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The Anything Multi Pant With Founder Michael Akira West

We caught up with 686 founder Michael Akira West to pick his mind on the recent product addition to our Multi Collection – The Anything Multi Pant – a do-anything go-anywhere packable pant available in a Modern Loose Fit.  Q: Where did the idea for creating a new everyday Multi Pant come from? Mike West: With the Anything Multi Pant, we set out to make the modern Anti-Cargo Cargo Pant. We wanted a pant that offered all the functionality and storage you get from a standard cargo but designed with seamless pockets and hidden features for a much more streamlined look that we would want to wear. The Anything Multi Pant is a highly functional do-anything pant that offers our...

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Riding With Hydrastash®

 Do you really want to stop riding ‍‍‍when you are having an awesome day on the mountain? We didn't either, and that is precisely what led to the development of Hydrastash®. We were confident there was a better way to hydrate during activity without the use of‍‍‍ a hydration pack or water bottle. Take these as you may, but here are 10 reasons why we think you should be riding with Hydrastash® this season.   1. NO BACKPACKS If you use a hydration backpack to carry water on the mountain, you're well aware of its additional weight and bulk as well as its propensity to throw you off balance. If this is you, we might have your solution. Hydrastash® provides the on-demand hydration...

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How Our GORE-TEX® Jackets & Pants Are Tested

We all know GORE-TEX®  has set the gold standard for waterproof and breathable fabric technology on the market today, but are you aware of the testing process that goes on behind the scenes before a GORE product hits the market?  For those of you who don't know how the GORE-TEX® membrane works, here is a short description to fill you in. The GORE-TEX® membrane is created as a series of pores. Each pore is 20,000 times smaller than a water drop, yet large enough for vapor to pass through. This creates the ultimate membrane for keeping the inside of your garment dry while still allowing moisture and perspiration to pass through, effectively regulating your body temperature while keeping you comfortable inside your jacket or pants. 686 GORE-TEX® fabrics guarantee you will stay dry and...

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Safety Shred Days with Victor Daviet & Friends

Last week, the Safety Shred Days event organized by rider Victor Daviet took place in Arêches Beaufort, France. The four-day event was based around avalanche safety awareness, preparation and readiness. On the first day, 686, Salomon, Smith and Dakine invited some lucky retailers for a unique experience comprised of night riding, avalanche classes and workshops.   Day two was snow club day. Almost 45 kids from the neighboring ski resorts came to learn mountain safety skills and preparedness from Victor and other world-class guides. It was a perfect opportunity for these kids to share a moment with Victor and learn from his snowboarding experience and passion. The final two days of the event were open to the public. More than 100 eager people registered and came...

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Victor Daviet Full Video Part 2018

Victor Daviet kept himself busy last year. Not only did he pieced together 3 full video parts, but he still had enough footage left over to release this video with some of his favorite leftover footage from all three of the other projects shot across Europe in Italy, France, Corsica, and Switzerland. From powder slashes, unique lines and backcountry hammers, Victor’s new edit will make you want to get up and get out there. Give it a watch. 

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