The technology behind K-Way Jackets

The K-Lite Jacket

This is the perfect lightweight jacket to take you from Spring to Autumn and in fact, it can be worn all year round. Due to its ultra-lightweight, the K-Lite is highly compressible and can be stuffed into a small bag easily. Go from the city to the hiking trails with the K-Lite Jacket.

Not only is it a stylish jacket, but it is also a great insulator (600 fill power of down feathers) and provides protection from the wind with elasticated wrist cuffs and hem. Fill power is the measure of “fluffiness” of a down product. The higher the fill power, the more air a certain weight of the down can trap and thus insulate more effectively. Another great feature of the K-Lite jacket is its hypoallergenic quality down that prevents any potential allergic reactions to the down feathers. This stitch through garment construction is 100% nylon with a Cire finish and DWR water repellent. The K-lite is now available in a men’s bodywarmer however if any ladies would like a bodywarmer, the K-Way Signa Down Vest is a great option.

The Doug and Robin (previously Drake and Swan)

The K-Way Drake and Swan jackets have become a well-known staple in all Cape Union Mart customer wardrobes. We have rebranded these jackets to make way for the Doug and the Robin. Made of the same material and technology you have grown to love, but with an updated design.

The shell is 100% windproof and breathable which means not only does it block out the chilly wind, but it also prevents you from sweating as the material permeates vapour outwards. Why is sweating a bad thing? Sweating too rapidly due to your clothing can cool your core temperature down significantly which is not ideal in cold weather.

Speaking of snug, the Doug and Robin have a 650 fill power of white duck down. As mentioned above, fill power measures the “fluffiness” of a down and the higher the measurement, the more air the down can trap and insulate. If you have to go out in the rain or bad weather, the jacket has a water repellency to keep you dry.

When washing your K-Way jacket, always ensure that you wash it with Storm Down Wash which is available on our online shop and in our stores. If you feel like your jacket is not as water repellent as it was previously, try the Storm Proof which is specifically designed for all down items to restore water repellence. It can be used on down sleeping bags as well.

K-Way Expedition Jacket

Now we have the big guns, the bazookas of the cold and the defender of the outdoor explorer. Introducing the K-Way Expedition Series and in particular, the K-Way Redline Down Jacket and the K-Way K2 Down Jacket.

The Redline Down Jacket is a fully technical, ultra-light jacket with an 850-fill power to boot. It is bound to be your best bet against icy temperatures and cold gusts of wind. Our resident Product Specialist, “Pierre with the Gear” and K-Way ambassador AJ Calitz, recently wore this jacket in our cold chambers at the Cape Union Mart Canal Walk branch to really put the jackets to the test.

The premium range down jacket features stitch-free tube construction for enhanced wind protection and water resistance. It is filled with hypoallergenic goose down to prevent allergic reactions and promote superior heat insulation. The hems are cord-adjustable to keep cold air out, while reflective branding keeps you visible when it starts to get dark. The wind-stop baffle system behind the centre-front zip protects you against cold gusts.

The K-Way K2 Down Jacket is the most expensive down jacket in our store and with good reason. It is made from only the best premium down and has unrivalled heat retention – not to mention, it is extremely comfortable. This writer did not want to take it off and felt sufficiently swaddled while wearing it.

Expect all the technology K-Way can throw at it, 100% windproof, vapour-permeable, hypo-allergenic quality down, box channelling to ensure maximum down loft (or fluffiness) and an attractive hood that can be adjusted for a tighter fit. The K2 Down Jacket is filled with white goose down and has a wind-stop baffle system to ensure ultimate wind resistance. This jacket is perfect for skiing, snowboarding, travelling in sub-freezing weather such as in expeditions and hiking. We encourage you to try it on in the store, it’s incredible.