PNW Components Launches MTB Apparel Line with Lifetime Warranty

Nov 1, 2021
by Sarah Moore  


PNW Components hired a Product Design Director in late 2019 and after two years of work, they are launching their first apparel collection, consisting of a unisex jacket and jersey, and a men's-specific short, today.

The brand better known for dropper posts, handlebars, and stems says that a steady request from customers asking for them to sell riding gear pushed them to enter the category. Their goals with the new apparel line is to "offer garments that are affordable, hold up to the elements, and can be trusted for the long haul."

bigquotesTo support our riders, we wanted to make apparel that feels good, looks good, and will stand the test of time. See you out on the trail!Aaron Kerson, Co-Founder, PNW Components


The Fall '21 MTB Apparel is covered by the same Lifetime Warranty as all other PNW Components branded products. PNW says they are committed to cover any failure due to a manufacturing defect and will repair or replace without charge to the original owner. Full details are here.

PNW is committed to sustainability and the new apparel is manufactured from bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® certified fabrics, and ships in compostable and biodegradable packaging.


Fall 2021 Collection

THE LANDER JACKET
A lightweight trail companion designed for densely forested descents and foggy morning climbs. Designed with an anti-flop back pocket storage system, a helmet friendly hood, and an adventure accommodating fabric to keep you focused on the trail ahead.
• XS, S, M L, XL, XXL (unisex)
• Colours: Super Nova (orange), Neutron (green)
• MSRP: $149 USD




THE OZONE TRAIL JERSEY
Woven from a smart mix of 20% wool and 80% polyester, this jersey is luxuriously soft, breathable, moisture-wicking, quick drying and anti-bacterial. Sleep easy knowing this jersey is Bluesign approved, guaranteeing the fabric meets the demanding requirements of the highest environmental standards for the textile industry.
• XS, S, M L, XL, XXL (unisex)
• Colours: Crater (grey), Helium (blue)
• MSRP $59 USD




THE SHUTTLE SHORT
Focused on comfort, this trail short features a lightweight and mobile fabric that keeps the elements out and all your gear secure, including a cell phone pocket so good at securing your phone you’ll forget you even brought it.
• XS, S, M L, XL, XXL (men's)
• Colour: Eclipse (black)
• MSRP $99 USD




PNW says that this is just the beginning of their long-term plans for the riding apparel segment and they are working on a more extensive line, including more women's-specific pieces.

More details at pnwcomponents.com


111 Comments

  • 130 8
 Nice! No looking like im at a motocross event like other brands.
  • 11 1
 Is this a lifetime warranty like bike frames? Was this ridden in dirt? Was it crashed? No warranty. Here's 10% off on a crash replacement.
  • 2 0
 @firechickenextrasauce: Nope. PNW stands by their stuff. As long as it's not obvious you just broke the item to get a new/updated one, they will replace it.
  • 69 3
 The fact that this is “affordable” just shows how overpriced most MTB clothing is. The margins on a Fox jersey must be huuuge.
  • 6 3
 Does anyone know if Fox actually designs their apparel, or is it just catalog apparel they slap their logo on?
  • 8 1
 @singletrackslayer: All of it is some degree of white labeling but they probably do some design work. Otherwise we'd see the generic version of their stuff all over alibaba.
  • 9 2
 Those shorts are probably $17-25 in cost before freight and duties so $99 isn’t a huge margin if they also sell through dealers. 50% wholesale and 75% direct margins are considered mandatory to have a healthy apparel line.
  • 3 0
 @lefthandohvhater: Which you do.
  • 5 0
 @singletrackslayer: Read the history of Fox and you'll notice the difference between a Fox tail and a Fox head logo. Still all coming from 2 brothers in the beginning.
  • 1 0
 Fox head clothing is typically 40-50% margins most sitting around 45%. I would say most mtb apparel sits in that area.
  • 2 0
 @KarelVarel: Bro! Link it! I want some cheap MTB pants. Unless you are talking about Fox "tail" brand clothing.
  • 2 0
 I doubt it will be this affordable when it’s sold in the UK.
  • 2 0
 @ozarksagd: actually by the time it’s made before duties and such it would be maybe 10$ or less for the shorts 3-5$ for the tee and maybe slightly more ~12 for the raincoat if not less for all three. Margins on clothing are actually insane
  • 3 0
 Totally agree but if it truly is a no questions asked lifetime warranty that could be a good deal. And I'm the type to buy the cheapest Amazon option lol.
  • 1 0
 @monkeybizz: why is that, though? I can imagine that every clothing item sold has to pay for another couple items which get thrown away because they didn’t sell this season. What else? Are designers that much more expensive than engineers?
  • 8 3
 @ozarksagd: but but......profit is evil!!!--Internet basement commies
  • 10 0
 @monkeybizz: Those prices are possible, but not likely. I work in technical apparel design and sourcing so I have some idea of the cost of these fabrics, trims, and CM. By the time it’s all included, the cost of this stuff can really add up. A couple indicators that they may be paying more are that the mill that supplies their fabric maintains Bluesign and other standards and the tee is a wool/poly blend which is never cheap. Also, a small brand like PNW is likely only ordering MOQ of around 600-2,000 which raises the unit cost pretty drastically over big companies like Fox.
  • 1 0
 @singletrackslayer: I know they don’t know how to stitch a seam on there pads. Have had both elbow and knee pads fail within a few months, both on the seams.
  • 1 0
 Target. Just bought some $30 joggers that actually work well for xc/gravel ish mtb.
  • 1 0
 @conoat: Curiously enough, those are then often the same complaining about the lack of a living wage on X activity. I guess reasonable wages are great unless they're the ones having to pay for it
  • 48 0
 Launching shorts in a world of pants. Bold move PNW. Let's see if it pays off.
  • 13 30
flag ridestuff (Nov 1, 2021 at 11:37) (Below Threshold)
 Pants? For mountain biking? Why!?
  • 20 3
 @ridestuff: clean legs at the end of a ride is pretty nice.
  • 14 4
 @ridestuff: what rock do you live under?
  • 26 0
 @blackapturphoto: A rock where it only rains 7" a year. I would never wear pants when riding, why... Because not everyone lives in a cold and rainy climate.
  • 3 8
flag millsr4 (Nov 1, 2021 at 12:50) (Below Threshold)
 @Three6ty: It doesn't have to be actively raining for pants to make sense, especially with all the lightweight options out there. Any time the temp drops below 60F I reach for pants over shorts.
  • 3 0
 @millsr4: I like the feel of pants over shorts and love my current pair in the cold (POC Resistance), but would like to find a pair that works at 60 degrees and become a clammy mess.
  • 24 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: You wear pants over your shorts?
  • 2 0
 @ridestuff: poison oak, thorn bushes, stabby sticks, drier and warmer in rainy and chilly weather etc..
  • 1 0
 @dirtfarmer83: Neah, I just run hot I guess?
  • 15 1
 @ridestuff: seconded. Leg prisons, who needs em. Shorts 24/7/365 and yes, I'm in the PNW....
  • 3 0
 @ridestuff: Because they look cool and no one pedals their bikes anymore.
  • 15 0
 As an Englishman, this talk of pants is just uncouth. If I were to just wear my 'pants' when riding I'd get arrested. I do believe you all mean 'trousers'. Now, back to my tea and crumpets.
  • 1 0
 @millsr4: so where I lived in CA, that was like 6 weeks a year, and only if you were trying to dawn patrol or night ride. lol
  • 1 0
 I appreciate the Canadian not understanding clothes for warm weather!
  • 1 1
 @conoat: Well to each their own but in respect to the rest of the world that weather is definitely an outlier. Also, I grew up and learned to ride in SD so I'm well aware of what CA weather is like. You are also an outlier in CA being British, most people there can't handle any degree of moisture or weather below 65 lol.
  • 1 0
 Between my knee pads and socks not too much is exposed. I prefer my jewels get the freshest of air.
  • 26 0
 @pnwcomponents : if you are truly making gear based on customer suggestions, then I’d like to suggest riding pants with a 34 to 36” inseam. Thanks.
  • 8 0
 @pnwcomponents this this this pleaaaaaaase. All MTB pants are so damn short. Offer a regular and tall cut (36”) please!
  • 12 0
 @pnwcomponents this. Tall skinny dudes everywhere need pants and shorts with longer inseams.
  • 3 3
 RideNF pants are the BEST for this! They come in a super long inseam and are comfy as hell
  • 3 0
 @pnwcomponents

Please with long inseams.

Also zip to knee so that pads can be added after the climb
  • 2 0
 @codiiiiiiiiiiie: I need long trousers too but their website says 32" inseam for sizes L-XXL ...
  • 2 0
 @codiiiiiiiiiiie: Disagree, their pants are nice but not much longer than the rest of em. 32” ain’t it.
  • 2 0
 @codiiiiiiiiiiie: yeah 32" aint super long, that doesn't even cover my ankle bones and if I bend my leg, 32" becomes a capri.
  • 23 2
 This is incredible! As a Washington local, I am not due up for new clothes yet but I will absolutely support PNW when I need new riding gear. Love the simpleness as well.
  • 18 1
 Is the DWR coating adding to the world's PFAS problem or is is something special?
  • 1 1
 I think you mean PFC's (perfluorinated and polyfluorinated compounds).
  • 11 0
 @shirk-007: No I mean PFAS like used in Teflon, and DWR.

www.ewg.org/pfaschemicals/what-are-forever-chemicals.html
  • 2 0
 @stella10: I hear you. Ive been looking at a brand called Organotex (im not their salesman LOL) and they do a DWR style re-coating spray without the nasties in it. Im going to to give it a go.
  • 8 0
 @stella10: Two names for the same thing. The garmet / outdoor industry usually uses the term perfluorochemicals (PFCs). I work for a distributor of Deuter backpacks and they have been working since 2014 to cut PFC's out of their products. Starting 2020 they were able to transition all their product to PFC free.
  • 3 0
 @shirk-007: Nice! Deuter is good stuff.
  • 1 0
 Somewhat unrelated but I ride in the Columbia outdry rain stuff when it’s really nasty. No dwr at all, so it doesn’t matter how dirty it gets and still breathes. And it’s always on sale. (No cool points admittedly though)
  • 1 0
 PFC is the broader term that includes the chemicals PFAS and PFOA. And yes, DWR is a PFC also used by Patagonia. Many companies are transitioning away from these chemicals, but they have yet to find a replacement that compares.
  • 1 0
 My guess is that if it was a PFC free DWR coating they would include (boast) that in the product description or news release, but I don't see it anywhere here or on their product webpages. Endura is the only company in the MTB community that I am aware of which has a PFC free DWR coating - hence the reason I buy their stuff even though they don't get the highest style points...

Endura DWR M: design.endurasport.com/fabrics
M.I.T.I. (Manufacturer of the DWR M Endura uses): www.mitispa.com/dwr
  • 1 0
 @mnrodrigues: From www.rei.com/product/110798/columbia-outdry-ex-eco-tech-shell-rain-jacket-mens "OutDry Extreme tech makes this jacket windproof, waterproof and breathable without using PFC-based waterproofing that can be harmful to the environment"

I think Columbia is just really bad at marketing. lol It doesn't say anywhere on their website

Also, chemicalwatch.com/48212/columbia-sportswear-introduces-pfc-free-rain-jacket
  • 14 1
 I like the lifetime warranty, the aesthetic, and the prices.

I wish they'd include a repair component.

It doesn't have to be as generous as a Patagonia-style free repairs for life, really no questions asked, but something along the lines of, "If you rip your shorts and want to get them fixed, here's this qualified place you can send them to for a reasonable price" would be nice.

I'll also forever whinge about any MTB jersey that doesn't have at least a little pocket somewhere to hold a multi-tool, CO2 cartridge, fruit snacks or similar. I can go without any kind of pack on about 80% of my rides so long as I've got a little jersey pocket. Sucks to have to strap a pack on because you need to carry just a few little things and your jersey doesn't have a pocket.
  • 8 2
 Use a frame strap then or put the multi in your steer tube / pocket lol
  • 5 0
 The running cell phone packs are awesome too. Like $10 on Amazon, Everything compresses up against your body so it doesn't bounce around and it hides under your jersey
  • 5 3
 Just bite the bullet and wear a road jersey. 3 pockets, standard.
  • 31 1
 @VtVolk: I would literally rather carry my CO2 in my booty.
  • 2 0
 Do you ride bottomless? Just throw it in your shorts or pants pocket!
  • 2 0
 @lefthandohvhater: then you can hatch the co2 cartridge out when you need it, and it always stays put!
  • 2 0
 "PNW says they are committed to cover any failure due to a manufacturing defect and will repair or replace without charge to the original owner."
  • 4 0
 I've had good luck with the MTB specific bib shorts under baggies. You get back pockets on the bibs so any carried items are held securely and don't bounce around. I'm not a fan of carrying items in anything baggy as I find things bounce around and get distracting.
  • 3 0
 Swat shorts are the answer
  • 5 0
 @lefthandohvhater: that's a shitty way to fix a flat...
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: Nice one.
  • 1 0
 @lefthandohvhater: Dustin Hoffman has entered the chat…
  • 1 0
 Not to direct business away from PNW Components, but Abit, another NW-based company, makes fantastic shorts with four zippered pockets (as well as a first-class product guarantee). I’ve had a pair since spring and they’re the best shorts I’ve ever owned. Keys, phone, snack and multi tool each have a safe stash spot, and the shorts are equally weighted so they don’t ride weird.
  • 1 0
 @lefthandohvhater: there are actually nice looking long sleeve options now..dont have to be skin suits.
  • 20 8
 Is it me or does the white male model look just like Paul Walker!?! RIP

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 20 0
 Maybe if Jason Bateman and Paul Walker had a kid....
  • 1 0
 Not just you! It was my first thought looking at the photo with the blue jersey
  • 3 0
 @nixgame22: i was just gonna say this also!
  • 3 0
 He loves blue jerseys and the tuna.
  • 5 3
 How dare you assume it's gender or race!
  • 1 2
 Can't see it myself.
  • 1 1
 Who???
  • 2 0
 @unrooted: How dare you!

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 1 1
 @notoutsideceo: just looked him up…it’s a guy from a movie franchise I’ve never been slightly interested in seeing.
  • 7 0
 @pnwcomponents hope you have some full length pants coming soon, tis the season and I'd buy the crap out of them!!
  • 2 0
 Good looking kit. I thought PNW would make more of a value play, but at first glance the quality does look solid. Small comment on the jacket- would love to see more front vents for those of us who run hot and need all the ventilation we can get. Moto gear is so much better at this than bike stuff for some reason.
  • 1 0
 Where is the best place for vents in your opinion? Front? Pits? I'm just curious what works well on moto
  • 2 0
 I think bike gear prioritizes packability more than moto gear, which for many users is probably wise. It almost doesn't matter how well vented a shell jacket is or how poor the weather is; I need to take it off for the climb. I then want it to stow in as small a space as possible so that I don't need a big backpack just to carry the jacket. The jacket goes back on for descents.
  • 2 0
 Pnw’s Life time warranty is bullet proof . Regardless of geological location.. small or large issue. They stand by their word … All my future dropper posts and grips will be at their choice .

Clothing is a great move for them as if it’s anything like their other products it will be quality I hope
  • 4 0
 How do you release shorts and not put the inseam length anywhere?
  • 4 1
 They look too short and there’s not much room around anything but the slimmest pads…
  • 4 0
 This is the first thing I’m looking for. I just want a nice lightweight shirt with a 13.75 inseam, zippered pockets and a nice fit. Dakine Syncline shorts used to be that until they screwed it up with new models and no zips
  • 2 1
 Perfect! However anyone who is making MTB jerseys without bike pass pocket missing the opportunity, It is super comfortable to begin with, and a lot of people ride lift assisted resorts
  • 4 0
 MTB shorts without a thigh-sized logo plastered on them? I'm sold.
  • 6 2
 Wtf. 60 bucks for what is essentially a "t-shirt".
  • 4 1
 But it’s mountain bike specific. That costs a lot extra to make.
  • 1 0
 you must be pretty fancy if you own t-shirts with a wool/poly blend.
  • 2 0
 why does the Asian dude look so pissed?
  • 1 0
 ask James Huang...
  • 1 0
 Love the prices and supporting a smaller company, but hopefully in the future we can add some colors to the shorts...
  • 2 0
 Legends!
  • 1 0
 @pnwcomponents Killing it! How about affordable glasses next?
  • 2 0
 Tall sized please...
  • 1 0
 What a cool line up...quality at a good price
  • 1 1
 What is the point of life time warranty? After all we buy new cloths because we get bored of them.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, or they wear out. Most of my clothes don't fail because of defects, they fail due to wear and tear or because i fall off and rip them, which isn't covered by this warranty if i understand it correctly. Most of the stuff that i've had fail has done so in the first couple of months, which most standard warranties would cover anyway.

They should be offering some incentive against crash damage, wear and tear etc for a long period of time - a repair service maybe, or "send your old kit back so we can recycle the fabrics and you can then get new kit at a big discount".

Or have i missed something?
  • 2 2
 3 different races and and female were represented as model as to satisfy Portlandians...
  • 3 3
 Expensive
  • 1 1
 belt loops.
  • 2 0
 suspenders...
  • 1 1
 - cancelled -
  • 1 3
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