There are jackets, and then there are jackets that you can use in the backcountry. Not surprisingly, cycling jackets haven't historically focused on the latter. That is, until now. We collaborated with the snow icons at 686 to create a jacket that can laugh in the face of almost any condition, while still retaining all of the fit and functionality required of cycling. The result? The 686 x Specialized Women's Tech Jacket. Starting with the materials, it features a three-layer woven fabric shell with the venerable infiDRY® 20. It might sound thick and cumbersome, but really, it's no different than what's found on some of your favorite outwear. Almost paper thin, the exterior layer handles wind and water resistance (20,000mm), while the intermediary layer consists of a breathable membrane (20,000gm2) that keeps vapor moving up and out of the bibs to eliminate any clammy sensations. Lastly, the interior layer is designed to be soft against the skin to increase the comfort of the piece as a whole. The end result? You're guaranteed to ride dry and with a consistent level of warmth and protection. Never satisfied, we worked to improve ventilation even more, so you'll find Air-Flo™ upper arm vents that are designed for singlehanded use. We then moved on to keeping snow and moisture out of the jacket, which meant incorporating fully taped waterproof seams and water-resistant zippers. There's also an adjustable powder skirt to keep snow from entering at the backside, adjustable Lycra® sleeve gussets to interface with gloves, an adjustable hem with a fold-out spray skirt for wet, muddy conditions, and a hood with a rain visor.
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