In a unique approach to reducing the number of disposable water bottles seen on-mountain, 686’s Hydrastash series is a line of ski goods with integrated hydration systems. Their Quantum Thermagraph Bib is that technology applied to a pair of touring bibs that hold up as well as any other product on this list. You see a ton of single use plastic water bottles at resorts, and while there’s no excuse for not bringing your own, now there’s one less reason.

Bringing your water-bladder backpack out for a day on the resort or inside of your touring pack is a great idea in theory. But unfortunately it takes very little time for the small amount of water in your hose to freeze solid, leaving you thirsty and frustrated with the weight of your pack.

It has the additional benefit of keeping weight centered around your body is a huge step up from a performance aspect. There’s also a hydrastash jacket and a pair of pants, but the bibs have the benefit that they can be worn without a jacket when you get too warm while skiing.

The Quantum Thermagraph Bib is packed with the additional features that you’d expect from a quality bib. It’s strategically insulated to add a little thermal fortitude considering you’re carrying around water. Their fabric also has some stretch so you can still maintain a full stride in them. It might just be my layering preferences but the Hydrastash is my favorite solution to my poor backcountry hydration habits.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

3.8

Reasons to buy:

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    Unique solution to the hydration system problem in the backcountry
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    Bibs are great for working hard in deep powder
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    Insulation around the core to keep you warm

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThey can start to feel really warm, and you don’t always want to have to take off your jacket to cool off
  • check-markHaving a built in hydration system makes them heavy

Where to buy:

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686 GLCR Hydrastash Quantum Thermagraph Ski Bib

Specs & Features

  • 2L Infidry 2-way stretch fabric shell
  • Strategic Thermaloft insulation
  • Bib pocket and dedicated beacon pocket
  • Hydrastash Hydration system
  • Inner leg vent system
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

3.8

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Unique solution to the hydration system problem in the backcountry
  • check-mark
    Bibs are great for working hard in deep powder
  • check-mark
    Insulation around the core to keep you warm

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThey can start to feel really warm, and you don’t always want to have to take off your jacket to cool off
  • check-markHaving a built in hydration system makes them heavy

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