By the staff of Dirt Wheels
When you think of camouflage riding gear, sport riding doesn’t typically come to mind. Thoughts of gun racks and hunting trips is what fills our heads. For 2006, Troy Lee Designs wants this to change with their Storm line of sport riding gear. The design is actually a colorful, blotchy print that looks more like swipes with a paint brush than tree leaves or grass patterns.
Hanging on the sale rack at our local accessory shop, Troy Lee’s camo style color was kind of a turn-off. However, once we donned the new gear during a recent test session, the color pattern grew on us and is quite pleasant to look at.
Now, after five test sessions and as many trips through the washing machine, the gear is holding up well. We have built up a list of comments on each item and here is what we think.
STUNT HELMET: $425
Construction: Snell 2000 approved, fiberglass with carbon fiber supports along with multiple air vent ports. An optional cold weather liner is available for $40. Called the Stunt Helmet, this is one of the sweetest-looking lids we have seen in a long time. Troy Lee has been an innovator, incorporating shapes into the design of their helmets. They were the first company to put the spoiler wing on a helmet about ten years ago. Cain has actually spent countless hours and several hundred miles in his Stunt Helmet pre-running and racing the Baja 1000. With no complaints, he says it’s light, comfortable, and he hasn’t found a pair of goggles that doesn’t mate well to the shape of the helmet. His pit crew remarked at how they liked the bright yellow color. They knew he was coming into the pits from a mile away.
The liner snaps into place and can easily be removed and thrown into the washing machine for cleaning. The large-sized helmet we tried fits perfect and is the best part of the Troy Lee gear package. Helmets are available in small to XL sizes and available in red/white/blue, yellow, black/pink and gray colors.
STORM RACE PANT: $165
Construction: 1680 Denier ballistic nylon combined with 1000 Denier nylon, double and triple stitched seams, bio-foam hip panels, full grain leather inner knee, multi- panel lower leg with a mesh outer lower leg including a full mesh sewn-in liner. The first thing we noticed is that these pants weigh considerably more than pants we are used to wearing. The Race pant has several thick plastic logos and a lower back support contributing to the pant’s nearly four-pound measurement. To get an idea of what other brands weigh we put a pair of Thor (2.5 pounds) and Troy Lee’s GP pant (2.1 pounds) on the scale. That’s a pretty big difference. While riding you can’t feel the extra weight of the pants. They are very comfortable and the legs don’t bunch up in your boots. You can feel the plastic section near the lower back and it feels like you are wearing a kidney belt and is not uncomfortable. It also acts as a tailbone protector in case of an accidental dismount. The size 34 pant that we tested fit perfectly. With or without accessory knee braces, the legs never felt baggy.
On the inside of each knee there is a thick piece of leather sewn in for extra padding and wear-resistance. That’s a very nice touch. The only downside we found with the pants is that the colors are fading quicker than the colors on the jersey. The Storm pants are available in sizes 28-38 and red/ white/blue, dark red, silver, black, blue and Rocket red colors.
SPEED EQUIPMENT JERSEY: $50
Construction: Perforated flat-back nylon mesh combined with micro-mesh side panels in both the sides and sleeves using a V-neck collar. Right out of the box, our extra-large jersey had extra-long sleeves, longer than any other extra-large sleeves we have used. Other than that, the lightweight jersey is comfortable and has thin, unrestrictive cufflinks that add to its comfort. The colors are staying bright and its nylon construction dissipates sweat while riding and washes clean every time. We just think they are sized a bit big.
XC GLOVE: $24
Construction: 35 percent synthetic leather, 27 percent air mesh, 15 percent Poly Mesh, ten percent TPR, eight percent Cool Mesh, five percent Neoprene. We choose the XC Glove to go along with this test. We like gloves that are unrestrictive around the cuff with a small or no band to keep the hand in. That’s exactly what the XC glove offers. Troy Lee’s XC size ten fit our tester’s hands well, but they were hard to get on. The opening was too small and a struggle to put on. Once on, the gloves provided great comfort on both the palms and knuckles. We suggest ordering them a size bigger than what you are used to.