The 686 brand: a definite value
Founded by Michael Akira West in 1992, 686 is an American brand specialising in the manufacture of ski clothing. It reads 6 plus 8 plus 6. The total of the three figures that designate the brand is the age of the designer at the time he launched his project, i.e. 20 years. Season after season, the 686 brand has never stopped innovating. Very quickly it became a reference among snow, ski and outdoor enthusiasts.
The particularity of the 686 ski jackets comes from the experience of its creator. Indeed, Michael Akira West was a skateboard lover before taking up snowboarding. Inspired by his new snowboarding experiences, he creates clothing that best meets the requirements and functionalities of this sport.
The success of the 686 brand is not only due to the quality of its articles but also to its very affordable price. Inspired by popular cultures influenced by rhythms such as jazz, punk and hip-hop, he creates skiwear with a trendy and vintage look. Designed by a rider, the materials are carefully chosen and the cuts are made for a better consumer experience.
Thus, the brand manages to broaden its horizons with big names in skiing such as Parker White and Laurent De Martin. It has to its credit several innovations that set it apart from other skiwear brands.
686: ski jackets with innovative technologies
Practicality, comfort and technicality are the qualities that distinguish the 686 brand's skiwear. Indeed, the brand collaborates with major brands such as Dickies, Levis and New Era... to produce comfortable and practical snowwear.
This is the case with its Smarty technical range. This range seduces the big names in skiing and wins all the votes. It is characterised by useful pockets and gadgets for optimal comfort at unbeatable prices.
With technologies such as Thermadry, Gore-tex, Indidry, etc., the brand offers the best in ski jackets. These are equipped with removable Smarty lining and insulation. There is also the new Hydrastash integrated hydration technology and the Thermagraph body mapping technology. With such innovations, 686 surprises and exceeds the expectations of the most demanding consumers.
Very practical, the Smarty 3-in-1 jackets have been a reference on the market since their creation. Available in a Gore Tex version, they are equipped with a removable Smarty lining. With its 2-layer Gore Tex nylon membrane + DWR water-repellent treatment, it offers optimal breathability while being waterproof.
Particularly resistant, the 686 ski jackets are sewn with revolving seams for better durability. Secret pockets, trouser jacket connection loops, etc. 686 does not neglect any detail.