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Troy Lee Designs Moto Shorts

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    “These are DH shorts through and through”

    The Good: Abrasive resistant material, flexible crotch gusset, dialed fitting, last forever.

    The Bad: Warmer than normal shorts.

    Overall Review:

    The Troy Lee Design Moto short is made from a super durable polyester for the ultimate protection against nasty fall. At a glance they're a great short but really its the finer touches that really make these things shine.

    If you're not familiar with them then this is what you need to know. I've been using these shorts since 2006 and as a whole they haven't changed too much. The material their made from is the almost the exact same if not the same. These things are tough but feel a bit rougher than you're typical riding short. That's because they're made to last after repeated abuse. Don't expect to be sending these in for a JRA warranty because they're not ripping unless you come at them with some power tools. The rougher feel quickly gets forgotten about though while you're riding. In 2006 they didn't hinder movement and now in 2013 they provider even more freedom. TLD added a few years back a stretch crotch yoke to flex in all directions without it getting snagged on your rig.

    The crotch yoke is just the start of the little details that put these shorts on the top of the podium. Other features that are must haves are:

    1. Ratchet fitting system: This kicks ass. Velcro straps on other shorts get gunked up with lint or wear out over time. This thing is robust and dials in a super secure waist fit.

    2. Zippers suck. Especially if you're wearing gloves and a neck brace. TLD knows this so what did they put together? A magnetic cargo pocket. It's a cinch to grab a fiver for a hot dog at Zoggs without having to completely derobe.

    3. The mesh liner has been improved. Although these shorts still get hot. In the last 7 years they've gotten plenty more breathable. Thanks TLD.

    All in all these things are amazing. At first they seem expensive at almost $90.00 for a pair but you're going to have them for at least 7 years and they'll probably be around still after you've turned into dirt.

    “TLD moto shorts”

    The Good: Sizing, Adjustability, Pockets, Strength

    The Bad: Maybe a bit heavy duty for more AM/XC type riding

    Overall Review:

    I am very impressed with these shorts. They have survived multiple crashes into trees/rocks/roots/other riders with no sign of any wear or tear. In fact, they almost look new still after over a year of use!

    There are two things I love about these shorts.

    1. The pockets. Yeah, pretty simple but I am always surprised to see how many MTB shorts have pockets without zips! Zips are vital (no pun intended) if you are mountain biking in my opinion! Luckily the TLD ones have three such pockets, one on each leg and another (that I have never actually used) at the back. Each pocket also has a flap that is secured by a popper to cover the zip,presumably to stop the water getting in. Have kept phones/keys/etc in the pockets in torrential scottish rain with no problems.
    2. The waist adjuster. This consists of a ratchet type system that allows you to adjust the waist size by a small amount. It works brilliantly to give perfect fit...so long as you pick the correct waist size in the fist place.

    The shorts also include removable padding (attached via velcro) to protect your thighs. Not too sure how much difference this really makes, but its nice to have it! The pads can get a bit churned up if washed with other bits of velcro so best to remove them before washing and wash separately.

    The only down point about these shorts is that they are a bit heavy and hot for AM riding. They are, however, designed as a DH short and so this is not really a problem if used the way they were meant to be.

    Overall, brilliant and a worthy investment that I can see lasting years!


    Riding Type Freeride, Downhill
    Material 600 denier polyester material for durability and protection
    Pockets Cargo pockets on leg
    Size 30-38
    Colors Blue, Green, White, Fluorescent Yellow, Black, Red
    Miscellaneous Ratchet system waist adjustment. Full mesh liner. Reflective detailing on rear leg. Updated lighter weight TPRs.
    Price $84.00
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