When I was a kid and we took a field trip with school, my mom would always tell me to take my K-Way rain jacket with me. And looking at all the kids wearing that jacket which folds into a pouch, my mom wasn't the only K-Way jacket fan.
It’s been a while since I fitted into that item of clothing but one of those rainy Belgian days reminded me about my old K-Way coat and I wondered how the brand had been doing since.
Not so bad, I see after a search for the latest products on their website. While I associated K-Way with the basic pull-over or zip-up rain jacket known as the K-Way Claude Klassic (for men) and the K-Way Claudette Klassic (for women) I think everyone knows, K-Way actually has a wide range of jackets in every color. Heck, you can even customize your K-Way!
And if that wasn’t enough, they also have a range of waterproof pants and accessories. I was getting all excited but decided to stick to what I came for: the basic K-Way Claudette Klassic.
K-way waterproof jacket review
K-Way was so kind as to offer me a complimentary jacket to test, so I left for Barcelona with the famous zippered, lightweight raincoat that folds into a pouch in my carry-on suitcase. I chose a black one because I wanted it to go with everything (and I simply wear a lot of black), but this K-Way women's jacket comes in a wide range of colors.
Was the K-way rain jacket as great as I remembered it to be?
Luck that I'd packed it. On our third day in Barcelona, it rained the entire time. It started with a few drops in the morning but then it just kept pouring harder and harder.
I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about my K-way jacket before using it: would such a light and foldable jacket be able to keep me dry for an entire day?
Are K-way jackets waterproof?
Well, mine sure was. Because the classic K-Way jacket gets narrower at the bottom, at the end of the sleeves and at the edges of the hood, it prevents any water from seeping in as well. And the best thing about the hood; it fitted me perfectly.
Hoods on jackets or sweaters are often either too small, causing the front part of your head to get wet after all; or too big so that the wind blows them off really easily. Neither of those problems occurred with the K-Way jacket I was wearing. The hood stayed on perfectly and kept my head dry throughout the day.
Was my K-way raincoat windproof?
Another thing that surprised me is that it kept the wind out but didn’t make me sweaty. Jackets like this usually prevent any sort of ‘breathing’ and I was afraid that I would get all sticky rushing around in it with the zipper pulled up high and my hood on. None of that with my K-way jacket, though. It's fun to do a K-way review like this!
On top of that, the Claudette Klassic rain jacket dries really easily. After a day of walking in the rain, I just hung it up in our hostel room in the evening and when we got back from dinner (luckily it had stopped raining by then) it was already dry and I could fold it back into the pouch.
How to fold a K-way jacket
If I would have to point out one downside to this jacket, it’s that it wrinkles pretty hard when you keep it in the pouch bag. I never wondered how to fold a K-way jacket and always just stuffed it into the pouch bag.
Well, that showed when I pulled it back out. Perhaps if you try to fold it up nicely, it'll come out better, but I honestly couldn't be bothered.
Looking ironed was the least of my worries as we were standing in line in the rain to enter Casa Batlló.
What about K-way jacket sizing?
I think K-way sizing is pretty accurate. The one I tried was a size small and it fitted me nicely, without being too loose or too tight. I normally have a small or medium in jackets, depending on the brand and how many layers I plan on wearing underneath.
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K-Way offered me a free Claudette Klassic rain jacket to test. What I think of it is entirely based on my experience wearing the jacket.
Freya Renders says
It’s not nice to go around when it’s raining but I guess with this jacket, it’s fine. Would love to try this one.
I was definitely glad to have the jacket with me! Would have been soaked otherwise.
I enjoyed your article on this jacket I have been a fan for awhile , there great , def keep you dry and look very stylish .
Thanks Derek. I’m a fan as well:)
can you comment on the size that you are wearing/fit? thanks
The K-Way I have is a small and that size is accurate.
It fits a bit loosely around the body and the arms (it’s a rain jacket, after all), but doesn’t look like you’re wearing a sac because the ends of the sleeves, hood and the bottom of the jacket are tighter.
Kim N. says
I just bought K-Way 3/4. I want to know if it is for rain really, big rain or small and short rain. Because I do not want to get wet when I will travel.
You bought another model than I have, but I’m guessing the “waterproofness” will be the same. I have been walking in the rain with it for an entire day and did got get wet at all, so I think you made a good purchase:) Of course I didn’t walk through a storm, but it rained pretty hard at certain moments.
I’ve had a surprisingly disappointing experience with Kway and the company’s customer service. Did you know that their jackets are not 100% waterproof as they declare? According to Matt Feigin, the president of Kway, there are many definitions of waterproof and much confusion around what waterproof means. Apparently a “100% waterproof” jacket by Kway isn’t waterproof if you walk in moderate rain for 12 minutes. It confused the president of Kway that someone would buy waterproof jackets and think that their shoulders wouldn’t be drenched after a 12 minute walk in some rain.
Here’s the response I got when I told Kway in an email that I was disappointed with my purchase of buying rain jackets for my entire family and would there be any way to resolve my problem:
I am very sorry to hear that you had a bad kway experience. The term waterproof is commonly confused. There are many different types of waterproofing and many different levels of waterproof. The classic jacket is treated with 1500 mm’s of water proofing. That means that in a 24hour period only 1500 mm of water can fall on the jacket before it starts seeping through the jacket.
Unfortunately there is nothing that we can do for this matter. We can however suggest you a more waterproof jacket and offer you a nice discount on that product.
Thank you in advanced for understanding.
C: (514) 513-3547
Ph: (514) 932-3330 X 232
So sorry to hear about your bad experience with the K-Way brand. I’ve got only one type of K-Way jacket and it kept me dry that entire rainy day in Barcelona, but it could have been another model than yours? I agree that if it says 100% waterproof, it should be 100% waterproof the entire time.
I had a quick look at the specifics given for my model on their website but it doesn’t mention anything about the degree of water proofing, except that it should be 100% water proof:/
Gilles Bourgogne says
YES IT IS WATERPRROF BUT WHEN YOU WEAR THE OLD MODEL OF KWAY (WITH ONLY A VERY SMALL ZIP ON THE FRONT SIDE, AND NO VENTILATION INSIDE)
– THE TEMPERATURE OF YOUR BODY WHICH IS MUCH HIGHER THAN THE OUSIDE TEMPERATURE,
– THE FACT THAT THE OLD MODEL OF KMAY IS NOT REALLY VENTILATED INSIDE,
THERE IS ( SOMETIMES A LOT OF ) CONDENSATION WATER APPEARING INSIDE THE KWAY.
THAT’S THE OLD K-WAY : IT IS WATERPROOF BUT ONCE INSIDE FOR A WHILE, YOU FEEL ALL WET.
I SUPPOSE THE MORE RECENT MODELS ARE MUCH BETTER DESIGNED AND THEREFORE MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE.
I really liked this review- it is apparently pretty tough to find reviews for K-Way jackets as this is the only one I’ve come across. I have been thinking about getting one, and I am glad to hear that they are water proof. Thanks for sharing your experience!
Glad you found it useful! Thank you for leaving a comment :)
Is there a difference between the Claude and Claudette besides the fit
They’re the same jacket but one is “male” sizing and the other “female’ sizing.
hey I think you have convinced me to buy the jacket ! I either wear a large or extra large , but I think most of the Time I will have a sweatshirt underneath so
I should go with the xl you think , thanks !
Yeah an XL will be more comfortable then I think :)
Gilles Bourgogne says
K-Way had already found, a long time ago, an active market in northern France,
where it is raining much more even now,
and where young men seem ( not so ) happy to scramble with a K-Way …
especially when they have a date….
A famous French stand-up comedian, Dany Boon, told us about it in his own… way !
see the “Waika” video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9AV0GHIBSc