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Pacific Crest Expeditions - The Wild VP Over Shirt!

February 26, 2023

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December 21, 2023

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Cafe Fashions: Max Comfort from Thunderbolt Jeans

Cafe Fashions: Max Comfort from Thunderbolt Jeans

November 22, 2023

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Thunderbolt Sportswear Original Jeans - Mark II, Lite  Granite with Schoeller® Dryskin and Nanosphere® in front of water

Thunderbolt Introduces the Mark II - Lite!

August 19, 2023

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Thunderbolt Sportswear Original Jeans - Mark II with Schoeller® Dryskin and Nanosphere® in Ryan's Carry-on from Our World Edventure

Our World Edventure - Thunderbolts In Ryan's Carry-On Bag

May 15, 2023

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Bass Angler product showcase with Thunderbolt Sportswear Original Jeans - Mark II with Schoeller® Dryskin and Nanosphere®

Bass Angler Magazine Hot Product Showcase!

May 01, 2023

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FeedTheHabit.com Gear Review - Original Jeans - Mark II

April 17, 2023

Review: Thunderbolt Sportswear Mark II Original Jeans

One big challenge to being a plain-clothes bike commuter is finding pants that’ll move with you, give a little weather protection, are durable, and don’t look like cycling pants. The Thunderbolt Sportswear Mark II Original Jeans fit the bill on all fronts.

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April 07, 2023

They’re still going strong. I still wear these almost every day and they still perform and look as good as ever. Being so impressed with the first six months I’ve been more tough on them over the winter months. I’ve played with my son in the snow, sledding, snowblowed the driveway after storms (so much better doing this than in my old denim jeans!), did yard work, tore down an old swing set and helped friends move. I’m at the point now that I don’t consciously think about whether I’m being too hard on them and they always come away looking no worse for wear.
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Thunderbolt Sportswear Original Jeans - Mark II Alloy with Schoeller® Dryskin and Nanosphere® bended knee on bike

The Best Commuter Pants for Cyclists - Men's Journal

March 29, 2023

These are your go-to commuter pants during cold, tough weather. Rugged Schoeller Dryskin soft-shell fabric comes with sleet-slaying NanoSphere treatment. Built for unapologetic protection and free-spinning knees, the rest of the pant delivers no-frills waist closure, a zipped fly, and patch pockets, along with one zipped rear pocket. But the big sell here is that the jeans are far warmer than most. You'll be laughing in the face of major downpours, Westerlies, and splash-inducing traffic.
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Lonely Planet Travel Gear Reviews: Get Ready for Adventure in 2017

February 20, 2023

Thunderbolt Sportswear jeans

For active travel in cool climates Thunderbolt jeans are an excellent choice. Despite the ‘jeans’ tag, they’re not denim, but a technical fabric which is wind-resistant, water-resistant and dirt-resistant on the outside while comfortable on the inside thanks to its soft lining and four-way stretch. So you can wear them all day, sightseeing in the city or hiking in the hills, and they still look good when you go to a bar in the evening.

  • Plus points: durable, comfortable, weather-resistant; male's sizes only
  • Worth noting: one rear pocket has a hidden security zip, useful to guard against pickpockets
  • Cost: $200
  • Rating: quality 9/10; practicality 9/10; value 8/10
  • More info: thunderboltsportswear.com
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Active Junky - Innovative Gear & Apparel: New Tech for the New Year

January 04, 2024

Missions to Mars aren’t the only dreams engineers are carrying around in their pulsing grey matter. These Active Junky selections turn yesterday’s imaginings into relevant products ready to wear and carry now.

Thunderbolt Sportswear Original Jeans – Mark II, Alloy: Science takes to the streets

Walk it. Ride it. Get on the next jet to nowhere and you’re ready with this Portland designed-and-sewn pant. Active Junky plowed in to life, powered by Schoeller Dryskin soft-shell fabric with integrated NanoSphere treatment. Even without a Nobel Prize, you’ll turn the mysteries of the sub-molecular cosmos into a great fitting, nearly-armored pair that tips the scales at only about a pound. Testers loved the unhemmed approach to getting started with a waistband that’s more for via ferrata than franks and tatter tots. Fit trim with straight legs and a stealth right rear pocket, Thunderbolt Original Jeans still allow four-way stretch to escape with your anatomy feeling good and your style more than intact. Other than a pair of boardshorts, this product caps off your quick-escape packing list even if nasty weather is anticipated. Call it on the money. And on the mark.

Best For: Casual to commute to travel as a quiver-of-one pant vetted by demanding reviewers at Active Junky

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Thunderbolt Sportswear Original Jeans - Mark II Blacktop with Schoeller® Dryskin and Nanosphere® with Bike Rumor leaning on bike

Bike Rumor - Thunderbolts are "Super Awesome Commuter Pants"!!

December 01, 2023

Super Awesome Commuter Pants Review – with bonus material!

The Thunderbolt Sportswear Original Jeans – Mark II are not denim. They’re Schoeller Dryskin Soft-shell, which is perhaps one of the greatest fabrics ever to grace my skin. The “soft-shell” part of the  name means it’s fleecy on the inside, which makes them super soft but a little warm, putting them squarely in the not-for-summer category. They’re a basic five pocket design and come in three colors – slate (gray), original (basically black with contrasting stitching), and Blacktop (tested, black with black stitching). Sizing runs from 28 to 38 in even sizes with 30, 32 and unhemmed lengths. I tested 34 x Unhemmed and fit was true to size. I’m typically a big 33, so I order 34 to make room for my massive burrito meals and general comfort.

The pants are designed and sewn in Portland, OR, using the Swiss fabric. They have a light 4-way stretch, are wind repellant and have a Nano-Sphere water resistant coating on top of the Dryskin fabric’s inherent water repellency.

Unhemmed length should easily suit up to a 36″ inseam, and I’ve simply folded mine up once until I can get to a tailor (aka “Sweetie”).

On the bike and off, they move right and sit well. They’re straight leg, which works well for muscular thighs (which I’ll have one day because #everydayislegday). 

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