At a glance
The PNW Lander Jacket is designed with mountain biking in mind and it comes in two colors and 6 different sizes and is made to fit both men and women. Like all PNW products it has a lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects. Price: 149 USDBuy Jackets on
About the brand
PNW Components was founded by Aaron Kerson and his wife, Emily. The price of bikes and components was skyrocketing, and the duo thought they could provide superior quality for a friendlier price than anyone else out there.
Emily has been a biker since day one, working in bike shops and being part of the Marin Marketing team. As a graphic designer, photographer and web developer she compliments Aaron’s knowledge and brings the creative vibes to the PNW office.
Gaining experience and contacts as Product Manager for Specialized and Marin, Aaron is no newby to the bike industry either. With experience in other industries giving him the knowledge on how to successfully build an e-commerce business, the outlines for PNW were set. They currently offer their products through bike shops as well as on their own website, shipping directly from various warehouses across the world.
The PNW brand doesn’t show a sustainability plan on their website, but all their packaging is made of recyclable materials and recycled cardboard. They offer a lifetime warranty, and have a selection of refurbished products for sale on their website giving used but still in working order products a second lease of life.
2021 saw the launch of PNW’s first MTB specific clothing line with jerseys, shorts and this jacket. Although PNW doesn't label this as a full waterproof jacket (there are no taped seams) it does come with a high quality DWR water resistant coating. It has several features like a helmet friendly hood, a really smart back pocket storage system and is made from a 4 way stretch fabric.
This jacket is really aimed at something you wear all day, with plenty of breathability designed for the climbs. There are two huge zippers at the back that not only give you access to the smart back pocket system, but also allow a lot of air flow in combination with the front pockets/airflow vents.
There is a waist band which helps keep the jacket in place when you’re using the back pockets for snacks or your phone. If you do want to pack the jacket, you can easily stuff it into its front pocket, making it easy to stash in a bag or hip pack (which PNW also makes by the way).
Out on the trail
When it comes to fit, the Lander jacket is a nice snug fit without being too tight. The sleeves are long-ish so keep this in mind when ordering. The cuffs are elasticated, but are not extremely tight so expect some air to enter here when you’re picking up speed. Fully zipped up, the jacket does leave quite a bit of your neck exposed, so bring a buff for the really cold days.
The waist strap / back pocket solution is a great find and makes it easy to bring some small stuff along without looking like a roadie. There is no bouncing round or risk of losing the things, and when it gets muddy the stuff you put in there stays clean and dry.
Breathability is really really good of this jacket, and even on extended climbs just zipping it open gave enough ventilation to stay comfortable. One of the most surprising things I found on this jacket is it’s water resistance. Even after multiple muddy ride outs and washes, the DWR layer still did it’s work. It’s not 100% waterproof of course, but for the occasional rain shower combined with splashing through the puddles on a winter's day it keeps you dry enough.
For a first attempt at a complicated product like a bike jacket PNW have done a fantastic job. Especially when you consider the price point. The only thing we’d change would be a different cuff system with either velcro or maybe a magnetic closure to keep the wind out, but other than that this jacket gets a double thumbs up. Great fit, quality product and amazing price point.
This review was in Issue 69 of IMB.For more information visit PNW Components
By Jarno HooglandJarno's life has revolved around two wheels ever since he swung a leg over his first BMX at age 4. After a BMX and DH racing career, he moved on to work for bike shops, distributors and brands before ending up in the editors seat at IMB. Based in the ultimate testing ground in the Swiss mountains, he runs his guiding operation and makes sure every IMB issue is filled with top notch content.