The Good: Abrasive resistant material, flexible crotch gusset, dialed fitting, last forever.
The Bad: Warmer than normal shorts.
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.