When I was a kid and we took a field trip with school, my mom would always tell me to take my K-Way with me. And looking at all the kids wearing that rain jacket that folds into a pouch, my mom wasn't the only K-Way fan.
It’s been a while since I fitted into that rain jacket but one of those rainy Belgian days reminded me about my old K-Way and I wondered how the brand had been doing since.
Not so bad, I see on their website. While I associated K-Way with the basic pull-over or zip-up rain jacket know as the K-Way Claude jacket (for men) and the K-Way Claudette jacket (for women) I think everyone knows, K-Way actually has a wide range of jackets. 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 was so kind to offer me a complimentary foldable rain jacket to test and so I left for Barcelona with the famous zippered rain jacket 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 the Claudette Klassic comes in a wide range of colors.
K-way jacket review: was the K-way rain jacket as great as I remembered it to be?
And luckily I did. 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 raining harder and harder. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about my K-way rain jacket before using it: would such a light and foldable rain jacket be able to keep me dry for an entire day?
In other words, are K-way jackets waterproof?
Was my K-way waterproof?
Well, mine sure was. Because the classic K-Way rain 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. I especially liked the hood because 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 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 rain 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 sizing?
I think K-way sizing is pretty accurate. The one I tried was a small and it fitted me nicely, without being too loose or too tight. I normally have a small or medium in jacket size, 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. Links to the jacket in this post are affiliate links. That means that if you purchase something though these links, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting the blog!