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Out Of This World: 686 Outerwear Options

Another snow season is quickly approaching and you probably still have that same outerwear from three seasons ago.  It’s time to step up your game and this year 686 has some of the best available outerwear just for you! One of the best feelings you can have while riding is being 100% comfortable and perfectly protected from the elements.  Checkout some of these far out outfits and upgrade your comfort level….your riding may improve.

Left Outfit:

2015 Parklan Pact Anorak (Camel Pincord Colorblock)
If you’re looking for a jacket when the sun’s out and the temperatures are a little warmer. this one is for you! The Parklan Pact Anorak has a thermal rating of 4 and comes in a street fit, so expect a more tailored look. Great for the open and close of the winter season!

2015 Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant (Gunmetal Texture)
With a thermal rating of 7, expect to stay warm and dry! The Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant by 686 is ideal for those below freezing temps. Featured in a loose fit, there is definitely room to layer, to keep you nice and toasty!

Right Outfit:

2015 Authentic Woodland Jacket (Cardinal Flannel YD Plaid)
Plan on staying extremely warm and dry in the Authentic Woodland Jacket by 686. Featured in a flannel print, you don’t have to give up style for warmth! The Woodland comes in an all access fit, so you have plenty of room for layering!

2015 Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant (Duck Texture)
With a thermal rating of 7, expect to stay warm and dry! The Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant by 686 is ideal for those below freezing temps. Featured in a loose fit, there is definitely room to layer, to keep you nice and toasty!

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Left Outfit:

2015 Parklan Field Jacket (Gunmetal Desert Camo)
With a thermal rating of 7 and a street fit, the Parklan Field Jacket is a top pick! Keep warm and dry against all the elements with this one. Enjoy a more tailored look and a shorter rise with the street fit.

2015 Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant (Lava)
With a thermal rating of 7, expect to stay warm and dry! The Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant by 686 is ideal for those below freezing temps. Featured in a loose fit, there is definitely room to layer, to keep you nice and toasty!

Right Outfit:

2015 Authentic Smarty Form Jacket (Grass Colorblock)
Get the latest in technology with the 3-in-1 detachable layering system featured in the Smarty Form Jacket. This versatility allows you to adjust your outerwear for the upcoming conditions. Highlighted in an all access fit, there is plenty of room for layering!

2015 Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant (Grass)
With a thermal rating of 7, expect to stay warm and dry! The Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant by 686 is ideal for those below freezing temps. Featured in a loose fit, there is definitely room to layer, to keep you nice and toasty!

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Left Outfit:

2015 Authentic Prime Jacket (Blue Colorblock)
Check out the Authentic Prime from 686 for warmth and durabilty. With a thermal level of 7 and an all access fit, with room for layering, this is a wise decision for your new outerwear set-up!

2015 Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant (Blue)
With a thermal rating of 7, expect to stay warm and dry! The Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant by 686 is ideal for those below freezing temps. Featured in a loose fit, there is definitely room to layer, to keep you nice and toasty!

Right Outfit:

2015 GLCR Hydra Thermagraph Jacket (Blue Heather Twill Colorblock)
Stay completely dry and warm in the 2015 GLCR Hydra Thermagraph. Ideal for those days before it turns frigid. Featured in the expedition fit, expect a ergonomic feel, a helmet compatible hood, and a relaxed fit.

2015 Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant (Black)
With a thermal rating of 7, expect to stay warm and dry! The Authentic Smarty Cargo Pant by 686 is ideal for those below freezing temps. Featured in a loose fit, there is definitely room to layer, to keep you nice and toasty!

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So the above is a great starting point for you and 686. If you need any advice or help give us a shout and we will totally help you pick the ideal outfit.

Thank You Think Thank.

This year we are going to be blessed with two movies from Think Thank that are sure to blow our minds.  Almanac as well as Right Turn Left Turn.  Watch this uber creative full part from Right Turn Left Turn and prepare to get your mind melted.  Creativity to the Max!

Insta Love – Top 7 Instagrams you should follow

So we are huge fans of the double tap.  Nothing brings greater joy than seeing a good feed during a awesome winter to keep the stoke alive or even off season to remind you of how awesome snowboarding really is.  Here is our top 7 must follow on instaram.

1) 686 – Is killer.  They have a great mix of lifestyle, skate, and of course some insane snowboarding stuff

2) Bear Mountain – One of our favorite resorts to visit and home of one of the most badass terrain parks.  Plus they hold some sick events every year!

3) Transworld Snowboarding – This is a no brainer.  You in fact should already be following them…if not what’s wrong with you?

4) Volcom Snowboarding – Hands down one of our favorite group of riders and we are pretty sure the entire team is Mental.

5) Scotty Lago – Because he is a warm blooded American who flat out RIPS.  Two words – Olympic Medalist.

6) John Jackson – Basically this guy has the life.  Pretty sure he is a professional fisherman in the off season.  Plus it doesn’t hurt that Red Bull has his back and he travels the world shredding his face off.

7) Mark Sollors – Part of The Manboys crew and jack of all trades.  Mt. Bike, Skate, Snow?  Mark is one to keep your eye on…style for miles!

Jump on the insta and get following!  Don’t forget us! @BuySnow (winter is coming…LOL)

2015 Burton Kid’s Kit

It’s such a better time today to teach the kids how to shred.  The equipment today is light-years ahead of what we first learned to ride on.  Gone are the days of ski overalls and cotton thermals, too.  Today the youth get the same technology and features that the adults have and even the same outerwear, but scaled to fit.  Teaching the youth to ride may come with its own set of challenges, but I guarantee that if they are comfortable in their outerwear and really dig their board and their boots fit properly, it makes all the difference.  Burton has always looked out for the kids, and they have some of the best youth equipment available.   This Kid’s Kit is perfect for the fist timer or the kid who is training in the Junior Worlds Team of snowboarding.  Contact us and let us help you build the ultimate setup for your lil’ buddy!

2015 Burton Grom Boot:
Defiantly the most important thing for a young rider to have are a good pair of boots.  If the boots are uncomfortable, then the day is already over.  Get your future shredder started on the right path with the Burton Grom Boot.  Oversized Shred Ready Velcro straps get the kiddos out on the mountain faster, while 3M Thinsulate insulation keeps them warm and dry all day long.  The super cushioned kid’s DynoLite outsole provides better balance, traction, and comfort.  And, as a bonus, the Room-To-Grow footbed will accommodate the next shoe size up, since we all know kids grow so fast!

2015 Burton Mission Smalls Binding:
It’s here!  The binding of legend, redesigned with flex and fit fine-tuned for younger rippers.  Built with the same blueprint of dependability as its big brother, the Mission YouthSmalls gives kids a lean, mean, all-around shreddin’ machine. The pro-grade straps and ergonomic team-issue hi-backs are a first for kids bindings…while ample cushioning softens everything from kiddie slopes to cliff drops and park laps.  Just as good as the bindings you own and perfect for the little ripper in your life!

2015 Shaun White Smalls Snowboard:
The Smalls is a downsized version of what Shaun White himself rides.  It’s also easy to handle thanks to the added V-Rocker!  The Shaun White Smalls is a logical step for riders who’ve outgrown the Chopper and Chicklet, but aren’t quite ready for the competitive edge of the ProTest.  The Burton Shaun White Smalls is forgiving, fun, and ready to tackle all terrain with equal fury.

Burton Boy’s Fray Jacket:
Settle any conflict between style and function with the boy’s Burton Fray Jacket.  Plaid options keep the lumberjack look on lock, while storm-proofing is stepped up for kids who spend all winter outdoors.  Targeted insulation keeps groms toasty in all the right places while promoting mobility for strapping in and shoveling.  A secure sound pocket, helmet-friendly hood, and snow-blocking waist gaiter round out the performance of a jacket that’ll work just as well off-hill, too.

Burton Boy’s Exile Cargo Pant:
For team riders and rookies alike, the boys’ Burton Exile Cargo Pant is an everyday winner with its classic style, midweight warmth, and extra weatherproof/breathable DRYRIDE 2L fabric.  Low-profile Thermacore insulation keeps the heat cranked for all day (and night) sessions.  Inner thigh vents prevent overheating, boot gaiters battle building snows, while lots of pockets mean you’re always prepared.  Check the laundry list of standard features—this pant is stacked!

 

2015 Burton Kid's Pick

2015 Burton Kid’s Pick

 

2015 Burton Men’s Kit.

Every year when new gear arrives for the season we often find ourselves on BuySnow building our favorite kit for the year.  This year is no different and some of the best looking gear we have is from Burton.  Burton kills it every year and their history in the sport is legendary.  The quality put into their design and ultimately their products is unmatched.   Contact us and let us help you build your ultimate set up!

This men’s pick is for riders of all skill levels and budgets.  Anybody can step into any one of these products and feel comfortable and confident in his riding.

2015 Burton Dunmore Jacket:
Burton rolled out a few new jackets in their 2015 line and we are excited about the Dunmore Jacket, to say the least!  This jacket combines durability and style to give you the full package.  Whoever said you had to sacrifice utility for style was seriously wrong.  This jacket has premium waterproofing/breathability and light warmth with a mid fit, so there’s some room for layering.

2015 Burton Covert Pant:
New to the 2015 lineup is the Covert Pant.  This pant features DRYRIDE Durashell 2-Layer for premium waterproofing/breathability.  It also features a Shell Mapped with Mesh and Taffeta Lining for shell warmth.  They come in a Sig Fit so there is plenty of room for layering.  Ideal for a good runs on some freshies.

2015 Burton Moto Boot:
The world’s best-selling boot.  Lightweight and easy with a broken-in fit you can feel from the start.  If you are a beginner/intermediate rider and looking to make record time from lodge to lift line, the hassle-free Speed Zone lacing is for you.  This boot also comes with Shrinkage Technology that reduces your footprint an entire size and allows for excess weight to be shed.  You’ll find the DynoLite outsole to be another perk of the Moto boot, equipped with the sleeping bag reflective foil that lies beneath your foot to keep your feet dryer and warmer for a longer day on the mountain.  Moto’s proven comfort will improve your skills as you explore the entire mountain.

2015 Burton Mission EST Binding:
The most diverse stance options you can get is with the Burton EST system.  The workhorse of the EST lineup, the Misson’s Sensory BED cushions everything you’ll encounter while letting more of the feel through for improved control.  The hi-back offers the option of zero forward lean for riders who dig a more relaxed and playful feel.

2015 Burton Process Flying V (159):  If it’s good enough for an Olympic gold medal winner and all-mountain rippers like Mark McMorris, you know it’s good.  It’s not an overly engineered board so any rider should be able to maximize the fun on this shred stick.

 

Ultimate Burton Men's Kit

Ultimate Burton Men’s Kit

Jeremy Jones “Higher”

Most snowboard films have a crew of riders and they are documented doing all sorts of insane tricks that you or I will never do.  It’s why we love them and it’s what makes us itch for that week long trip we take every year.  Jeremy Jones has always been one of the gnarliest dudes and some of the descents he does is just flat out insane.  Higher is a basically a film based on three major descents…basically the most insane things he has ever done on a snowboard.  Peep the trailer and if you are anywhere near the premier of this film it’s a mandatory must go.

My Ambitions as a Rider: Echoes from the Dirty South

Picture me rolling on my Never Summer SL, Vans Mantra Boots half laced and a Foursquare shell. Flask full of Jack to calm the nerves, I got these hand-me-down goggles just so my eyes don’t burn.

Buttermilk presses. Nose boinking off a skier’s head in front of me while he tries to regain his balance from that Beiber flip he just pulled. Telling tales to the young bloods about missing my window as a pro to pursue my rap career. Hi-fiving a group of MILFs dressed in all white cruising overhead on the lift while I tweak a super juiced McNasty Air – which is so monsty, one hunts me down later just to tell me I’m way better than her boyfriend whose been snowboarding his whole life. He might even be pro. Whatevs. And my hair’s better, too. Tell me something I don’t know! That’s why I don’t wear a beanie, babe.

I let her buy me a drink afterwards. Because I’m an even more accomplished drinker and it’s the least I could do.

That’s what I imagined as my first time snowboarding. But, I slowly woke up from that wet dream.

I soon realized my ego was bigger than the Special Blend pants I was wearing at the time. And the scene became more ominous and apparent the very moment I pointed that directional camber Lincoln Log towards the finish line – looking more like the sled scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

We’ve all seen that buster. Some Joey Pickle’s about to gnarfle his garflock all over the hill. Shred ready with his flannel shirt, Levi’s jeans with no stretch, rental boots that are a size too big because that’s all they had left, and a pair of Oakley Half Jackets that makes him look like JP from Grandma’s Boy.

When people call BuySnow.com, without fail they ask, “Where are you guys located?”

I know they are waiting for something magical. Something sexy. A place where you and your little chipmunk have been talking about going since you finally updated your Facebook status. Instead, you’re hit with a vision of the movie Deliverance when I proceed to drop the realness – Atlanta, GA.

But does it make me less of a snowboarder because I’m from the South?

Driving 5 hours to the nearest disappointment on my only day off. Ending up with 4 screws and a rod in my ankle the first season I started spitting hot fire on the ant hill. Breaking my back a few years later tossing a Mgerk layback grab (a trick I made up. No big).

Does that stop me? Hell, no. Actually, I might just want it more.

Growing up with a bunch of surf turkeys and skate trash, a board was always on my feet. If I can smash a lip on head high sets, muster up a steezy kickflip or a crooked grind, what’s so hard about snowboarding?

Yeah, I’m miles away from the nearest ice trap, but in the words of a Brooklyn philosopher know as Biggie Smalls:

Sky is the limit and you know that you can have what you want, be what you want, have what you want, be what you want

All I know is when I first saw people swimming through powder, tail tapping pillows, dropping from Earth’s ceiling, and jibbing everything that got in the way, I told myself, that’s cool as shit. I’m doing that.

Yeah, yeah, I get it. If you’re a purist I need to talk like you. Dress like you. Be like you. Possibly have long hair like you. Maybe even smell like you. Work at a Starbucks just to scrape enough chump change to get by. But, as long as I have that season pass, I’m a snowboarder! Keep telling everyone how rad you are, dork.

Well, I’m not you…and I hate Starbucks.

Do you think people hated on John Cardiel when he started snowboarding? Do you know how far the nearest mountain is from San Jose, where he’s from? Do you know who John Cardiel is?

OK, obviously, I know my capabilities. You won’t see me hit huge gaps, throw delicious backside lipslides down stair sets, or see me blaze through an avalanche because I’m about calculated risk.

But, I bleed more passion for snowboarding than the powder puffs want to give me credit for. I’ve earned the zippers on my body. I’m half Wolverine, half Zoolander.

The truth is, as much as I wanted throw in the towel, I never let snowboarding beat me. Not once. Just like I didn’t let the purists beat me.

I’m more educated on the latest and greatest. We can chop it up about product knowledge or even Godfathers like Craig Kelly or Terje Hakonsen. Sharpen that Crayola bro beans.

Fast forward to now. I hold it down with my Burton Nug, Thirty-Two boots, and my relentless desire to stick what I can with mad swag juice. Most of all, I’m having fun. That’s what all of the snowboarding jocks forgot about. I’m not here to be the best or get sponsored, I’m just here to be a part of something that makes life worth it. And it is.

Even if I still can’t hang on the other side of the cafeteria with all of the cool kids because I‘m in the ATL surrounded by a concrete jungle, gold teeth, and candy paint time machines sittin’ on 20’s, that’s fine.

But, I suggest wearing a helmet the next time you’re on the mountain, cousin, because that nose boink finally came together.