Brand Spotlight: 686 2018 Snowboarding Product Preview

A first look at some of the top product highlights from 686, including a beefed up Gore-Tex offering as well as some awesome collab pieces. Eddie Wall checks out some of the High Tech Good Times at 686 with a heat sensing camera and the Ether Down Thermagraph Jacket. Insulation in the jacket is focused to areas of the body that require more heat than others. The screen in the back shows where Eddie’s body is warming up.
A closer look at the Thermograph down insulation in 686’s Ether Down jacket.
Mr. Forest Bailey’s pro model Piano Insulated Jacket featuring his own original artwork. Forest has a number of select pieces with his own art on them for next season.
The back of Bailey’s pro model Piano Jacket.
A new collab piece is the Sixer Insulated Jacket with Pabst Blue Ribbon. This jacket is a cooler. The jacket is made with beverage holsters and waterproof lined and insulated front pockets to keep drinks cool. It’s also offered in non-PBR color ways.
The collab patch on the Sixer Jacket. This piece also comes with a PBR bottle opener an silicone grip wrist gaiters for maximum beverage grip.
686 took the tech to hats, with their waterproof Escape Snapback.
The Gore-Tex Paclite Multi Shell Jacket is one to rule them all. Its super light yet tough Gore fabric makes highly waterproof and breathable for a bevy of different activities. Packs down to the size of a Nalgene is ready for any climate or adventure.
Smith and 686 teamed up to offer a goggle and jacket combo for 2017/2018. The Smith Squad Jacket comes with a pair of limited Smith Squad goggles.
Forest Bailey’s signature Mountain Mitt.
A few head pieces for 2017/2018.
686’s flagship jacket, the Gore-Tex Smarty 3-1 Weapon Jacket. With bomber 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric and an included Primaloft insulator jacket, it’s all you need in jacket.
More on the classy side, the women’s Immortal Insulated Jacket brings some suede style to the hill.
Gaiters to block the haters. Or just to block some snow.
A look at some more 686 pieces as the dry cleaning rack spins by. From left to right: Women’s GLCR Eve Primaloft Insulater Jacket with Smarty 3-1 Cargo Pants, Women’s Ceremony Insulated Jacket with Black Magic Insulated Overalls, Forest Bailey’s Signature Overall Up with Comfy Fleece Pullover, Gore-Tex Smarty 3-1 Weapon Jacket with Quantum Thermagraph Pant.
686’s Waterproof Hoody for those sunny spring days or for a technical layer. This piece has a zip center pocket and features custom art by MEGGS. A portion of these hoodies goes to the Compton Snow Club.
A look at Megg’s artwork on the Waterproof Hoody.
Gore-Tex. Leather. Touchscreen tech. What more could you want? The Gore-Tex All Leather Mitt from 686 covers all the bases.
686 introduced a pretty awesome concept for kid’s outerwear. The hems of the arms, legs and respective gaiters can be lengthened as the groms grow.
More 686 lids.
The women’s Crush Glove.
Note to self.

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

See more of next year’s 2018 product here.