Men's Apparel Randoms - Pond Beaver 2021

Apr 12, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  
Troy Lee Designs Skyline pants

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Pant

Riding pants used to be reserved for the downhill crowd, bulky, overbuilt things that weren't all that different from motocross pants. Times have changed, and there's now an abundance of lighter weight, and much more versatile options on the market. Troy Lee Designs' Skyline pants are incredibly comfortable - they feel closer to pajamas than something designed for riding around in the mud - with a tapered fit that still leaves room for knee pads. A reinforced panel on the right side protects the pants from drivetrain damage, and there are two zippered hip pockets, plus Velcro waist adjusters.

Colors: Camo Green, Black. Sizes: 30 - 38. MSRP: $109 USD. More info:

Vents behind the knees help keep air flowing, and a stretchy rear panel helps keeps them in place.
A reinforced panel prevents chains and chainrings from ripping the fabric.

Gore Passion Shorts & Trail LS Shirt

Gore is keeping the enduro blue color alive with their new Passion Shorts ($70) and Trail LS shirt ($70). Don't worry though, if that color is a little too flashy for your tastes there are also black and grey options, or an orange 'Fireball' color that's even brighter. The shorts have a DWR coating to help keep light precipitation at bay, and have a Velcro waist band on each side to adjust the fit if you binge on too many mid-ride snacks. There's a zippered cargo pocket on the right leg, plus a mesh lined pocket on each hip.

The jersey is constructed from a lightweight, breathable polyester fabric, with a relaxed fit that leaves room for other layers or armor.

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Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi's Summit shirt ($75) is a colorful and airy option for riders looking for something a little different than the typical polyester t-shirt. The shoulder seams are positioned to avoid interference with backpack straps, and the fabric uses Pearl Izumi's Go Fresh anti-stink technology that makes it possible to wash it less often.

Don't forget about the little guys. Pearl Izumi's junior collection is for the groms who don't want to wear dad's baggy hand-me-downs. The Junior Summit top ($45) is constructed from a 95% recycled polyester, with a relaxed fit and range of sized aimed at riders age 9 - 14.

The Junior Canyon Shorts ($60) come with a removable chamois, and have a stretchy elastic waist.

More info:

Garrett shirt.
Shaw shirt.

Flylow Gear

Flylow got their start in the skiing world, but they've broadened their horizons with a mountain bike apparel collection, since riding's pretty much the best way to pass the time until the snow flies again. The Garrett shirt ($65) is constructed from polyester and has a Polygiene anti-stink treatment, along with a sewn-in glasses wipe and a drop tail for extra coverage. It's also available without the logo for riders who like their clothing to have as little branding as possible. The same goes for the $75 Shaw shirt, a relaxed long-sleeve option that's also received the Polygiene treatment.

The Preston shorts have a simple, no-frills design, with a 12.5" inseam and three different color options.

More information:

Preston short.
Preston short


Fasthouse has been growing their mountain bike apparel line ever since they branched out from their moto roots four years ago, and for 2021 they've added several new colors and styles to the lineup. Shown is the Alloy Star jersey ($55), the Crossline 2 shorts ($100) and Ridgeline glove ($32).

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Pond Beaver 2021


  • 200 0
 Why aren't there any pictures of the TLD pants?
  • 44 1
 They got John Cena to wear them for the shoot
  • 27 0
 literally just a picture of a wall?
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flag willdavidson9595 (Apr 12, 2021 at 12:08) (Below Threshold)
 There are they must have not loaded on your device yet.
  • 24 0
 Spy shot photographers hate this one trick!
  • 2 0
 Let’s go hunting!
  • 7 0
Norco should cover their prototype bikes with TLD pants!
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: omg...that’s brilliant
  • 3 0
 @willdavidson9595: Should I explain it to him? xD
  • 4 0
 There's one, but it appears that the pants just cover the inside of your ankle? I'd hardly call them pants if all they cover is the inside of your ankle.
  • 2 14
flag willdavidson9595 (Apr 12, 2021 at 19:16) (Below Threshold)
 JK, I got the joke, nobody could be that out of touch...
  • 92 2
 I feel like my skill level is too low and fatness is too high to legitimately wear any Fasthouse gear.
  • 68 0
 Solid self awareness.
  • 11 0
 The Pearl Izumi shirt is more our speed. PI x Tommy Bahama collab coming soon?
  • 4 0
 That’s why I have yet to buy any. Same with Troy Lee jerseys that say racing, or fast on them.
  • 48 0
 I wear Fasthouse stuff but cross out the first 's' to make it way more accurate
  • 5 3
 It all looks like pajamas today. When forced to buy new stuff, the plainer the better for me.
  • 2 1
 Fast is a state of mind when you wear fasthouse. Your actual speed doesn't matter.
  • 38 0
 My favorite MTB clothing is the ones that doesn’t have the brand plastered all over it as big as they can get it.
  • 14 0
 Right? It’s kinda weird wearing a shirt with tld chin to dick and then having shorts with a huge fox head on the sides
  • 8 0
 There's a road bike brand called "The Black Bibs" that makes good quality, completely unlabelled gear, for excellent prices.
I just wish they'd expand into mtb or someone else would copy their business model.
  • 3 0
 Helly Hansen, Marmot. Between these two, I have something to ride in for every type of weather, and look sharp doing it.
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13: love those bibs.
  • 7 0
 My favorite is last years models when they are on discount blow out.
  • 2 0
 @dwee: SO PERFECT
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 @filmdrew: why I ride in dickies
  • 1 0
 May I suggest Ride NF, expensive but quality is bar none...
  • 1 0
 Most companies will now do two ranges, one subtle and one loud. Subtle for trail riders and loud for racers.
The main focus for a ‘race kit’ is to stand out in photos, if you watch the supercross everyone is wearing crazy bright colours to stand out.
  • 33 1
 If a company puts out mountain bike specific shorts with pockets that aren't zippered, I have a hard time seeing people buying those over shorts with zippered pockets
  • 5 7
 As long as the openings don't run vertically (and inevitably lead to stuff falling out when I sit down) I don't want zippers, especially on the standard hand pockets. (See the Gore shorts above as opposed to the Flylows) But I do like a single separate zippered pocket elsewhere.
  • 6 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: meh, my fox ranger shorts have 3 pockets without closures and I have never lost anything out of them. Unfortunately I still don't trust them and have to pat myself down everytime I stop.

I'll take zippers and too many pockets all day. I can always leave a pocket unzipped or empty.
  • 5 0
 @RonSauce: you just need to get a piercing somewhere to tether your keys to while you ride.
  • 2 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: Yeah I'm sure the horizontal pockets are much more secure, but whenever I crash or go through a rowdy section of roots, i still prefer the peace of mind that I'm 100% not gonna lose something
  • 20 4
 where are the images of the Troylee pants?? I just see feet and floating arms
  • 3 29
flag extratalldirtrider (Apr 12, 2021 at 10:27) (Below Threshold)
 Their website maybe?
  • 2 1
 @extratalldirtrider: congratulations, you just got more downvotes than the comment got upvotes
  • 2 6
flag extratalldirtrider (Apr 13, 2021 at 8:12) (Below Threshold)
 @pinkbike1000: I didn’t realize it was a competition plus I was just stating a recommendation. As an FYI their website only has a couple of basic photos. Good luck.
  • 10 1
 mountain bike shorts without ZIP on the main pockets. what a freaking useful innovationBig Grin Sometimes I realise MTB apparel is the mooooost overrated and overpriced thing in our sport.
  • 11 0
 proper mtb shorts are the only specific bike clothing i buy anymore. all other things i buy at end of year sale at the outdoorshop.
  • 3 0
 This may be super nitpicky, but I like a combo - I find jeans style front pockets don't need to be zipped and can easily store quick access items without much fear of them falling out (see the front pockets on the gore shorts). I've literally never lost anything from this type of pocket over hundreds of rides. I'm much less trusting of the style on the flylow shorts that go low.

That said, i like a zipper pocket to store my ID and keys in. Will give an other +1 vote on MTB specific shorts. Catching shorts on your seat going into some steep shit is no bueno...but so is MSRP pricing, which we're all being forced to pay during covid.
  • 2 0
 Yeah its so dumb. My favorite Dakine Syncline shorts actually REMOVED the zippers in a newer version. That way I'm sure to lose my keys/phone or whatever else I feel like losing that day. If stuff is just going to fall out with no zippers, why not just make them without pockets. And no I don't want keys/phone in the thigh pocket digging into my thigh while I pedal. This is defintely a MTB specific item that I buy tho, specifically with a 13.75+ inseam. Everything else just has a a low crotch that gets snagged on stuff.
  • 8 1
 Cycling clothing can't decide what it is anymore. The market is demanding lycra with a beer mug, sheep and/or a skeleton on it and all we get are pastels, camo and mustard
  • 19 0
 The market is demanding what?
  • 3 0
 cant peacock without peacock feathers
  • 3 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: the market has spoken
  • 7 0
 Starting off strong with Napoleon Dynamite in the first picture...just missing the snow boots.
  • 7 0
 It would be cool if bike apparel companies made pants that are long enough for tall people.
  • 4 0
 Yes! It needs to be long, but not wide.
  • 1 0
 @roostmaster: Exactly. The TLD 34 waist pants would be absurdly short for me.
  • 1 0
 @HB208: it's prohibitively (is that the right word?) expensive but I got myself a Norrona fjora flex1. They fit nicely (not tight, not wide) and have the perfect length for me (191cm height, 93cm step length).
  • 5 1
 and the fabric uses Pearl Izumi's Go Fresh anti-stink technology that makes it possible to wash it less often.

Do people not wash their riding gear after every ride? Y'all are nasty
  • 5 0
 No more flashy colours, no more wild camo, no more Sombrio. I'll keep mine forever!
  • 9 0
 I miss Sombrio (proper early sombrio, not the newer stuff)
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 @CustardCountry: I have an original Sombrio short from way over 10 years ago. It STILL doesn't have any holes or worn-through areas, despite uncountable miles and dozens of crashes. With this ridiculous longevity it's no wonder they went out of business!
  • 1 0
 @theobviousfaker: I’ve got an old pair of first gen Pinner shorts that are still going strong.
  • 2 0
 those shorts looks like trail/beach shorts not MTB, this pocket aliment like casual style clothing is not comfortable when you are in attack position;

FOX/TLD actually have some nice pockets alignments moving them to the side with vertical load when you are in attack position (with zipper obviously) which make them superior

MTB closing are far behind comparing to other sports;

Also why not to put breathability / waterproof rating ?
  • 4 0
 Pearl Izumi Shirt as worn by Thomas Magnum PI
  • 1 0
 Great to see something that’s bright and waaaay out there given the last 13 dreary months!
  • 3 0
 And only $75, I think I'm going to buy 2!
  • 3 0
 aka Sphagnum PI
  • 1 0
 I am too cheap for real mtb jerseys but could use a few midweight (45-60*f) long sleeves. Any suggestions on where to buy mesh like long sleeve tech tees for $20-25? Plain colors preferred.
  • 2 0
 Walmart Target Amazon or closeout moto jerseys from Rocky Mountain ATV
  • 1 0
 I’ve been wearing the short sleeve version of these at $7 ea, long sleeve ones are more but there’s always a promotion that knocks more $ off. Really durable, and wicks moisture well. They are lightweight, though so maybe not exactly what you need...
  • 1 0
 Hanes has long sleeve workout t's, two for ~$18 depending on color.
  • 1 0
 I just get the Troy Lee regular shirts when I come across them. Not quite jersey but light enough to ride in and like $25. And to make most people in this thread happy, they’re not giant TLD billboards
  • 1 0
 How tall is the rider pictured? Looks slim and the TLD pants don’t look like high waters. I could only wish they’re 6’2” + as I’d love someone to finally offer tall sizing.
  • 2 0
 I'm only buying moto gear from now on. A lot of it is exactly the same at half the dang price...
  • 1 0
 You wont get me spending on any of this polyester mush, I get by plenty on cut down nyco BDU's and suitable shirts for a fraction of the cost of this kinda stuff.
  • 1 0
 Flylow biking gear doesn't appear to be on their website? I liked the relaxed style and wear Flylow pants for skiing that have been bombproof.
  • 2 0
 Summat about the fasthouse branding and logo I just can't get into.
  • 2 1
 Pearl Izumi....that shirt is disco....look funky on the trail and be ready for the pub....Boom
  • 2 0
 Pearl Izumi with the unexpected steez! Aaaand it's sold out.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know if TLD 2021 gear fits true to size? Had some ridiculous sizing in prior yrs. Cheers
  • 1 0
 Any news on when the Fly Low stuff will be available? Nothing about in on their website yet
  • 1 0
 I thought it was impossible to make a pair of cycling pants under $150. What kind of sourcery did TLD use to do this?
  • 1 0
 Never forget that Mirra-- a millionaire and Fox athlete-- rode in Dickies for over a decade ☝️
  • 1 0
 Those Fasthouse shorts are basically identical to the Pearl Izumi burgundy enduro shorts from a few seasons back...
  • 1 0
 TLD pants must be knockoffs. Price is too low.
  • 1 0
 Pants becoming a must with Poison Oak this season
  • 1 0
 For all who don't know: Fashion don't belong to MTB
  • 1 0
 If it ain't black, it's wack.
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  • 1 0
 soooo many pj's

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