“When I started 686 in 1992, the plan was simple: Create the best products that allow you to enjoy the best experiences in winter on and off the mountain. The first ideals I wrote down where “provide more than they expect” and “average is not acceptable.” - Michael Akira West, Founder/CEO/Creative Director 

Fast forward 28 years and while so much has changed, so much has remained the same. As an independently operated brand, we continue to strive beyond expectations by constantly creating innovative products, encouraging a diverse and inclusive atmosphere, constantly improving our sustainability stance and giving back to our communities both locally and globally.  


28 years of big thinking has led us to pioneer unique features, products and partnershipsLearn more. 


686 is committed to fostering an inclusive culture that is welcoming, accepting, and values diversity - both within our walls and within our spaces outdoors. Read our Equity Action Pledge.


We believe that we all have the power to effect positive change in our communities – from local to global. Learn more.