WHAT IS IT? Troy Lee Designs’ 2016 SE Air Camo gear
is designed to provide superb ventilation and a lightweight feel for those hot summer days.
WHAT’S IT COST? $65.95 (jersey) $185.95 (pant).
CONTACT? www.troyleedesigns.com or (800) 239-6566.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with Troy Lee Designs’ SE Air Camo gear.
(1) Pant. Recently, Troy Lee’s designers have aimed
for more of a race-fit pant. In the past, Troy Lee Designs
pants have been on the roomy side. The old-school
sans-a-belt straps allowed for a wide range of waist
sizes to fit in size- 32 pants. When we tested the 2016
version of Troy Lee Designs’ SE Air pants in a size 32,
they fit like a size 32. Last year, one of the squawks
was that the san-a-belt was uncomfortable at times. So,
out went the old-school sans-a-belt and in came a new
ratcheting closure system. The previous pants had
cowhide patches that were overkill, adding weight
and bulkiness. For 2016, the cowhide knee patches are
trimmed to make them narrower and lighter. The mesh
lining inside the pant is now 3/4-length instead of
full-length and has a more tailored fit for improved
comfort. The SE Air pant is also more flexible,
particularly in the knee area.
( 2) Jersey. The SE Air jersey has a few upgrades from
last year’s jersey. It has fewer stretch panels for reduced
weight and offers increased ventilation. The collar is built
from a four-way stretch fabric that makes it easier to
pull the jersey over your head without deforming the
neckline. As always, we love the sewn-in elbow pads.
Most companies said adieu to elbow pads many years
ago, but we still appreciate them. Plus, the four-way,
tailored, stretch cuffs allow the padding to stay in
place in a crash. A gel print logo on the shirt’s tail
helps to keep it tucked in.
( 3) Comfort. If you like good ventilation and a snug
but flexible fit, the Troy Lee Designs SE Air gear has
your name on it. What our testers liked most about the
gear, other than the athletic fit, were the padded elbows,
downsized leather knees, improved flex and lighter
weight. The pant was comfortable, stayed in place while
we were riding and was roomy enough for
bulky knee braces. We have to say that each year Troy
Lee makes great refinements to his collection, which
helps to explain the $185.95 price of the Camo pant.
( 4) Durability. The MXA wrecking crew had no
problems with durability with the pant or jersey. The
long, cowhide patches on the knee panels did a great job
protecting the pants from the heat and friction of
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Two quibbles: (1) The price
is a shocker. ( 2) If you have always loved Troy Lee pants
because they are the roomiest pants, you had better lay
off the potato chips. Try before you buy, because a size-
34 rider isn’t going to squeeze into the size- 32 2016 SE
Troy Lee Designs has improved its SE Air line
TROY LEE DESIGNS 2016 SE AIR GEAR
and tightened up the fit for 2016. We loved the
sleeker fit and upgraded materials.
MXA TEAM TESTED