BlackYak Emergency Jacket
Photo: BlackYak

The outdoor brand BlackYak isn’t well known (yet) outside the international high-altitude mountaineering community. However, BlackYak has a long history dating back to its humble beginnings in South Korea in the early 1970s.

The brand has gained widespread attention in Europe over the past few years. It’s known for garment design aesthetics that focus on attention to design detail, state-of-the-art textile construction techniques, and use of premium materials.

The BlackYak Emergency Jacket has been in their line for the past two years and represents the lightest end of the spectrum for waterproof jackets.

Although¬†BlackYak¬†touts the garment’s capabilities for “emergency use,” SUL fastpackers¬†and gram-counting ultralighters¬†who spend their time in drier environments may appreciate a rain shell that will spend most of its time at the bottom of their pack.

Features and Specifications

  • Fabric: DSM (Dyneema)
  • Weight: 71 g (2.5 oz)
  • Style: Hooded Pullover
  • Pockets: None
  • Hem: Elastic
  • Cost:¬†If you have to ask…

BlackYak is distributed in the USA by Backcountry. Otherwise, its US distribution is limited to a small number of specialty outdoor retailers. Finding the BlackYak Emergency Jacket may be a bit tricky. BlackYak Global is based in Germany, so your best bet is to find a German specialty outdoor retailer who stocks the BlackYak brand.