Troy Lee Designs' New Women's Apparel Line-Up - Pond Beaver 2020

Apr 8, 2020
by Sarah Moore  
Photos by Mark Mackay
Troy Lee Designs has completely overhauled their women's line of apparel.


Troy Lee Designs has completely overhauled their entire women's line-up for 2020, with three new collections of apparel. The Lilium Collection is made using stretchy, quick-dry materials and is aimed at trail riders heading out on all-day pedal fests, the Mischief Collection has a more relaxed fit and is designed for the bike park rider with more durable materials, and the Luxe shorts aim to bring yoga-pant comfort to riding shorts.

All women's apparel is made of certified Bluesign approved material and is available in sizes XS through XL.


Leigh Donovan riding the new line in Utah.


Lilium Collection

The Lilium Collection is made using stretchy, quick-dry materials and is aimed at trail riders heading out on all-day pedal fests.

Lilium Tops:
• 4-way Stretch Knit
• UPF 20+ (solid areas)
• Wicking and quick dry finishes
• Flatlocked comfort seams
• Short Sleeve available in Solid Deep Fig, Floral Charcoal, Floral Black, Solid Black
• Long Sleeve available in Solid Deep Fig, Floral Charcoal, Floral Black, Solid Black Floral Emerald, Solid Dusk, Solid Black/White
MSRP: $70-85 USD Long Sleeve / $60 USD Short Sleeve
Lilium Shorts:
• 4-way stretch woven
• Comfort waist adjustment system
• Strategic laser perforated zones
• 3 zippered pockets
• Fabric waist adjusters
• Silicone print on inside waistband
• Zipper fly with snap closure
• Available in Emerald, Charcoal, Black, Smoked Petal, Golden, Floral Black, Emerald
MSRP: $129 USD with liner / $99 USD without liner


Photos by Mark Mackay
The women's Lilium short in emerald. With the liner, the short retails for $119 USD. The women's Mischief jersey retails for $65.

Photos by Mark Mackay
The Lilium Short Sleeve Women’s Jersey that Christina is wearing uses a quick-dry 4-way stretch knit, is available in solid black or deep fig and retails for $60 USD. The women's Luxe short pictured in deep fig is $119 USD.

Photos by Mark Mackay
Rear details of the Luxe short and the Lilium Short Sleeve Women's jersey in solid black.

Photos by Mark Mackay
The Lilium jersey also comes in floral black and floral grey. Pictured here with the Luxe shorts in solid deep fig. The Luxe shorts retail for $119 USD.


Mischief Collection

The Mischief Collection has a more relaxed fit and is designed for the Park rider with more durable materials.

Mischief Tops:
• 4-Way Stretch Knit body and sleeves
• Way stretch knit mesh underarms and back for airflow venting
• UPF 20+ (front body and sleeves)
• Wicking and quick dry finishes
• 3/4 Sleeve for versatile riding conditions
• Available in Leopard White, Floral Black, Dusk, Deep Fig, Solid Charcoal
MSRP: $65 USD
Mischief Shorts:
• 4-way stretch woven
• Comfort waist adjustment system
• 3 zippered pockets
• Fabric waist adjusters
• Silicone print on inside waistband
• Zipper fly with snap closure
• Available in Black, Golden, Deep Fig, Cheetah Black, Duck, Charcoal
MSRP: $139 USD without liner, $109 with liner USD


Photos by Mark Mackay
Women's Mischief short have waist adjusters and retail for $139 USD with a liner or $109 without the liner.

Photos by Mark Mackay
Subtle floral details on the Mischief jersey.

Photos by Mark Mackay
The 3/4 Mischief jersey in the bold leopard white colourway.

Photos by Mark Mackay
Bike park ready with the Mischief jersey.

Photos by Mark Mackay
The new low-profile Stage arm guards use D3O foam to protect you against impacts. They retail for $69 USD.



Luxe Collection

The Luxe shorts aim to bring yoga-pant comfort to riding shorts.

Luxe Shorts:
• 4-way Stretch Woven body
• 4-Way Stretch Knit waist and side panels
• Comfort easy on wear system
• Strategic laser perforated zones
• Stretch drawstring waist adjust system
• Silicone print on inside waistband
• Available in Floral Black, Deep Fig & Solid Black
MSRP: $119 USD

Photos by Mark Mackay
The waist-band on the Luxe shorts takes its design cues from the most comfortable piece of clothing in history - the yoga pant. It doesn't come with a liner, but it's comfortable with one. Pictured here with the liner that is an option to come with the Lilium and Mischief shorts.

Photos by Mark Mackay
The rotary phone compatible Ace 2.0 gloves retail for $36 USD.


Here is Kialini Hines modeling a couple of the additional colourways. See them all at here.






See them all at here.


Photos by Mark Mackay


72 Comments

  • 23 1
 Mischief Jersey makes you a TIGER KING (or queen). For the win!
  • 8 0
 I talked to a dude at Sedona fest, he was bummed that jersey wasnt available in "mens" and this was BEFORE tiger king popularity went off! haha.
  • 14 0
 Am I allowed to wear the girls clothes?


Asking for a mate
  • 4 0
 @Waldon83: Absolutely, i'd recommend the floral shorts.
  • 2 0
 @stikmanglaspell: Make a men's jersey in white with gold and I'll snag one for sure. A men's jersey similar would be wicked
  • 1 0
 @stikmanglaspell: yes!! It’s like y’all could read the future haha
  • 18 0
 Nice collab between TLD and Joe Exotic.
  • 9 0
 We're talking to Jeff Lowe next, and Hummer.
  • 15 1
 I tell ya who'd like that tiger print jersey. That b*tch, Carole F*cken Baskin
  • 3 0
 That made me almost cough up my breakfast!
  • 7 0
 Glad companies are giving the choice of with or without liner. I wear quality bibs under baggies so I have paid extra for a box of unused so-so liners. And you can't give them away.
  • 9 3
 facepalm, TLD;
you don't want a seam right where your index finger meets the brake lever.
  • 10 1
 My TLD gloves have that, and they *seam* to work pretty well. In fact, I don't notice them at all.
  • 3 0
 Hmmm, our ACE gloves have been our best seller for mens and womens, for about...4 years? So, best seller and athlete favorite. I agree with your logic, doesnt make sense, but you don't notice it riding.
  • 4 1
 @stikmanglaspell: you have the best gloves in the business and by a fair margin. It is a WAKI fact #0002.

Love the white kit. I’d love one like that for males too. And please... bring back white SE and GP gloves!!! Have 3 pairs of red GPs ATM so you have 2 more years Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Have worn and love these gloves for a while now. What I don't love, is a seam in the palm. I find it much more noticeable.
  • 1 0
 @stikmanglaspell: I had some and they were great, but they didn't have that seam then.
  • 3 0
 **I actually ordered and tried the new Mischief, Luxe, and Lilium shorts in size Large. I’m athletic, 5’10” and 175ish lbs, 37-yr-old woman. Here’s my feedback!**

To be honest, when I hear a brand say "it's hard to make everybody happy" I tend to hear "it's hard to make women happy" because our bodies are more varied/diversely shaped than mens bodies. Hate to burst @stikmanglaspell's bubble, but the opinions regarding fit & function from "TLD female athletes" are not relevant or relatable for the majority of women who ride mtb because the vast majority of us are not pro athletes in physique, lifestyle, etc. Don’t get me wrong - I ride Every. Damn. Day. when the trails are open. EVERY DAY. I race the occasional enduro here and there. I enjoy the occasional epic 8-hr backcountry ride. I love riding my mountain bike, but my body is not in elite athlete shape because that's not my reality.

I get that "an entirely female crew designed and developed this range" and that is awesome, but was that female crew diverse in shape/size/body type? Did that female crew connect with enough regular riders out in the real world to get a sense of the diversity of women's bodies? Did that female crew look at non-mtb specific brands that do really well at creating durable, functional clothing that fit a wide range of women's bodies well? (i.e. Athleta, Duluth Trading Co, Eddie Bauer, etc.)

For what it's worth I think the comments from @bicyclelifestyle are spot on and echo my own personal experience as a woman shopping for mtb apparel.

On the positive side, the colors are GREAT!! Love all the options beyond grey and black, especially the "golden" color. The attention to pocket locations and zippers is also outstanding. I really appreciate how the TLD logo is relatively subtle on the shorts, there's nothing more obnoxious than a huge splashy logo on apparel. Being able to buy a short without a liner is much appreciated too! The 4-way stretch fabric is definitely a winner, but the cut of the products just isn't working. On my body, every pair of shorts except the Luxe was stretched to the max across my butt and hips, but then the waistband at the back was loose/gapping and unfortunately, the velcro "waist adjusters" do absolutely nothing to remedy that. The adjusters are on some kind of bungee strap that if anything, just make the front waistband feel tighter but do not affect the back gap. (If you google 'waistband gap on women' you'll see this is an extremely common problem with ladies apparel.) It also didn't make sense to me that on the Lilium the adjusters extend from the back of the waistband, but on the Mischief they extend from the front of the waistband... that's a real head scratcher, lol. I also don't really understand the silicone printed on the inside of the waistbands - why would we want to create additional silicone-induced skin rash around our waist?

I love the idea behind the Luxe short, but I had to be very very careful when pulling them on and taking them off because the seams don't stretch as much as the fabric and although they actually fit pretty well once on, it's not realistic to commit to gingerly and slowly taking them on/off every time - it would be a matter of time before the seams ripped in the process.

You know what would really be ideal? If TLD could take a look at the Flexpedition line of pants from Duluth Trading Co. The range of sizes, cuts, waist styles, leg openings, etc. of these pants are PERFECTION when it comes to fitting a wide range of women's bodies. If TLD could collab with Duluth to make a mtb short (and heck, a pant would be great too!), you'd be killing it in ladies mtb apparel. Oh, and more fun colors/prints/patterns are always welcome too.
  • 1 0
 Sarah-all great info here, I will get back to you on email, but my only reference to "TLD athletes" was mentioning our ladies that race in our men's pant and explained what our reasoning and future path is there. As for this new range, we did use real world riders for the development-racers, non racers, skills instructors, new riders, veterans, young, mature....
  • 4 0
 No full length jersey? OH man! My wife is gonna be thoroughly dissapointed!
  • 3 2
 What does 'full length' mean? I would think you would have • Tank top length and • Full length...all of these being the latter.
  • 4 0
 Lilium Jersey is available in long sleeve option, if that’s you meant by “full length”
  • 1 0
 @stikmanglaspell: the longest i see in these is 3/4 sleeve, by full length I am referring to jersey covers the wrists.
  • 2 0
 @stikmanglaspell: those are rad, thank you!
  • 2 0
 Sorry we couldn't shoot everything! But the Lilium jersey in long sleeve is beautiful in person and with the "lace" detail, it looks to be comfy and breathable. Can't wait to get my hands on one!
  • 6 2
 Maybe not the best time to add the "Pond Beaver" moniker at the end of the article title.
  • 4 0
 Jealous, want a bicycle rider girlfriend. Every girl who tells me they ride bikes actually doesn't.
  • 1 0
 you think you do.... then you can never go on a solo ride anymore! Just ask my guy, he never gets alone time anymore!
  • 2 0
 just like everything it has its ups and downs! but I must say i find more Ups in it!
  • 3 0
 Pants? Where are the womens pants? Can anyone make suggestions for a brand?
  • 5 0
 fox
  • 5 0
 TLD female athletes (Vali Holl, Alise Willoughby, Vaea Verbeeck, Kialani Hines, Sian Ahern, Caroline Westray, Leigh Donovan and more) have all been wearing our SPRINT pants and lately our ULTRA pants and you can ask them-they will truthfully tell you they fit and perform well, the ULTRA pants-they all love them. We had started with doing a womens specific pant, and we will, but for now the SPRINT and ULTRA are working so well, was hard to justify it based on some of the projected numbers we were getting-but, we are heading down this road, because this category (pants) is only getting bigger.
  • 1 0
 I have ION Shelter wms and Endura MT500 Spray
  • 2 0
 Agreed. I wear Sprints and they fit pretty well, but it would be dope to see some TLD women’s DH pants someday!
  • 3 0
 @stikmanglaspell: please, I repeat please, do not change the Ultra pants. Best fit most comfy pant ever. You don’t need the tag to say women’s on it. Just go’n get it! Big Grin xx
  • 3 0
 @stikmanglaspell: My guess is if there were pants matching the women’s jerseys then everybody would be happy.. but between black and red and navy pants I’ve been pre-tty fine matching kits Wink
  • 1 0
 @Oscarmcc: Have ridden (and highly recommend) the Sprint pants for women! I am a small women's short and wear the men's 28 pant. Fits like a dream. Actually, before anyone was making good women's apparel, I was wearing the men's skyline shorts in 28 for years.
  • 1 0
 @vaea: agreed! You probably still have my drool on your pants from NZ when I got to see them in person hahah they look soooo nice, and a perfect fit for you!
  • 1 0
 @stikmanglaspell: Does your cut reflect the average person, or the average rider? I wear TLD shorts exclusively, but in order for shorts to fit around my butt I have to buy a 32, which is too large for my waist even with the velcro straps at maximum smallness (if you know what I mean). I'm going to have to bartack my Ruckus waistbands in order to get the perfect fit. I'm a dude and I love Ruckusesesses. Best pockets ever.
  • 2 0
 That small touch on the gloves are very nice ,but maybe there are some people that don’t recognize what it means (too young):-))))
  • 1 0
 Looking forward to trying the Mischief 3/4 sleeve.Hopefully it’s long enough for my tall frame-the past couple of seasons of TLD jerseys have been too short and too boxy for me.
  • 2 0
 “Remember Why You...” what?! Remember what?! What’s ur ink say, Christina? Dying to know.
  • 2 0
 “Remember why you came and while you’re alive, experience the warmth before you grow old.” Pretty old one now, quite hard to read hahahah but I’ll never forget Smile
  • 2 1
 I double checked the price on EVERY single item to make sure it didn’t say CAD instead of USD...I guess our economy really WAS humming along quite well.
  • 3 0
 Okay, I think i was onto something, I went to TLD’s website and the prices are much lower there, for example: Lilium short w/liner-here it says $165, on TLD: $129 (USD).
  • 4 0
 How right you are - pricing has been corrected. Thank you!
  • 1 0
 @sarahmoore: Hi! Also in the article, the price is wrong; • MSRP: $139 USD without liner, $109 with liner USD (Mischief)
  • 1 0
 I wish the elbow pads/knee pads had smaller sizing. I really like the concept but the small is to big. And can't fit youth. Struggling to find any brand to fit.
  • 2 0
 As long as a jersey or pair of shorts fit, they should be fair game for anyone.
  • 2 0
 Are the side pockets actually big enough to hold a phone? Cause that would be an absolute game-changer
  • 6 0
 Yes!!! And it’s slightly to the back of the leg as opposed to the side which is amaaazing and doesn’t make your shorts twist all over the place when there’s something in your pockets!
  • 2 0
 I want some of those socks. Keep the gloves.
  • 6 4
 TLD=Totally Look at my Dick according to my wife. She's not a fan.
  • 9 0
 Bummer to hear, but like I said, you can't please everyone. An entirely female crew designed and developed this range and we are extremely proud of the new line-especially that LUX short, taking yoga pant and bike pant and creating the ultimate short according to my wife and a few dozen ladies that tried them at Sedona fest in addition to all the women buyers that tried the samples on.....but, tell your wife, what is shown here is not EVERY colorway, there are other options, have her check them out. Hell, send me a PM and let me know what she's looking for, we are always listening. Stay healthy out there, thanks for checking the article.
  • 4 0
 @stikmanglaspell:

I’m sure there are some dudes that would love A yoga pant Feel.

I’m one. I rock Skylines daily off the bike.
  • 1 0
 @stikmanglaspell: Wow! Thanks for the reply! In fairness, she was referring to the moto shorts of a couple years ago with the "X" pattern that was centered around one's junk. She saw it as an intentional design to draw attention to that area. I applauded her creativity in observation.
  • 7 0
 @pdxkid: sounds like your wife is scoping a lot of bulge.
  • 2 0
 @pdxkid: Womens 'moto' short was discontinued 3-4 seasons ago. We did reinvent the Mens version for 2018 and it really surged in popularity, we plan on redoing that style of short for women too-wont have the X-wing, or batwing as I've heard some call it lol.
  • 4 7
 I guess this is what happens when a bunch of bro dudes try to make womens clothes. None if it looks quite right. And to paraphrase a fellow female rider "not all chicks like the butchy i-might-be-wearing-my-boyfriends-clothes look."
  • 9 0
 This entire collection was designed by a female rider, who actually lives in Nelson BC.
  • 1 8
flag bicyclelifestyle (Apr 8, 2020 at 21:18) (Below Threshold)
 @mbudgen: Great she designed it, but I'd be surprised if she was the sole decision maker in the fit, styles and colors/patterns.. and this is what the team told her to land on after probably designing dozens of better fitting and looking clothes. Then, after a season of it failing to sell well, they'll try to figure out why.
  • 14 1
 As Mbudgen said, female design lead on this brand new collection along with female developer, designer and female fit specialist. Also, not sure what you define as a 'bunch' but I am one dude as the bike brand director, we have Troy Lee as the captain of our ship, and 3 designers in our entire brand for bike and moto apparel. You can never please everyone, but I did need to chime in that your assumptions on our team are wrong. Stay healthy out there-Cheers.
  • 4 0
 The female rider who wants tighter fitting clothes can easily find that. Most every other brand’s female line is tight and fitted. It’s hard to come by loose-fitting women’s apparel (which is what I personally prefer, as I primarily ride bike park and like to be comfortable). Props, TLD!
  • 2 1
 @lilaks:
*deep breath*

TLD is a giant in the MTB fashion industry, not just from looks, but also performance. Like, its not good, it's GREAT. They are in a good position to help more people feel more confident, whether it be at the trailhead enjoying a beverage or ripping singletrack. Their position in the fashion industry could allow them to do so much more to empower more customers. There are other options (not speaking of 'tight fitting', thats not always comfortable or practial) but even they have their own issues, but a lot of it is good and sells well. I understand there is a challenge presented to reduce the "gaper gaps" above the knees and elbows, thats a really hard thing to overcome - to that effect they have executed well. My salty comments mainly come from working with all ranges of customers in the retail setting for over a decade, and seeing the same stuff pop up over and over again. Its very easy for someone who aligns with Troy Lees masculine style to find something easily and it shows. They walk in to the shop, pick it off the rack, most of the time don't even try it on, spend their $150 and are happy for a long time. The other customers look through literally everything, male and female specific, to find the right color, fit, etc. so they can feel confident or even "cute" on the trail. They spend just as much time in the dressing room. It doesn't help the large logo has this department store Abercrombie and Fitch/Aeropostale brand aesthetic to it that just doesnt sell to many customers. Many customers are so discouraged they walk out empty handed and just find something else non-mtb specific. I may not be a brand manager and I apologize for making false assumptions about a well regarded company, but I know TLD can really punch above their weight in this sector. I want to sell more TLD.
  • 3 2
 Bring back white gloves!
  • 1 3
 Are women even in the product department? The only appealing piece are the blue shorts...the black jersey cut is awful and the rest of the designs are...uh, tacky.
  • 4 0
 @Xtreena

This piece was not the entire line, see it all here:
troyleedesigns.com/pages/womens-bike-collection

And I responded above, but this entire line was designed, developed, fitted by a female led team. And as I said, you can't please everyone, sorry it doesnt work for ya-but we are always listening so drop me a DM and tell me what you are looking for.
  • 2 0
 @stikmanglaspell:

Given some of the comments, the response of "you can't please everyone" is about the fairest thing you can say.

The design team have gone with what they like. Not everyone is going to like it.

Everyone's got different tastes. Some people like loud colours/big logos, others plain colours/subtle branding.

Different brands have different brand identities/aesthetics, pick which one suits you best. Whilst it's good for a brand to listen to customer feedback, i also think it's ok for a brand look at a product/design direction and say "That's not us".

1. That said, i do have some requests:
Open TLD online shop to the UK so we can get in on that Sweet Sale Action.
2. Send me one (or more) of those long sleeve Addidas collab jerseys from last season. Black. Size small. Free of charge. I'm not covering postage. Those are my terms.
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