2010 Troy Lee Designs GP Air Gear Review

JC Hilderbrand | September 28, 2009
Modern daredevils and die-hard patriots rejoice, the designers at Troy Lee Designs have come up with a stars and stripes pattern for the ventilated 2010 GP Air line of motocross gear. White gear typically suffers more than most with staining, but I’ve had good luck keeping it fresh through repeated washings.

There’s a definite need for hot-weather gear and this is Troy Lee Designs’ solution. We threw in the Bodyguard 2 Roost Deflector.

The GP Air pants are super comfortable. I liked the mobility afforded by the spandex stretch panels in the crotch and the overall light weight. Cooling is very good from the 500 Denier polyester mesh without allowing lots of dirt to pass through. Some ventilated pants don’t come with dual leather knee patches, but TLD triple-stitched the full-grain, perforated swatches on each inner leg. The fit was good for my size 34 and the ratchet closure worked well in conjunction with the double Velcro cinch straps.

This GP Air jersey features a cut that fits my torso and arms very well. The amount of micro-mesh material was just right through the chest and abdomen, and the sleeves were comfortable without flapping around. If anything, the tail could be a little longer, or the gel print could be larger to help keep it tucked in better, but overall the jersey was great. A v-neck collar and lightweight cuffs keep out debris without choking me, it flows a lot of air and dries quickly – just what a vented jersey should do.

The Air glove is very, very lightweight, so it fits the motocross scene best. I like to wear my vented gear for more than just moto, but be prepared that these are about as minimal as it gets. The thumb is a little long, but the rest of the fingers fit perfectly. The single-layer Clarino palm has silicon across the upper pad of the hand and extending to the index and middle fingers. It has a short cuff and small rubber logo.

It’s one thing to let air pass, but just because it’s hot doesn’t mean that we want to let all that roost come through uninhibited. The Bodyguard 2 Roost Deflector makes motocross a lot less painful but it has enough vents across the large midsection to remain wearable in summer months. The shatterproof plastic construction is very protective with the lower edges extending a fair amount around the sides of the ribcage. A two-piece back panel aids mobility and comfort along with the removable/washable bio-foam padding. I really like that the shoulder pads are removable which makes this an instant under-the-jersey protector as well so I can wear it with other brands of gear.

The Kayaba suspension still rides very nice  but then again  anything would have on the imaculate Washougal track.
Everything fit well and did what it was suppose to for venting. JC was happy with the TLD gear package all around.

I took a little ribbing along the Evel Knievel lines, but overall the getup was much better looking in person than we expected. The performance was what I had hoped for and it’s right in the ballpark on price. Match it with a TLD helmet like I did for the full ensemble. Troy Lee claims this setup is the hot ticket for cycling sports as well, like downhill mountainbiking or BMX, so if you’re into crossover sports then this is an easy choice.

Sizes: S-XXL
GP Air Jersey – $42
GP Air Pant – $138 
Air Glove – $26
Bodyguard 2 Roost Deflector – $135


JC Hilderbrand

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