Boot Candy


Sean Lucey and Austen Sweetin for Bent Metal Binding Works
Lucey getting up close on some “boot candy” on Austen Sweetin

We are lucky to work with amazing team riders in the development and testing of our bindings. Our designers and engineers take the team’s feedback, art and creative inspiration, and painstakingly apply it to every detail on every binding in the line. What we get out of it are super reliable, high performance bindings with snowboard culture and rider personality built in. This recipe makes for what we think are the most appetizing bindings in the world. So good you can’t wait to strap in! So good your boots are leaping in! So good you could eat them… and that’s why we started calling them boot candy. In “Boot Candy” the movie we have almost the complete BMBW squad represented in an epic season recap full of powder, park, streets, fun, small, big, scary, funny, floaty, thick and sick moments. In the culmination of our Binding Works series, editor and director Sean Lucey weaves together a real life video piece of the BMBW team chasing down their personal best while strapped in to some seriously delicious boot candy. A mix of natural noise, music and found audio puts the viewer there with the crew and ready for winter adventures of your own; strap in, exhale, go… binding works.

Starring: Jamie Lynn, Blake Paul, Forest Bailey, Eric Jackson, Tucker Andrews, Estelle Pensiero, Naima Antolin, Brandon Reis, Austen Sweetin, Max Warbington, Phil Hansen, Alex Lopez, Temple Cummins, Sean Genovese, Michael McDaniel, Jesse Burtner, Al Grogan, Dusty Miller, Savannah Shinske, Jacque Lammert, Barrett Christy, Gus Warbington, Fredrik Perry, Denver Orr, Bryden Bowley, Kaitlyn Farrington, Fredi Kalbermatten, Lily Calabrese

Shot on location at: Baldface Lodge, The Knob Project at Pine Knob Michigan, Quebec, Mt. Baker and all around the Northwest.

Video by: Sean Lucey, Tim Stanford, Al Grogan, Jesse Burtner, Tim Zimmerman, Brendan Hupp with a bunch more contributions.

Music by:
Tech Start Up
“Oil Panic”
techstartup.bandcamp.com

Live music by: Jamie Lynn, Austen Sweetin and Tim Zimmerman

Max Warbington at Mt Baker, WA
Max Warbington went off on this wind lip at Mt. Baker
Naima Antolin quick laps in the Stylist
Naima Antolin quick laps in the Stylist
Lucey chasing down Brandon Reis at The Knob Project for "Boot Candy"
Lucey chasing down Brandon Reis at The Knob Project for “Boot Candy”
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All About Nothing. – Watch / Read / Listen

A Look Behind NOTHING. – Photos and words by Brad Andrew

Life is about people. We’re Nothing without people. As we travel along our walk of life, no singular object can bring more lasting happiness and joy to us than the people that join us along the way. People enrich us and inspire us to dream a little bigger and push a little harder as we travel the path along that journey.  

Parker White is one of those people that is part of my journey, just as am I part of his. So when I found out last fall Parker was going to be living in Glacier, Washington and shredding Mt. Baker for the winter I was Michael Jacked-son! Parker’s fast and aggressive skiing style meshes seamlessly with the terrain at Mt. Baker so it only seemed fitting that he would make it home base for his upcoming film project with Level 1 cinematographer Freedle Coty entitled Nothing. Over the course of the winter I tagged along for a bit with Parker on his journey documenting some of what went on in front of the lens when the cameras were rolling.  

I won’t lie, it did involve some dream days with stellar conditions and all star crews, but it also involved a lot more of the classic wet stormy days the northwest is famous for. The days where the precipitation is crashing to the ground in some obscure semblance of snowfall even though the temps are hovering around 34º Fahrenheit. Once this “snow” makes contact with the snowpack it quickly consolidates into what resembles smooth fast curing wet concrete. It’s wet and if you’re ill-prepared it will quickly soak you to the bone and put an early end to your day. Battling these elements is part of living and working in the mountains of the Northwest and having the best outerwear becomes essential because we all know it’s oftentimes the stormy wet days when the magic really happens. Staying warm and dry becomes paramount to success. It can mean the difference in getting the shot or not. Parker was prepared for the slogs. The majority of Paker’s season was spent rocking the new GORE-TEX SMARTY® 3-in-1 Weapon Jacket paired with everyone’s favorite bib in the game, the GORE-TEX Dispatch Bib. The combo is the gold standard and allowed Parker to push on all day long.

Some of the moments that really stand out from the days I spent with Parker were on the aforementioned gray wet days. After spending nearly 30 years on the slopes at Baker, these will always be the days I live for. The snow is always smooth when untracked and the crowds are sparse. We watched the temps warm and snow turn to mist many days but that never stopped Parker. He skis with such strength, power, and poise that sometimes I get the feeling snow conditions were the least of his concerns. He understands his place on the mountain, and when the time is right, it’s right. 

It was right on this day and even though the snow conditions were marginal at best, Parker did what he came to do. The snow forced Parker to take a second try to get this backflip even though he stomped it the first try. It was so big and the snow was so wet and compact that when he landed the first attempt his skis violently exploded off his feet upon impact. Soft heavenly powder and it would have been one and done, but the snow was far from that and Parker just casually tightened up his bindings, hiked back up, and stomped it. Parker’s mental poise is otherworldly. I felt like I was going to have to get knee surgery from just watching the second go knowing how firm the snow was. This was one of the many hammers Parker put down on the days when a lot of people just pack it up and head home.

He never lost the drive to get the shots and kept pushing on, full of stoke, warm and dry, with an ear-to-ear grin.

Aside from all the gray days and stormy powder, we were blessed with two rare back-to-back sunny days in mid-February. We saw sporadic sunshine on other days, but the days I spend with Parker, the sun shone from sun up to sun down only for those two days. Those had to have been some of the most memorable days. Forest Bailey was in town staying at Parker’s place so he joined the crew and the magic moments happened. In the AM we stacked out the Hemis Gap and the crew went to town. Parker capped off the jump session in true Parker form stomping this crazy awkward trick called a Barani.

That’s what I love about Parker. He does Parker and Parker only. Watching Parker ski is really amazing.

After the kicker session, Parker got to scoping some lines and ripped this flowing turn around the dog head lurking in the shadows.

The wheels started turning. Watching the way Parker flows on the snow is far more reminiscent of a snowboarder milking out surfy turns than that of a skier. Seeing as Parker is a ripping snowboarder and skater, it’s easy to see why, but it was that fluid moment that gave me the idea to create another moment. So Parker and Forest hiked up and ripped a turn together and enjoyed a run. For me that moment conveyed togetherness and that regardless if you ski or board, we are all here to enjoy mountains together. It actually worked out perfect and I even had the lens cap off my camera to capture it.

Those were two amazing days in the mountains. Watching Parker and Forest work as one and be in that moment felt so right; I couldn’t help but smile.

The camaraderie and energy created between them was nearly tangible. Fire feeds fire after all and both these guys got the fire.

After the sun set on that second day it was back to storms. A lot of the days just blur together. Parker was on a mission to create and make Nothing happen and a lot of times nothing was happening riding the chairlifts at the ski area. We had some stellar days just lapping and Freedle captured some amazing moments with the dad cam in his pocket. Watching Parker blast through some of the lines one day in particular made me think Parker was riding a different mountain.

The snow was falling in droves but it was shallow with an ice layer lurking a few inches below. You would never know it by watching Parker ski it.

It was almost as if he was floating above the snow and made 4” look like waist deep. 

The winter season was abruptly cut short this year but Nothing is now something. Exactly what Nothing is, you can see for yourself but I can guarantee you this, it will inspire you to get out and ski and snowboard this winter. Parker White is a man of many talents. He is also a great human and friend that has enriched my journey. That is something to me.

Listen to the NOTHING soundtrack on the 686 Spotify Channel

Total Ripper Series Takes On Tahoe

Where were you when the world ended? If you were us you were stuck under 10 feet of fresh pow in Tahoe with resorts and businesses closing down around you, glued to the news fueling the millions of unknowns running through your head. But let’s back up….a few days. There’s millions of stories from this unprecedented spring (many times more dramatic than this) but here’s ours.

The plan was to shoot the new C3 TRS aka the Total Ripper Series. The TRS is one of our most storied boards having ushered in countless freestyle and competition bosses over it’s close to double decade run. From team, shop and demo feedback we knew we needed to up the aggression on this board and make it the go to for hard carving, park shredding, take no prisoners rippers. So we did. Then we made a plan to grab a pack of stone faced freestyle killers and get them in a sweet park to make dreams come true. We were already headed down to Tahoe for a couple Subaru Winterfest stops and then Boreal offered a spot in their pop up park roll out and it was on!Our squad was Brandon Reis, Tucker Andrews, Denver Orr and Phil Hansen with a couple Gnu pop ins from Max Warbington and gap out guru Al Grogan.

This thing rips...totally.
This thing rips…totally.

The Boreal crew stepped it up again shaping a veritable buffet of scrumptious features for these hungry hungry rippers. MMMedia crew Zim and Stantech proceeded with the whiplash trying to keep up with a frenzied zombie horde of trick Tyranasaurs as they feasted on the bones of Jibbasic Park. Reis said “It was the most productive two days I’d had in a while and was shaping up to be an epic week and half….”



















But…meanwhile… a bat hooked up with a pangolin in the jungle and set in motion a sequence of biological chain reactions leading to a world haulting hiccup. Covid 19 had finally made land fall in the USofA completing the ultimate butterfly effect…it was Ashton Kutchers fault!!! No, no, it wasn’t Kelso or Demi it was Mother Nature just doing her thing and however it went down it all happened under the sun and is ultimately a reflection of the chaotic mix of biodiversity on our planet and blah blah blah we digress….

The point is Covid 19 was collapsing the shred season around us like a game of parachute where everyone but you leaves mid inflation and your stuck in the middle of the gym with a parachute over your eyes (peaceful and quiet but still stressed about the all-school rope climb test) ((Digression is an art form)). Mammoth closed, then the Tahoe heavies started dropping one after another and the domino effect was complete when the Subaru Winterfest was cancelled and Boreal called it quits. But this wasn’t enough for Mother Nature, because SHE LOVES IRONY! So she also chucked the storm of the century at us and we were buried alive in Donner with no lifts and a shelter in place order. The crew tried to make the best of it, jumping over the Libaru, jumping off the roof, trying to wade through the woods around Tucker’s house.














But ultimately stuck in a cabin with ten feet of snow and no grocery store they turned to bubble baths and cannibalism…jk (on the cannibalism) we just drove home, and the rest was history.

Special thanks to Matt Peterson and TJ Dawoud and the entire Boreal park crew.

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Passion and Parenting – With the 686 Family

“Becoming a parent is a right of passage. It’s is one of life’s pivotal moments where we bring another life into the world and bring a whole new set of responsibilities on ourselves. Being a snowboarder has its risks. Becoming a parent does not mean you have to lose your passions and put all your time into picking out the right daycare or what pair of dockers to wear with your penny loafers. Get the family together and head for the mountains!!! 686 checked in on some of the parents who are part of the 686 family and how they are navigating both life in the mountains and being a parent.” -Patrick McCarthy, 686 Team Manager

Michael Akira West – 686 Founder and Creative Director 

How did your winters change when you had a child? 

Several ways. Being present was my goal and even though I’m in the mountains less, my presence being outside is so much better. Having a child brings you sensory measure of purpose. I’m here for this, I’m doing this for that, etc. 

What has been the hardest part of being on the road away from your kids? 

They’re always on my mind. They don’t need to say “come home” when you want to already be there with them. Technology helps along with an understanding wife, but I try to bring a tangible thing like a toy or drawing with me as a constant reminder.

Do you look at the risk/reward differently since you have become a father or just keep sending it?

Ha, good question. This past season was my very first time wearing a helmet. Yes, of course your well being matters when you have someone else to answer to. It literally hit me when my son asked “Why do I have to wear a helmet when you’re not?” So I had to do it.

Do you want your kid to snowboard?

Of course and I tried; the first few experiences were horrible. I was “that guy” with the temper tantrum kid that didn’t want to do anything but go inside. Bottom line is you could introduce them or have an influence, but in the end they will do things because they want to. 
 

How do you see things in the future? 

The kids rule the world and I’m stoked to be able to encourage them to make it happen their way.
 

Any advice to other parents out in the snowboard industry?

It’s a trip to bring the next generation to do the things that you love. That first smile and stoke is all it takes to be hooked!

Sammy Luebke – 686 Team Rider

How did your winters change when you had a kid?  

Honestly when I had my first daughter, it was really scary because I was young. I had to learn how to manage my time at home with my new born , and then being gone for 2 or 3 weeks at a time. Trying to work hard and also make sure I could get back home and spend as much time being a new father.
 

What has been the hardest part of being on the road away from your kids? 

Being gone from kids is really mentally tough. There’s always a lot of build up and anxiety before a trip because I’m gonna miss them so much. At the same time I need to be focused on my riding, contests, filming, etc. Still trying to become a master of this balance in life.

Do you look at the risk/reward differently since you have become a father? 

I definitely take my health into consideration but I’m always trying to progress. I try taking the calculated risk approach. At the same time I want my kids to grow up making smart decisions and be safe, but also to enjoy life and not always fear the things that hold so many back from really living.

Do you want your son or daughter to snowboard?

Oh yes. I bought them boards as soon as they were big enough. I don’t want push it on them too hard but always have it be part of their life. It’s giving me so much joy, and led me to so many great friends. I want it to be organic for them. Which is awesome because my oldest daughter Alexa asks me to take her riding now and she’s picking it up pretty fast. 

How do you see things in the future? 

Hopefully riding as long as my body will let me and being able to share with my kids the same experiences, beauty, and knowledge the mountains have giving me through out my life. Much love!!

Any advice to other parents out in the snowboard industry? 

Work hard. Inspire people with your riding and actions. Be a good role model. Most importantly, give your kids as much love and guidance as you can. Don’t take the little things for granted because, just like that, they are all grown up and they start hanging with their friends more than you haha. 

 

Patrick McCarthy – 686 Team Manager

How did your winters change when you had a kid? 

Honestly by the time I had Rowen, I was a full time team manager. So working with my wife to schedule our lives around my work schedule was the difficult part. Those 8-day team trips and long weeks at trade shows, we just needed to work with either our parents or Bethany’s work schedule to make it all work. Finding balance and working with the resources we have around us.
 

What has been the hardest part of being on the road away from your daughter? 

The hardest part for me being on the road is missing those little moments with Rowen. Also some times for me it takes a little time to assimilate back into the family life. Raising a child for me is all about slowing down, shifting from 5th gear into 2nd or 3rd and slowing the daily pace down a little bit.
 

Do you look at the risk/reward differently since you have become a father?

Not really. I think when you try to change your riding style you put yourself at risk of getting hurt. So its important to remember to keep sending with confidence or pick and choose days to keep it with in reason if you’re not mentally in the right place.
 

Do you want your son or daughter to snowboard?

I am already on it. Been stacking days each year. Keep it fun, make sure to take her up on fun days and when she is ready to hit the lodge for a chocolate brownie, you have to abide.
 
How do you see things in the future? 

For the two of us we need to just keep going. Finding the right days to go up, keep it fun, enjoy some sunny days up at the resort and keep the progression going.
 

Any advice to other parents out in the snowboard industry?

Learn to slow down and appreciate the little moments. Your powder day will be waiting for you. “Just take your time” is the best advice I got from my wife. Don’t push it too hard; if they want to build a snowman just build a snowman. Take it slow and enjoy the small moments and triumphs.
 

Phil Jacques – 686 Team Rider

How did your winters change when you had a kid? 

She was born in September so I had almost a solid 4 months straight with her and my girlfriend before the season started and that helped a lot because I had enough time to build my bond with her before beginning to travel. The only thing that‘s really changed is how I plan my trips away from home. I try not to go on trips that are too long and I try to space my trips so that I have enough quality time at home in between.
 
What has been the hardest part of being on the road away from your daughter? 

Knowing that I’m missing all those little things that she does. But at the same time , this winter hasn’t been too busy travel-wise since it all stopped in March because of COVID. So I got to spend a lot of time with her which I wouldn’t have in a normal season. There’s good in everything it seems. 
 
Do you look at the risk/reward differently since you have become a father?

Not really. I mean no one is out there trying to get killed already. But maybe I just think about it better before I do something. I just hurt my shoulder mountain biking and it sucks not being able to care for her the way I’d like to. But it’s all part of the kind of sports that we do.
 
Do you want your kid to snowboard?

Yes, for sure! Hopefully she’ll be into it.

How do you see things in the future? 

Hopefully we can ride together for a while and she enjoys it, until she’s old enough to not want me around anymore haha  

Any advice to other parents out in the snowboard industry?

Just do the best you can and be the best you can. I think it’s the only thing we can really do.

Behind the Product: The GLCR Stretch GORE-TEX Dispatch Bib

 

Yuzawa, Japan. March 2017. There we sat, after a long day of riding deep powder, the kind so deep that the snow piled up near the bottom of the chairlifts and if you laid into a turn just right you could cover the entire lift in a white wave. We were deep into an après session at our lodge. We were exhausted, but we were excited. A group of us, led by a pair of guides from the local Japanese mountains along with 686 Founder and Creative Director, Michael Akira West, were huddled around a mountain of pants and bibs, dissecting every little piece and part of each of them. The goal was clear: To create the best all around bib on the market and every millimeter and detail mattered – materials, features, fit and functions.

The concept became as simple as it was complex. We wanted a bib that worked well on resort, but also had ample venting and a proper fit for longer tours into the backcountry. Stretch GORE-TEX fabrics were going to be incorporated throughout and a ultra stretchy low back panel would be used for freer movement. The chest pocket included a clip for your key or beacon and the thigh pockets were specifically placed by the guides for the best spot on the thighs to be unobtrusive while touring. While we chose a heavier nylon fabric for its durable qualities, we added cross venting inner thigh and outer hips were the key component of the bib in order to create ample airflow and venting during long ascents. We left Japan and let the designers back home in California work on the first prototype.

Mammoth Lakes, USA. April 2017. The Mammoth Unbound Park is one of the best parks in the world and the park staff put their gear through the paces for well over 180 days per season. Their gear gets thrashed by combination of wet Sierra Nevada snow, harsh California sun, spring salt and various tools and metal rails they continuously are handling during their laborious hours during the season. 

After spending a few hours lapping Mammoth’s parks, Mike and I headed over to the main Unbound office. A handful of the Unbound staff piled in while we unpacked the Dispatch bib prototype. We passed it around the room, asking the crew what they would need to make this bib last longer than any piece of gear they had used prior. The conversation centered around durability and a few key points bubbled to the top and the final durable details fell into place. The bib’s heavy duty Stretch Nylon GORE-TEX fabric was going to be durable, but to make this bib ultra durable in the key wear spots – the knees and cuffs, we added an extra layer of 500D material. The staff was constantly hanging radios and other items from their belt loops and are constantly experiencing broken loops so we reinforced the side belt loop and PJ Connects to ensure that they wouldn’t rip when items were hung on them. At Mammoth Unbound’s request, we also added a second radio pocket with antenna hole in the top of the bib. As the bib had gotten a touch heavier with the 500D, we then decided to remove the mesh from the vents to ensure even better airflow and venting. 

The result of these two meetings became one of the most versatile and durable bibs on the planet. A single design that performed on resort and in the backcountry and was durable enough for some of the hardest working crews in the world. 

The GLCR Stretch GORE-TEX Dispatch Bib can be seen worn by some of the most esteemed athletes on the planet. Parker White, Gigi Rüf, Victor Daviet, 3x Freeride World Tour Champion Sammy Luebke, Mammoth Unbound, Woodward at Copper, Today’s Park and countless other skiers, snowboarders and snowpark staffs – most of whom would go through at least two or three pairs of pants per season now trust a single Dispatch Bib to keep them dry in all conditions, all season long.