Products 31 Oct 2014

Reviewed: 2015 Troy Lee Designs GP Air Racewear

MotoOnline tests the 2015 Troy Lee Designs GP Air Racewear.

The most lightweight and highly ventilated gear in the TLD line, the GP Air Gear is perfectly designed for warm weather riding conditions. Mesh polyester and vented paneling all around offer maximum cooling and airflow for extended periods of time, while stretch material in key areas allows for unmatched comfort and fit.

The GP Air jersey features a large-holed mesh fiber polyester material provide lightweight fit with maximum ventilation. A ribbed stretch v-neck collar provides comfort while the tapered and angled cuff design provides greater roost protection and less material bunching.

The GP Air pant features a lightweight combination 500 denier polyester mesh/ 600 denier polyester for maximum ventilation. A velcro side cinch strap system allows for up to two inch expansion of waist while the velcro/snap button front and YKK brand zipper offer increased closure security.

The oversized 13-inch cowhide leather knee provides maximum durability, added grip and heat protection. Two-way spandex in the knee, calf, and crotch provide added flexibility and accommodate protection and the rear yoke stretch system allows the pants to stay in place.

The XC glove offers a combination of stretch spandex and airprene material with a self dyed two-way stretch lycra spandex body. In addition, a dual layer clarino synthetic leather palm and sonic-welded TPR graphic on the knuckle area make the XC a lightweight, all-purpose glove.

Positives:
Firstly, the Troy Lee Designs GP Air Galaxy Black/Yellow gear is probably one of the most noticeable sets of racewear on the market for 2015 – this stuff stands out! If you’re looking for a set of gear to stand out from the crowd, this is what you’re after.

Being the GP ‘Air’ model, the jersey especially is super lightweight and ventilated, absolutely perfect for the Australian summer we’re heading into currently. You can really feel the air flowing through the jersey during those hot days at the track.

The fit and quality of the jersey is right up there at the pointy end of the market. The collar, cuffs and overall cut of the jersey are super comfortable and functional. This has to be one of the most comfortable jerseys on the market today, without a doubt.

The GP Air pant is much the same as the jersey, high quality, ventilated and super comfortable. The cut of the pant is right on the money, it has that perfect amount of room and ample stretch to make you feel like you really have nothing on. The ventilation is also very impressive – it really does work.

Adding to the comfortable fit of the GP Air pant is the adjustable velcro system on each side of the pant. This is such a great feature to offer, it allows you to totally customise the fit of your pant to suit you perfectly.

The XC glove offers something slightly different to the usual glove you’ll see on the market of late. Instead of going the ultra-simple and minimalistic design that they do also offer, Troy Lee Designs created a more robust glove. The XC offers a dual-layer palm for those that need the extra meat in their glove.

Image: 64MX Photography.

Image: 64MX Photography.

Negatives:
It’s really quite hard to fault the Troy Lee Designs GP Air gear and XC glove. Personally in the glove department I’d rather a single-layer palm, but for you guys that want a dual-layer high quality glove, the XC has you covered.

As I’ve also said in previous reviews, I’m also not a huge fan of button closures on the waist of pants. The TLD setup works quite well for a button closure system, but I’d still love to see the traditional buckle make a return if possible.

Verdict:
The 2015 Troy Lee Designs GP Air racewear and XC glove are high quality, super stylish and most of all, functional. If you’re in the market for some fresh gear for summer, you’d be crazy to look past the GP Air gear – this stuff breathes! For further information on Troy Lee Designs in Australia visit www.lustyindustries.com.

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