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 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.
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.
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
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
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
For more information visit www.troyleedesigns.com.