Rocking 686 this season

07 Sep, 2009

After coming back from SIA each year, I have a pretty good idea of what outerwear I’ll be rocking for the upcoming season. When I caught up with 686’s KR3W collection in Vegas in January I definitely liked what I saw.   The 686 package arrived this week and I am stoked to be given the KR3W collection to ride this season.

I selecting outerwear each season, deciding what will be the kit of course and making it my own.  I rock men’s outerwear because it’s harder to find women’s outerwear for curvy women that fits curvy women.  Instead of dealing with jackets that are too short, I just prefer to rock men’s which is bigger than I need but fits me and I never have to worry about snow going down my pants.

686 KR3W Lumberjack Softshell Jacket

686 Smarty Complete 2.5 Ply Pants

I’ve been checking out the collection since it came in the mail last week, getting to know the pockets and wore the pants when riding on Saturday.  The Lumberjack jacket is a softshell so it’s got a zippered chest pocket but that’s it if you are looking for many pockets on the jacket.  The Klutch jacket is insulated making it my new cold winter jacket without needing to layer it up underneath and has all the pockets I need, including the ipod pocket, goggle case pocket.  Finally the 686 Complete 2.5 ply pants, I’ve been rocking this model of pants for years and they are my favorite pants to rock.  I always get them in black since they’ll last the entire winter with that color and have plenty of pockets and cargo space plus they have the 3-in-1 detachable system of layering.  I’m adjusting to the fabric on the new pants which are slippery compared to the denim material I was used to.

686 KR3W Klutch

686 Smarty Complete 2.5 Ply Pants

The 686 Snaggletooth was my jacket last year and I love that series, definitely my favorite since the snaggletooth is so much fun on the mountain.  I still might pick it up so I can continue the snaggletooth tradition and make it easier to find me on the mountain.

What gear are you planning to rock this season?

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  1. k
    September 07, 2009

    Ohhh it looks so sweet! You everyone is jealous you beat them to it. Those two jackets are awesome. Perfect pairing for all season, softshell for those sunny park days, insulated for the pow pow and breckenfridge days.

    Pants are good for snow tubing too. =]

  2. JT
    September 07, 2009

    I picked up two jackets (FourSquare, and Helly Hansen) mainly for review reasons. I’m hoping to get my hands on some 686 gear probably something from the Smarty Line, if I can find the jacket size in XXL. Your new setup is hot! 686 always rocks hard in the design/function department!

  3. September 07, 2009

    Thanks K! Definitely got the winter covered between those two jackets and the pants with the liner will work for the cold winter days and without the fleece liner on the warmer days. Stoked! Definitely snow tubing without the tube, those pants are slick!

    JT, nice! Yeah I’m sure I’ll be reviewing these as the season progresses. Smarty line is sick, the layering is nice to have but usually I take it out since I don’t need it.

  4. September 07, 2009

    Hahahaha Breckenfridge. And Breckenwind!

    I’m still waiting on my Holden stuff!! I can’t wait to get em!!!!! I agree with you it’s hard to find stuff for curvy women… I have that problem with pants… I actually have hips and an ass, and a lot of pants out there are made for either anorexic girls or girls with the body of 12 year olds. Hmmph… pants are too long for me because I always gotta size up!

  5. Rich/Wig
    September 07, 2009

    I’m sure that not-so-many-posts-ago you were gonna rock coloured trousers/pants this season!

  6. Andrew
    September 07, 2009

    Same as last year… Wanna get some less baggy pants this year. Maybe Volcom?

  7. September 07, 2009

    Lauren, Yeah totally! The hips and an ass just ruin it for snowboard pants.

    Rich, I still got the red Analog pants so I can actually mix-match them this year, so I’ll be rocking a mix of 686 with those analog pants. I still need to try on those pants with these two jackets to see how they mesh.

    Andrew, I was surprised my smarty pants are less baggy than my pants from 2 years ago. Definitely try on volcom and see how they fit.

  8. Chris
    September 07, 2009

    Lumberjack jacket is nice but a carbon copy of last years Burton including colors…

    Look good feel good

  9. Ali
    September 08, 2009

    I think the 688 New Balance jacket is what I will be going for this year. Though if I can get a hold of one the Snaggle Tooth II is on the top of my list as well. Nice setups shat I really like the lumberjack jacket.

  10. Ali
    September 08, 2009

    Oh shoot sorry *Shay that was complete mess up on my part!!! I cant type for my life some times!

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  12. B-rad
    September 08, 2009

    last years pin striped is what I got, loving it! but the pants are HEAVY! with the liners, deff gotta take em out

  13. September 23, 2009

    yo yo yo!!! we’re heading back to the boat early this season and totally looking forward to more shedding. i’m not supervising the diggers this year so i’ll be enjoying much much more mountain time to myself- yay! let’s ride soon!!! <3

  14. September 23, 2009

    Chris, I liked the Burton one too…haha eyed it up all winter.

    Ali, Sweet on rocking snaggletooth, it’s a lot of fun to go after that jacket. The NB one is sweet too, tough decision! haha SHAT! Funny!

    B-rad, definitely the liners are for the really really cold negative temp days in Colorado.

    Prettyninja! Stoked you are coming back to the boat! Definitely more ride time and more park time! Miss you girl!