Troy Lee Designs Resist Trouser

Troy Lee Designs Resist Trouser Review

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To be frank, I didn’t have high hopes for the Troy Lee Designs Resist Trouser. Before trying them I had a ride or two in the Troy Lee Designs Resist jacket. I was not impressed.

The fabric of the Resist Jacket was nice enough and all, but I didn’t get along with the general cut of the jacket and I also found a couple of things about it outright annoying (the unadjustable gaping cuffs and the pingy elastic dangly bits of the hood cinchers, mainly). The jacket didn’t feel like it was designed by someone who had ever ridden in rain.

What about the Resist trousers then?

Troy Lee Designs Resist Trouser

I’m happy to say the Troy Lee Designs Resists Trouser completely confounded expectations and have proved to be an excellent winter (OK then, spring-summer-autumn) weather garment.

Unlike most waterproof trousers, the Troy Lee Resists don’t feel like overly baggy over-trousers. They feel and are cut pretty much like regular riding trousers. Suitably tapered, when wet they don’t end up acting like soggy sandpaper and removing all the paintwork from your bike’s stays or crank arms. There’s a nice bit of stretch to the fabric, which really helps things.

They don’t feel overly nasty against bare skin. Having said that, with my usual combo of decent length socks, knee pads and liner shorts, there isn’t much actual bare flesh on my legs when riding. But still, I’ve definitely ridden in waterproof trousers that feel unpleasantly cold and plasticky and these do not.

In terms of staying waterproof, so far so good. Troy Lee does make all sorts of claims as to its DWR finish lasting three times as long as other DWR treatments, and while I don’t have any actual science to back this up, I am impressed by how they’re holding up.

I do try to only rinse (rather than full-on machine wash) my outerwear garments, but even with that proviso the Resist trousers are doing really well durability wise. Yes, even on the arse panel section which takes a real hammering, as it were.

I’m not overly fussed about the pockets and the thigh vents, but they don’t seem to get in the way of the form or function of the garment, so, fair enough. Some folk will find them more useful than I do.

So there you go, the best waterproof mountain bike trousers come from California. Who’d a thunk it?

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Review Info

Brand: Troy Lee Designs
Product: Resist Trouser
From: Saddleback
Price: £149.00
Tested: by Benji for Singletrack World Magazine Issue 149

Orange Switch 6er. Stif Squatcher. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. Ebikes are not evil. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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  • Teedertodder
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    I wear these, tbh I’m pretty disappointed with them. Ridden in them through winter in the Tweed Valley and found them to be cold and plasticky like carrier bags.

    Yeah it’s only on the bits of exposed skin between shorts/pads/socks, but grim enough to have me reaching for the decathlon water resistant ones instead (which are great but not in heavy rain 😉)

    Keep up the good stuff at STW towers!

    All personal preference of course! Maybe I got a duff pair

    Full Member

    I love mine. But worn with a thin helly Hansen Lifa base layer.

    Full Member

    I mostly like mine, they are fairly waterproof, had them a couple of months, not washed in the machine yet just hosed off.
    Fit is ok but I find them a bit tight on my thighs.
    RRP is ridiculous, even the £80 I paid for mine seems expensive!

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    I like mine, and are the only trousers I’ve actually made good use off. I’d always found trousers to be too heavy/warm, and/or too baggy, so had nearly always just worn shorts and knee pads regardless of the weather.

    They’re certainly not a cold weather type trouser on their own, but stick some 3/4 bibs/shorts under them, and they’re fine. I think one of the reasons I like them so much, is that they’re so light weight. It means I don’t worry about getting too hot when it’s not cold, so I wear them more.

    I have however put a few holes in mine due to getting caught on things while out trailbuilding,  and I did notice the seat area stitching is starting to fail, but given they’ve now seen lots of use over two winters, I’m quite happy with how they’re lasting. I’ll probably buy a new pair for next winter for riding, and keep the old ones for trailbuilding rides.

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    I have been using mine a fair bit since Christmas and the have held up well. Just remember to zip close the air vents. But I will say the thigh area is a little tight.

    Free Member

    I love mine.

    I didn’t to start off with. They felt horrible and rubbery and very much like a boil in the bag affair so I chucked them in the wardrobe and forgot about them for a year or so.

    Stumbled across them again over Christmas and wore them for a 6 hour jaunt around the peak district.

    ~2’c all day with fairly heavy rain for the most part. I was warm and dry and kicking myself for not trying them out when I’d bought them. They were nowhere near as sweaty as the material suggested.

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    Thanks. I bought a pair in November and still haven’t worn them!

    Appear cold and plasticky and was not impressed by the low-cut back.

    On wet rides I’ve utilised my RAF-surplus “goretex?” waterproof trousers instead. I’ll give the Resists a go though.

    Full Member

    Mine are as yet unworn, mostly due to my lack of motivation when the weather is terrible.

    Trying on indoors, they did feel plasticy against the skin, so best worn with long socks / knee pads under them

    Full Member

    I wear these, tbh I’m pretty disappointed with them. Ridden in them through winter in the Tweed Valley and found them to be cold and plasticky like carrier bags.

    Tey and pair of Endura Humvees, for the full
    plastic feeling experience.

    I really like my TLDs, for all the reasons others have mentioned

    Full Member

    I just wear some cheap running tights under mine 👍

    Full Member

    Like mine for the £80 I paid, they do start wetting out now though. Is spray on DWR favourite with these or wash in and tumble dry? Which would mean taking them to a mate’s as we don’t have a tumble dryer

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