Gearing up for the season: 686

10 Nov, 2010

It’s no surprise that I love snowboard gear but what I really love is outerwear.  Luckily each year I get to try out more and more brands of outerwear, the first of which is 686 which I’ll be wearing this season.  This rider driven outerwear brand mixes it up with technical collections that range from the fun and quirky to collaborations to downright simple designs built for riders.  I caught onto 686  years ago and all it took was one jacket that lasted to know I found a brand I liked.

This year was tough when it came to selecting what I’d like from 686.  I liked a lot of pieces so it was difficult figuring out which one to finally select.  Eventually I went with two jackets (one crazy, one solid) and bright pants.  One of the jackets is the softshell which I fell in love with last season in the Kr3W jacket, I liked that it suited the mountain without being overly warm for me.

686 Plexus Sonar Softshell Jacket

686 Smarty Original Cargo Pants

686 Snaggletooth Jr Jacket

686 Smarty 2.5 Complete Ply Pants (from last year)

You might have noticed I prefer men’s outerwear and as a curvy girl I like having the baggier/longer look to my gear than feeling uncomfortable on the slopes by fitting into something smaller.  It’s just harder to find outerwear meant for curvy women so I keep sticking to men’s outerwear.

Stoked to be rocking 686 again this season and thanks to Kristin at 686 for hooking it up!  Stay tuned for a couple more geared up for the season posts that will show off other brands I get to try out this winter.

What are you rocking for outerwear this season?

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. Ali
    November 10, 2010

    Nice setup. I am still rocking My Snaggletooth 2 jacket form last season. This year I have gotten the Bond Shoemaker jacket in the Ripe colorway (bright green!) I gotta say that Bond has some pretty good looking stuff this year!

  2. kiddanger
    November 10, 2010

    all of my gear is 686 except for one pair of pants, i love the brand. from beanie to boots i have it all.

  3. lee
    November 10, 2010

    Trying 686 for the first time this year. I’m getting the Rift pants and one of the Smarty jackets. I don’t know which yet,its a present. Yay!

  4. timmy
    November 11, 2010

    I’ve only had one prob off 686. The velcrow part that is hard ruinined my jackets shoulder. Like the material of the jacket just couldnt handle the prolonged rubbing of that hard plastic.

    I was pretty bumbed

  5. November 11, 2010

    I love 686 as well! The best part is the free gloves that come in the pockets and the little mirrors on the wrist! They are all very cool features. We have some awesome 686 stuff, more of the simple designs built for riders like you said. Check it out @

  6. yessi
    November 12, 2010

    The Snaggletooth jackets are the best! I wish I could get my (cheap) hands on one of those. Hi-larious and stylish.

  7. WangDang
    November 13, 2010

    i like to wear outerwear only when theres powder, that way the same pants and jacket can last a few seasons. if outerwear was really expensive what kind of techniques owuld you use to stay warm and dry.

  8. gags
    November 15, 2010

    Shay….we have the same kit! Sonar and OG Cargo’s….too funny! Love my 686 gear!

  9. November 20, 2010

    i love me some curvy girl that knows how to shread- cheers