Product Review: 686 Smarty Complete Snowboard Jacket 2007

By | February 2, 2007

686 Enterprises Smarty Complete 2.5 Ply Snowboard Jacket 2007 Model

Outer: 20,000mm waterproof / 15,000gm breathable with Westech-20DT coating
Lining: complete layering system package with zip-in fleece liner and base layer thermal shirt

Features:
Fully taped seams
Wrap-around lower body side panels
Water-proof zippered front handwarmer pockets with Invisi-pull hidden hem drawcord adjust
Radio pocket with window on left sleeve
Goggle pocket with snap-in goggle chamois
Laser-cut and welded pocket construction
New internal multi media (cd/md/mp3/iPod) pocket, mesh miscellaneous pocket and credit card/id pocket
Zip-off hood with stealth front hood with “quick-draw” hood bungee adjustment and single-pull back peripheral drawcord adjustment
Weather-guard rain gutter hood brim and easy-on & off stretch hood panels
Full front zipper with external center front storm flap + internal draft flap with magnetic closure on external storm flap
2-way center front Vislon zipper with custom 686 center front zipper pull
Peached tricot chin guard
2-way zippered pit vents with dual storm flaps with new “smooth-operator” mesh vent gussets
Easy-access chest vents with waterproof zippers
Partially elasticized, adjustable wrist cuffs with Lycra wrist gaiters
“Stash pass pocket” left cuff tab (patent pending) and vanity mirror on right cuff tab
Zip-off, adjustable powder skirt with jacket-to-pant-connect snap tabs
Multiple attach hooks & clips
Available in Black and Burnt Orange
Sizes: SM, MD, LG, XL

Comments:
I bought the 686 Smarty Complete Jacket online from Daddies Board Shop for $264.95. The retail price is $359.99 and I almost paid the full amount in another store, but luckily they ran out of stock. I’m glad I found the jacket for a better deal. The outer layer of the jacket is waterproof and the inner layer is breathable. The jacket also comes with a thermal base layer. The threes layers make the jacket insulate heat very well. I took the jacket on a skiing trip. The 3 layers and a vest kept me warm on the slops even though it sub-30 degrees F and windy. The technology is where the jacket shines. The breathable material regulates the temperature and doesn’t make me feel too hot when I’m actively skiing. The base layer supposedly wicks the sweat away so I won’t feel wet. The outer shell is wind proof and was very helpful when I was skiing rapidly down the slopes. Overall, the jacket was very helpful, plus it has a nice design to it.

Rating: 4.5/5
SmartBuy? Yes

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