Price US $300

686 Helix 2016 Review by The Good Ride

The 686 Helix Jacket is on the upper end of the 686 tech spectrum and has some unique features that some will like and some might not.  If you are ok with always keeping the main zipper all the way up then you might really like this design.

Size Tried: Large
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 195 lbs
Chest: 44”
Neck: 16″
Torso Length (collar bone to pant line) 23”
Shoulder Width (widest point of shoulders) 22”
Arm Length (pit to wrist) 19.5”

Helmet: Smith Vantage

Goggles: Smith IO7

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Type

Partially Insulated

Waterproofing

Other

Insulation Type

Other

Insulation Fill

Less Than 40g

Liner Type

Mapped Fleece

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

2 Meshed Pit Zips

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

20K

Breathability Rating

15K

Manufactured in

Fit

Normal

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Average