PHOTO: Maggie Kaiserman
The lovechild of your favorite jacket and your buddy's beer fridge, the new Sixer jacket from 686 is the answer to the age-old question: How many beers can I comfortably carry while skiing?
The answer? 11. No backpack required.
New to the ski game with the signing of Parker White, 686 paired up with the unofficial sponsor of ski bums across North America, Pabst Blue Ribbon, to create a jacket designed to bring the party with you, on or off the mountain. The jacket, available this fall, features insulated cooler pockets, capable of keeping six canned beverages cold even on the warmest of spring slush days.
Inside the back of the jacket just above the powder skirt are four mesh tallboy pockets, plus another insulated pocket on the inside chest because hey, why not. The tallboy pockets are best suited for a 16 oz. can, rather than their 24 oz. big brother. The bigger cans put a little too much weight across the back of the jacket and sit awkwardly on a chairlift. Even with the smaller tallboys, the Sixer has the impressive volume capacity of 152 fluid ounces. That's a lot of beer.
The insulated outer pockets held the cans fairly comfortably, with some added weight of course, but I didn't feel like the jacket was getting too weighed down.
Outstanding beverage capacity aside, the Sixer also boasts some solid tech and other features. The jacket is constructed with 686's exclusive infiDRY 10K material with DWR coating, creating a nice blend of a breathable, dry fabric made for resort skiing. It also features easy-access, mesh-lined underarm vents to regulate temperature. A pass pocket on the sleeve and a lycra inner wrist gaiter round out this jacket.
One of my favorite features of the jacket is a side zipper just underneath the right-hand pit zip. What appears to be an awkwardly placed vent zip is actually designed to provide access to your internally stashed tallboys, meaning you can treat the whole quad chairlift to a beer without ever taking off your jacket.
While the jacket may not have the most groundbreaking tech or be my go-to on a waist-deep powder day, it lives up to its name and turns any skier into a mobile mini bar.