It took a while for Californian brand Troy Lee Designs to throw its hat into the ring for wet weather gear, and it still has a limited range.
Troy Lee Designs Resist shorts details
Troy Lee’s Resist shorts are made from Teflon EcoElite fabric, a nylon/spandex blend that provides a claimed 20,000mm waterproof rating and 10,000g/m2/24h breathability.
A bonus is that the fabric is Bluesign approved – for environment and worker-safety assurances.
There’s no shortage of features either, with internally sealed seams to help keep water out and an additional seat patch bonded inside the short, adding extra durability.
The waistband has a soft touch liner and silicone gripper on the rear. They are fastened with a waterproof zip fly, a button popper and a ratchet buckle to tighten them.
The shorts get three waterproof zipped pockets, two hand pockets with an additional storm flap and a small pocket on the rear yoke.
There are also waterproof zipped mesh vents on each thigh that can be opened to help breathability if needed.
Troy Lee Designs Resist shorts performance
Thanks to the spandex content, the material has a great stretch and gives brilliant comfort when pedalling. The cut is impressive too, and they offer plenty of freedom of movement without having excess material to flap about.
They’re not the longest wet weather shorts available, but they cover the tops of knee pads fine when seated.
Their performance in the rain backed up their high waterproof rating, and the shorts did a great job of keeping me comfortable on the trails. The slightly heavier material that falls between a shell and a softshell fabric also helps you stay warmer on cold rides.
Their breathability wasn’t a problem for me, and I didn’t use the vents, but they’re a nice feature to have. Overall, my chamois stayed dry and my motivation high when riding in the Resist shorts.
The pockets are well placed and large enough to store a phone, without being so big that it bounces around when riding. I enjoyed that I didn’t have my valuables hanging off the side of my legs.
The hems didn’t interfere with my pads when pedalling.
Troy Lee Designs Resist shorts bottom line
Troy Lee Designs has hit the nail on the head with its Resist shorts and I don’t have much to complain about. They’re not cheap, but you get a decent product.
The sturdy, stretchable fabric provides excellent protection thanks to its waterproof properties. The Resist shorts fit well and have plenty of valuable features that help them stand out from the crowd.
How we tested
To see just how much foul weather the Troy Lee shorts could resist, I took them out in continuous rain and on waterlogged trails, where there was mud aplenty.
I hit up singletrack trails, on which I tested their pedalling comfort, and threw in enduro winch and plummet rides to see how well they could descend as well as climb.
I tested these shorts alongside five other pairs and always made sure I used a fresh, dry chamois and clean shorts before each outing, so there would be a fair baseline for comparison.
Also on test
- Giro Havoc H20 shorts
- Endura Hummvee waterproof shorts
- Pearl Izumi Summit WXB Shell shorts
- Gore C5 Gore-Tex Paclite Trail Shorts
- Nukeproof Blackline Winter shorts