#stayhome Playlist Highlights

Playlists Curated by Our Family for You.

On the search for new music to keep you entertained while you #stayhome? We reached out to our team riders and staff to see what they have been listening to while pent up at home. Head over to our Spotify Channel for an assortment of playlists curated by the 686 family for your listening pleasure. From chill vibes, workout tracks, country tunes, and Euro party mixes, We’re sure there is a playlist that suits you while you’re hanging indoors.

The Everywhere Hybrid Short

Introducing the Everywhere Hybrid Short – the latest addition to our everyday collection. It may be 4/1, but we’re not fooling. Based on your feedback and requests, the comfortable 4-way stretch Everywhere Multi Pant has been redesigned into a technical short built for your warmer everyday adventures. Featuring a 4-way stretch 10 pocket design, DWR finished water-and-stain resistant fabric, packable zippered side vent pocket, and a 19-inch outseam for maximum mobility, the Everywhere Hydrid Shorts are ready for your daily routine.

From the looks of it, Team Rider Parker White has already been putting his pair to the test! 

 Video: Freedle Coty

The 686 Yearbook: Online Exclusive



The YEARBOOK chronicles a single season through the eyes of our photographers, skiers, snowboarders, women, and men who live this life year in and year out. For a limited time, experience the YEARBOOK online and reminisce on the beauty and joy the mountains bring us every year. It’s difficult for us to put the feeling we experience in the mountains into words, but if a picture is worth 1,000 words then contained in these digital pages is about 286,000 words that will give you a glimpse into the things we love most.

There is a magic about true print, that a digital lookbook cannot provide. If you like what you’re seeing, there is a very limited supply of hand-numbered YEARBOOK copies left. Grab one for yourself or your loved one and experience the true magic of our limited edition coffee table book.


Safty Shred Days Recap with Victor Daviet & Friends


A few months back, team rider Victor Daviet organized the 3rd edition of the Safety Shred Days event in Arêches Beaufort, France. The three-day event was designed to raise awareness, train, and prepare those interested in leaving the confines of the resort to tour and set foot in the backcountry. With the help of professional guides and athletes, the participants were able to grow their knowledge about the dangers of avalanches and develop new skills on how to stay safe while doing the things we all love most. 

After a successful day of avalanche safety training, everyone came together and celebrated with a day of riding. With a fun banked slalom event and best trick expression session, it’s safe to say everyone had a blast out there! See for yourself in the video recap above.

Video: ALMO FILM / Nathan Sapey-Triomphe

Mike King’s “Feast or Famine”

Water is a theme that runs through the tapestry of every skier’s story, Mike King even more than most. From his family’s reliance on fresh clean water for their King Orchards cherry farm to his passions in waves and mountains. Mike follows the ebb and flow of Mother Nature as he migrates from farm labor to Great Lakes waves in to his adventure mobile to the British Columbia peaks chasing the life of a professional skier farming for A-grade clips. Every step of the way is equally dependent on fresh water, it can be feast or famine, which makes it even more important to be responsible stewards of shared resources. In this video piece Mike examines the different hemispheres of his life and how they are all equally effected by environmental impact and political action. Plus… there’s a bunch of ripping!

Mike King for Lib Tech Ski
Mike frothing hard!
Mike King surfing Great Lakes
Great Lakes stoke
Mike King for Lib Tech surfboards
Mike King Great Lakes barrel!

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COVID-19: A Letter From 686 Founder Michael Akira West

Subject: The Simple Things Do Matter

Attn: The 686 Community

Hello Everyone, 

I hope you’re doing well despite the ever-changing landscape of today. COVID-19 is real and we’re all dealing with it our own ways. Our position at 686 is to continually move forward in best practices with the mindset that our community comes first. 

Running an independent small business for the past 28 years has taught us to continually persevere in the most interesting times. This determination to do good and help others is at the top of our list. We are striving to create safety not only physically by distancing ourselves, but also through online safe spaces for our community to discuss their thoughts, emotions and feelings and uplift each other through this. 

What we’re doing: 

  • We are promoting Social Distancing and our staff is now working remotely. We are allowing them safe space to socially distance and time to be with their families. 
  • Our customer service will continue to operate remotely and will function as normal, but if you do experience any issues, please be mindful of the person on the other end. 
  • Our e-commerce store is opening and shipping under best safe practice and responsibility guidelines.
  • Our professional team of skiers and snowboarders have stopped filming and chosen to responsibly distance themselves as well as ensure they stay injury-free and out of the hospital during these times when every hospital bed and staff member needs to be considered.
  • We are committed to continuing to support our staff, athletes and partners as we work together as a global community.

 The positive thing that everyone is going through this and everyone also has the power to get past this. When it’s all said and done, it will prove that we can overcome anything.

The 686 family of employees, reps, distributors, retailers, athletes, testers, ambassadors and suppliers thank you for the continued support.

Peace and love, 
Michael Akira West 
Founder and CEO


We’re in this Together 

Check-In with Fancy Rutherford at Ms. Superpark

Tahoe-based 686 team rider, Fancy Rutherford has spent her season chasing snow while filming for the highly anticipated second offering of The Uninvited crew. A dry spell in Tahoe led her to road trip to Colorado for SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s all-women’s park shoot, Ms. Superpark. We caught up with Fancy at Eldora Mountain for a few minutes in between laps on the jumpline.

 What’s been going on the past couple of days?

We’re out here at Ms. Superpark at Eldora Mountain—Eldora Woodward and it’s so sick. It’s an awesome group of chicks and the park is really fun, from the jibs to the awesome halfpipe they set up, and the jumpline, too.

Have you been to Eldora before?

This is my first time to Eldora. I’m really backing it—the sunshine and their awesome park. 

What are the features you’ve been stoked on in Ms. Superpark set up?

I’ve been super stoked on the halfpipe. It’s a modified halfpipe, so the sides vary in size. It’s really been fun for handplanting, Eurocarving, and just kind of really getting creative.

 There’s only a handful of big events that bring women together to ride every year. What makes you want to come to an event like this?

Events like this are really what I look forward to the most during the season. It’s like when we are doing the BTBounds camps, we’re so hyped seeing other women progressing. It really pushes everyone’s riding. Coming together with women at this caliber of riding, I feel like it’s really a similar vibe and it really like pushes us to that next level.

You and your husband road tripped out here with your pups, right?

Heck yeah! Me and my husband/photographer, Kieth made the fifteen-hour road trip out here with Piper and Shelby, our two dogs, and they’ve been rallying and having a good time.

What kind of dogs are they?

We have an Australian Shepard and a Lhasa-peki-tzu. We’re calling this Ms. Superbark.

What do the dogs do in the car when you’re road-tripping?

They have bones that they can chew on and stuffed animals to murder, so that’s really fun for them. And then here, they’re just walking in the parking lot and making new friends, trying to convince people to feed them their sandwiches or chips.

One of the things about Colorado this time of year in early March is that conditions can be variable and we’ve had really good weather, but it was a bit windy. Can you give us a look into your 686 kit that’s been keeping you comfy while boarding?

I’m wearing my brand new 686 GLCR Bibs (dropping next season) and they are so key for an event like this. It’s been windy in the morning and they keep you protected from the wind. Then when it does soften up and get slushy and you’re Eurocarving, doing handplants, falling, etc., it keeps the snow out of your pants. And 686 mitts—they’re breathable—absolutely must-have.

Where are you off to next?

When Kieth and I hit the road we met up with Riley Elliott, one of my 686 teammates, Taylor’s triplet sisters and we’re going to go on a little street mission on the way home, filming for The Uninvited.


Photos by Mary Walsh (@walshmt) and Kiether Rutherford (@kieth78)

BTBounds Mountain Creek 2020 Recap

This year, Beyond the Boundaries Women’s Snowboarding Camp kicked off the weekend camp schedule at Mountain Creek, New Jersey. If you haven’t been to Creek before, you have to add it to your list of must-shred resorts. Just an hour-and-a-half from NYC and only an hour from Newark airport, Mountain Creek is a snowboarding (and skiing) Shangri La—South Mountain is a full-mountain park, with every run filled with jumps, jibs, and interesting transition.

This year was the third year in a row that BTBounds has collaborated with the crew at Creek on a women’s-only park riding event. Sixty women descended on South Mountain on Saturday, February 22nd, warming up inside the lodge with yoga and fueling up with Clif bars before heading outside. We lucked out with the weather: spring temps all weekend! Matt Byerly and the Creek park crew had built a super creative BTBounds-specific park that was perfect for progression. Up at the top of the lane were two jib options, a short, flat box for beginners and a longer, flat rail to progress toward, or for more experienced riders to try new tricks on. Below that was a street-style down box (one of our favorite types of features to get women comfortable on). Below that there was a pole jam, a mushroom jib, a hitching post, a two-jump line…am I forgetting anything? The park was perfect!

Fueled by BEC everything bagels SPK (that stands for bacon, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel with salt, pepper, and ketchup for the un-NJ initiated), the BTBounds coaching crew, including 686 team rider, Taylor Elliott, rallied the ladies and headed to the park. For two days straight, the assembled women picked apart the features, tackling new tricks, expanding on their snowboarding creativity, and encouraging one another to try new things. Coaches Christine Savage and Savannah Golden took a group to an open area at the bottom of the park perfect for buttering and learning tripods. Alice Gong led a session on the hitching post. It was equally exciting to see women that had been attending the annual weekend for the past three years pushing themselves as well as new women getting in the park groove for the first time.

Part of BTBounds is off-hill learning, as well, and one of the hallmarks of the weekend is the creation of an open forum to ask questions about gear. On Saturday at lunch, Taylor held a stance clinic to help interested ladies dial in their binding angles and adjust their setups. Before après, Christine led a Wend Wax tuning clinic. These sessions offer opportunities to dive in further to dialing in the snowboarding experience and offer a space to ask any questions that individuals may not have been able to ask before.

On Saturday evening, the crew celebrated the day’s accomplishments with apres in The Kink, Creek’s infamous watering hole. Creek’s incredible Jackie Tal and Chris Vanderyajt (as well as BTBounds supporter and Jackie’s boyfriend, Steve Cerra) were on hand to celebrate. The night concluded with proper NJ slices and plenty of stoke for Sunday.

On Sunday, the weather was just as perfect as the day before, and though legs were tired, everyone was hiking the park with stoke-filled energy. The pole jam, hitching post, and mushroom jib went off Sunday afternoon. These features were three of the more intimidating parts of the park, but by Sunday, with the help of the BTBounds coaches and the camaraderie of the whole crew, women were dropping in, stomping, and riding away, conquering fears without apprehension. This was no surprise, of course; the riders on the East Coast are a special breed. Diehards who go out in any weather just to make turns. They will ride park in concrete conditions with a smile on their face and when learning new things, their tenacity drives their progression. During BTBounds weekend this year, spring conditions, a perfect park, and the always amazing crew combined for one of the best weekends of the season—at only the first camp of the year. Thank you, Mountain Creek, you’re truly a special place with an incredible snowboarding community.

Thank you Jackie, Chris, Matt, Hugh, Evan, and the entire Creek crew, Nico and Will at Clif Bar, and all of the women who attended to make this stop one of our favorites! See you in 2021!

Words by Mary Walsh (@walshmt)

Photos by Mary Walsh (@walshmt) and Chris Vanderyajt (@nobreakschris)

A Double Dip Deep Dive with Pete Saari

The Double Dip is the brain child of Lib Tech co-founder Pete Saari and his 40 year search for the perfect board that blends his passions; surfing, skateboarding and riding all conditions in both directions. No board we make is “just another snowboard”, this one least of all. Pete has thought through, built and tested every angle on this board and it’s now in a place he loves. In this post we’ll dive in to the mind of a master board builder / designer / rider as Pete Saari explains his dream board, the Lib Tech Double Dip.

Pete Saari switch layback on the Lib Tech Double Dip snowboard
Pete hammers a switch stance lay back at the Holy Bowly Sunshine Village

“The Double Dip is the product of years of experimentation with both powder specific and all terrain twin freestyle designs. The premise was to create a board that would allow you to seamlessly transition your park freestyle game into soft snow and pow conditions in both directions. THE DOUBLE DIP IS MEANT TO BE RIDDEN SWITCH HALF THE TIME anywhere you find yourself; park, pow, cat tracks, groomers, etc… ideally direction changes are connected with pleasant stylish snowboard half cabs and 180 air variations that create joy and flow.”

Phil Hansen at Holy Bowly Down Under
Phil Hansen demonstrates the switch to forward capabilities of the Double Dip with opposing slashes at Bowly Down Under

“A boardsports tri-fecta built in, I love to surf skate and snowboard. The DD is tuned for skateboard tricks and surf lines in all snow conditions.”

Pete Saari La Push surf
Pete Saari Seattle skateboard

Pete pulled his surf / skate passion in to the design of the Double Dip. He’s always standing sideways and pushing his personal best. Not pictured… fakie big spins… on lock.

Pete Saari Skate
Pete Saari Surf

“Perfect for pow mornings at your local resort that turn into freestyle cat track wall hit jib sessions as it gets tracked out. Loves playful low and mid angle pow hikes or cat trips. Stable enough to handle business in the steeps. Part of it’s heart lives at Holy Bowly and it seems to guide me smoothly through most (not all) metal hazards and sketchy jibs when I ask it to.”

Pete Saari on Lib Tech Double Dip snowboard
Pete getting some Hyak extreme on the Double Dip
Holy Bowly
The Double Dip loves to Bowly
Pete Saari Tree Jib
Pete Saari Jib fall

Pete getting smoothly through the jibs… most of them

“Volume Shifted Inversion: Large gentle entry nose and tail for float in both directions with a short contact so you need to ride it 3 to 6 cm longer than your normal snowboard in order to feel like you have enough contact on hardpack and ice. I am 6’ and 180bs and I ride the 163 as my daily driver.”

Pete Saari at Holy Bowly
Pete Saari Holy Bowly method
Pete drifting a nice method at Holy Bowly

“Directional in both Directions: The large mellow lift tail becomes a supportive floaty planing surface in pow making your board feel longer, stable, floaty and positive in pow while maintaining a loose freestyle feel… flip it to switch and it all happens in the other direction.”

Phil Hansen on Lib Tech Double Dip snowboard
Phil Hansen is a Double Dipping dichotomy

“Carver: I like to trench surfy bottom turns between hits and slashes and the Double Dip’s shortened contact allows a nice carvy 8M sidecut without too much hourglass feel in the overall shape… guaranteed to make you feel like Blair or Austen carving until you actually ride with them and realize how amazing they really are.”

Pete Saari on the Lib Tech Double Dip Snowboard
Pete doing a pretty damn good Blair / Austen impersonation at Holy Bowly

“Art: We are fortunate enough to work with Tlingit artist James Johnson (introduced to us by Mark Landvik). We love NW native culture and art and James is working to keep his culture alive through his artwork and story telling. This painting is called Salmon Run and depicts a golden shimmering salmon swimming upstream that was inspired by his desire to bring attention to the importance of Salmon to his people in the past and the importance of taking care of the salmon and our environment for generations to come. I will be donating some funds based on sales to support James’s native cultural efforts.”

Salmon Run by James Johnson
Salmon Run by James Johnson
Lib Tech Double Dip snowboard

“Tech Basics: Sintered base, eco sublimated poly top, Magnetraction, C2 camber/rocker hybrid, Mervin Made right here in Washington USA near Canada.”

Evolution and Inspiration for the Double Dip snowboard

“Inspiration: Some key design projects or steps that inspired the Double Dip along the way were: years of refining competition hard pack focused freestyle boards like the TRS. Early tip to tail rocker powder only twins like the Banana Hammock which quickly led us to the Skate Banana as we worked on hard pack friendly variations. Travis’s Speedodeeps was also a derivative of the Hammock with improved hardpack resort performance in a twin pow stick. Olson’s unsinkable floatation device nosed Birdman also shined some light on powder performance. There are too many others to list. Thanks to Steven Cobb and Mike Olson for being amazing challenging design minds to work with… love our ExperiMENTAL division, all the inspiring riders and Mervin’s epic craftsmen crew. The board was pretty much made for Hyak and Hurricane Ridge with and eye on Baker, Alpental, Bachelor and Timberline in the summer, its ready for any fun freestyle friendly terrain. Seen you in the pow, park or at Holy Bowly at Sunshine Village this April!”

Thanks Pete! See more Double Dip here.

Pete teams his Double Dip with some high performing dependable Bent Metal Binding Works bindings.

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Austen Sweetin in Graupel

The right place at the right time. Austen Sweetin and Sean Lucey stayed home this January and were rewarded with a few hundred inches of pow at Mt. Baker. It was a savage storm cycle with plenty of big smiles and instant refills. And for this crew an opportunity to showcase the lift accessed eye of the storm insanity that is Mt. Baker. N-R-G is next level on this one, three minutes of hectic ripping that is going to fuel the f’ out of your next shred mission. Enjoy!

Lib Tech Dynamo snowboard
Bent Metal BIndings Transfer snowboard binding
BMBW Transfer

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