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Slay pow, bad weather, and mythical demons without breaking a sweat.

If Hercules had been wearing the 686 Plexus Hydra Thermagraph Insulated Men's Jacket when he went out to slay its namesake many-headed beast, he probably would've had a way easier time. Thanks to laser-cut and welded construction, the Hydra is an ergonomically-cut suit of shred armor, designed to stab bad weather in the heart and bring back its head on a shield. Body-mapped 160g Infioft insulated panels keep heat in while a 20K waterproof membrane and fully-taped seams keep weather out, and underarm and chest vents keep moisture away from your body when you're slaying pow dragons.

All great heroes should have mustaches, and you're no exception―that being said, giant 'stache icicles tend to get in the way when you're trying to breathe, so 686 included laser-cut perforations around the collar to move moisture away from your mouth. Rogue snow sneak-attacks don't stand a chance either, thanks to Lycra wrist gaiters and a stowable powder skirt with a jacket-to-pant interface, and there's even a built-in stowable face mask, in case you need to hide your identity during battle.

  • InfiDry 20K waterproof membrane
  • InfiLoft 160g body-mapped insulation
  • Fully-taped seams
  • Underarm and chest vents
  • Lycra wrist gaiters and a stowable powder skirt
  • Built-in stowable face mask
  • Laser-cut collar perforations

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Unanswered Question

I own the grey slub jacket and I absolutely...

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I own the grey slub jacket and I absolutely love it. I am looking for snowboard pants to match. I currently have the destructed denim pant that 686 puts out but snow sticks to them. They look great together but if I get in some POW or fall my pants are white.

4 5

Nice Jacket, Slim Fitting BUT Roomy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn this jacket 6-7 times now in temps ranging from 20-45 degrees (wet snow to east coast sleet) and this jacket so far has proven to be pretty waterproof and provided a pretty good thermal layer. I'm built very stocky like a spark plug and the (XXL) jacket seems to fit me very well despite my build. Jacket is not bulky in the upper section but is tapered at the waist. Still a great for for my build. The jacket has ample pocket space and the quality seems to be very good as well. The only issue I have is with the hood. I do wear a helmet and though I very rarely use it, it does fit very tight and has an awkward fit to it. Overall, I'm very happy with the jacket's quality and fit. Would definitely purchase another

3 5

Good shell, slim fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got this jacket in, and have some initial impressions. First, I own 3 other 686 jackets. They are my favorite brand besides Oakley and Ride's capp3l line. But, to be honest, I'm not that impressed with their catalog this year. . This is by far the slimmest fitting 686 jacket I have purchased. I am 5'11" and 170 lbs w/a 41" chest. I purchased a medium. The fit through the midsection is exactly what i was looking for; it's very tapered and trim.

However, it gets a little tight when layering at the point where my shoulder meets my chest, basically the underarm. I'm not the biggest guy in the world, but I'm pretty fit and have a lean athletic build. If this jacket was a bit bigger in the underarm area, I would love my size Medium.

The asymmetrical zipper is a great innovation, it allows for the face mask to cover my face without the sensation of cold metal against my skin. Haven't busted it out in the snow yet so not sure if it will freeze up like the reviewer below mentioned. But, since it is an exposed zipper rather than covered like my other coats, it is a possibility.

The Hood is not big enough to cover my helmet, but i don't usually wear a hood w/my helmet on so no loss there.

It is a thin shell, and pretty lightweight. I can see myself putting it in my pack on days. I would not wear this coat in very cold temperatures unless I had lots of layers on underneath, however as I mentioned earlier I can't really go more than 2 thermals without it getting uncomfortable. I will probably be sending the coat back simply b/c they are out of stock in a Large in the Black. At my size I think a L would be a better fit, but an XL is probably too big.

All in all, I give it 3.5 stars,

3 5

Not your usual 686 product

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First off very waterproof but it has some major flaws. Hood design is just off and doesn't fit with a helmet even though the manufacturer website says it does. And the offset zipped front is just annoying with a helmet chin strap. Pocket layout was great, fit very baggy as is usual with 686. I'm 5'9 and 160lbs and the medium worked but I wonder how a small would fit. Helmet wearers steer cleer. Beanie wearers will have a nice jacket.

2 5

Kinda Blows.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this jacket a few years ago for half price thinking it would make a great shell. After using it to ski and mountaineer, I have come to the conclusion this is a very flawed jacket.

First, the main zipper is offset, which sucks because the zipper does not open and close easily, it is always a 2 handed affair.

Second, the pit zips are impossible to open with a pack on, and they are small and do not open wide because they have a mesh connecting them together, so they do not dump heat very well.

Third, The hood isnt all bad, as its got some type of lining that keeps the top stiff and away from your face (like a birm on a baseball cap), but it is too large to wear comfortably without a helmet, and too small to wear comfortably with a helmet. So if you have a HUGE head and don't wear a helmet, youre set.

Fourth, Breathability sucks, I was backpacking in 10F weather and returned to my vehicle to find out that I could not unzip the coat because I had frosted the main zipper shut, not sure if this was because of snow getting into the coat, melting then freezing. Or if it was because of my high exertion and the jackets inability to breath.

Fifth, this jacket is extremely heavy, so if you intend to pack it as a shell for bad weather when you get up top, keep in mind itll take up a ton of space and weigh a ton.

Sixth, The protection from the elements this jacket provides is quite good. Fully zipped up you have just beneath your crotch and up protected.

The best use for this jacket is a Shell while you are at the resort where you can get away with some of these flaws without consequence. But for anything other than day uses at the resort, this thing sucks.

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thank you for this was about to purchase!

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No problem, I try and write my reviews with a critical look at my gear. Not sure what you were intending on using it for, but glad I could help. Check out the rest of my reviews for honest assessments of various kinds of gear.

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It is a snowboarding jacket though, so you should probably wear it snowboarding not mountainering. The zip is perfect for someone who rides bc you dont have a zipper right in your face. To zip quickly, use your other hand to pull down on the jacket too. Makes it easier.

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While I agree with what you have said, it all depends on your philosophy of use i.e. how you intend to use the jacket. I have reviewed it from my philosophy of use, while not ideal for the jacket, I found that I should point out the jackets narrow area of application. And yes, zipping the jacket is a "2-handed affair" as you and I have both mentioned. Most high quality jackets, mountaineering oriented or not, can be zipped with one hand. An offset zipper is a good idea, yet a simple inner zipper garage eliminates the need to offset the zipper.

5 5

Amazing Shell w/ Light Insulation!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this coat, spent many a Days Shredding Loveland & Surfing The Boat in this Jacket. I heat up quick when I'm moving but I get cold when I'm on chairs or standing around. This Hydra Jacket is the best of both worlds. The light Theromgraph insulation keeps me warm on the Freezing windy lifts at Loveland but Breaths so well when I'm Hiking the Gates off MorningSide in Steamboat. Especially great when touring or Splitboarding too, This is a very versital Jacket!!! It's a good fit, but slightly slimmer than my 686 Stealth Jacket. I'm 5"10 & 190, so I went with the XL and love it!!! I went with the grey slub, It's a light color but w/ that slub print it hardly shows any Dirt, I get complements on it all the time!!

Do you know when you will carry the...

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Do you know when you will carry the green/blue color block model?

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It looks like we are expecting more of the color block jacket very soon. We cannot say exactly when they will go live on the site, but please check back with us every day or so to get the best sizing options.

i would like to know in witch contry the...

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i would like to know in witch contry the jacket is made

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While their website only says that their clothing is designed in California and made "abroad," industry blogs state that most products (including this jacket) are made in China. However, I think it should be noted that 686's website and industry blogs all seem to agree that 686 takes their relationship with their factories very seriously and frequently visit to ensure that product quality and employee working conditions are top notch. Please visit www.686.com to learn more.

Unanswered Question

Does the chest really measure 42 to 43"...

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Does the chest really measure 42 to 43" on an XL and 44 to 45" on an XXL? Normally, I wear an XL jacket, 46 to 48". I wouldn't even know what to order based on the 686 size chart.