2-Layer Gore Tex, detail-oriented features, and easy style–oh, and the built-in, removable, barely-noticeable-when-you’re-wearing-it Hydrastash system provides easy access to hydration wherever you’re riding–all together, the 686 Hydrastash Sync is a 2022 Platinum Pick Award winner.
Did you know that seventy percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated? It’s true! It was on a science show or maybe in a dream. Either way, what cannot be argued is that staying liquified keeps you focused and helps regulate energy levels. Riding in a bulky backpack or stopping every twenty minutes at the lodge is annoying, if not wasteful, what with that mountain of Dixie cups littering the scene. Enter the 686 Gore-Tex Hydrastash Sync Jacket, a unique approach to the high-performance jacket/ water pouch combo.
The genius of this integrated system is that the anti-microbial bladder is hidden within a worm-like tube that wraps around your waist, instead of the sweatbag-style bladders that strap to your back. Designed by the 686 team of backcountry riders, the 25-ounce bladder is of zero hindrance to the mobility of this exceptionally designed jacket. And because of that, staying optimally hydrated is just a sip away.
Speaking to the functionality of the Sync Jacket, it’s simply a treasure trove of features that will please everyone, from the crustiest vet to the most demanding perfectionist. First off, it’s a 2-Layer Gore-Tex shell with oversized Air-Flo chest vents, so if your layer game is on point, you will be in total control of your thermal regulation. Furthermore, it’s cut with an articulated fit, meaning you’ll be comfortable and will also avoid the dreaded high and tight goober look. This is to say nothing of the stretchy Lycra wrist gaiters, merino wool inner collar, and easy-access smartphone pocket. And with a dedicated mini Chapstick pouch, make no mistake, the future is upon us. – Nate Deschenes
686 Hydrastash Sync Jacket – $439.95
This year, the Snowboard Magazine Platinum Picks Awards are sliding into their fourteenth season as the largest, most in-depth gear review of its kind. Thousands of great products from every category on the market have been narrowed down to a select few that our editors have reviewed, tinkered with, analyzed, and photographed. Our goal is to inform, educate, and help guide your buying decisions this winter, so you end up with the very best gear for your time on the mountain. In the 2022 Platinum Picks, you’ll find an assortment of amazing boards, boots, bindings, goggles, helmets, jackets, pants, and more that we have deemed The Best of ’22.