NWT3K Custom Shorts and Jersey - Review

Feb 15, 2018
by Vernon Felton  
NWT3K shorts jersey custom


There’s no accounting for tastes. One man’s dream of turquoise riding shorts paired with a lime-green jersey is another man’s nightmare. That is what’s cool about NWT3K; the Seattle-based brand lets you make all the decisions. Want to go crazy on the colors or lengthen those shorts or add long sleeves or an extra zippered pocket? They’ll do it. You pick the options on their site, they build your custom kit (right there in Seattle), and two weeks later you have a pair of shorts and/or jersey that you personally designed at, amazingly, a price that’s not far off of buying the same basic product off the shelf.
NWT3K Custom Kit Details
• You choose the colors: sleeves, zippers, jersey, short yokes, short panel, etc.
• You choose short, 3/4 or long sleeve length
• You choose short, regular or long inseam
• Waterproof, zippered pockets
• Double needle stitched seams
• 4-way stretch material
• Made in USA
• 100% satisfaction guarantee
• MSRP: $69 USD (jersey) / $139 USD (shorts)
www.nwt3k.com


NWT3K jersey shorts custom
You can go nuts with the color combinations. Spoiler alert: I did not. But it's still fun to mess around in the designing phase.

On the Screen

Custom clothing is not something I've ever considered. I don't own a custom anything. No custom fishing rods or guns or underwear or cigars or...you get the idea. Custom is often just a tidy code word for "I have stupid amounts of money, I'm bored and I want something no one else has." Or that's how I've seen it anyway. That said, I've often looked at mountain biking apparel and thought, "Why the f*ck do they only make the shorts I want in lime-green or mango?" Color me conservative, but I lived through bell bottoms, parachute pants and the `80s neon craze. The great American philosopher, David Roth, summed it up well. "I've been to the edge," said Roth. "And there I stood and looked down. You know I lost a lot of friends there, baby. I got no time to mess around."

In other words, I've already worn some stupid shit in my life, I'm not paying for the privilege to do that all over again when it's time to go ride my bike. To that end, I was intrigued by what NWT3K is offering here. And, hell, maybe you look at black shorts and think they'd be perfect if they were baby blue. It takes all kinds, which is the premise behind this business model.


NWT3K shorts jersey custom


So, here's how it works, you go to the website, click on the "bike" tab (they also do custom snowsports apparel) and start messing about with tailoring your jersey and/or shorts. The menu walks you through the process. Want to see what the jersey looks like with short sleeves instead of 3/4 sleeves? One yellow sleeve and one red sleeve? Each time you click, the piece of kit changes and shows you what your inner Armani is creating. It's actually kind of cool. You've got the color options, you can add a stash pocket or extra zipper, add some length to the shorts so that you don't have an unsightly gap between kneepad and short hem, etc.


NWT3K shorts jersey custom
The paperwork that arrived with my jersey, detailing all the options I chose a few weeks earlier.


Once you've finished letting your designer demons run wild, you click the "Buy" tab and wait about two weeks for the stuff to come. The new kit arrives along with paperwork detailing each thing you ordered, as well as a quality-control checklist that highlights all the steps they took to make sure that zippers were lubed, seams were double checked, stitching is dope, etc. Gotta give them credit, these guys are nothing if not thorough.

What you don't change are the basics: the 4-way stretch materials used on their jersey and shorts is standard, as is the overall fit...somewhere between athletic and loose-cut. Neither XC body condom nor ultra-baggy, DH pajama party. Sorta straight down the middle, style and fit wise. If, however, you suddenly take an intense disliking to your creation or its fit, you have seven days to return it. You can't go and ride in it and then return it, but you do have a chance to say yea or nay with the product in hand.


NWT3K shorts jersey custom

On Trail

So, yeah, when faced with the option to go nuts with the colors, I still opted for just enough color to (hopefully) not get me shot during deer season. My only extravagance, really, was the red zippers. The product showed up looking exactly like what I'd ordered. So far, so good. Let's start with the jersey—it's a fairly stretchy material. The fit, like I mentioned earlier, spans the middle ground of current mountain biking styles—a happy medium, if you will. I opted for an extra stash pocket, but chose to go short sleeves. Adding long sleeves would have pushed the price up $10, but I mainly opted for short sleeve because I was running low on those. The stitching is tidy and there are no irritating seams. On the whole the fit and finish is quite good. The jersey also features a healthy drop tail that prevents flying mud from spackling your ass crack. That's always appreciated.

NWT3K shorts jersey custom
NWT3K shorts jersey custom

On the trail, well, I didn't really notice anything on the trail—it just felt good, which is sort of the point. The only thing missing, for my tastes, is a 3/4-length front zipper. I sweat like a pig and in the summer months and I like opening my jersey wide to maximize airflow. Not an option here. It wasn't a huge deal for me this year, as my riding temperatures didn't exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit (it's the Pacific Northwest, after all), but if I lived somewhere hot, I'd really want a long front zip. Oh, and the logo. Well, no getting around it—that's one bold bit of billboarding there and it's standard issue on the jersey. It could be more subtle. A lot more subtle.

NWT3K shorts jersey custom

The shorts are built from a 4-way stretch material that I'd classify as somewhere between mid and heavier-weight fabric. It's durable stuff, but not so heavy that you'd avoid wearing it during long, hot summers. The double-stitched seams are nicer than what you'll see on a lot of shorts in the $80 to $110 price range and the patterning is nicely executed, so that the overall fit is quite good. To accommodate winter beer gut, the waistband sports two Velcro tabs—nothing groundbreaking there, but functional all the same. I prefer buckle-type adjusters, since mud and repeated trips through the washing machine eventually reduce the effectiveness of Velcro, but these work and are, again, fairly standard. The pocket zippers—all five of them—are waterproof specimens, which is something I greatly appreciate since I ride in slop conditions much of the year. There's no shortage of storage for multi-tools, a phone or, if you are Mike Levy, a half-eaten donut and a flask of Monster Energy Drink. Sweet. Waterproof zippers can be a bear to open and close—these ones all have nice pull tabs to provide you with plenty of leverage.

I opted for the longest inseam option. I was particularly stoked that I could get the right length, as I still encounter riding shorts that stop way north of my knees and I haven't thought that was a brilliant idea since the mid `90s. The shorts do not come with chamois. Again, not terribly unusual these days. There are plenty of shorts selling for $100 that also don't come with chamois, but it's worth noting all the same since $130 ain't pocket change.

NWT3K shorts jersey custom
NWT3K shorts jersey custom

If you are straight across price shopping, you might find the shorts a bit pricey—about $30 more than you might expect. Then again, the stitching, fit and storage are actually better than what you often find at the $100 price point and, of course, there is the whole custom angle. You want yellow, waterproof zippers on top of blue shorts? Go wild. You can dream up all sorts of interesting stuff here. There's value in that. Finally, the shorts are made in the United States—the fact that they are even cost competitive with shorts coming out of Asia is impressive in its own right. Well, it's impressive if you happen to live in North America...You might not give a damn if you live in, say, Sweden.

NWT3K shorts jersey custom



Pinkbike's Take

bigquotes"Custom" is often just a euphemism for "expensive as hell", but NWT3K is offering something different here. This is American-made, custom apparel at not-so-custom prices. What's more, the fit, finish and function on both jersey and shorts are all quite good. I'd like to see NWT3K add a long, front zipper option for the jersey. It'd also be great if they took the logo size down a couple notches or three. Those, however, are my only complaints. I'm impressed. Vernon Felton


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82 Comments

  • + 34
 Seems like a good idea to me. The deal breaker is that massive logo. The snow gear doesn't have it plastered all over, just a small breast logo. Make it less walking advertising, and more subtle badge pride and I think it would do well.
  • + 15
 With a logo that big, they should pay people to wear this, not us pay them to advertise their brand. This is just shameless.
  • + 19
 Yep, they should have an option for the logo. $10 discount to keep giant logo, $0 for small logo and pay $10 for no logos at all.
  • + 15
 Big chest logos are pretty commonplace on jerseys, so I'm not surprised by this ( look at Troy Lee, Fox, etc.) They want people to see their brand out there when other people buy the product.

However, with NWT3K being a custom manufacturer, it would be cool, and I assume not too difficult to offer an option for a smaller breast logo or something like that.

It's been cool seeing the evolution of these guys from hand-sewn ski jackets to what they are now. Keep up the good work, Marvik and crew!
  • + 72
 @oldmanfalling @Rocky-Urban @ianwish

Thanks so much for all the feedback here, guys! Really appreciate it. To follow up -

- We’re a super small team so we take feedback seriously and are quick to implement changes. In addition to different jersey designs (maybe a front zipper, @vernonfelton?) you can expect to see less billboard like options for branding in the future.

- Currently if you’re a bike team, club, company, or just want to kit out your crew – we’ll remove the front chest logo, and replace it with a subtle lower hem logo. This gives you the option to print your teams name, other sponsors etc. in place of the front chest logo or keep it blank. Contact us before your order and we’ll make it happen. Team@NWT3K.com

- Nick
  • + 5
 @NWT3K: nice response.Labels suck.
  • + 5
 @NWT3K: Hi Nick... thanks for reaching out. Most riders don't want loud/big logs on jerseys. It's all about being subtle.
  • + 3
 @nickyerger: Yes, the are common. But often much more stylized and typically with other graphics to go along with them. This is jut big chunky letter in a not trick looking arrangement. I saw a review of these on vital or nsmb recently and the logo was a big turnoff.

I DO, however, like the discrete log on the back of the jersey.

I'd be down with a smaller chest logo that was just NWT or something like that. Until then, I hope you guys are listening, this is your customer base that is not thrilled about the logo...
  • + 4
 @Ryanfitz81: you have been labeled as a label hater. Lol
  • + 6
 @NWT3K:

I understand the decision to put the big logo up front. All the brands are doing it. TLD, FOX, it's the look the industry is pushing.

Read the comments. Big logos are the press fit bottom bracket of clothing. The big mass of purchasing power in the 30-50 years old range sucks at riding a bike and we know we suck. We don't want to look like a pro because we know we're never getting there. We DO want to buy great stuff made locally. As a proud Seattle rider who pushes an Evil every day I'm square in the middle of your target market. Adjustable inseam and DWR? Hell YES.

Kill the huge logo, but don't hide it either. Put some Seattle area pride into the badging, even if it's very subtle. Give your jerseys adjustable fabric weights to accommodate people who wear body armor full time and need ultra thin second layers. And get into the ultra-stuffable DWR jacket that fits in the hip pack game- there's no more essential piece of PNW gear.

Signed, future customer.
  • + 3
 @NWT3K: pb asks and recieves! Companies that listen well to their customers tend to last longer! Good work guys!
  • + 4
 @Mtmw: Pretty sure we're twins dude. Seattle. Check. Evil. Check. 30-50 range and well aware of where I rank in the grand scheme. Check. Will buy from these guys if they reduce the size of the logo. Check.

Get out of my head!
  • + 2
 @Deanosuar: we are legion
  • + 3
 @NWT3K: Really appreciate this kind of response from a company. Service and quality are paramount in this game and you guys clearly havent forgotten that.

Like Mtmw@ said, I WILL be a customer if you reduce the logo size (maybe offset left or right on chest). Also for what its worth the current logo is cool but seems a little redundant with "NWT3K" then have the same thing written out below it IMO. Maybe a logo w/ a pine tree with the "NWT3K" below it would be cool, myabe use the "T" as the stump lol, idk just a thought.

Overall Ive been hoping for some cool custom custom kits to come along and Im stoked to see it coming from some local fellas. Looking forward to see how you update.

P.S. Mtmw@ nailed it with the lightweight packable jacket. Design a custom version of that and thats a guaranteed buy on my end.
  • + 2
 @NWT3K: Logo doesn't bother me but a big zip on the front would likely push me over the edge to order. Was looking at your site a while back and the lack of zipper up front is big for those of us in hot locales.
  • + 3
 @NWT3K: Thanks for the response and for listening.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: Absolutely. Let us know if there are any other questions.
  • + 2
 If you choose white or black for the chest color you can make the logo match, very subtle. I like white, so it works for me.
  • + 1
 Uhhhhh wtf is the point of custom if you can't put your own logo artwork on THEIR jersey? dumbbbbb
  • + 1
 @saint4life: Thanks for checking out the review! You can expect to see custom branding options in the future.

- Nick
  • + 8
 Based in Seattle. US-made. Custom options. Amazing guarantee. Reminds me of Seattle's "Beyond Clothing" when Scott Jones ran the show.
  • + 4
 When someone says custom clothes, I assume they mean custom tailored for your measurements. Can't get that excited by some color swaps. Really with all of our gadgets and apps how come custom tailored clothes off the internet isn't a bigger thing ? I remember reading an article 10 years ago that said you'd walk into a store and get laser scanned and receive custom cut cloths of a particular style a few days later, and maybe eventually cut and printed right there in the store. Laser scan is probably not necessary, but just sending in your measurements and getting correctly sized clothes is the next big apparel revolution IMO, surprised its taken this long. YOu can get semi-custom dress shirts (forgot the url but easy to find) but other than that not much.
  • + 1
 THIS. I clicked on this article expecting I'd finally be able to order a bike jersey that actually fits me (I'm 6'6") buuuut guess not
  • + 1
 Yeah true. I bought a Large Jersey with long arms and it is more of a compression shirt than a jersey.... I would pay up for custom clothes- especially for shorts and pants because if youre muscular a lot of pants are too narrow but the other other size is too long...
  • + 3
 @FLY1NGF1SH: Shoot us your specs to team@nwt3k.com and we'll confirm if we can make it happen. We do have a 100% Satisfaction risk-free guarantee on all custom orders, so in the case the jersey doesn't fit, we'll offer a full refund.
  • + 1
 @NotNamed:
>because if youre muscular a lot of pants are too narrow

Don't I know it ! Me and Richie Rude LOL
  • + 4
 Loving my NWT3K gear here. The only (minor) gripe I have is that the jersey fabric has a little bit of a weird, rubbery feel and doesn't breathe well when it's hot, but it's less of an issue here in the PNW, were it doesn't get hot all that often, and I usually wear a thin base layer regardless. The shorts are flawless. And Nick also built a sick jump line right up the road. He's a real deal mountain biker who gives back and is totally worth supporting. Pay a little extra for something that's made in the USA by guys you'd enjoy riding with.
  • + 0
 Their ski outerwear hardly breathes as well
  • + 1
 @andnyleswillriot: I disagree. I love the jacket and bibs I have from NWT3K and think they breath super well? I guess maybe depends on location or the comparison.
  • + 3
 I've been running a custom NWT3K kit for a while and I have to say I'm very impressed with their stuff. My only gripe is that the material for their jersey is a little too rubbery and heavy for hot days. It doesn't breathe very well. Their shorts are amazing though.
  • + 2
 Agree completely. The shorts are absolutely killer, and with a little lighter/more breathable fabric the jersey would be right up there.
  • + 3
 @vernonfelton DLR ain't no man of the world, but he sure did have some pithy lines that are applicable everywhere. . .like in custom mtb gear reviews. He would no doubt go for fingered-red and lime green blazing yellow. . .and pull it off.
  • + 9
 DLR was a poet. A peroxide-blond, kenpo-kicking, showtune-loving poet. He's also a bit of a cautionary tale about burning too bright too fast (and the downsides of snorting massive amounts of blow), but, yes, he did have some great lines back in the day. I'd argue that he is undervalued.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: More of a frontman/showman in my book. Look what happened to VH when he left ? He was VH !

Most of the kids here have no clue who you speak of... ha ha all due respect to Eddie and the boys.
  • + 3
 @oneplanka: I always find it fascinating that mixes of incompatible people (in bands) who may hate one another often prove absolutely necessary for the music to be worth listening to. VH is, as you pointed out, a great example. I think that Lennon and McCartney's solo work also bear it out--Lennon may have hated Paul at points, but you kind of had to have that yin and yang working together otherwise you wind up with Wings or the bulk of what Lennon did by himself (who knows, maybe his stuff would have gotten better in time...the last album suggests he was going to not suck in the `80s). I'm not sure what Flavor Flav does at Public Enemy (other than utter random nonsense, but Chuck D is always better when Flavor is in the same recording studio). The list goes on and on...
  • + 2
 @vernonfelton: Sadly, Vernon, DLR didn't write those lyrics. It was EVH.
That said, I love the Roth Van Halen stuff. Never much of a Van Hagar fan, although I do like Hagar's old stuff. IMHO, 1984 was pretty much the end of that band. About half the tracks were really good, the rest, too much keyboard and straying too far from their roots. The public loved it though. Then Roth was booted. Go figure.

I saw them in Seattle a number of years ago when Roth re-joined. It was a great show. The part that cracked me up, though, was when older tunes like Atomic Punk came on, the audience was like "Yay, Van Halen is doing a song." But when songs from 1984 like Panama, or Jump came on they went nuts. Me? I'd take House of Pain from that album over anything else (except maybe Hot for Teacher).
  • + 3
 @Poulsbojohnny: Hot For Teacher...man that was an amazing video to watch on MTV as a young boy. Killer song as well. Just hearing that drum and guitar intro gets me pumped www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M4_Ommfvv0
  • + 3
 @bicycle019: Without even clicking on the link I can see that gal in her bathing suit. Ahhh, youthful memories.
The drum solo reminds me of an idling dragster. Epic tune for sure.
  • + 4
 @Poulsbojohnny: Hadn't realized EVH was the lyricist. I stand corrected. Yeah, I think the good ship VH kind of sailed into the sunset, really, by the time Diver Down was released. There are a couple gems on 1984, but Eddie got way too keyboard oriented. For me, it peaks with Fair Warning. If forced to choose just two albums, it's undeniably their debut and Fair Warning.

Roth was a hell of a front man.
  • + 1
 @Poulsbojohnny: Hagar was stellar with Ronnie Montrose , and most of his early solo work was very good IMO. I used to go see three or four headlining bands for $5.50 back in the day,,, Blu oyster cult, Heart, Alvin Lee, Journey for five bones !! Winterland, San Jose civic arena The cow palace !! ? yep/
  • + 2
 @vernonfelton: It cracks me up hearing you call him Dave Roth... lol kinda like calling another one of my favorite lead singers eh,,, Bob Plant or Rog Daltrey ha ha
  • + 1
 @oneplanka: Well, I could have gone with "Diamond Dave", but I wanted people to scratch their heads a bit before the lightbulb went on. Sometimes we give words greater credence when we don't immediately recognize the name. Besides, I think his parents would call him "David Roth" rather than "David Lee Roth"...I could be wrong, but the "Lee" part always seemed a nod to show business: it just sounds good. Nothing wrong with that, of course. The "Lee" usage always felt like the unnecessary umlaut in Motorhead and Motley Crew--more of a bad ass affectation than a necessary component of the name. But I could be wrong...apparently I should have attributed the words to Eddie. So it goes....
  • + 1
 @oneplanka: I caught Montrose once as a wee grom. NorCal was a great place to catch music in the 80s--from the old school heavies to Metallica and, not long after, Operation Ivy and Green Day.

Hagar did have his own golden age, to be sure....something that gets overlooked by the relative success of the giant heaping of schlocky Van Hagar successes. Side note: Sammy Hagar was an ardent cyclist. I think (and I could be wrong here) that he once owned the Sausalito Cyclery (I remember there used to be a photo hanging in the shop of Hagar riding a Masi...this was waaaay back, like in 1986...I used to make infrequent pilgrimages to Marin because there were great road riding shops and, of course, I wanted to sample the famous trails--though they were already shut down by that time.

Anyhoo, Gary Fisher had a "Red Rocker" Sammy Hagar tribute mountain bike model there for awhile. Bob Weir was also a pretty staunch mountain biking advocate and, as most people know, Gary Fisher had his own ties to the Grateful Dead. So, yeah, lots of 70s and 80s rock and roll connections to the mountain bike scene.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: Thanks Vernon.. I enjoyed this. Ronnie Montrose committed suicide a few years ago., He was one of my guitar god idols.. One of my favorite venues to see him was the Catalyst in Santa Cruz Ca. So sad when I heard he had taken his own life.. His music and guitar playing will live on. Interesting about Hagar,,, did not know he was into riding and owned a shop in Sausalito.. 'Get on your bad motor scooter and ride'
  • + 2
 @oneplanka: Man, I hadn't heard that. Bummer.

I saw a lot of great shows at The Catalyst (I'm a banana slug): John Lee Hooker, the Skatelites, Arrested Development, Fishbone, Bad Manners, Mary's Danish...

NorCal was a good place to grow up in.
  • + 2
 @vernonfelton: we ride UCSC all the time. Demo, Wilder UCSC from hiway 9 for the techy downhill.. I am sure you miss it... We shred it up regularly.. peace on dirt sir, and thanks
  • + 1
 @oneplanka: Love that place.
  • + 5
 I read the first color option as Fingerered and thought "ewwww", then went back and read it again.
  • + 2
 dude, i saw the same thing
  • + 2
 guilty also
  • + 3
 Belt loops please!!!! Or at least the option to have belt loops. Velcro straps work for the first half a dozen rides, but either stretch out or the Velcro loses it ability to stick. Not the case with belt loops.
  • + 4
 If you want a stealth logo just go for black on black or white on white. Personally think this is one of the more tasteful logos
  • + 5
 You mentioned the winter beer gut, but will it accommodate the year-round beer gut?
  • + 1
 I sized up one for a looser fit and it hides the year-round beer gut pretty well.
  • + 4
 Looks nice enough. Could probably fit a few more logos on there just to be safe.
  • + 4
 4W350M3 57UFF! 53R10U55LY!
  • + 2
 If their QC is better than Fox, I'm all ears. I've come to expect very little consistency between mtb garments these days.
  • + 1
 Been wearing mine for a while and QC is top notch.
  • + 1
 Just had a look at the site and I would buy a t-shirt today with that free international shipping if the logo was a LOT smaller. Like a small breast or shoulder logo.
  • + 1
 See NWT's response above.
  • + 2
 Never a fan of their ski outerwear. Breathes like garbage and the cut is super funky
  • + 1
 I like it I've seen many brands with much bigger logos that I Can't customize at all
  • + 1
 Long front zip on jersey? How about some tiger slash marks for vents? In pink and cyan! 867-5309
  • + 2
 Nice, good niche, sensible pricing
  • + 2
 No name and number option? How can I ho fast without a number?
  • + 1
 I prolly wouldnt go for it, but thatd be a pretty sweet option
  • + 1
 Will they sell the riding pajamas without that awful billboard on the front?
  • + 1
 Great philosopher Diamond Dave Lee Roth ! LOL reach down... between my legs...ease the seat back. Panama !
  • - 3
 I need to also add that the jersey doesn't really have a quality made look to it. It honestly looks like a $20 jersey. If you're going to ask that much money for your products, then be sure to deliver top quality. An expensive jersey should look expensive. The shorts look a bit better quality, but the price is absolutely laughable.
  • + 1
 Is that a phone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us?
  • + 3
 If that isn't a phone, I've got serious problems in the anatomy department that no one told me about.
  • + 1
 someone's been hitting the gym
  • + 1
 How does one properly package donuts for the trail? I need to know
  • + 9
 If you have to ask it's not for you.
  • - 2
 They expect me to pay $70 to advertise their brand for them? Could the logo be any bigger?? And $140 for a pair of shorts? lol
  • + 8
 Yes, the logo could quite easily be bigger
  • + 2
 Black logo on a gray chest looks more subtle.
  • + 1
 $130 - $140 dollars for a pair of shorts is pretty standard. High end brands like Maloja, Sweet Protection, and Patagonia all charge +130$ for their shorts. And their logo is really small on the NWT3k shorts.
  • - 1
 ugliest, worst looking gear Ive seen in a while...like since 1998
  • + 1
 reminds me a bit of that polo and hilfiger gear you could see at yo mtv raps in the mid 90ies
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