TLD's New Waterproof Resist Pants & Skyline Chill Jersey - Across The Pond Beaver 2020

Sep 3, 2020 at 10:53
by Sarah Moore  
"Model" is wearing a size medium jersey and size 32 pant at 5'8 and 175 lbs.


Troy Lee Designs Resist Pant

As you may have guessed from the name, the new Resist waterproof pant brings over many of the features from Troy Lee Designs' Resist rain short, with extra coverage below your knees. The pants are built for wet conditions with taped seams to keep the water out, waterproof zippers, and a Teflon EcoElite nylon/spandex fabric construction that is rated at 10k breathability and 10k waterproof.

There are three pockets, one at the lower back and two at the side. The pocket at the back is just big enough to hold a credit card, a small granola bar, or a car key. The pockets at the sides are quite deep, however, and there's more than enough room for a spare set of gloves or your phone in them. I do like it when apparel companies move the phone pocket to the side of the shorts or pants to keep it out of the way when you're riding, which TLD hasn't done here, but the fabric on the Resist Pants is very stretchy so you do feel the phone less when pedalling than when the fabric is inflexible.

On that note, I often feel like rain pants limit my mobility and make pedalling more difficult, but the Troy Lee Designs Resist pants are very comfortable and impressively easy to move in. The fabric is also relatively light so they don't feel heavy or plasticky when you put them on. They also have front zippered vents for extra airflow if you do get too hot. The ratchet closure at the waist is easy to adjust and the fit feels secure without being overly tight or restrictive.

Some other details include reflective Troy Lee Designs signatures at the back and and reflective material on the calves to keep you visible in low light, and a reinforced seat panel. It's also worth noting that the pants are Bluesign certified, which means means that the fabric they're made of was produced using the highest level of consumer safety, with minimal impact on people and the environment, and is a responsible use of resources.

The pants retails for $149 USD and come in sizes 30, 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40. It seems like summer has finally begun so I'm not really looking forward to rainy riding days again, but when I do have to ride in the rain, I look forward to trying the Resist waterproof pants.




Troy Lee Designs Skyline LS Chill Jersey

Troy Lee Designs has made a thicker version of their Skyline jersey for cooler days. The weight on the regular Skyline is 140gsm, while the fabric on the Skyline Chill is 210gsm fabric weight. The fabric is lightly brushed on the inside for a fleece-like comfort and there's a hidden optic wipe to get grime off your glasses or goggles.

It retails for $79 USD and comes in sizes Small through XXL. For an additional $60, you can customize it with your name and a number printed on the back. It comes in four colours which you can see at troyleedesigns.com.



Across the Pond Beaver 2020






65 Comments

  • 41 0
 I wish I had a problem of trousers being too long. At 6’3” everything looks like 3/4 shorts on me. When will the clothing manufacturers realise there are some noodle leg riders out there. Bike brands can make bikes big enough nowadays, surely adding couple inches on trousers should be easy enough.
  • 6 0
 1m86 here and same problem. Unless I take a pant 2 sizes too large, no way it’s long enough...
  • 30 0
 Well, with my miracle diet, you can make those pants fit!
  • 7 0
 With only a 33" in seem and a 31" waist I have exactly the same problem. I tried trousers from Fox, TLD and Madison, all we're way too short. The Endura MT500 was the only one that fitted me.

I have exactly the same problem with riding pants too.

Bike clothing manufacturers, please can we have a "long" leg length option? You know.. like all other types of clothing..
  • 4 0
 I was here today the same thing, I'm not sure I'll ever get riding trousers that fit properly. It's hard enough trying to find shorts that don't result in a tw@t gap
  • 2 0
 Try to find clothes for 190cm and 110kg big guy. Its easier to find diamonds and gold nugets than MTB trausers and waterproof jackets.
  • 1 0
 @Socket:
Miracle diet you say?
Hey, I could do with one of those...
So, what's the secret & how much?
  • 8 0
 @UncleSpec: 190cm and 85kg is even harder!! M at the waist and XL for the lenght is a bad mixture Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @Woody25: I've got Endura MT500 and would agree they offer generous length compared with other brands. I love mine. Almost look forward to autumn/winter just so I can wear them.
  • 2 0
 Same, ixs is the only success I've had at 6'4"
  • 1 0
 @TomasK
I 100% agree with you - this is a major opportunity for MTB clothing manufacturers to offer better fitting products and see sales increase off the back of it. I hate to think how much cost and waste I've introduced into the supply chain over the years by ordering MTB trousers that sound good on paper/size chart only to be disappointing when they arrive and don't fit - only to be returned to the retailer.
The best fit I've found for my 34 inch waist and 33 inch inside leg are XL Endura MT500 pants - same as @Woody25 - but even those are a compromise due to all the extra space in the thigh area due to the XL sizing.
Only last week I thought I'd hit the holy grail with a pair of large Royal racing pants based on the sizing chart.... only to be disappointed again to find they still end up with 3 inch ankle swinger gap between the hem and the shoe. I had high hopes for Royal because Steve Peat's not exactly a dwarf..... but alas...... yet another fail! I guess Peaty has custom made long leg versions made to fit him.
My search for a reasonably fitting race pant continues....... :-(
  • 3 0
 @Dropthedebt: Can recommend the Butterfield Diet very highly...

"For breakfast - one cornflake, lightly toasted, low-fat spread"
  • 2 0
 You would think that at least one company would offer riding pants in a longer length, preferably 36” inseam, but at least a 34 seems reasonable, especially at the current riding pants prices.
  • 4 0
 @arei:
Exactly, the assumption is usually that if you're >190cm tall then you must also be >100kg.

I'm roughly 195cm and 80kg, however I don't have many issues buying normal clothes, just cycling clothing
  • 1 0
 @DidNotSendIt: I've tried that one... Saturdays killed me. I liked the Hoisin Crispy Owl way too much.
  • 1 1
 Huh? Maybe you have weird proportions / long legs?

I’m 6’3 and don’t have many issues...nothing like what you’re describing lol
  • 1 0
 I will make it for you mate...just shoot me your body measurements!
  • 2 0
 Yep myself (6'4" 34 waist) and my son (6'2" 32 waist) find it hard to get long enough pants.

The main brands are way too short (Fox TLD I'm looking at you). A long legged option would be a no brainer. You'd hope the market size would be viable to make this worthwhile for the manufacturers.

I've had luck with the Nukeproof pants but even then had to go one size up for that.
  • 1 0
 I have the opposite issue than all of you being that I'm short and overweight LOL 36" waist and a 28-30" inseam. Pants are always too long and baggy when I prefer a skinnier pant.
  • 1 0
 @TomasK: I have the reverse problem. Everything is too long for me! Frown
  • 1 0
 @nvranka: yes, most of my height is in my legs #noodlelegs
  • 1 0
 @DC1988: what is this twat gap you speak of?
  • 2 0
 Dude, I'm 6ft 6. Get some endura trousers. Fit a treat
  • 1 0
 @big-G-84: how breathable are the enduras? I need to wear them because the trails nearby are quite brushy and tear up my legs, I tend to wear thin soft shell pants, but the waist doesn’t fit well when riding...
  • 1 0
 @unrooted: I've worn them in 15 degrees celcius no problem, I've got the Hummvee trousers and been bang on in all aspects.
  • 2 0
 @UncleSpec: I'm 190cm and 110kg too! I bought Dakine Thrillium Pants in XL and they fit great Smile Give them a look!
  • 1 0
 @DhDWills:
A gap between your shorts and knee pads
  • 1 0
 @joshbaribeau:
Tnx, I’ll try to find they.
  • 1 0
 Sorry,
I’ll try to find them.
  • 1 0
 6'2" here the answer is Norrona. Vikings are tall.
  • 1 0
 @Mtmw: yep, but aren’t as slim as I am it seems. I need the L for the length but M would be a better fit.
  • 11 0
 @sarahmoore it would be helpful for potential buyers if you mention size on pants and height on model used in pictures. Do they run large or small?
  • 4 1
 This is a size medium, model is 5'8 and 175 lbs.
  • 2 0
 @sarahmoore: Jersey size?
  • 1 1
 @sarahmoore: You sure about those measurements? I'm 5'8" 160 lbs and way more jacked than that dude... and MTB clothes fit like $hit
  • 1 0
 @sarahmoore:

The pants retails for $149 USD and come in sizes 30, 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40. .... which one is size Medium ? 32 or 34 ? ... thx
  • 2 0
 Wearing a size medium jersey and a size 32 pant.
  • 1 0
 @sarahmoore: Thanks for getting back to this!
  • 7 0
 Rain gear is one of those things that makes me cringe with sticker shock at the checkout, but when you really need it and it serves its purpose I cannot think of much of a better purchase.
  • 5 0
 When you buy endura and it fells apart after few rides...
  • 4 0
 @Noeserd: Endura is from the UK you're lucky they don't leak oil as well.
  • 1 0
 @tempest3070: Oi, i resemble that remark!
  • 6 0
 Skyline Chill... Only one letter off of Cincinnati's chili/soup/pasta hybrid.
  • 4 0
 I'm from Cincinnati and actually got excited until I looked at it a little closer.
  • 1 0
 This guy Cincys. Shoutout to the 513, born and raised.
  • 1 0
 It would be great to have bike pants in short, regular and long. I have short legs and have a hard time finding bike pants as are people who have longs legs and can't find a longer pant. In either case, I don't know why more manifacturers do not publish inseam lengths by size. Can't be that hard.
  • 2 0
 Any idea if these are offered in long/tall inseam? Really interested in some riding pants (These or any brand for that matter), but at 6’4”I don’t want capris.
  • 3 0
 I think that shirt is designed a guy named Troy Lee, but not 100% positive on it.
  • 1 0
 I've been looking for a pair of pants to wear over my bibs, for winter, but they all seem to be more noisy than a bunch of Harley Davidson Frown
  • 2 0
 I used fox ranger pants and I can’t say I’ve ever heard them, they’re on the cheaper end of the spectrum too
  • 1 0
 @lozzerbiker: I'l take a look, thanks for the advice.
  • 1 0
 Sweats? Jeans? You looking for waterproof?
  • 2 0
 @DhDWills: Yeah waterproof pants to wear over my bibs for fall/winter. No need for protection or "heat", just protection from mud and water.
  • 3 0
 Do the trousers still move properly if you wear knee-pads underneath them?
  • 1 0
 I have a pair, and wear knee pads underneath. The fabric is slippy and stretchy, so I didn’t even notice the pads.

The new ratcheting buckle system is also awesome. So much better than the buckle on last year’s Resist shorts.

These pants are going to be my go to up here in the wet USA PNW winters. I don’t like rain jackets as they make you sweat out in high aerobic activities like riding, but rain pants are super useful in the mud and muck. These are so far WAY better than ones I’ve had from Endura or Raceface.
  • 1 0
 @nsteele: Hey, I am moving from SoCal to Seattle next year. I understand that if you want it enough, you can definitely ride year-round which I am determined to do since I have been spoiled with that here in LA. The problem is, I have NO idea what gear I will need or what works best. I bookmarked this article prior to sorting through the comments because these pants seem perfect for the PNW. Any other tips for a fairweather rider?
  • 1 0
 @JacobABloom: cool. Great trails in So Cal (Laguna!!), but you are in for a treat! One can easily ride all year with a willingness to get a little muddy. Most of our trails are designed to ride well in the rain, especially a place like Tokul Forest- known especially as a winter ride spot.

The tree canopy actually minimizes the rain impact a lot, but mud and slippery roots are gonna be your new winter friend to master. Merino wool base layers, these pants or shorts, light jacket or top temps dependent. Rinse your bike off more frequently (esp after very muddy rides), replace bearings more often. Rain jackets are not necessary except major downpours IMO as they wet out from the inside as the wp/breathable membranes can’t keep up with your body vapor/sweat. Flannel works fine. Bring spare dry gloves for a mid ride swap. I’ve started now wearing rainproof booties over my 5.10 Freerider Pros, and it helps keep the feet a lot warmer/drier. Get Minions (2.5 WT ST DHF/ 2.4 ST DHRII) or Assegais front and rear. Enjoy hero dirt shredding!

Here’s a great winter how to blog post from a local shredder: abitgear.com/blogs/rantings/everything-you-need-to-know-to-enjoy-wet-winter-and-night-riding-in-the-pnw
  • 1 0
 @nsteele: Fantastic, thanks for the help!
  • 3 0
 looks like pajamas
  • 1 0
 @troyleedesigns : have you considered making a skyline air hoody? I see riders wearing Patagonia sun hoodies quite often.
  • 1 0
 Yeah cyclist have gotten fat! Size starts at 30. I better get a car and start eating more at McDonald's!
  • 1 0
 It would be cheaper to move to a warmer climate.....
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