List Price US $400
686 Smarty 3 in 1 Compression Snowboard Jacket Review
Type 3 in 1
Hood Type Contoured
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface Yes
Vents 2 Meshed Pit Zips
Layer Count 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating 20K
Breathability Rating 15K
Manufactured in

Semi Tight

Waterproofing Good
Breathability Average


Packability Very Thick

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686 Smarty 3 in 1 Compression 2014 Review by The Good Ride

The 686 Smarty 3 in 1 Compression Jacket offers an extra layer underneath. In the $400 price range, you don’t get as much waterproofing/breathability as other jackets can offer in this price range.

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The 4 way stretch material is nice but really doesn’t add anything to the waterproofing or breathability.  The little vents in the front of the collar are helpful and the collar itself is large and covers a little more of your face than most articulating hood jackets.  Still, there are parts of your cheeks that are still exposed to this hood system.

The 15k breathability isn’t quite up to standard compared to Gore-Tex jackets and another tech out there that offers more than 20k breathability. Still for $400 you get an extra layer so you get a little more warmth from the extra layer than you would with most shells.

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