2016 Troy Lee Designs Adventure Gear First Look

MotorcycleUSA Staff | October 8, 2015

2016 Troy Lee Designs Adventure GearNavigating the rocks aboard the Suzuki DR650SE while wearing the 2016 TLD HYDRO adventure gear. 

As I rolled the Sprinter into the parking lot and scanned the trucks full of motocross bikes I quickly snatched up the invitation off the passenger seat, making sure I was at the correct address for the Troy Lee Designs adventure gear introduction and ride. The address was indeed correct and across the top of the Troy Lee Designs invitation in bold red letters were the words “Mammoth Adventure Ride.” It also said license plate required. I began to get a little restless thinking about the DR650SE (with a license plate) that was my steed for the next two days. During the five hour drive to Mammoth I was fearful the little 650 would be outgunned by actual adventure bikes, instead it looked like I had just pulled into the pro pits at Anaheim 1.

2016 Troy Lee Designs Adventure GearAdventure joy! The Troy Lee Designs Radius jacket and HYDRO pant on the left, HYDRO jacket and pant on right. 

I’ve been on a lot of adventure rides, on real adventure bikes, often for many days at a time, so when I read an invite to go on an adventure ride showcasing new adventure riding gear, I pictured a BMW GS, a KTM 1190 or similar big motorcycles (with a license plate) capable of carving up a mountain road, navigating dirt roads and some two track as well. Seeing the non-street legal motocross bikes with open exhausts I knew I was in for some sort of adventure. I do have to give props to the two journalists who rode all the way from southern California on real adventure bikes to the Mammoth Adventure Ride.

After a delicious lunch, the Troy Lee Designs crew presented the new gear. The collection is the brainchild of Troy Lee, who wanted to develop a technical line of off-road riding apparel from adventure to dual-sport to enduro riding. The HYDRO waterproof collection of adventure gear is designed for serious miles and all weather conditions. The Troy Lee Designs Radius gear is a blend of off-road and light adventure, with an in-boot design pant. Seeing as how I brought a motorcycle that wasn’t meant for soaring over 100 foot jumps, I chose to spend a few days riding in the HYDRO pant and jacket.

2016 Troy Lee Designs Adventure Gear2016 Troy Lee Designs HYDRO adventure gear.

I hate clichés but there really isn’t a better way to describe the first day of riding than to say it was like herding cats. Over 20 bikes (most lacking any legality to be on the streets) mixed with a metric ton of dust had riders sprawled all over the Mammoth area in a 30-mile radius. The large group eventually digressed into clusters of bikes darting across the landscape. It was all I could do to keep the DR650SE anywhere near the pace of the motocross and enduro bikes through single track and whooped out two-track. After a few hours of wiping dust from my goggle lenses I found the freeway and promptly hit the turn signal blinker and headed back to town, dust mustache and all. Daydreaming of wet dirt and single track at 60 mph on the freeway I was slapped into clarity by a Honda CRF450 as it roared by. License plate? We don’t need no stinking license plate!

When the sun broke the horizon on the second day I was finishing breakfast and had a little group of riders rallied (with street legal dirt bikes) to find some scenic roads and epic views. Just a few miles out of town we climbed a fun rocky road for many miles and eventually found ourselves at a cool lake. It was the definition of an adventure-style ride and totally erased the chaos of the first day.

How is the HYDRO gear? It is a solid first effort. With two full days wearing the jacket there are little things that need refinement like the collar rubbing against the neck and the main zipper is on the small side, requiring precision and effort to get it to zip up. The HYDRO pants are comfortable but after only a few days the lower area that rubs the frame and footpegs showed signs of wear and small nicks in the leather. The zippers are also too small on the lower sections over the boot. At the end of the second day I could only get it unzipped halfway, nearly requiring me to cut the pant to get it off the top half of my boot. As winter approaches hopefully California sees enough rain to test just how well the waterproofing of the HYDRO gear works. MotoUSA will be testing the HYDRO gear more as well as the new Radius gear. Check out the 2016 Troy Lee Designs Adventure gear.
2016 Troy Lee Designs Adventure Gear

HYDRO Jacket

• Waterproof breathable hipora 600 denier oxford construction

• Removable sleeves

• Taped seams

• YKK waterproof zippered chest, arm and rear exhaust vents

• Lower bellowed waterproof storage pockets

• CE molded YF integrated elbow and shoulder pads

• Scotchlite reflective panels throughout front and back

• Rear integrated storage pocket for sleeves and supplies

• Custom waterproof breast pocket with added media port for smart phone earphone

• Fleece lined hand warmer pockets

• Side YKK zippered expansion pleats

• Dual adjustable compression arm straps and torso straps

• Fleece lined collar w/ spring loaded Velcro snap closure



• Waterproof breathable hipora 600 denier oxford

• All waterproof YKK zippers

• 12” 2 Way YKK front vent thigh panel

• 900 denier oxford butt and crotch panels

• Kevlar knee panel

• Genuine premium leather inner leg panel

• Internal over the boot neoprene gaiter

• Sans belt waist construction

• Integrated cargo pockets and exhaust vents

•Reflective graphics on knee and pocket flaps

• Large Scotchlite reflective panel on backs of leg cuffs

• Over the boot design with 3 snap adjustment and elastic gather

• Small personal storage pocket





2016 Troy Lee Designs Adventure Gear

Radius Jacket

• 420 denier water resistant oxford upper torso and top of sleeves

• 300 denier water resistant oxford polyester torso and underarms

• Waterproof YKK zippered breast storage pocket

• YKK zippered vent and hand warmer pockets

• Internalized elastic waist gather

• Removable sleeves

• Velcro wrist closures

• Rear integrated storage pocket for sleeves and supplies

• Integrated lower zippered expansion pleats

• Reflective logo on front and rear for night sections

•600 denier polyester padded elbow panels


Radius Pant

• 12” double YKK zippered front vent panels

• Kevlar padded knee for added durability

•600 denier oxford polyester construction

•900 denier oxford polyester butt panel

• Reflective zippered exhaust vents

• Full length premium leather inner leg burn panel

• Ratchet buckle closure

• Pant has more performance shape and fit

• Reflective graphics on knee and pocket flaps

• Multiple stretch panels for perfect fit and function

• Integrated cargo pockets


Adventure Glove

• Ax Cube flo orange palm for flashing down help

• Lycra fourchettes and thumb flex panel

• Premium goat skin leather sewn over 6mm poron XRD®

• Tapered index finger with AX Connect touch screen material

• Sewn sheep skin stretch panels

• Printed silicone finger grippers

• Clarino reinforced palm w/ 2mm poron XRD® shock pads

• Scotchlite reflective panels

• Flexible span 4-way upper

• TPR graphics and Velcro closure

• Airprene cuff for added support



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