About a year ago, we stumbled upon a Portland-based company, Thunderbolt Sportswear and checked out some of their gear. Thunderbolt was founded in 2010 and remains in Portland near Cedar Hills and Barnes Road. Here’s a bit more about them:
We’re a small group of industry veterans who believe there’s a better way, that your favorite clothes can do far more, waste far less, and still look great. We source the finest performance fabrics from the world’s best textile mills, and we produce our clothing in small runs close to home to ensure the highest quality and consistency. While other brands seek out the cheapest mass-produced fabrics and soulless factories, we choose to go in the opposite direction. We prize ultra-premium, sustainable fabrics and local, accountable manufacturing above all.
We know our customers because we are our customers. Our business is not driven by shareholders, outside investors, or a board of directors. We simply serve you, and we’re dedicated to exceeding your expectations with every single cut and stitch.
Why Thunderbolt? Beyond being the source of an ancient, iconic symbol, the thunderbolt is simply a powerful force of nature that equalizes the energy of the heavens and the earth. For us, it captures the idea of turning your dreams (heavens) into reality (earth)—in a flash. This is our goal in designing clothing that encourages everyday adventure, whether off-the-cuff or meticulously planned. Our customers don’t just sit in front of laptops daydreaming about single track runs, alpine rambles, and exotic travels; they make them happen, without hesitation. And that’s who we are and how we live, too. That’s Thunderbolt.
The Wild VP Over Shirt (“Versatile Performance”) is perfect for us here in the Pacific Northwest. Given our need for layering and being prepared for the elements during the majority of the year, this top really holds up to the challenge. It is made from soft shell Schoeller Dryskin fabric that has NanoSphere DWR, which is designed to repel water and dirt. This means that you have a breathable top that is wind and water-resistant, as well as quick drying. I mean, come on Oregonians – this top is ideal for us!
On top of functionality, it is also a really comfortable piece. It’s super stretchy, meaning that it can be worn solo or with layers underneath without a problem. A nylon, polyester, spandex blend is on display and top of the line YKK snaps make buttoning up a one-hand job – something that many of us cyclists and hikers appreciate.
Clearly this is an investment, as the $240 price tag is nothing to sneeze at. I can attest that I have been using my Thunderbolt pants that I received last year consistently for the past year and have seen ZERO wear and tear. Thunderbolt products appear made to last.
Company: Thunderbolt Sportswear
Products & Price:
- Wild VP Over Shirt ($240)
Thank you to Thunderbolt Sportswear for providing us with test items. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.