First Look: 2015 Troy Lee Designs A1, D2 and D3 helmets

Troy Lee improves the A1 for even better protection


Troy Lee Designs founder, Troy Lee struggled through 2014 with a fairly severe moto accident early in the season. He has since returned to work full-time, pouring his creative energies back in to the company that bears his name.

“Last year was a struggle for me personally, suffering from a big crash on my dirt bike before the summer began, it kept me away from the shop for a many weeks, but more importantly it kept me from my yearly Whistler trip,” said Lee. “This new collection is a big victory because I am really proud of the new designs and improvements. We elevated our testing program and are still setting the benchmark against other brands in safety. The design team worked so hard with me, coming over to my house during the rehab, going over paint ideas, designs and creating. I got back on the bike at the end of summer and I have never been so happy to be back. It feels great to have built a company where we can all create and dream, but more importantly, keep people protected while they enjoy a bike ride.”

Troy Lee Designs A1 Pinstripe Matte Army Green

Troy Lee Designs is an interesting company as it leads design and fashion in the bike world. Downhill and all mountain riders seek out almost every design they release and other companies follow or copy elements of the company’s lines. They seem to have their finger on the pulse of the industry, as they work very closely with top athletes in mountain biking. Their presence in motocross and auto racing keeps them dialed in with lifestyle and other racing trends as well.

Troy Lee Designs D3 CF Squirt Black Orange

But their wheelhouse goes beyond design, as evidenced by their A1 all mountain helmet and their D2 and D3 full-face helmets. The A1 has become one of the most popular helmets today, as riders appreciate it for its comfort, protection and styling. The head form is amazing and it is very comfortable and well-ventilated.

And the real bonus with Troy Lee helmets and clothing is value. One would expect their helmets and clothing to cost twice as much, but it’s actually quite reasonable. Given their moto roots, they don’t stray too far delivering the best performance and the best value to the customer.

2105 Troy Lee Designs A1

Troy Lee Designs A1
  • Certified to the following safety standards: CPSC 1203, CE EN1078, AS NZ 2063:2008
  • Improved comfort due to thick helmet liner developed to cover entire interior
  • Liner made of anti-microbial moisture wicking material
  • Full spectrum adjustable visor with 1” 25mm range of motion
  • Multi position cam lock adjustable rear stabilizer with +- 20mm range
  • Reinforced polycarbonate shell
  • Anodized aluminum hardware
  • 8 pressurizing intake passages
  • 8 rear vacuum vortex outlets
  • MSRP: Drone Versions: $139, Galaxy and Pinstripe versions: $165 USD

2015 Troy Lee Designs D3

Troy Lee Designs D3
  • Advanced aerospace carbon/composite shell construction
  • Meets CPSC 1203, CE EN1078, ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, and ASTM F2040
  • Includes 2 fully adjustable, graphic matching D3 visors
  • Machined titanium visor screws for reduced weight
  • Dual Density Shock Pad System
  • Improved rear neck padding for increased protection and comfort
  • 20 high-flow intake and exhaust ports for improved ventilation
  • Comfort liner that is removable and washable
  • Three EPS shell sizes for greater range of fit, 6 pad sizes
  • Titanium D-ring chinstrap fastener
  • TLD D3 custom helmet bag kit included
  • Carbon shell colors: Speeda Yellow, Squirt Orange, EVO grey, Pinstripe II
  • Composite shell colors: Speeda White, Squirt White, EVO Red
  • MSRP: Carbon: $450, Composite: $375 USD

2015 Troy Lee Designs D2

Troy Lee Designs D2 Composite
  • Aerospace composite shell
  • Meets ASTM F2032-00 and F1952-00 standards, CPSC standard, 16 CFR part 1203 & CE EN 1078
  • Large eye port allows for easy fitting of all goggle shapes and sizes
  • Adjustable Orbit visor allows for custom height placement
  • Machined cross-top aluminum visor screws
  • Hi-flow ventilation system incorporated into shell and liner
  • Removable and washable comfort liner and cheek pads
  • MSRP: $228 for Graphic models, $198 USD for Midnight

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • tyrebyter says:

    The A1 is on my short list to replace the Bell Super that has more than earned its retirement. It was always comfortable, albeit, a bit hot. The headline suggested safety improvements, but none were mentioned in the article. The standards with which it complies are the same as the $20 lids at Walmart. Not a bad thing per se; commodity safety gear has improved dramatically in the last 30 years. Could someone out there educate me on bicycle helmet standards? In the moto world, I used to look for the Snell sticker. Now the DOT sticker may be more relevant and not the joke it was in the 70s. What do bicycle race organizers require? I appreciate MTBR bringing new safety gear to our attention, just wish they’d quit pretending to understand it.

  • Axe says:

    Garish. As usual.

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