Introducing BLACKYAK

Appalachian Outfitters is excited to announce the newest addition of technical apparel to our shop. BLACKYAK is well recognized by professional mountaineers as high-quality technical gear for Himalaya expeditions as well as outdoor activities of all kinds including ski touring, hiking and trekking. We can’t wait for you to come check it out!

"When I opened my first shop in the “Garment District” of the South Korean capital Seoul in 1973, I had a clear vision: I wanted to offer mountain climbers everything they would need to realize their mountaineering goals."

Tae Sun Kang - Chairman & Founder

The collection

BLACKYAK categorizes their apparel into three distinct lines that represent the three yaks that are found in the Himalaya.
Maiwa line: The Maiwa Yak lives on hilly plateaus up to 3500 meters in altitude. It is not bothered by cold temperatures, snow or rain. The maiwa line offers excellent clothing for hiking, trekking and training.
Sibu line: At altitudes of up to 4500 meters, the Sibu Yak has proven to be more adaptable at coping with tough and extreme conditions such as annual average temperatures of 0°c and large quantities of rain, sleet and snow.
Pali line: The Pali Yak lives in Tibet at around 5000 meters. Within the pali line, you will find expedition ready clothing that has been developed for the most extreme conditions.

Materials

BLACKYAK is known for their high-quality materials and well thought designs. Not only will you find brand name materials such as Gore-Tex® , Primaloft® , Polartec®, Climashield® , Cordura®, G-Loft® and YKK Aquaguard® , BLACKYAK also introduces new, cutting edge proprietary materials and technology such as YAK SEAL, YAK HOOKS™, YAK BOX-WALL™ and YAK FLOW.

YAK SEAL™

YAK SEAL™ cuffs, hood and hemline are the weakest points on a garment when trying to keep the wearer dry. The YAK SEAL™ technology reduces moist ingress significantly in these areas. The YAK SEAL™ technology consists of several techniques.
  • The use of dissimilar materials slows down the wicking or capillary effect
  • A ripstop weave using Cordura®, fibers creates a durable surface that impedes the capillary effect associated with other types of wicking barriers.
  • The small cross-sectional area of the wicking barriers means there is very little space for moisture to accumulate.
  • A hydrophobic adhesive layer bods the wicking barrier to the main garment textile.
  • Finally, a durable overlay film seals the edge of the structure.
  • The net effect is a significant increase in garment performance in three different axis.


YAK HOOKS™

YAK HOOKS™ bring added durability, ease of use and visual appeal to the cuff area of BLACKYAK’s garments. The unique design of the hooks minimize abrasion and pilling while the pre-curved finish ensures the cuff tap always rests in the closed position.


YAK BOX-WALL™

YAK BOX-WALL™ is an innovative construction for down jackets. Which de-couples the cold exterior of a textile from the insulation layer. Using this technique, thermal efficiency of the product is significantly increased. The YAK BOX-WALL™ performance is further enhanced through the use of chamber-to-chamber transfer channels. This allows warm air inside the garment to move from chamber to chamber rather than venting to the atmosphere, as is the case with traditional insulation manufacturing methods.


YAK FLOW™

It is understood through field and laboratory tests that fabrics with an air permeability of less than 6L/m2/s provide the same protection against heat loss as a fabric with 0L/m2/s. With BLACKYAK’s YAK FLOW™ textiles they have engineered an optimal permeability to keep wind-chill and therefore heat loss at a minimum, while maximizing the mass transfer of moisture through the textile.


Barzona jacket

Pali line

A 100% windproof & waterproof 3-layer Gore-Tex® Pro Shell with added durability from the 70D Cordura® face fabric make the Barzona jacket a must when wind, rain and blowing snow try to beat you down in the backcountry. The articulated sleeves with pit zips give you optimal range of motion and ventilation when you need it the most.


Caracu jacket

Sibu line

The Caracu is a must for anyone seeking a waterproof jacket without the weight and bulk. BLACKYAK chose the Gore-Tex® Paclite Plus waterproof membrane to allow for excellent packability. YAK SEAL™ is applied to the hem line and brim of the hood to prevent water from creeping in. YKK Aquaguard® front and pit zippers add another layer of water protection. The two-way front zip, helmet compatible hood and raised hand warmer pockets make this an excellent choice for climbers.


Kostroma jacket

Pali line

The BLACKYAK Kostroma is a multi-use jacket for anyone needing warmth and protection from the elements. The shell uses Gore-Tex Infinium™ for added breathability while the removable inner jacket helps keep you warm and regulates body temperature with Climashield® and YAK FLOW™. This 3-in-one jacket gives provides unmatched versatility.


Modicana jacket

 

Pali line

The Modicana jacket is a durable stretch midshell with an advanced level of ventilation and soft merino wool lining. Made with Cordura® 4-way stretch fabric and merino backed Cordura®, the Modicana makes a great midshell for climbers, backpackers and hikers. Ventilation is achieved by laser perforating all high sweat points for superior breathability.


Bakosi jacket

Pali line

The Bakosi is an intelligent insulated jacket that takes “body mapped” insulation to a whole new level. BLACKYAK uses 750 fill RDS goose down throughout the upper part of the body for maximum warmth, Primaloft Gold® on the lower parts of the arm and belt areas, Polartec® Alpha® on the back panel for maximum stretch and Polartec Power Grid® fleece on the tuck-away hood. Cordura® ripstop and 4-way stretch are utilized on the face fabrics for unmatched durability.


Nelore jacket

Pali line

When packability is required, the Nelore jacket is an excellent choice. It can be worn under a shell or on its own. Insulated with 700 fill RDS goose down, Cordura® fleece and Polartec Power Grid® fleece, the Nelore will keep you warm on those chilly mornings. The down is also treated with a hydrophobic coating to add a layer of water resistance to the down. The Nelore has Cordura® 4-way stretch down the sides and underarms for mobility and the rest of the jacket is encased in a Cordura® ripstop outer fabric.


Niata jacket

Pali line

When it comes to thermal efficiency, the Niata jacket sets the bar. This jacket is constructed using BLACKYAK down stretch zones which combine materials and YAK BOX-WALL™ construction to allow greater range of movement while maintaining a high level of thermal efficiency. YAK BOX-WALL™ construction allows heat to move throughout the jacket while keeping the 750 fill RDS goose down in place. You will also find G-Loft® synthetic down in high compression areas. All of this insulation is protected by a Cordura® ripstop outer fabric.


Betizu hoody

 

Maiwa line

The Betizu hoody is an incredibly functional piece with a more casual look. BLACKYAK mixes high loft fleece with Cordura® to provide incredibly durable warmth. At the core of the hoody, Cordura® 4-way stretch fabric makes this hoody abrasion resistant without constricting torso movement. With the Betizu hoody, non-stretch seams are a thing of the past. Elasticated body seams now stretch with the fabric. A lightweight Cordura® cuff allows this hoody to layer without the added bulk by the wrists.

W’s Caracu jacket

 

Sibu line

The women’s Caracu is a must for anyone seeking a waterproof jacket without the weight and bulk. BLACKYAK chose the Gore-Tex® Paclite Plus waterproof membrane to allow for excellent packability. YAK SEAL™ is applied to the hem line and brim of the hood to prevent water from creeping in. YKK Aquaguard® front and pit zippers add another layer of water protection. The two-way front zip, helmet compatible hood and raised hand warmer pockets make this an excellent choice for climbers.

W’s Nelore jacket

Pali line

When packability is required, the Nelore jacket is an excellent choice. It can be worn under a shell or on its own. Insulated with 700 fill RDS goose down, Cordura® fleece and Polartec Power Prid® fleece, the nelore will keep you warm on those chilly mornings. The down is also treated with a hydrophobic coating to add a layer of water resistance to the down. The Nelore has Cordura® 4-way stretch down the sides and underarms for mobility and the rest of the jacket is encased in a Cordura® ripstop outer fabric.


W’s Mocho jacket

 

Pali line

The women’s Mocho jacket is an elegant jacket insulated for women, by women. The all-female design team has created a multi-use jacket exclusively for the female user. The YAK LOFT™ 70 hollow core continuous filament insulation, minimizes the risk of snags and abrasion, while allowing heat to be trapped inside the hollow threads.


W’s Calvana jacket

Pali line

The w’s Calvana jacket is a lightweight, highly breathable midlayer that is sure to keep you comfortable. The advanced textiles in YAK FLOW™ are what set this midlayer apart. This continuous airflow prevents overheating and allows the fast removal of moisture buildup. The use of Cordura® fabrics bring an unmatched level of durability for years to come.


W’s Calvana hoody

Pali line

The w’s Calvana hoody is a lightweight, highly breathable midlayer that is sure to keep you comfortable. The advanced textiles in YAK FLOW™ are what set this midlayer apart. This continuous airflow prevents overheating and allows the fast removal of moisture buildup. The use of Cordura® fabrics bring an unmatched level of durability for years to come.