When PPS Moto was just getting started, occasional poster Marsh shared his love for Troy Lee Designs gear. Personally, I had never tried Troy Lee Gear until I got my hands on their GP Air Mirage gear this past summer. Will my feelings for TLD’s gear be as strong as Marsh’s?
Troy Lee Designs GP Air Price: $46.00 Jersey; $138.00 Pants; $29.00 Gloves
Troy Lee Designs GP Air Jersey
- Fit & Comfort The GP Air jersey fits on the roomy side. This doesn’t bug me one bit, I prefer loose over tight (when it comes to jerseys, that is). It gives you options. If you want to wear an under protector, the jersey will have room for you to be able to move and be comfortable. The cuffs are light & loose, this is comfortable and allows air to flow.
- Durability It’s hard to say how durable a jersey is, they don’t typically take much abuse. The stitching has held together and there has been no color fade, so it must be adequately durable.
- Ventilation It is really nice, perforated and lightweight. The holes that make the jersey “vented” remind me of an old mesh basketball jersey, but the material is softer and a lot lighter than those were.
- Cool Stuff To help keep the jersey tucked in, TLD added “Troy Lee Designs” in silicone to the tale of the jersey.
Troy Lee Designs GP Air Pants
- Fit & Comfort The pants are roomy for the most part yet stay up perfectly. You can’t beat the adjustment/closure system on these pants. They snap in the front and have velcro straps om the sides of the waist for adjustability.
- Durability The only issue I have ran into is some of the stitching on the knee panels coming loose. Thanks to triple stitching in this area no hole has developed yet. I’m not going to call these the most durable pants of all time, they are lightweight, highly vented pants, but they are far from me considering them not durable. For example, They aren’t as durable as the Fox 360 pants, probably very similar to the durability of the Shift Strike pants and no where close to as low quality as the One Industries Carbon pants.
- Ventilation It’s been a long time since I’ve had vented pants. It seems that vented gear has came a long way over the years, these vent awesome compared to what I remember. Very impressive.
- Knee Braces: With my bulky EVS RS8 Pro knee braces these pants are a bit tight in the knee area when my knee is bent. My bet would be that this won’t be an issue for most people/with most knee braces.
- What I’d like to see changed The leather knee patches on the pants are rather small. This didn’t become a problem for me yet, but I could see it having the potential to cause wear, especially if the leather patches aren’t lined up perfectly with your knee brace hinges. I also think if the leather knee panels were larger, the stitching wouldn’t have came loose on the pants.
Troy Lee Designs Air Gloves
- Fit & Comfort I love the TLD Air Glove. It is very simple and lightweight. They made a great decision by using one layer of leather/synthetic (whatever they use) for the palm and using no padding in this area. They fit perfectly, plus for some reason I am biased towards gloves with a strap.
- Durability I have had no issues with the durability of the gloves so far. This is pretty impressive since they are so simple. Nothing is even double layered!
- Ventilation I noticed no difference in the ventilation of these gloves vs other gloves. This isn’t a bad thing, I’m not sure how well a glove vents is all that noticeable.
- Cool Stuff They say “Pop Wheelies” on the strap.
You can’t go wrong with Troy Lee Designs gear. They have some where around 1,000 different design options (this may be a slight exaggeration), vented gear, regular gear & James Stewart’s Seven gear. Basically, if you can’t find something from TLD you find aesthetically pleasing, you’re going to have a hard time finding gear you like from any brand. From my experience with this set of gear and what buddies have told me about their experiences with TLD in the past , I can tell you TLD’s gear typically fits right and holds up well. You can’t go wrong with a set of TLD gear.