Everything has a purpose at 686. We don’t do things just ‘cuz, we do it because we want to constantly innovate and keep heads thinking. When we were designing the 20th Anniversary collection, I thought it would be cool to tell a story on how each year help define the brand. There were a lot of people that have supported our vision whom I’m completely grateful, but I chose 20 influencers from 1992-2012 that made the mark. Since 686 is about moving forward and not being confined to a box, we brought all of the year’s full circle to one product. For 2012, we worked with Toyota Motor Company and developed a concept Scion car that did just this. Words cannot explain the complexity in nature of what we wanted to do. We didn’t just give it a cool paint job, add some snow tires and call it a day. We started from ground zero and took the XB model and created a winter story around snowboarding. All of our 20 influencers from 1992-2012 were included in this rally inspired car. The tires on the car are custom made with snow specific off road treads that mimic our boots and are branded as New Balance tires. The top of the car is designed to look like a Bern protective carbon fiber helmet, complete with their patented brim technology. The windshield is designed from Dragon’s APX frameless goggle and offers a full peripheral view inside the car. The Sparco modified seats are inspired from actual Union team bindings and are constructed in a high-back cup shaped form. The sound system is engineered and designed by the Skullcandy team, which used their premier Aviator headphones as inspiration. GoPro brought their POV expertise with visual racing mirrors and interior mapping. Vestal and their ZR-3 Chronograph inspired the custom built time gauges. Global workwear giant, Dickie’s brings a little “dirty” to the toolbox area. The devils in the details and Freewaters clearly did this with the world’s first and only heated floor mats. BOA Technology brings their “dialed” in fit into the cars heating and cooling system. Legendary Blind skateboards artist, Marc Mckee, lent his touch to the custom art driven interior panels. To finalize the winter story for the car, we took 686’s technical textile background, and successfully wrapped the car to make it the world’s first and only fully functional waterproof and breathable vehicle. Not to be outdone, the wrap is complete with stitched panels, laser welded seams, waterproof zippers and mesh venting. Big ups to Spin Imaging, MV, Toyota and all of the Influencers from the past 20 years for making this dream come true. 686 proudly presents the first of its’ kind, The Scion XB Snowboarding Concept Car.
686® x Scion Racing® introduces “ NUMERIC“ Introducing the world’s first and only car solely dedicated to Snowboarding-“ Numeric.“ For 686’s twentieth anniversary, they teamed up with Scion Racing® and Spin Imaging® to develop a one-of-a-kind custom winter masterpiece. Never before has a car been re-created, re-developed and re-invigorated in such an unique manner. Each aspect of the build was directly inspired from a product and brand that’s progressively pushed Skateboarding and Snowboarding to new levels. The snow specific tires reflect NB686® snowboarding boots and branded as New Balance® tires. The top of the car is designed like a Bern® protective carbon fiber helmet, complete with their patented brim technology. The windshield is designed from Dragon’s APX® frameless goggle and offers full peripheral view inside the car. The Sparco® modified seats are inspired from actual Union® team snowboard bindings and are constructed in a high-back cup shaped form. The sound system is engineered and designed by the Skullcandy® team, which used their premier Aviator headphones as inspiration. GoPro® came in and brought their POV expertise in visual racing mirrors and interior mapping. Vestal® watches and their ZR-3 Chronograph inspired the custom built time gauges. The devil is in the details and Freewaters® sandals clearly did this in the first ever heated floor mats. BOA® technologies bring their “dialed” in fit into the cars heating and cooling system. Recco® rescue systems supplies their sophisticated radar technology on the road and mountain terrain. Blind® skateboards legendary artist, Marc Mckee provided his custom touch to the interior panels. To finalize the winter shred story, 686’s technical textile background pushed manufacturing boundaries by successfully wrapping the world’s first and only fully functional waterproof and breathable snowboarding outerwear vehicle, complete with stitched panels, laser welded seams, waterproof zipper and mesh venting.