686 Plexus Hydra Jacket

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686 Plexus Hydra Jacket
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686 Plexus Hydra Jacket:  Technical simplicity describes the Plexus Hydra Thermagraph Jacket.   A fixed hood, waterproof asymmetric front viper and traditional pit venting, makes the.
Plexus Hydra Thermagraph Jacket a top pick.  The slub nylon textured premium fabric is 20K mm waterproof.  “Tri-Pull” hood, “Snap-Up” powder skirt, “Hand Panties” and a built in storable face mask offer everything you need and nothing you don’t.  The Hydra jacket is here to stay, see for yourself.


  • Laser-cut collar perforations
  • VADER VENTS collar perforations keep you breathing even when bundled
  • Ergonomically Fitting Front Collar


  • InfiLoft 160g body-mapped insulation

Weather and Wind:

  • InfiDry 20K waterproof membrane
  • SNAP-UP powder skirt with size adjustable flaps keep snow from getting up inside
  • Built-in stowable face mask protects your skin when the wind starts howling
  • 2-way adjustable cuff tabs keep out snow at the sleeves
  • SNO-SEAL fully taped seams seal moisture out
  • Lycra wrist gaiters keep out cold air


  • FAST PASS retractable season pass pocket stashes and flashes
  • Left front pocket has bungee loop attachment
  • Internal audio pocket stows your music player
  • Internal mesh storage pocket stows what goes
  • Hand-warmer front hip pockets come in handy when the gloves come off
  • Right front pocket has credit card/ID stash pocket and key clip

Lining and Layers:

  • THERMAGRAPH Infi-loft™ lining insulation panels warm you where you need it


  • Laser-cut and welded garment construction gives you reliable protection
  • POCKET PULL hidden hem drawcord seals out cold air


  • Water-resistant chest vent and front asymmetrical zippers keep things dry
  • AIR-FLO underarm vents provide cooling


  • STORM GUARD laminated hood brim keeps your eyes clear
  • Helmet compatible hood
  • Single-pull adjustable hood for weather protection


  • PJ-CONNECT pant-to-jacket connection let you connect your jacket and pants
  • Adjustable powderskirt
  • Lycra wrist gaiters and a stowable powder skirt
  • Grommet lift ticket attach gives you a place to hang your day ticket

If Hercules had been wearing the 686 Plexus Hydra Thermagraph Insulated Men's Jacket when he went out to slay its namesake many-headed beast, he probably would've had a way easier time. Thanks to laser-cut and welded construction, the Hydra is an ergonomically-cut suit of shred armor, designed to stab bad weather in the heart and bring back its head on a shield. Body-mapped 160g Infioft insulated panels keep heat in while a 20K waterproof membrane and fully-taped seams keep weather out, and underarm and chest vents keep moisture away from your body when you're slaying pow dragons.

All great heroes should have mustaches, and you're no exception―that being said, giant 'stache icicles tend to get in the way when you're trying to breathe, so 686 included laser-cut perforations around the collar to move moisture away from your mouth. Rogue snow sneak-attacks don't stand a chance either, thanks to Lycra wrist gaiters and a stowable powder skirt with a jacket-to-pant interface, and there's even a built-in stowable face mask, in case you need to hide your identity during battle.


The 686 Plexus Hydra Thermagraph Mens Insulated Snowboard Jacket has the performance to take on the slopes and the look to take on the city. The insulated body mapping lining panels and fully taped seams make for minimal heat escape and the laser-cut and welded garment construction give you a great sleek look. Having the front asymmetrical zipper gives you something a bit different in design - keeping you styling on and off the hill. Allow The Plexus Hydra Thermagraph Snowboard Jacket kick you up a knotch as you perform your best ride ever with complete ease of movement.

The Plexus Hydra Thermagraph Jacket from 686.

Designed to keep you covered through freezing temperatures and far below. Infi-Loft insulation holds all your hard-earned heat inside while Air-Flo venting lets you dump it in a hurry if need be. Stop coveting your neighbor's jacket by wrapping yourself up in one that's better.


Once you zip the 686 Plexus Hydra Thermagraph Snowboard Jacket’s asymmetrical zipper, you’ve locked the door of your own personal fortress. The fire’s already lightly stoked thanks to Infi-loft™ insulated panels. The wind and spindrift can whip all they want, but they’re not drafting into the fully taped 20K INFIDRY-20™ fabric. If they persist, the built-in face mask and snap-up powder skirt provide a little extra protection./p>



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Battery Heated:No
Breathability:Very High Breathability (>15,001g)
Breathability Rating:15,000g
Cinch Cord Bottom:No
Cuff Type:Velcro
Exterior Material:Polyester
Fabric Rating:20K Waterproof / 15K Breathable
Fit:Expedition ergonomically tailored fit
Hood:Fixed hood
Hood Type:Fixed
Insulation:160g Infi-loft™ insulation panels
Insulation Material:160g Infi-Loft Insulated Lining Panels
Insulation Type:Synthetic
Insulation Weight:N/A
Jacket Extras: PJ-Connect Pocket Pull YKK 2-way Center Front Vislon Zipper Powderskirt Flap Lift Ticket Attach
Length:Center back measures 30"
Lining:100% Nylon Taffeta, 100% Polyester Brushed and Peached Tricot, 100% Polyester Mesh
Lining Material:Nylon taffeta/polyester tricot/polyester mesh lining
Material:100% Polyester Horizontal Slub Texture
Model #:L3W107A BLBD S
Pit Zip Venting:No
Pockets: Media Pocket Front Hand Pockets ATM Pocket Internal Mesh Storage Pocket
Powder Skirt:Stow Away/Hide Away
Seams:Fully taped
Shell Material:100% polyester slub INFINIDRY-20™ fabric
Taped Seams:Fully Taped
Thermal Rating:Thermal Rating: 5
Venting: Under Arm Mesh Gussets
Waterproof:Totally Waterproof (20,000mm+)
Waterproof Rating:20,000mm
Waterproof Zippers:No
Wrist Gaiter:No
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686 Plexus Hydra Jacket Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Love this coat, spent many a Days Shredding Loveland & Surfing The Boat in this Jacket. I heat up quick when I'm moving but I get cold when I'm on chairs or standing around. This Hydra Jacket is the best of both worlds. The light Theromgraph insulation keeps me warm on the Freezing windy lifts at Loveland but Breaths so well when I'm Hiking the Gates off MorningSide in Steamboat. Especially great when touring or Splitboarding too, This is a very versital Jacket!!! It's a good fit, but slightly slimmer than my 686 Stealth Jacket. I'm 5"10 & 190, so I went with the XL and love it!!! I went with the grey slub, It's a light color but w/ that slub print it hardly shows any Dirt, I get complements on it all the time!!

Flip at Backcountry.com on 12/13/2013

Negative Reviews:

I bought this jacket a few years ago for half price thinking it would make a great shell. After using it to ski and mountaineer, I have come to the conclusion this is a very flawed jacket.
First, the main zipper is offset, which sucks because the zipper does not open and close easily, it is always a 2 handed affair.
Second, the pit zips are impossible to open with a pack on, and they are small and do not open wide because they have a mesh connecting them together, so they do not dump heat very well.
Third, The hood isnt all bad, as its got some type of lining that keeps the top stiff and away from your face (like a birm on a baseball cap), but it is too large to wear comfortably without a helmet, and too small to wear comfortably with a helmet. So if you have a HUGE head and don't wear a helmet, youre set.
Fourth, Breathability sucks, I was backpacking in 10F weather and returned to my vehicle to find out that I could not unzip the coat because I had frosted the main zipper shut, not sure if this was because of snow getting into the coat, melting then freezing. Or if it was because of my high exertion and the jackets inability to breath.
Fifth, this jacket is extremely heavy, so if you intend to pack it as a shell for bad weather when you get up top, keep in mind itll take up a ton of space and weigh a ton.
Sixth, The protection from the elements this jacket provides is quite good. Fully zipped up you have just beneath your crotch and up protected.
The best use for this jacket is a Shell while you are at the resort where you can get away with some of these flaws without consequence. But for anything other than day uses at the resort, this thing sucks.

Rabbit at Backcountry.com on 12/24/2013

Neutral Reviews:

I just got this jacket in, and have some initial impressions. First, I own 3 other 686 jackets. They are my favorite brand besides Oakley and Ride's capp3l line. But, to be honest, I'm not that impressed with their catalog this year. . This is by far the slimmest fitting 686 jacket I have purchased. I am 5'11" and 170 lbs w/a 41" chest. I purchased a medium. The fit through the midsection is exactly what i was looking for; it's very tapered and trim.
However, it gets a little tight when layering at the point where my shoulder meets my chest, basically the underarm. I'm not the biggest guy in the world, but I'm pretty fit and have a lean athletic build. If this jacket was a bit bigger in the underarm area, I would love my size Medium.
The asymmetrical zipper is a great innovation, it allows for the face mask to cover my face without the sensation of cold metal against my skin. Haven't busted it out in the snow yet so not sure if it will freeze up like the reviewer below mentioned. But, since it is an exposed zipper rather than covered like my other coats, it is a possibility.
The Hood is not big enough to cover my helmet, but i don't usually wear a hood w/my helmet on so no loss there.
It is a thin shell, and pretty lightweight. I can see myself putting it in my pack on days. I would not wear this coat in very cold temperatures unless I had lots of layers on underneath, however as I mentioned earlier I can't really go more than 2 thermals without it getting uncomfortable. I will probably be sending the coat back simply b/c they are out of stock in a Large in the Black. At my size I think a L would be a better fit, but an XL is probably too big.
All in all, I give it 3.5 stars,

Soul Position at Backcountry.com on 01/06/2014

First off very waterproof but it has some major flaws. Hood design is just off and doesn't fit with a helmet even though the manufacturer website says it does. And the offset zipped front is just annoying with a helmet chin strap. Pocket layout was great, fit very baggy as is usual with 686. I'm 5'9 and 160lbs and the medium worked but I wonder how a small would fit. Helmet wearers steer cleer. Beanie wearers will have a nice jacket.

sclogger at Backcountry.com on 01/02/2014