The 2021 686 Hydra Thermagraph Jacket is designed to take you from powder to park, sub-zero to springtime. The Thermagraph Body Mapping Insulation creates the ultimate do-it-all jacket. Add an asymmetrical zipper and you have the Hydra, the best selling 686 GLCR jacket, ever.
2-Layer infiDRY 20K Stretch Fabric + DWR
Fully Taped Bemis Seams
Thermagraph Body Mapping Insulation System Using 120g infiLOFT Clo Eco Vivo 93% Recycled Insulation
Air-Flo Mesh Lined Under Arm Vents
Adjustable Helmet Compatible Hood
Hood Link System
Waffle Knit Fleece Inner Collar/Mouth Flap
Inner Smart Phone Pocket with Audio Cord Outlet
Tangle Free Headphone Loops
Internal 686 Jacquard Mesh Goggle/Storage Pocket
Adjustable Welded Cuffs
Inner Thumb Grip
Inner Lycra Wrist Gaiters
Zippered Sleeve Pass Pocket with Key Clip
Attached Adjustable Powder Skirt
Pant Jacket Connect System
Front Hand Pocket Inner Key Clip
Adjustable Bottom Hem Cinch
YKK AquaGuard Water-Resistant Center Front and Chest Pocket Zippers
686 believes that life should be lived without limits and that your choice of technical apparel should reflect this. All 686 products are created with the goal of pushing current boundaries of design, construction and interaction. Each piece is uniquely crafted to provide more than you expect and push your experience beyond what you thought possible.
Since 686 founder, Michael Akira West, first stepped on a skateboard as a youth in the early eighties, he immediately had a new addiction and inspiration. The freedom that skateboarding provided birthed a lifelong quest for freedom of expression through all forms of mediums. Throughout the following years, Mike transitioned from skateboarding to snowboarding, working and riding in Big Bear, CA and continually gathering and exploring new ideas including unique apparel based around the southern California snowboard scene.
On November 13, 1992 Mike officially launched Jib 686 Enterprises, a small collection of denim, technical outerwear and accessories. What began as a class project during his time at the University of Southern California was now a reality. In 1995 Jib 686 Enterprises became 686 Enterprises as Mike began to travel to larger mountains and encountered a scene and riding conditions vastly different from and far larger than the jib scene of his local resort, Big Bear. 1995 also saw the birth of the 686 SMARTY® 3-in-1 Cargo Pant. The SMARTY® 3-in-1 purposeful proposition later spawned other intelligent products such as the Original Toolbelt and Thermagraph® Body Mapping System that are still in the collection today.
The name “686” has its roots in numerics. There have been a lot of rumors about the meaning of 686, but 686 stems from personal dates and numbers in Mike’s life that all merged together at the perfect time. However personal as it started, the number has now become synonymous with providing innovative, forward thinking outerwear and technical apparel inspired by the outdoors and mountain culture.
686 Technical Apparel continues to be independently owned and operated since 1992.