Troy Lee Designs - UPS 7850-HW Protective Shirt and LPS 7605 Protective Shorts - Review 4/2/13
Also called BP 7850-HW Protective Shirt and BP 7605 Protective Shorts.
This is the unboxing and initial impressions post. A more thorough review will follow in the coming weeks!
Im writing this review because I found remarkably little information or pictures while doing my own research. I feel high end products warrant more detailed customer reviews. I hope it helps anyone who is in the market for base layer protection such as these 2!
NOTE: I'm 6'5", 240lbs, and my arms/legs/torso are proportionate
My measurements: Chest = 44inch, Top of shoulder to hip = 20 inch, Flexed Bicep = 17inch, Waist = 37.5 inch (normally more like 34), Waist line to top of knee = 19 inch, Pant inseam = 36 inch, Short inseam (groin to top of knee) = 12 inches, Thigh diameter (mid point between knee and hip) = 27 inch.
Initial thoughts and fit:
I went with the UPS 7850-HW Shirt in XL. The shirt fits almost perfectly in XL. Any tighter and it might be a pain to get on or off. Also being on the lower end of the chest range gives more breathing room, literally. It also fits well in the mid section, usually Im swimming in XL shirts but this is more fitted. Im curious how it will fit when I drop 10-15lbs over the season. For me, in XL, I would describe it as "loose fitted" not compression like. Overall it feels a little more protective than I thought it would. Many of the pads can be removed to allow for a custom set up or make room for a neck brace. The open arm pits and wide neck line are nice features. I can definitely see wearing this shirt under moto style chest protectors for added protection though comfort could be questionable. Fabric is 2 types of mesh. The grey parts are a more traditional mesh that isn't very stretchy. The black mesh is finer and much more stretchy. Both fabrics are mostly Nylon with Spandex. None of the material is Under Armour like (polyester and spandex), which is kind of disappointing. Hopefully the mesh will stay cooler, drier and wont smell as much as Under Armour like material would.
The LPS 7605 Shorts (padded chamois) is a Large. Based on my current measurements an XL would be the more logical choice. I'm already regretting it. For a normal chamois I run a large but, the combination of being less stretchy and needing to drop some lbs makes for a poor fit. Hopefully I can live with it until Im in shape. For cold weather riding (below 40 degrees F) I like to wear compression shorts under my chamois, this would likely be a little too tight with the current fit. That said, the thigh protection seems pretty complete. Most of these padded chamois seemed to lack protection towards the front or inside of the thigh, this one does not. The LPS 7605 however, does not have hip protection. I dont think it would have been too hard to add removable hip pads or offer a version with them. Other padded chamois that had hip protection seemed to lack adequate thigh protection which led me to this choice. Something I wasnt expecting was the shape of the seat pad. In other chamois they are the shape of a seat. This one is more symmetrical or bow tie shaped. As a result, this seems like it could be more comfortable and protective. The fabric is typical of chamois, mostly polyester with spandex. Im not sure which part is considered "mesh" but the mesh is mostly nylon with spandex.
Feel free to ask questions and I will post more in this thread after a couple weeks of ride time!
Fit guide off TLD's website
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