686 Strike Jacket Used and Reviewed

Three in one options? How about four in one options? Yes that’s what this jacket offers with it’s zip out/in vest. Part of the original Smarty line you can guarantee this jacket and vest combo has options and warmth with it. Here’s what our tester had to say about it.


P: Brent LaFleur Model: Avran LeFeber

Garment: 686 Strike Jacket

Resort: Breck, Keystone, Copper, and A Basin

Conditions: Everything from sunny preseason warm days to cold and blustery winds.

Size: LG

Fit: Slightly bulkier which gives it a bit of room to layer underneath.

Waterproofing/Breathability: 15,000mm/10,000gm

Stitching: Full taped seams that didn’t have any fraying. On the bottom though one side of the waist cinch seems to be cut off as if it has been sewn together.

Pockets: The pass holder on the sleeve is real nice for ease of showing it, the internal audio pocket with the external entry is an added bonus, add to that a plethora of other pockets like the vest and jacket chest, and front zip pockets.

Zippers: Smooth as butter and with solid storm flaps.

Venting: Single zipper pit vents gave it optimal air flow.

Special/Hidden Features: SOS sleeve mirror, zip and hide powder skirt, 4 in 1 options between the vest and the breath right face cover.

Rider in Mind: Technical rider that wants a lot of pockets and fit options.


P: Brent LaFleur Model: Avran LeFeber

Personal Thoughts: I’m in love with this jacket and the detachable vest makes it so much more versatile. Possibly the warmest jacket I’ve worn in years which speaks volumes because I’m from Utah and Colorado is far colder than what I’m used to. The hidden extra features are beneficial and not stupid shit that doesn’t work.

What They Say: Smarty is 686′s most popular and established collection, setting the standard for the outerwear industry. Smarty offers three levels of performance – 20K, 15K and 10K, each of which features the world-renowned SMARTY technology de- tachable lining system. With SMARTY, you have the option to wear the liner for extra insulation and warmth on the hill or by itself for when you’re chilling indoors.

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3 Comments

  1. [...] 686 Strike Jacket Price: $319.95 What’s better than a jacket that has four different ways of wearing it? Probably nothing this 15/10k jacket can’t offer with it’s abundance of features. [...]

  2. Jonny Blaze says:

    Looking for some sizing info on the 686 Strike jacket. I just picked up a MEDIUM and it seems like it’s a little tight for my liking. So I guess in comparison to the size Large jacket that Avran LeFeber is wearing in the above article, any idea how tall Avran is? I’m about 5’6″ and the jacket seems like it’s a little short/tight in the body but perfect in the sleeves.

    I’m trying to compare jacket lengths…

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