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Khan Tengri UIAA

 

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Khan Tengri UIAA

Manufacturer: Bask

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Page By: Corax

Created/Edited: Sep 2, 2005 / Nov 16, 2008

Object ID: 1410

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High altitude down jacket

Specially designed for high-altitude climbing. During the last 14 years the legendary Khan-Tengri goose down jacket has proved its excellent functionality on all the worlds fourteen 8000 meter peaks. Approved by Alexander Odintsov's team (Jannu North Face 2004).

Features:
  • Optimal warmth/weight ratio
  • The shell is made of a breathable windproof and water repellent fabric Pertex Endurance
  • The liner is made with Pertex Classic, the best downproof fabric ever
  • ‘Closed seam’ technology
  • Down packets are isolated in elbows, shoulders and sides to keep the down in place
  • Detachable hood is fastened with a two-way zip and fits over a helmet
  • Wide cheek pads protect the face from wind
  • The central two-way zip is protected with an insulated flap, Velcro and press stud at the base
  • Centre zip opening of the jacket is insulated with a down baffle
  • Two warm outer and two inner pockets
  • Special warm pocket under the central flap (accessible with no zip opening)
  • Waist windproof valance
  • The hood and the bottom of the jacket are adjustable with draw cords

    Tech Parameters:
  • Shell: Pertex Endurance
  • Liner: Pertex Classic
  • Insulation: White goose down, 440 grams (F.P. 750 + - 5%)
  • Weight: 1,4 kg
  • Sizes: 46-62

    Use:
  • Himalayan mountaineering, extreme outdoor activities

    What I think

    Positives
  • The warmest down jacket I've used. There must be very high quality down in this jacket. Perhaps higher than the rating, as I've tried other jackets which had the same specifications, but never came close to this one in terms of warmth.
  • You can easily tell it's developped by mountaineers for mountaineers as the design is very functional without any silly or unnessesary details.
  • The outer material is Pertex and it stops the wind very well. It also have pretty good water repellent qualities. I like Pertex for another reason as well. It doesn't so much noise as many other similar materials.
  • The snow lock is placed in a good way. That is a detail many manufacturers miss on completely.
  • The inner pockets are large enough for quite substantial water bottles, which of course is a must on high altitude.
  • The hood construction is very good! It is made in a way that fits a helmet fine, but you can also adjust it well, so you can go without. Atached with zippers.
  • The baffling is well thought through, therefore the down stays fine in place.
  • Large out pockets in the right places.
  • The flaps at the side of your face is well constructed and put in the optimal position.
  • It packs small.

    Negatives
  • The plastic "thing" that holds the drawcords are a bit too weak.
  • A better stuff sack would've been appreciated.

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