686 Introduces Hydtrastash Jacket--The World’s First Built-In Hydration System

We admit, the moment we heard about the Hydrastash dropping from 686, we had a ton of questions. We first asked if they are going to change their name to six-drank-six… still have not got a serious answer.

A jacket with a water reservoir around the powder skirt area with a tube running up the inside of the coat? We barely use the headphone slots in outerwear that have been around for over a decade, are we really going to use this? (686 solved all of our hydration problems already with the Sixer jacket. It has enough room for a six pack of beer and nobody made a joke about our bladder.) But after it went through the ringer with some of our favorite riders, we have come around. Call us suckers, but we will try anything that is ran over with a car and doesn’t break.

Hiking, shoveling, long days or short, you always need to stay hydrated. Get a feel for the new jacket by some of the riders who filled it up and put it on all last season.

“I thought wearing the Hydrastash might feel different then my normal jacket but once I got riding I could barely notice it. Even riding up the chair. It was super comfortable, and didn't bother me at all. Then I got thirsty and I was stoked!” -Sammy Luebke

If you get scared and fall while riding, will the bladder leak? No. p: Brad Andrew

“I figured if anything was gonna be a problem it would be sitting on the bladder every chairlift ride. However, that wasn’t the case, I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. Took the Hydrastash up onto glaciers in the Whistler area and into Interior B.C… it was cold…. never had an issue with it freezing. Having the bladder secured around the waist always kept the water close to my body heat. It has some great insulation… Once riding I would completely forget that the water was there. The bladder never hindered my ability to ride the mountain in any way.” – Mark Rainery

With a full bladder, Mark Rainery can make it rain. p: Brad Andrew

“I was skeptical and had concerns but after trying it I saw that it just works. When it's full the overall jacket is heavier but you don't really notice it when you're riding. No freezing, no leaks or anything.” – Matt Belzile  

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If you don’t believe them, you can check out more from the jacket and 686 here! Or check below to see the proper way to set up the jacket and stay hydrated all season!

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