Troy Lee Designs: Clothing Check

Jul 9, 2010
by Mike Levy  
Troy Lee Designs moto inspired mountain bike gear continues to push people's limits when it comes to colors and graphics. Inside we take a look at their heavy duty Moto short, 3/4 sleeve Ruckus jersey, and GP glove.

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Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Jersey

Tyler in Pemberton wearing the TLD Ruckus jersey, Moto short, and GP gloves
Tyler in Pemberton wearing the TLD Ruckus jersey, Moto short, and GP gloves

Much like a lot of their clothing, the Troy Lee Designs Ruckus jersey may not be for those riders who want to blend in with the forest. Available in five different color combinations, the 3/4 length Ruckus jersey is light enough to still be worn on warm days due to its breathable mesh side panels that do a good job of letting air through. The small zippered pocket is just big enough for your iPod or ID, and a subdued reflective strip is discreetly placed out back to keep trucks from running you down on your pedal home from the mountain.

TLD Ruckus jersey
TLD Ruckus jersey

Troy Lee Designs Ruckus jersey

  • 3/4 Length sleeves
  • Breathable mesh side panels
  • Hidden stash side zip pocket
  • Engineered rear neck panel for more comfortable fit
  • Discreet reflective strip on tail
  • Sizes: Small - Extra large
  • Colors: red/black (shown), grey/black, navy/burgundy, orange/blue, and yellow/black
  • MSRP $49.00 USD

Lots of color, but an understated logo
Lots of color, but an understated logo




Troy Lee Designs Moto short

Troy Lee Designs Moto short
Troy Lee Designs Moto short

Troy Lee Designs' Moto short is a serious short designed for moto use (who would've thought?) that crosses the line for downhill or all-mountain double duty. The model shown here is their Headline short that includes graphics from many of the TLD logos that you may have seen over the years. More subdued solid color versions are available in either black or white. Because these are moto shorts they are quite robust and feature a solid feeling ratchet waist enclosure that allows you to fine tune the fit for early season beer bellies or late Summer slimmer form. While the material is quite heavy, the Moto short does incorporate multiple stretch panels to increase mobility. Inside you'll find a mesh liner that helps to move some air through and keep the rider a bit cooler. The rear pocket features both a heavy duty zipper and a button fastener to keep you from losing any valuables.

Just so you know who's shorts you're wearing
Just so you know who's shorts you're wearing

Troy Lee Designs Moto short

  • New graphics for 2010
  • Full-length mesh liner for optimal air circulation
  • Ratchet waist closure provides a custom fit
  • Reflective piping increases night visibility for added safety
  • Stretch spandex in the seat and crotch area for increased mobility and comfort
  • Sizes: 30, 32, 34, 36, 38
  • Colors: red(shown), black, blue, white, yellow
  • MSRP $94.00 USD


A moto style waist enclosure makes sense since these are the Moto shorts
A moto style waist enclosure makes sense since these are the Moto shorts

The heavy duty zipper is backed up by a button fastener
The heavy duty zipper is backed up by a button fastener




Troy Lee Designs GP glove

TLD's GP glove
TLD's GP glove

The GP glove is a mixture of a thinly padded palm that still lets the rider feel the grips, and well placed padding to protect the top of the hand. While the protection found on the top of the glove looks quite thick, it is spaced out just right to allow for maximum flexibility like it wasn't there at all. Silicone additions to the finger tips and palms should help on those wet days. A Velcro wrist enclosure lets you fine tune the fit. The GP glove is also available in kids' sizes for the groms or weird, tiny handed adults.

Troy Lee Designs GP glove - palm detail
Troy Lee Designs GP glove - palm detail

Troy Lee Designs GP glove

  • Lightly padded, single layer Clarino™ leather palm
  • Bio-foam protection on top of the hand
  • Air-Prene provides cooling characteristics and a light non-restrictive fit
  • Soft TPR sonic-welds guard fingers from rocks and roost
  • Silicon applique on fingers and palm for improved grip
  • Velcro® backed TPR wrist closure offers a comfortable adjustable fit
  • Sizes: Small (8)- Extra large (12)
  • Check out the website for color options
  • MSRP $32.00 USD


bigquotesThe entire TLD kit shown above was comfortable and fit well, especially the Ruckus jersey - if you live in warmer climates you may want a lighter duty short than the Moto though. - Mike Levy


Mike Scoping out Train Wreck while sporting the Ruckus jersey, Moto short, and GP gloves.
Mike Scoping out Train Wreck while sporting the Ruckus jersey, Moto short, and GP gloves.


Visit the Troy Lee Designs website to see all of their clothing and accessories.


59 Comments

  • 22 4
 cant beat troy lee
  • 21 7
 luv the shorts but h8 the shirt
  • 19 3
 other way around for me
  • 4 1
 +1 i like the nice subtle way of the jersey, but the shorts look over tried.
  • 3 1
 Troy Lee Moto Shorts are the BEST shorts on the market! Comftorable, have plenty of room to move, and bullet proof. I've owned 2 pairs of the black ones, and only replaced them simply because i got fatter! I recommend these shorts to ANYBODY!
  • 1 0
 You can only beat Troy Lee if you make just a colourful stuff but add pockets to the mix. Jesus I hate having to jimmy rig pockets onto my pants.
  • 5 0
 Their pants need pockets!!!
  • 3 4
 i prefer my royal stealth shorts to the tld shorts....
  • 2 1
 i have thee jersey
  • 4 2
 dont own either of the two but the Royal stuff is so much nicer
  • 3 1
 I dont know who though not putting pockets on moto pants was a good idea -__-
  • 15 0
 Bit of dennace the mennace
  • 14 5
 In my opinion every new year TLD clothing design look worse. I do not know what is wrong, maybe my taste is broken, or something else... Except for last year is Black Bolt, but overall I think this yeas Royal beat this.
  • 7 0
 I think, like me, the older you get the less appealing crazy colors/designs are. In other words we get more boring. I'm sure in 5 years I'll be riding in a white shirt and khaki pants...
  • 6 1
 It has nothing to do with age. They are out of new ideas and have to come up with something. That is why we are currently in the age of "worst styles ever". The shirt is butt ugly and I wouldn't be caught dead in those shorts. They may be great equipment but.....
  • 3 0
 I'm only 25 and I can't imagine wearing that Wheres Waldo outfit. TLD makes great quality stuff, but I can't justify spending that kind of money on something that loud.
  • 6 0
 I wonder if TLD can pack the shorts with more of their name/initials. We only need it once, then we know it's a TLD kit, thanks. Actually, I can always find the TLD kits just by looking for the flashiest, most obnoxious clothing... "look at me, I look better and faster than you". For how it looks, they may as well have covered the shorts with male genitalia.
Ugghh. I'll stick with black shorts and a t-shirt.
  • 12 3
 the gloves are nice Big Grin
the outfit looks gay !
  • 8 7
 Agreed. That Royal that was posted yesterday is leaps and bounds ahead of TLD.
  • 3 4
 Disagree with both of you. TLD have been looking better than everything else for the past few years bar Thor IMO. Although that Royal kit looks sick.
  • 7 0
 the TLD jersey looks like something Freddy Krueger would wear...

www.paranormalknowledge.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/freddy-krueger.jpg
  • 2 0
 yup pretty hideous
  • 5 0
 for racing kit i do wish they would seek advice from race photographers on what works & what doesnt.i do love some troy stuff though
  • 2 0
 tld stuff is awsome pistonebone all the way
  • 2 2
 MTB fashion show!
  • 2 0
 not a fan of their recent stuff at all. they know people are just buying the name now so instead of actually making decent designs they just plaster TLD logos all over everything.
  • 4 0
 Although I'm sure the quality is good, I absolutely hate the colours/design. Also, I do get frustrated when bicycle clothing companies don't offer sizing for the larger-cyclist.
  • 5 0
 ...or female versions/sizes! There are more and more girls freeriding/DH'ing now - looking forward to more companies stepping up like Dakine recently did.
  • 2 0
 Being a rider that is often a 38" waist I too find it tough to get gear that fits. I have friends that are larger and they too are more limited. But it is the ladies that suffer the most still. Sombrio, NorthFace, Dakine, TLD, Loeka and others are all making more gear for the ladies and it's coming along at a faster pace, so expect to see some good pieces in the next year.
  • 3 0
 Being a larger rider, I look more to moto gear, much of which comes in sizes up to 42". Apparently, when you have a waist larger than 38", your two-wheels are supposed to be equipped with an engine. Who knew?
  • 7 1
 I am seriously tempted to get that kit, looks very suave!
  • 6 5
 Wouldnt be easier and cheaper to wear jeans or dickies shorts and tshirt?
Mtb and Snowboarding is more about fashion show than about riding.
But its good to, lot of brands in business people are making money.
Last thing in my head before bike riding is question "do i have new posh 2011 jersey and flashy shorts?" hehe
Take Care Friends
  • 10 0
 Don't try to fool anyone into thinking that wearing jeans and a tshirt is NOT a fashion statement.
  • 2 0
 so true smike ^^
  • 7 0
 While the TLD kits may not be your cup of tea, jeans and a t-shirt are not an option for the way a lot of people ride.
  • 4 3
 TLD makes you faster, fact.
  • 1 2
 do tell mikelevey... why are they not an option?
  • 3 1
 The TLD kit pictured here is certainly geared towards DH'ers, but I'd wear it on cooler days for xc/am rides as well. I wouldn't want to wear cotton t-shirt for more than 20 minutes on an XC ride, let alone 3+ hours. Same goes for denim jeans...
  • 2 0
 Cotton T-Shirts are possibly the worst option for any kind of physical activity as it just soaks up your sweat and holds it there next to your skin. And jeans... well, anyone who actually pedals a bike will understand why it's not an option.
  • 1 0
 personally love TLD shorts ... not ideal when it's warm but you can't beat watching the rain bounce of them when everyone else is getting drowned! shirt is nasty though ... but then again ... most TLD shirts are.
  • 1 0
 "Weird tiny handed adults" +1
Although your hands must be seriously tiny. Troy lee's glove sizing is really weird, the youth size gloves seem like they were made for 10 year olds.
  • 9 5
 TLD are the best
  • 1 0
 seb123: Those are 5.10 Freeriders. Best chance is ordering them off there website. I got those with specialized pedals, fricken amazing.
  • 2 0
 Freddy krueger's outfit! nice
  • 1 0
 I got the moto shorts in plain black. Heavy duty but still comfortable. Pockets are superb!
  • 1 0
 im diggin the bike! holla at me what it is!
  • 2 1
 dont like padding on tha hands
  • 2 0
 Jersey looks gay
  • 1 0
 does any of it come in lime green??
  • 2 0
 Where's Waldo anybody?
  • 11 10
 the royal is cooler.
  • 2 2
 like the freddy krueger shirt! tup tld doing a great job as usual!!
  • 1 0
 Shoot the moon!
  • 1 1
 what five ten shoues are tgey were can you buy the blue ones from
  • 1 0
 luv the gloves
  • 1 0
 ya just got a pair ... very nice
  • 1 1
 Sick, but TLD stuff is WAYYY to expensive.

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