NWT3K Custom Mtn Bike Jersey and Shorts Review 

By Matt Mullins  updated July 23, 2019
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NWT3K has produced top-quality custom ski and snowboard jackets and pants in Seattle, WA, USA for the past 7 years and have more recently entered the world of mountain biking jerseys and shorts. I’m glad they did because my NWT3K mtn bike shorts are my new all time favorites and I’ve owned many including Zoic, Fox, and REI shorts. Through NWT3K’s website you can customize your clothing with a variety of colors and long, mid, and short lengths of shorts and jerseys. I’ve run my shorts and jersey all Summer and Fall on many rides through cool Wasatch Crest trail nights to sweltering Southern Utah days; the following is what I’ve learned. The quality of materials and stitching is simply top notch. As far as shorts go, I don’t think you can find better. I love the design and the durable, stretch material of the shorts. I dislike small pockets, thankfully these shorts have 5 generous zippered pockets. I comfortably carry my CO2 pump, multi-tool, and glueless patch kit in the back zip pocket. My phone rides in my left side pocket while an energy bar and keys ride in the right with room to spare. With the gear in my pockets and a water bottle on the bike, I can easily leave my backpack at home on shorter rides.
The author wearing his NWT3K bike clothing.
My cheerful self wearing the NWT3K jersey and shorts on the Wasatch Crest Trail.

A High-Quality Fit

The jersey shares the high-quality and superb stitching of the shorts. Like the shorts it has a comfortable free ride design that isn’t too tight or loose. For relative sizing: I’m 6′ 1″ and 175 lb. and the medium in both jersey and shorts (standard length) fit me very well. If you can tell from the photos, the jersey wears like a comfortable t-shirt. The back of the shirt has a longer tail-end that helps cover your butt while riding and keeps mud and water from flipping into your crack… it happens. You can also choose to add a zippered stash pocket. The jersey fabric wicks and breathes well. It’s a fairly thick stretchable material that should last a long time. Unlike the shorts which are neither slick nor rough, the jersey fabric has a slick feel to it, maybe something like the feel of thicker lycra. This presents a possible drawback that may divide opinions. I like the jersey and don’t mind the slicker feel, however a good riding buddy of mine prefers non-slick jerseys. I personally feel that the thicker jersey material lends itself best to long sleeve weather rather than the hot summer days in Utah’s desert. It makes a fantastic shoulder season jersey where you push hard, sweating up hills, and want some light insulation with good breathability. That said, the jersey seems well designed for the cool coastal climate of the Pacific Northwest where it’s made.

I’ll be getting more NWT3K clothing in the future, which is probably the best complement a company could earn. I hope this review’s been helpful and hope it helps out a small local American manufacturer that does things right.

You can find the custom mountain bike shorts directly through NWT3K here and the jersey here.

*Note that I don’t receive any money or compensation for writing this review.

Your gear tester, Matt Mullins, using all American made gear on Kongma La Pass, Nepal while trekking to Everest.

Author wearing NWT3K Bike Shirt and Shorts.
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