Men’s Kaiwaka Stormforce Sleeveless Vest

This outdoor sleeveless vest for men is all about core warmth, which is a top priority when you’re working in cold conditions.

When your core (torso) is warm, it’s happy to provide blood to your extremities, i.e. your hands, feet and nose. When your core is cold, it keeps blood for the really important bits of your body, like your heart and brain. So the very best solution for cold hands and feet is to keep your core warm, which is why you really need our Stormforce sleeveless vest.

Farmers’ clothing that’s designed in New Zealand for local conditions

New Zealand’s climate is a torture-test for wet weather gear. When a soggy northerly storm arrives from the tropics, the rain comes down in bigger-than-average buckets. Rainfall greater than 100 mm in 24 hours is pretty common in Godzone. That’s why this sleeveless outdoor vest for men is constructed with an outer layer of 100% waterproof ripstop fabric.

The other major weather challenge that our sleeveless vest helps with is the famous ‘polar blast’ from the south. How do we do this? By making the inner lining from an advanced Sherpa fleece fabric. When temperatures plummet, just zip up your vest and let our amazing garment construction do its work.

Sleeveless vest design that makes it easy to get stuff done

Customer feedback tells us that farmers love sleeveless vests because their arms can move easily when a spot of heavy-lifting, animal wrangling or fencing duty is called for. Additionally, the sleeveless design helps to prevent overheating when you’re really going for it.

Our designers also picked up the need for multiple pockets, so this farmer’s sleeveless vest has four zip pockets for small-but-essential items and four multipurpose waist pockets. Another incredibly useful feature is the high collar that fits under a helmet, helping to protect your face from wintery blasts. You don’t get that with your average oilskin vest.

For some added protection on board throw on our STORMFORCE BLUE Sleeveless Jacket. With an optimum balance between wind and water resistance, comfort and durability, you won’t be forgetting this jacket at home any time soon.

Other features include:

  • Unique Twin Skin Technology
  • Lined with Sherpa fleece
  • Reflector tape for extra visibility and safety
  • Heavy duty, water-resistant zipper
  • Two hand warmer pockets with corners reinforced
  • Front shortened to reduce bulk with long tail flap for extra warmth and weather protection

Men’s Kaiwaka Stormforce Short Sleeve Vest

Here’s a practical alternative to our Stormforce sleeveless vest. It harnesses all the same garment technology, but has short sleeves for extra protection from the elements. You could feasibly call it a short sleeve jacket, but it actually has more in common with a fleece vest.

The goal here is to provide you with core warmth, which is essential when you’re outdoors in late autumn, winter and spring.  There’s science behind this: When your torso (core) is warm, your body is happy to provide blood to your extremities, i.e. your hands and feet. When your core is cold, it keeps blood circulating around your internal organs and brain. They always get priority over hands and feet. So the best solution for surviving low temperatures is keeping your core warm. Our outdoor short sleeve vest for men does that brilliantly.

Farmers’ clothing that understands New Zealand’s climate

Kaiwaka Clothing wet weather gear is built for the worst Kiwi weather. When a persistent storm blows in from the north, the rain arrives in torrents – horizontally. Rainfall greater than 100 mm in 24 hours is pretty common in New Zealand. That’s why this short sleeve outdoor vest for men is constructed with an outer layer of 100% waterproof ripstop fabric and an inner liner of advanced Sherpa fleece fabric that’s both warm and breathable.

Design features that make our short sleeve winter vest a winner

To develop the best weather-proof clothing for farmers and other outdoor workers, our design teams spend time in the field. Literally. By getting to grips with New Zealand’s most extreme outdoor working conditions, they’ve come up with features that give our garments the edge.

A great example of this is the high collar on this waterproof short sleeve vest. It’s tall enough to fit under a helmet; kind of like a built-in scarf. Pockets are also a stand-out feature for our farmer’s short sleeved vest – there are four zip pockets for digital devices, sunscreen and other survival essentials; and four larger multi-purpose waist pockets for bits of number eight wire and pieces of string, in case you need to harness some Kiwi ingenuity on the job. You don’t get that kind of detail with your average fleece or oilskin vest!

An unbeatable list of outdoor clothing features

  • Outer layer of 100% waterproof ripstop fabric for durability and long life
  • Inner Sherpa fleece lining that’s warm and breathable
  • Heavy duty two-way zipper – have the top down or bottom up, depending on conditions
  • High collar that fits under a helmet and protects the face against the elements
  • Four top pockets with zip closure for phones, wallets etc
  • Four multi-purpose waist pockets
  • Reflector tape for extra visibility and safety
  • Longer at the back for extra warmth and rear-end weather protection
  • Comfortable and waterproof internal wrist cuffs in sleeves