Troy Lee Designs SE Pro Bike Pants £179.99

Bike-specific downhill trousers

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

They might be expensive, but the SE Pro Bike Pants are the first bike specific trousers to come out of the TLD factory – finally quashing the MX crossover kit in favour of some bike-specific features. 

Gone are the leather inner knee panels, replaced with hardwearing fabric, while a roomy, stretchy and flexible yet fitted crotch area combined with stretch panels above the knee gives plenty of movement for getting on the pedals. 

The stretch panels on the back of the legs make for a snug fit for riders with bigger calves, yet are still super comfortable and an easy fit over every set of kneepads we tried too. 

The adjustable waistband gives enough room to fine tune the fit, and the ‘pop wheelies’ detail on the rubber strap-pulls is another nice touch for the eagle-eyed. That said, you don’t have to be eagle-eyed in any way to see that these look the part, in true TLD fashion.

Our favourite new inclusion comes in the form of a small pocket – and when we say small, we mean small. Although it’ll fit a phone, it’s not very comfortable with something that size and rigid in there – we just used it to stash the car key in while we were on the hill.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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