TROY LEE DESIGNS MEN'S BODY ARMOR
The folks at Troy Lee Designs have been involved with dirt for years. They started with motocross and more recently moved into mountain bikes. Although TLD is relatively new to the MTB scene, its designers' experience with motocross makes them experts on protective clothing and gear for all two-wheeled sports, especially those where speed is essential and crashes are inevitable. The Troy Lee Designs LPS 5605 Short combines crash protection with riding comfort in a way that enhances your ride and softens the occasional digger.
TLD started the LPS 5605 with a four-way stretch mesh body. The mesh allows air to flow freely through the short to keep you cool. This synthetic material also pulls sweat away from your body to keep you dry and eliminate the clammy feeling that some materials can give you. Four-way stretch allows the fabric to move in any direction, so the shorts won't bind while you move. This stretch property also makes the short more durable, because it stretches instead of tearing, and (with a little help from silicone grippers), keeps the short from sliding around on your body while you ride. The fabric is also anti-microbial to keep you from smelling like a locker room after a day of riding. The main body of fabric was designed with a relaxed fit that feels natural in the normal riding position. This relaxed fit is less intrusive than a compression short, which can be comfortable, but isn't necessary for DH and freeriding.
The protection side of things is provided by Troy Lee's low-profile foam panels. These panels are designed to ride close to the skin without the bulky feeling that thick pads and hard shells are infamous for. The panels are cut into natural-feeling anatomic shapes that move comfortably with the body. Padding is provided for the outer thighs (for impact) and for the inner thighs and crotch (to alleviate pressure from the saddle). Comfort is also enhanced with flatlock seams and a comfort fit waistband. TLD also included tapered legs that keep the short from riding up without feeling like a compression short.
The Troy Lee Designs LPS 5605 Short comes in Black and is available in sizes XS, S, M, and L.