Just Returned it to BC
..Loved everything about this jacket except for the durability. I only had 2 days on the mountain in this jacket, and my first run in the trees had ripped off the 686 shoulder badge, leaving 3 stud holes going right through the shell. The shell material itself did a great job of keeping me dry (one of the 2 days was in the rain), but is very thin and prone to rips, snags and abrasions. Great jacket if you stay in the park and wide-open groomers all day, but not your best bet for a durable, out of bounds piece. The zip-in fleece was also nice and warm but quickly showed popped stitches on the cuff and the exterior was starting to pill-up.
The fit was great. I am 61 210 and I got the medium which had more of a conservative fit - Torso and arms were perfect length
The lowest temp I wore it in was about 25 degrees, and only had the fleece under it with a light base layer Very warm and dry. Layering options would allow it to be a great year round jacket even in the northeast.
I am personally all about gear that can hold up to whatever I put it through. Lots of people said 686 makes some bomber gear, but I guess it didnt pass my test. Hopefully 686 can do some homework this summer and come up with some burly fabrics for 11 that can take a pounding.
- Shell Features
- Layering options