686 Women’s Athena Insulated Jacket Review

Women SnowboarderSusan Etter Testing the 686 Athena Jacket While Snowboarding in Durango, Colorado | Photo Mountain Weekly News

Your friends won’t lose you in the cute and recognizable 686 Athena Insulated Jacket! I got several compliments on this jacket from friends and strangers alike on a busy spring day on the mountain.

Jacket Fit

686 Women's Insulated Snowboard Jacket

Susan Etter Rocking the 686 Women’s Insulated Athena Snowboard Jacket | Photo Mountain Weekly News

The 686 Athena Insulated Jacket is perfect for spring temperatures. It’s lightly insulated with mesh vents so it kept me warm in the cool morning (approximately 25 – 30 degrees). It warmed up in the afternoon (almost 50 degrees), and I was comfortable after I opened up the vents. True to size, it fits a base layer and a hoodie or fleece. If I were to use it year-round to add an insulated layer during colder months, I would go one size up.

The length of the jacket is perfect. It’s long enough so your back is not exposed when strapping in, laying down carves, or anytime bending down. But it’s not too long to comprise the fit to where it looks big and baggy.

Additional Features

Women Snowboarder Heel Side Turn

Susan Etter Locking into a Proper Heelside Turn While Wearing the 686 Athena Jacket | Photo Mountain Weekly News

The 686 Women’s Athena Jacket has a mesh pocket on the inside to hold your buff or goggles, a phone pocket on the inside with a slot for headphones (bonus: headphone loops inside the jacket to keep the wires in place), a pocket in the front of the jacket for your pass and/or keys, and deep zip up hand pockets to keep snacks or whatever you need.

It also has a powder skirt. The hood fits over a helmet and does not limit your peripheral vision or restrict movement when you turn your head.

Overall Impression

Women Snowboarding on Groomed Runs

The Athena is a Perfect Snowboard Jacket for Women from 686 | Photo Mountain Weekly News

The 686 Athena ($179.99) is a great all around snowboard jacket I’ll keep in my jacket rotation!

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