Troy Lee Designs Skyline Pant

$229.95
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Troy Lee Designs are another big-name apparel brand with a long history of making some of the best gear on the market. TLD have several pants options, which include the trail-oriented Skyline Pants I rode, their gravity focussed Sprint Pants, and wet weather Resist Pants. 

Materials, fit and features

Being all-mountain focussed, the Skyline Pants are made from a lightweight 4-way stretch polyester (95 percent polyester and 5 percent lycra). They’re based off TLD’s popular Skyline shorts and feature the same two 45-degree zipped pockets and dual waist adjusters. Laser cut venting behind the knee assists with ventilation, and closure is achieved with a simple button. One feature that stands out on the Skyline pants is their chain abrasion protection on the lower right inside ankle, which is designed to ward off drivetrain wear. The legs are sufficiently tapered that I wasn’t experiencing any rub, but it’s a nice feature to see.

On the bike

The TLD Skyline Pants do their job without fuss. The pants feel great with and without pads, however bulkier pads do stick out due to the tapered design. Weighing in at 311 grams in a 32” size they were some of the lighter pants on test, and combined with the breathability were lovely to pedal in. One feature I appreciated with the Skyline’s was the short cord attached to the pockets’ zips that makes using them easier, particularly with gloves on. 

Who they suit?

The TLD Skyline Pants suit an all-mountain rider who wants to pedal in all seasons. If you’re riding pure gravity there are better options from both TLD and other brands, but for everything else I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Skylines. As a bonus the Skyline pants are Bluesign certified, which indicates they’ve met a high standard in terms of both worker conditions and environmental outcomes from the product’s manufacturing. 

Hits:

  • True all-rounders 
  • Breathable 
  • Bluesign certification

Misses:

  • Premium pricing