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  • High tech, good times
    this is 686

    Independently rider owned and operated since 1992

686 Features & Highlights


SMARTY® Technology

Since its inception in 1995, 686 SMARTY® Technology has set the detachable layering standard for the outerwear industry. SMARTY® Technology adds premium versatility and value to your jacket or pants by giving you the option to wear your garment multiple ways:

1) Liner + Shell for integrated insulation on the coldest of days. 2) Shell only for moderate days. 3) Liner only for warm days, on the streets, around the house or for Après.


686 exclusive infiDRY® fabric utilizes a unique three-step waterproofing process to ensure you stay warm and dry in every condition. infiDRY®’s microporous coating protects you from the elements - snow, rain and wind - while allowing moisture from your body’s precipitation (sweat) to exit your gear keeping you dry and warm. Every inch of infiDRY® fabric meets strict 686 specifications and endures countless hours of team testing to ensure the utmost waterproofing, breathability and durability.

GLCR by 686: Nature & Science Collide

Explore a world where nature and science collide to open up doors to perfect chutes, jumps and good times deep in the backcountry. Designed with some of the world's greatest mountaineers, the GLCR collection instills the spirit of adventure in the world's most advanced outerwear. Follow Sammy Luebke, Marco Feichtner and Matt Wainhouse while they test the new GLCR jackets, pants and gloves.

The 686 Original Snow Toolbelt

Watch team rider Sammy Luebke put the 686 Original Snow Toolbelt into action in real life.

About 686

The technical progression and fashion fusion that define 686 are a reflection of the life experience of Mike Akira West, the founder and creative visionary of the brand. In the late ‘80s, Mike West was deeply involved in the SoCal skateboarding scene. After being introduced to snowboarding in the mountains near Big Bear, West knew he had found his new passion and a fresh medium for self-expression. Drawing inspiration from his vintage collection of clothing and the free expression of rap, punk, and jazz music, West began dreaming up designs and in 1992 he founded 686 Technical Apparel. He was just 20 years old.

While the meaning of the 686 name has given rise to a host of urban legends, the reality stems from significant dates and numbers in Mike West’s own life. For instance, 6+8+6=20, his age when he founded the company. Working from his dorm room with an old roller fax machine and desktop computer, West began building the brand from the ground up, teaching himself how to run a business one day at a time. Following an initial launch comprised mostly of beanies, T-shirts, and denim, 686 introduced its first technical snowboarding jacket in 1993.

Fortunately, timing was on Mike West’s side. As the popularity of snowboarding grew exponentially through the ‘90s, 686 was there to provide the style snowboarders wanted with the weather protection they needed. By combining SoCal street and skate fashion with high-performance fabrics and features, 686 was able to create the jackets and pants that became the uniform of a burgeoning army of devoted snowboarders. While 686 may be primarily known today for its fashion-forward designs, it has always been what Mike West calls a “purposeful product” company, meaning it creates product with a specific function in mind. Beyond good timing and a lot of hard work, it’s the smart combination of high quality and progressive style that have led to the success of 686

686 has been independently owned and operated from the beginning, and Mike West is still sitting at the helm as the CEO and creative mastermind. By choosing to not sell out, 686 is able to pursue a creative and technical vision without answering to the demands of shareholders and corporate suits. This freedom has allowed for progressive fashion as well as technical developments like InfiDry (a waterproof/breathable membrane technology), SMARTY 3-in-1 layering systems, and the popular line of patented Toolbelt functional belts that incorporate the essential tools riders need on a compact belt buckle. From the perfect women’s jacket to a weatherproof pair of snowboarding pants, 686 is your ticket to high tech, good times, and fresh style.


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