686 is built around the elements of skate and snow. When Michael Akira West, a progressive street skateboarder, stepped onto a snowboard back in 1985, the concept of actually skating on the snow was something entirely new. Throughout the following years after that first experience, Mike worked and rode at the local mountain in Big Bear; using punk, rap and jazz music as well as his collection of sneakers and vintage clothing as forms of inspiration. After finishing business school at the University of Southern California, Mike realized that if he was going to do something on his own, it should start when he had nothing to lose. Little did he know how successful his idea would be.
686 kid’s clothing line has brought everything innovative about the 686 brand to youth snowboarding apparel. The technology used in 686 youth apparel is the same technology used in 686 adult apparel, giving kids the opportunity to shred just like their older counterparts. Kids’ snowboarding apparel will never be the same.
Products like the trademarked SMARTY® line of removable 3-in-1 liners, the trademarked TIMES® line of limited edition co-branded products, the trademarked ACC® line of collaborative artist projects, the trademarked PLEXUS® line of minimalist shell technology, the patented Toolbelts™ line of functional belts, and technical fabric and waterproof innovations all make up the 686 name. Being independently rider-owned and operated, as well as an obsession to make products progressively unique, is what 686 is all about.
Check out our selection of 686 Snowboard Pants, 686 Snowboard Jackets, 686 Snowboard Shirts and 686 Snowboard Accessories