Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit - Review

May 23, 2016
by Olly Forster  
2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder


Designed from the ground up to meet and exceed the demands of downhill, enduro and freeride, the Troy Lee Designs Sprint range has been the brand's staple bicycle race kit for a number of years now. Released initially as a shorts and jersey combo, it has grown over the years to include the brands first bicycle specific race pant, while receiving incremental refinements across the board, year on year. For 2016, TLD added a redesigned jersey and some brand new gloves to the existing shorts and pants, with a range of seven new colors and designs to choose from. With regional and national race series already under way and with the bike park season almost upon us, we decided it was time to take a closer look at the gear worn by the likes of Brandon Semenuk, Cam Zink and Brendan Fairclough.


2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder

2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
Pants and Shorts Details:

• 600 Denier, 500 poly mesh venting and 2-way stretch polyester spandex construction
• 2 zipped hip pockets
• Elastic Velcro waist adjusters
• Lycra stretch inner panel
• Rear stretch yoke
• Mesh liner
• Pants: $115 USD | Shorts: $90 USD

Jersey Details:

• Drop tail rear
• Mesh arms
• Stretch side panels
• Moisture wicking 4-way stretch collar
• Jersey: $60 USD

Gloves Details:

• Lightweight DH glove
• Reflective logo
• Single layer palm
• Silicone print on finger
• Touch-screen compatible
• Sleek Velcro closure
• Gloves: $28 USD
www.troyleedesigns.com


Sprint Pants and Shorts

TLD have incorporated four separate materials strategically throughout the Sprint pants and shorts to maintain durability, comfort, and breathability. They've done this by using a heavier and more durable, 600 weight Denier material for the crotch and inner thigh area, where wear and tear is an ever present issue. A softer and more pliable two-way stretch fabric is incorporated in the front, extending from the knee, over the thigh, and around to the rear. A large portion of mesh paneling runs from inside of the knee to the waist to help airflow in and heat to dissipate out. The full-length pants have a similar layout, but have additional mesh paneling on the front of the leg, with two-way stretch fabric on the outside and the more durable 600-weight Denier once again, on the inside.


2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
TLD have utilized four different fabrics to maximize performance.
2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
Designed to accommodate knee pads without restricting movement.


A portion of stretchable material known as the 'rear stretch yoke' sits below the elasticated waist adjusters on the rear which, when combined with the silicone gripper strip on the inside of the waist, add up to a short that's not going anywhere. Up front, a fly zipper and button keep them up, while two small, zipped pockets reside on each hip. The elasticated waist adjusters offer a large range of adjustment, should you often find yourself between sizes. Internally, a full-length mesh liner (knee length in the pants) helps to keep you cool and promote air flow in through the front mesh panels.


2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
The front panels are two-way stretch to increase mobility and comfort.
2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
Two zipped hip pockets are perfect for money, keys or a lift pass.


Sprint Jersey

Like the shorts, the jersey is constructed from more than one fabric to optimize performance and comfort for the end user. Combining an unrestrictive four-way stretch (stretches vertically as well as horizontally) mesh fabric around the collar, sleeve cuffs, underarms, and lower back - which also helps air flow and heat management. The remainder of the jersey is made from a two-way (stretches horizontally only) stretch fabric.


2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
A four-way stretch collar is attached to a two-way stretch body.
2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
The drop tail rear helps with coverage in an attack position.

2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
Four-way stretch panels under the arms and lower back aid airflow.
2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
Two-way stretch sleeves prevent baggy sleeves and bunching.


Sprint Gloves

With a focus on comfort and boosting dexterity over that of protection, the new Sprint gloves follow the trend for minimalist gloves that deliver a heightened connection to the bike. The thin and sensitive palm contains 18 strategically placed holes to help manage heat buildup, while the mesh portion of fabric on the insides of the fingers adds an additional element of cooling. The palm contains a silicone TLD logo which is paired to additional silicone strips on the index and middle finger to boost grip in the wet. Unlike other gloves of a similar lightweight construction, the new Sprint gloves aren't cuffless, and incorporate a sleek and decisively snug Velcro closure.


2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
The new Sprint gloves are both lightweight and minimalist.
2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
Strategic sections of mesh venting and silicone gripper.


On the Trails

Handling the Sprint pants and shorts for the first time, you're greeted with a reassuringly light yet purposeful build. Adhering to a refined and perhaps more 'athletic' cut, which isn't surprising considering that they are a race orientated product, they are a touch tighter around the leg than TLD's popular Ruckus short for example. After trying on the 32" waist and legs, which are typical for the average guy my height (5'9"), I had to upsize to 34" in both the pants and shorts. Thankfully, the range of adjustment in the elastic waist adjusters and the way they fit around the waist (and butt), meant that it avoided a potential sizing issue and only drew attention to the fact that Sprints are perfect for riders who often struggle to find shorts that fit them.

The jersey in a size medium was (thankfully) a perfect fit for me, if not one of the best I've tried in a while. Once again, the cut is quite athletic, especially around the arms, although the 2-way stretch fabric will go a long way to ensure that they won't feel too tight for those who like to spend time in the gym. The gloves were similarly a superb fit with well-proportioned palm and fingers and minimal bunching or excess material. On the bike and riding, the Sprint kit did little to detract, if anything, from the task at hand, proving to be exemplary in all situations.


2016 Troy Lee Designs Sprint Kit Review Photo Ben Winder
Lightweight, durable, breathable, comfortable and stylish... there's a lot to like about TLD's newest Sprint kit.


On the trails, the venting at the front of the shorts, and the pants made itself known from the outset, especially on warmer days. A good thing too, as overheating in your kit can really put a downer on a day's racing in the summer months. Similarly, in colder temperatures, being mindful of the amount of airflow that they promote is advantageous, although I never felt too cold - having used the pants on a number of occasions this past winter. Another highlight of the pants has to be their compatibility with knee pads, which is something I've struggled with in the past. There's enough room on offer and, thanks to a strategically placed stretch panel just above the knee joint, they work a treat.

The shorts are similarly impressive - light enough for trail riding, much like the Sprint jersey, which has proved to be pretty awesome for long rides this spring, even if they were far from the local DH track or bike park. But, it is these two environments where the Sprint kit has been designed to shine. Thanks to the positioning of a more durable material in areas prone to abrasion, they've come out of a day blasting through ankle deep puddles and ruts with their heads held high. (The all black option I opted for was a bonus in such a scenario, I might add.)

The two pockets, however, are just too small for anything but your car key, or a lift pass, a credit card and perhaps some small change. They have certainly compromised a few Instagram moments recently, but then, who really rides with a phone in their pocket anyway? I'm clutching at straws here with the small pockets looking for something negative to mention, but they could certainly be a bit bigger. When it comes to pricing, we are of course talking about TLD here, with MSRPs that put all four of the items in the ballpark of premium race kit, but considering the durability that's been engineered into them, you'll easily get a few seasons use, especially the shorts and pants. On the bike, where it matters and charging down a trail, the Sprint kit did little to disappoint, and with versatility throughout, Sprint remains one of my favorite products in the TLD line up.



Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesA great selection of kit that individually stand tall in their own right, with the shorts, jersey and gloves proving to be highly versatile for just about any kind of mountain biking and equally at happy away from the gravity fueled action they were designed for. But, it is the pants that are perhaps the standout product here, especially for downhill riding, offering superb venting, which for a bicycle-specific pant, is paramount. Styling is of course. subjective, but with seven 'strips' to choose from, Troy Lee offers a good range to ensure that you look the part as well as feel it, come race day. - Olly Forster


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MENTIONS: @troyleedesigns




99 Comments

  • 480 2
 When you have to ride downhill at 2pm but help school kids cross the road at 3pm...
  • 17 0
 I laughed way too hard at this
  • 9 3
 @acidwire: hahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAGAGAGAGA Big Grin
  • 30 61
flag WAKIdesigns (May 23, 2016 at 1:23) (Below Threshold)
 no kidding, TLD should start making roadie sperm suits. It could potentially save lives for all those attractive yet peaceful and sensitive guys riding on public roads full of gay-hating rednecks in BMWs and v8 trucks.
  • 39 0
 This is not even close to the ugliest or brightest thing TLD have thrown at us, please see the example below.....

www.chainreactioncycles.com/troy-lee-designs-gp-air-anarchy-pants-2015/rp-prod137863
  • 4 0
 500 poly mesh. Just what I'm looking for.
  • 3 2
 @whitiemtb: For when you need to pimp right after the ride....
  • 10 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Rednecks in BMWs? WTF? lol
  • 2 0
 @whitiemtb: Picture4 is awesome!
  • 2 0
 @zoobab2: That's one word for it, I'd say f*cking ridiculous!
  • 6 0
 @whitiemtb: Now imagine those pants combined with this One Industries top... holy s**t

www.chainreactioncycles.com/one-industries-gamma-jersey-jockey-yellow-green-2015/rp-prod132753
  • 5 0
 @AlexRob: holy mother of good taste, what the...?
  • 11 2
 @AlexRob: Jesus wept! I was just about to say it looks like a jockey jersey then I saw the title....

Do you think the designers sit in meetings like "haha! its gonna be so funny when these idiots actually ride around in this crap!"
  • 4 3
 Really bad design. All around. TLD is pretty weak now that Troy left. Moving on.
  • 2 0
 @whitiemtb: If Rod Stewart rode downhill this would be his choice of kit
  • 5 0
 You can ride to work, repair a public street and/or sidewalk, and ride home all in the same uniform.
  • 1 0
 All that's missing is a UNITARD option.
  • 3 0
 I gotta be the one to say it, or may have already been said....but i order my size (32) shorts and pants....dont get me wrong i love TLD, won't wear anything else....but they give no frickin crotch room at all...to the point i would rather wear their moto shorts over the sprint stuff
  • 1 0
 @Smitty2661: @Smitty2661: THANK YOU! I thought this was just me, I ordered a 32 sprint a little while ago they weren't really what I was expecting at all with that weird lens wipe type material but still they were nice, felt durable and were light. But the crotch was horrific! Like, how did they get this so wrong bad! Ended up going with Fox instead.
  • 1 0
 @sevensixtwo: Troy has not left. He's at the shop in Corona every day. However, your presumption about these designs not really being Troy's is correct.
  • 40 0
 Sprint Kit? I have two speeds, slow and slower..
  • 42 2
 looks like a road worker
  • 31 0
 For when your i9 hubs aren't enough to let people know that you're barreling down
  • 8 1
 looks like an off-road worker
  • 7 0
 Kanye's gunna start wearing tld
  • 24 0
 I pedal to the trail and deal with traffic. The land I ride is shared with hunters. The brighter the better.
  • 3 0
 Thanks man. The comment, that doesn't make me feel bad about buying this.
  • 23 4
 Am I the only one that longs for kit that doesn't have yellow, turquoise or pink on it? I must be getting old.
  • 6 0
 Ummm... get the same kit in black? Big Grin
www.troyleedesigns.com/sprint-jersey
  • 16 0
 First picture: "Is it here? Is it there? I search for my bike everywhere!"
  • 4 1
 There is something off with the first picture. Is his legs too short for the rest of his body? Does he have an abnormally long torso? Is there an Oompa Loompa under that helmet?
  • 14 2
 Sorry, this is far from being bad, even for TLD standards. You guys are spoiled. Look at that:

www.bmx2day.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/visuel-tenue.jpg
  • 1 3
 Third from right is cool
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah ! Japanese superheroes !
  • 3 3
 This is still nothing compared to their kits from 2007-2010. Almost Impossible to find online but I have them burned into my retinas for life. That kit with yellow/black diamond checkers or white kit with double black and silver stripes, or some black white with skulls and bones looking as if someone vomited on a jersey. That stuff was intensely terrible, these were clown suits.
  • 17 7
 I struggle to understand how someone with any knowledge of fashion could come up with this. TLD is a sick brand, but seriously hire an actual designer, or just any random person under 25 with decent taste.
  • 50 1
 Why? this kit could be neon yellow and covered in dicks and people would still buy it, because Brendog and Semenuk do sick whips in it.
  • 2 0
 @bluumax: They're going to sell stuff no matter what, including this probably. At least the shorts/pants look epic
  • 8 18
flag ekho (May 23, 2016 at 2:55) (Below Threshold)
 PB:"Styling is of course. subjective..."- no it is not, there are norms and guidances of proper design. This one TLD is shit colour scheme! For that reason, i am out.
  • 5 4
 This has to be one of my favourite kits visually right now (at least when paired with the right bike)
  • 8 1
 I think what many are failing to see is that one of the primary purposes of this jersey is for race teams. As such it has lots of open space for sponsors logos to be put on and be recognizable. It is easiest to print the logos on in black and the bright back ground really makes them pop. I will upload a picture of our race jerseys printed on the one in the article. I think they look pretty sharp for race day but not wearing it all the time.
  • 2 1
 @mixmastamikal: for $60 a jersey, you can have your own custom team design sublimated as opposed to iron one logo (that probably will not last he season) with a less than desirable base color.
  • 1 1
 @meesterover: My team gives these out to the riders for free so I doubt they are paying 60 a piece for them. I am sure they have a deal for team purchases. Also you could still do sublimated graphics on the jersey. FYI my jersey from last year still looks practically brand new. Anyways I really like the jerseys they are very well made and comfortable and I see people with just awful jerseys at the races.
  • 1 0
 @bluumax: I laughed way too hard at this!!
  • 1 0
 I was thinkin the same....I have a sprint kit too, a gwin 2015 one, it just looks amazing,I love it, but this....
  • 8 1
 How do you design some shorts, trousers, gloves and a top "from the ground up"? I think the blueprints are pretty dialled - gloves with a hole to put your hand in, with 5 digit containers should not be f*cked with?
  • 12 0
 You start at the ankles i guess?
  • 1 0
 @mylespotter: I bet their design team will be head hunting you as we speak!
  • 1 0
 Spare a thought for the polydactyly* riders out there!

*don't feel bad, I had to look it up too.
  • 4 0
 I am on a DH & Enduro team this year and have had nothing but complaints about the kits for the team for how cheap the material is. Without even crashing, the jerseys are starting to tear from just wear and wind. I love TLD, have been riding with them since moto in 2008 but the quality of fabric has been on a "downhill" spiral.

I would love to see the same durability of TLD gear as I did in previous years. I do love how light the gear is and some of the colors aren't bad. This years jerseys and shorts are kinda week for both men's and women's. Love the pants and the gloves are sweet, both fit very true to the website and feel super comfortable!
  • 9 2
 You couldn't pay me enough to wear that stuff.
  • 3 0
 Hopefully the next groundbreaking review PB does is on the Maxxis Minion DHF Wink

I have the older model (single back pocket) of Sprint and the new model (dual front pockets) both in different shades of black. Good shorts but the fit is slightly different and materials are different on each short as well.
  • 2 0
 That first photo looks like two spacemen were dropped in the middle of the forest, and they are trying to get their bearings before they explore our planet. But... I don't think the designs are too bad. Maybe a little bright for some people's tastes, but clean overall.
  • 4 0
 I'm sure that kit would be super comfortable and perform beautifully...and keep you safe on your roady too.
  • 5 1
 Fox has definitely overtaken Troy Lee in the style department these past few years.
  • 3 0
 TLD just make your shorts wider on the hips.
If you wear underwear hip protection (even without) is so much unconfortable to ride (allmost like tight jeans)
  • 3 0
 This is a tough request to ask of any manufacturer. Not everyone who rides and buys these shorts are going to use padding underneath. You can't request them to just make it wider when you aren't giving them any info on your measurements.

Most likely you need to buy one size larger maybe?

I've been wearing Dakine shorts for years and when I'm at the bike park I wear padded hip protection but never once had an issue with fit. (but that's just me and my size...it varies from person to person)
  • 3 0
 @LiquidSpin: "Most likely you need to buy one size larger maybe?"

Biggest failing of the sprint kit, IMO, is that they just need to adjust the sizing, or at least note on their site that they fit small. I'm in the same position as the reviewer, except like most of us, I have to buy TLD by mail order, since there are no local shops that stock it. So I ended up stuck with the size 32 shorts that I have to cram myself into.
  • 2 0
 @LiquidSpin: I have the same good experience with Dakine shorts. TLD form is way too narrow in the hips even without the inner padding. I'm sure its not just me cause i have fairly thin hips by the way. One size larger would not fit in my waist.
Anyway just sain...
  • 1 0
 Not only that I have a pair of the white/grey sprint shorts from 2014 and the can't stand wearing them, due to the crotch going so damn high. Super uncomfortable . But I have last years sprint pants and they don't have that problem. But I literally never wear shorts ever now
  • 1 0
 I agree. On the women's side even our smallest rider on the team im on (an XS) still had to go up TWO sizes...

Every single lady (Cool had to move up sizes, when last years this was not a problem. A few of the men had to move up as well. Wished that the sizing was true to size one the website, since we all used measured ourselves before ordering.
  • 2 0
 @Holstermx26: It's also annoying that it's not consistent across product lines: 32" sprint shorts are almost skintight on me, while I have to run the adjustment tabs as tight as possible on my Skyline shorts to keep them from sliding off my ass, & guess what, they're 32" as well.
  • 3 0
 The spirit jersey rips so easily! I slipped over on dry mud not even on the bike and it a massive hole appeared! Not impressed at all!
  • 3 0
 The new designs are different yet the same. I honestly feel like you could buy TLD gear from 2 years ago and still look as fresh as if they were released this year.
  • 1 0
 And who says you can't? Just buy whatever you like or what matches your bike, who cares what year is it from? Especially nowadays when every other company makes retro stuff that looks like something from 80's.
  • 1 0
 I just got this top last week, the fit is great not to loose and baggy, but not too tight. The material feels great. The the colour is a love it/ hate it thing but after 3 years of racing in black i wanted to brighten up my life.
Raced in it at the weekend in Tweedlove, took it out of the washer and noticed its down as hand wash!
Who has time in their life to hand wash MTB kit.
If I had known that I wouldn't have ordered it as nice as the fit is.
  • 2 0
 I wish they would do their pants in different lengths for every size. I am 34 in waist but size 38 are still too short for me.
  • 2 0
 Yes I agree with this !!!!!!!!!! But I'm the opposite, I'm about 5'7" my waist is to big for a 30 so I got 32s but the damn legs are long . theyre not overly long but they definitely don't fit like they do on all they're riders and the guy in this review. God dang short leg problems
  • 2 0
 Seriously! I usually wear 32/34 jeans and I've been looking for riding pants that fit for months (years). Every moto pant I've ever worn is about 6" short, with the knee articulation way too high up.
  • 1 0
 Would wear if could afford. Didn't notice anywhere if there are different jersey colorways. It's good to be seen, but I lean towards more subtle tones. Down with the solid color blocks over patterns though.
  • 1 0
 I suppose the blank space is for sponsors, but in reality, who has them? It looks like the soulless void of a dead sun. I'd rather pick up a vintage MX jersey for half the price. www.ebay.com/bhp/vintage-mx-jersey
  • 1 0
 Actually forget the Vintage aspect - there are some radically ugly-good jerseys out there.
  • 1 0
 Pants are rad, but I can't stand the baby pockets. Unless you have an something like an iphone 4, then they're just not comfortable to wear with a phone in your pocket, which is a damn shame.
  • 3 0
 Finally, pockets in the short ... That s a step forward
  • 2 0
 Where's the bro kit coming out? Tshirt and jeans are way more comfortable....(rolls eyes)
  • 2 0
 I'm one of those people who rides with a phone in their pocket. Often with Sprint shorts, incidently.
  • 1 0
 hi vis yellow, so the trees know your coming and they can get out your way !!!!! also good for riding to your job on building site lol,TLD is good looking stuff
  • 5 3
 I am a big fan of TLD gear, but seriously this is just tasteless. Fungly!
  • 5 3
 TLD makes good stuff, enough said
  • 2 1
 Quality stuff, need more of the hybrid-toned down options though. These materials into a henley shirt, denim looking shorts...not overly hipster but just more everyday-off the bike look w/stretch and wicking properties. No one has really captured that yet...thats why i wear some golf stuff.
  • 2 0
 Cool! Time to hire someone new TLD. Weak-sauce.......
  • 2 2
 MTB gear with very unreasonable prices - but it's okay, there's some cheapo chinese knock-offs that are a third of the price!
  • 2 0
 why not design a high viz vest and get it over with
  • 2 0
 nice, more kits people don't need
  • 1 0
 That helmet is the Goat. Greatest Of All Time
  • 1 3
 nearly all tld products are the goat
  • 8 0
 I like how you had to explain what GOAT meant..lol
  • 1 0
 Brings a new meaning to meddling Yellow coats.
  • 1 1
 If you live in NZ check this new brand out!!
www.rideeveryday.co.nz

Needs support to get new designs out there!! Smile
  • 1 0
 Yellow logo with white background doesnt work...
  • 2 0
 I like it.
  • 2 0
 it looks backwards,
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know where he is riding?
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I do, but if I told you... I'd get in trouble!
  • 1 0
 the shorts are great!!!

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