- Price: £200
- Sizes: S-XXL
- Waterproofing: 20,000mm
- Breathability: 15,000g
One of the good things about 686 is how well they cater to every style, and every need. The 686 GLCR Hydra Thermagraph snowboard jacket is from their high-end collection, so true mountain goats would do well to check it out.
It features ‘Thermagraph’ technology, which basically means that the insulation has been targeted around the torso where it’s most useful. The panels not only keep you warm but also have antimicrobial properties that prevent the build-up of stinky bacteria. The rest of the jacket allows the warm, moist air to filter out in a controlled manner, resulting in ideal temperature regulation.
“When the weather is truly tragic, the Vader vent allows you to bury your face without fogging up your goggles”
The outer shell is hardy in every sense; water-resistant zippers close up the ‘Infinidry-20’ material, which boasts the highest specs of 686’s own fabric. The main zip is asymmetrical, veering off to one side to allow for a specially designed vent to sit right over your mouth. When the weather is truly tragic, this allows you to bury your face without fogging up your goggles or soaking the chinguard in the moisture from your own breath. Whack up the hood (which is big enough to fit a helmet) to get fully cocooned.