Troy Lee Designs’ Resist MTB Pants are made from a waterproof fabric that has a decent amount of stretch to ensure movement is kept free and easy on the bike.
The fabric is Bluesign approved – for environment and worker safety assurances – and rated 10k for breathability (good to very good) and 10k for waterproof properties (rainproof and waterproof under light pressure). The seams are taped, too.
They’re not as noisy or shell-like as some, which boosts comfort and helps keep your legs a little warmer on really cold days – they feel more like regular riding trousers than many waterproof offerings.
In terms of features, they have a couple of handy waterproof zipped hip pockets to stash essentials in, as well as a zipped key pocket at the rear. Two zipped vents let you dump heat on warmer rides. The popper/zip/ratchet closure feels secure and adds a touch of waist adjustment too, to help tailor the fit.
A good cut ensures the waist sits high enough at the rear to prevent your back from being exposed, while the tapered legs fit snugly and don’t flap around when caked in mud.
I found the reinforced seat panel did an admirable job of keeping the damp and mud out, even after prolonged stints in the saddle.
There’s more than enough room underneath the trousers to ride in knee pads. I tried both bulkier DH-style pads, as well as slimmer, less protective trail-type pads. Neither interfered with how the trousers articulated when pedalling, and despite the slim-ish cut of the Resists, I had no issues with the trousers interfering with the pads or pulling them down my legs while riding.
In torrential downpours, the Troy Lee pants did eventually wet-out at the front, with some water making its way through, but I never finished a ride freezing cold or soaking wet.
At £150 / $150, they’re certainly not cheap (especially compared to Decathlon’s Rockrider All-Mountain bottoms that scored 4.5 stars out of 5 in our recent test) but they’re comfortable, fit well and keep the worst of the weather out.