Custom vs Stock:  Which Uniform Should I Buy?


One of the exciting (albeit stressful) parts of being a coach is picking out new uniforms. If your school is like most, getting new uniforms isn’t an every-year occurrence. Most teams are on a 3 to 4 year rotation at minimum. In other words, when you do pick out uniforms, you need to pick the right ones. Here are a few things to consider before pulling the trigger on that next set of uniforms.

  1. Turnaround: In general, stock uniforms will usually be quicker than custom. A typical turnaround time for a stock set of uniforms is probably 3-4 weeks while most custom uniforms will take a minimum of 6-8 weeks. However, there are a lot of companies offering a 4 week turnaround on custom uniforms right now. This super quick delivery has really started to level the playing field between the two options.
  2. Quality: This really varies between stock and custom options. Obviously, your custom uniforms will always be on the higher end. The fabrics, method of decoration and overall build of the uniform will be better. That said, there are also a lot of really nice stock uniforms on the market. The main distinguisher between the two is often the decoration. Most stock uniforms will need to be screen-printed which is not as durable of a decoration method as custom sublimation.
  3. Price: For most people, this is the main factor. If you stay within the same brand, the custom option will always be more expensive. However, if you are ok getting a custom uniform from a brand that isn’t as recognizable, you’ll often come out cheaper than a stock option from a recognized brand like Nike or Adidas.  You just have to ask yourself how important that name brand is 😊.

For more questions on the differences between stock and custom uniforms, please feel free to contact us at or by phone at 800 340 8958.

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