686 Mens Waterproof Anorak Review

Jacket Reviewed: 686 Mens Waterproof Anorak
Color: Golden Brown Colorblock (think of it as black with graham cracker and maroon stripe accents)
Rider specs: 5’9″ 177 lbs jacket size: Large
Intended Use: Snowboarding, Snow Sports

Recommended for:
Anyone looking for an affordable anorak jacket that is lightweight for most riding conditions at your local area and for layering in most conditions, a great spring riding waterproof anorak jacket.

Product Details:
A stylish affordable colorblocked Anorak with a light fleece lining. The waterproof anorak from 686 has a 10K waterproofing and breathability softshell fabric that can be used with layers on colder days, this is a great jacket to use during most winter days, but not on the coldest and snowiest, it will be great for most spring days.

Details From 686
An anorak that won’t break the bank and will handle anything mother nature throws at you!
Price: $139.95
Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, and XXL

Tech Features:

  • infiDRY® 10K Fabric + DWR
  • Softshell 3-Layer Bonded Two-Way Stretch Fabric with Polyester Fleece Backing
  • Grommet Underarm Venting
  • Adjustable Velcro Cuffs
  • Inner Thumb Grip
  • Front Hood Drawcord Adjustment
  • Inner Audio Button Hole
  • Velcro Entry Kangaroo Pouch Pocket

Review Date: October 2020


686 has been designing and creating technical outerwear since the 1990’s that pushes the boundaries of design and interaction with the outdoor environment, each piece is created to enhance your experience in the snow and it shows.

The 686 mens waterproof anorak is tastefully designed with a modern fit that is loose enough for layering when you need too. The softshell fabric is stretchy, which you’ll appreciate when you’re slipping the anorak on and off over your head, it is also easy to pull off over a helmet. The polyester fleece backing is lightweight and soft, providing a slight amount of insulation.

This anorak jacket should be considered a shell. It will be great for layering on colder days. Here in Colorado, 10K waterproofing/breathability will work out for most days of riding so you might consider you will need another jacket for wet or stormy snow conditions. The price point for this jacket is great so you can have an option for to get a 15K or Gore Tex jacket as well. Personally I like to have a few different jackets to choose from for the conditions I’ll be riding in. The 686 waterproof anorak fits in as a great piece for resort riding and park days when I need a waterproof layer and not just a hoodie.

The anorak does not have pit zips only a grommet vent, but the front zipper provides an option to vent when it gets warm out when you’re riding up on the lift. The velcro kangaroo pouch has 2 sets of velcro on the outer portion and inside the pouch, it a roomy pouch, that’s all the storage that is available. The Hood is large enough to pull up over a helmet, and you can synch down the drawcords for extra warmth on those cold or windy days.

Overall Impressions:

The 686 waterproof anorak is a great piece to have for resort riding. It’s stylish, lightweight, and has some great features for the price. If you are looking for something a bit different, or as a shell to add to your apparel collection for snowboarding, this anorak jacket is pretty sweet! Check out the 686 mens waterproof anorak jacket!


  • Great price point
  • The style of this anorak is rad, the golden brown and maroon piping on the arms is rad!
  • Kangaroo pouch is roomy
  • Great feeling fabric
  • Excellent addition to your outerwear collection


  • Grommet venting at pits may not provide enough venting for some days
  • limited storage

Check out more of the collection from 686 in our 2021 gallery

Price:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Design:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Overall:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

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