686 Launches New Bike Apparel Collection

Aug 4, 2022
by 686Apparel  

PRESS RELEASE: 686

With 30 years of history creating technical apparel for the snow, 686 has deep roots outfitting top riders to look stylish in the harshest conditions. Since biking has long been the official sibling sport for snowboarding and skiing, last season we developed a small collection with input from our Evil friends up in Bellingham. This year we went all in with our take on no-nonsense performance MTB apparel designed to streamline your closet by giving riding kits street style adaptability.


The goal for the second collection was increased on-bike mobility while staying true to this mantra of off-bike wearability. The ergonomics of the pants and shorts have been updated around the body in motion. We wanted to build trail-to-town bike bottoms that didn’t mimic all the other tight MTB specific garments out there and offered the same clean look and individuality of our snow pants. Headlining the collection are our Platform pants in two different fits: slim for the pedaling crowd and relaxed for the style conscious. The Platform short turns an everyday walk short into a technical piece.


All the black colorways were created with feedback from Evil Bikes offering hardcore riders the ability to go head-to-toe black no matter the temperature. New for this season is the Rival Jersey in both long and short sleeve. Designed to pair with the Platform bottoms to be functional on the bike but can be worn every day. Like the pants, think of it as apparel that performs without making you look like a racer.



Features Include:

• Cell phone pocket for pedaling
• Key hook
• Raised lower back
• Reinforced openings
• Breathable stretch fabric
• Bike specific articulation




bigquotesThe Platform Pants are cool since I can wear them at work, on my bike, or out on the town. I’ve had some other mountain bike specific pants in the past and it’s nice to have a pair I can wear any time and still be comfortable.Brady Tweedy



bigquotesWe've been traveling the American southwest digging, riding, and filming for our latest video. It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to migrate across the west and to put this video together, and we are stoked to announce HEATHENS' VOYAGE PT. 1. The 686 pants have held up great throughout the trip and are sick on and off the bike. They look great and are comfortable no matter what you're doing.In The Hills (mountain bike freeride collective)



Riders: Brady Tweedy, In The Hills, Corbin Clement, Matt Lee
Photos: Erik Hoffman, Gerow

See the complete 686 bike collection at 686.com.


24 Comments

  • 28 0
 686 insulated snow pants: $180
686 bike shorts: $125

It’s like every company knows we are a sport of dentists and suckers
  • 10 0
 $120 for a pair of shorts. Pass.
  • 1 0
 I got a pair of the black pants on the first release a month or two ago. I wear the 686 everywheres every day and there is a noticeable difference in the bike specific ones. They are longer and a thicker material. They don't have cuffs at the bottom, but didn't catch my 1x crank. The pockets felt like they would just fit my samsung s9 phone, which is on the smaller end. The key hook is literally just a piece of 550 cord or something, but what else can you ask for from a key hook. I will be wearing these for long shuttle descents or some bike park days.
  • 7 2
 Why so baggy?
  • 8 0
 They've got a deal with JNCO
  • 5 4
 Because we some fuckin gangsters. 686 for life.
  • 1 0
 I have their everywhere pants and they ended up being too tight to wear out in public but they’re really great for riding bikes
  • 3 1
 Long time reader, first time feature. Sick pants tho.
  • 2 1
 According they are at least 25% too expensive , 686 -25 = 661. Thanks, I'll go 661.
  • 3 1
 No tall sizes.
  • 3 1
 Ha, right? I mean not many do. I’m 6-5 with a 35” inseam and most of these pants would fit like knickers.
  • 2 0
 SportHill MTB pants offer long and short sizing. I'm biased, but they're the best pants I've ever ridden in. $119.95 retail but they do deals all the time. 2 pockets, durable stretch, well vented, reinforced knees, integrated belt. They fit pretty slim but there's a ton of rise in the back.
  • 1 0
 @mustbike: thanks. I checked them out but 33” max inseam.
  • 1 1
 It's their first run.
  • 2 0
 @generictrailrider: Endura pants have 35” inseam. I have the burner II’s and really like them.
  • 1 1
 Just remove about 100mm of leg below the knee... problem solved.
  • 2 0
 I’m wearing the LuluLemon ABC Warpstream 37” pants and they are honestly the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn in my life. Can be great for daily as well but insanely comfortable for riding in!
And also this is the first pair of pants I’ve ever ridden in that can touch the top of my shoes and are not capris hahahah
  • 1 0
 @generictrailrider: They measure a bit different- SportHill measures the actual pant inseam length, not the persons inseam. I would measure the inseam of a pair of pants that do fit and compare.
  • 3 5
 Take my mf'in money. Best company ever. Y'all are noobs.
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