - 201cm 6'4" - 6'7"
XXXL 202 - 209cm 6'8" - 6'10"

N.B. PHD clothing is unisex.

Notes:

  • Down and Primaloft insulated vests are sized to fit over thermal underwear & fleece.

Reviews

"Last winter we bought and tested a couple of your Kappa Vests which received good reviews from those who tried them."
Equipment Manager for Braemar Mountain Rescue (purchased Kappa Vests for all team members).

Features

  • Primaloft Gold® synthetic insulation
  • Outer Fabric: Waterproof HS2 (un-taped for lightness†)
  • Inner Fabric: Superlight MX
  • Pockets:
    • 1 chest pocket - zipped
    • 2 handwarmer pockets - zipped
    • 1 inside security pocket - zipped
  • Elasticated draw-cord adjuster at hem
  • New! Now also available in Custom Sizes. Specify Body Width and Body Length independently*****
  • Edge-stitched for maximum loft
  • Fleece lined collar
  • Reflecting tape on Zip tabs - for night location
  • Stuff sac - 17cm x 28cm*
  • Options:
    • Zip-on 'standard'-sized hood with cord adjustment and volume reducer tab.
    • Both hoods add 100grms.

 

†Please note: although the outer fabric is waterproof, the stitch lines are un-taped for lightness. So, although the outer will shed rain and snow, in a heavy downpour water can penetrate the stitching. However, the Primaloft insulation retains much of its insulation if wet. As always in the mountains, if there is a possibility of prolonged rain, carry full specification waterproofs.

* Please note: we make our stuff sacs big enough to allow fairly easy stuffing rather than reducing the vest to the tightest minimum.

Description

This synthetic-insulated vest is now also available in custom sizesSpecify Body Width and Body Length independently to order a made-to-measure Primaloft-insulated vest. This tailor-made service can cope with sizes from XXXS to XXXL and is ideal if your chest/waist to height ratio differs from standard, ready-to-wear patterns. 


The Kappa Mountain Vest, our warmest synthetic vest, is based on our very successful Kappa Jacket. Excellent protection is provided by the HS2 waterproof outer and quick body warmth by the 133 gsm Primaloft Gold® synthetic insulation, which will retain much of its insulation when wet.

The Kappa's two zipped hand-warmer pockets make it a pleasure to wear round camp, while the two chest pockets (one out & one inside) provide plenty of space for camera and keys.

The option of adding a zip-on hood significantly adds to warmth and protection in wild weather.

As used by the Braemar mountain rescue team.

Please note: If you order a custom-sized version of this vest it will take longer (approximately 45 days) to be manufactured ready for dispatch. Custom-sized versions of this vest are not returnable and customer loyalty discount cannot be applied.

Technical

Superlight MX fabric (weight: 32 gsm)

A mini-ripstop nylon with excellent tear strength, MX is the pick of the superfine 15 denier downproof materials. We have tested lighter fabrics, but most have had significant drawbacks, while our confidence in MX is based on several years of extensive use in both our ultralight and our high mountain gear.

Primaloft Gold®

Primaloft Gold® is the ideal microfibre insulation. Ultrafine fibres produce an insulating core that is incredibly soft, lightweight and water resistant. In our experience it absorbs water much more slowly than other waddings, a marked advantage in wet-cold conditions.

The nearest of the synthetics to the feel of down, yet tougher than you would expect. Primaloft Gold® offers the best warmth/weight performance in the Primaloft range

Waterproof HS2 outer fabric (weight: 88 gsm)

HS2 is PHD's high-spec 2-layer ripstop for waterproof outers on our down. It is light enough to be the optional taped shell on our sleeping bags and tough enough for expedition use in our Omega clothing. HS2 is completely waterproof (when the seams are taped) and offers excellent breathability.

Sizing

Standard Sizing

The PHD Sizing Chart below is based on measurements without clothing, exactly the way you would buy a shirt. A 42" (107cm) chest means that your bare chest uninflated measures 42".

Size Height Chest Waist
XS 155-163cm
(5'1"–5'4")
86cm
(34")
71cm
(28")
S 164-170cm
(5'5"–5'7")
91cm
(36")
76cm
(30")
M 171-178cm
(5'7"–5'10")
99cm
(39")
84cm
(33")
L 179-186cm
(5'10"–6'1")
107cm
(42")
91cm
(36")
XL 187-193cm
(6'2"–6'4")
114cm
(45")
99cm
(39")

Custom Sizing

Once you've selected a Body Width you can choose Body Length up to two sizes bigger or smaller. For example, a vest with a medium (M) Body Width can be XS, S, M, L, or XL in Body Length. If you have any questions about your size, please contact us.

Body Width. Use the chart below to find your Body Width. Measure yourself without clothes, relaxed with an uninflated chest.

Body Width Chest circumference Waist circumference
XS 86cm (34") 71cm (28")
S 91cm (36") 76cm (30")
M 99cm (39") 84cm (33")
L 107cm (42") 91cm (36")
XL 114cm (45") 99cm (39")


Body Length -- can be two sizes up or down from Body Width. Use the chart below to find your Body Length size. Measure your height without shoes:

Body Length Size
Your height in cm Your height in inches
XXXS 139 - 144cm 4'5" - 4'8"
XXS 145 - 154cm 4'9" - 5'
XS 155 - 163cm 5'1" - 5'4"
S 164 - 170cm 5'5" - 5'7"
M 171 - 178cm 5'7" - 5'10"
L 179 - 186cm 5'10" - 6'1"
XL 187 - 193cm 6'2" - 6'4"
XXL 194 - 201cm 6'4" - 6'7"
XXXL 202 - 209cm 6'8" - 6'10"

N.B. PHD clothing is unisex.

Notes:

  • Down and Primaloft insulated vests are sized to fit over thermal underwear & fleece.

Reviews

"Last winter we bought and tested a couple of your Kappa Vests which received good reviews from those who tried them."
Equipment Manager for Braemar Mountain Rescue (purchased Kappa Vests for all team members).

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