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Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short

- published August 2016

77

2016

RATINGS

Fit/Style
4 5
Features
6
Durability
6
Protection
5
Comfort
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
77

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THE GOOD

  • Durable
  • Zippered pockets
  • Good ventilation features

THE BAD

  • Sizing runs small
  • Minimal crash protection

THE VERDICT

The Troy Lee Designs Skyline shorts have outstanding features to promote good breathability and ventilation. They are well fitted, eye catching and are kneepad compatible. However the sizing runs small through the hips and the shorter inseam of eleven inches will almost certainly leave skin exposed in a crash.

FULL REVIEW

FIT/STYLE 
The Troy Lee Designs Skyline short runs on the small size and has a straight cut through the hips that is more in line with a men’s cut rather than a women’s. Our tester’s sample size small (3/4) felt tighter in the hips and rear when compared to all the shorts in the test. It is recommended that cyclists order the next size up for a more relaxed fit. This more constrictive fit makes these shorts better suited for enduro riding rather than straight-up cross country or urban riding. 

The inseam for the small runs eleven inches and hits well above the knee. The legs are tapered but still accommodate kneepads due in large part to their shorter inseam length. 

FEATURES
Constructed with a four way stretch, midweight ninety percent polyester/ten percent Spandex fabric, the Troy Lee Designs Skyline shorts have three zippered security pockets. One pocket on the left hip, one on the right leg and one back panel pocket on the waistband. All pockets are stash pockets rather than cargo. The leg pocket zipper is welded for water-resistance. 

External Velcro waist adjustments tabs cinch in the waistband to assure no back gaps but also increases the probability of a jersey snag. The waistband’s wide-panel construction makes it very comfortable with a high rise in the back for good rear coverage. However, the Troy Lee Designs Skyline shorts also rise higher in the front, which can feel restrictive to the stomach when in aggressive riding positions.  

A Lycra stretch panel runs across the upper back and as a panel in the crotch to allow for additional stretch and breathability. The fly is secured with Velcro and two sturdy snap buttons. Each leg has a mesh opening to promote ventilation on hot days as well as accommodate kneepads. Depending on the size and coverage of the kneepads, some cyclists will experience a pad-to-short skin gap when in aggressive riding positions.

The Troy Lee Designs Skyline shorts do not come with an integrated chamois but our tester found that the shorts accommodated all chamois worn during testing. 

DURABILITY 
The Troy Lee Designs Skyline shorts are well constructed with a medium-weight four-way stretch Polyester and Spandex blend. The single stitching is straight and precise with a medium-weight thread. 

PROTECTION 
The medium-weight four-way stretch fabric of the Troy Lee Designs Skyline shorts lends itself to good protection during low-impact crashes. However the shorter inseam of eleven inches, even when paired with kneepads, will leave leg skin exposed. 

COMFORT 
The Troy Lee Designs Skyine shorts run small and depending on the cyclist can feel restricted in the hips. While our tester noticed the tighter fit in the hips and rear, there was no restriction in range of motion. The higher rise in the front created some moderate bunching but did not chafe or feel uncomfortable. 

Comfort is enhanced due to a waffle-weave on inside of the fabric, which creates a series of air-gaps that promote ventilation. A Lycra stretch panel runs across the upper back of the short and as a panel in the crotch to allow for additional stretch, comfort, breathability and range of motion. Each leg has a mesh opening to also allow for good ventilation on hot days as well as accommodate kneepads. 

How We Tested It

The shorts in this test were used for four weeks on asphalt, gravel, singletrack in and around Minnesota on days with temperatures ranging from the low forties to the mid-nineties and on distances that ranged from six miles to fifty-six.

For more reviews beyond this 2016 test check out our mountain biking shoe tests, mountain bike tests, and other related bike gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski is a Minneapolis-based mountain biker, bike commuter, backpacker, and trail runner who covers our cycling accessories categories.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$75.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit/Style
4 5
Features
6
Durability
6
Protection
5
Comfort
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
77

Specs

  • Weight verified?: Yes

Weight

8.71 oz

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