Words/Photos: Ben Gavelda
When it comes to outerwear innovation and collabs, 686 leads the pack. For 2017/2018 they beefed up their Gore-Tex offering, putting the legendary fabric in a number of pieces and gloves and mitts. 686 is kind of a sleeper when it comes to gloves and mitts, and this year they’ve made a solid statement with some quality leather mitts and gloves. Their Gore-Tex Paclite shell is a multi climate, multisport piece that could be the quiver killer of jackets. In addition 686 continues their Smarty tech, offering legit layering pieces with select outerwear. They have a PBR collab jacket that acts as a cooler. They’re also pushing their new Thermagraph insulation for more focused warming properties. Forest Bailey’s Cosmic Collection features a handful of his artistic creations. There’s plenty more, check out the gallery above and video below for a first look at 686’s 2017/2018 gear highlights.
Look out for this product to drop in the Fall, available in shops and on 686.com.