Troy Lee Designs Lilium Pants review - a slim and lightweight option tailored for women

Stylish and practical cycling trousers tailored for women

Female cyclist wearing the TLD Lilium pants
(Image credit: Rachel Sokal)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The availability of women's-specific kit might have improved in the last few years but there's still quite a sizable lower body shaped hole when it comes to trousers. There are a few options out there, mainly from the mountain bike brands like Troy Lee Designs. The Lilium pants are a slim and lightweight option with a comfortable stretch material and good ventilation. It's tapered leg and well-designed pockets make it practical on the bike and presentable off it too.

Reasons to buy
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    Tailored fit and stretch material is practical and comfortable on the bike

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    Neat look off the bike

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    Excellent sizing information

Reasons to avoid
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    Not water repellent

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    Not suited to wet and cold conditions

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    Can't take on and off quickly

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Female-fit trousers for cycling do exist. It’s just to find them you tend to need to look away from the usual road, commuter and lifestyle cycling brands to the MTB world when riding pants have become increasingly popular in the last few years.

Troy Lee Designs was first made famous in the MTB world by the legend John Tomac in 1996. Most of the TLD range is focused on the enduro and downhill world of mountain biking with construction and colorways to match. But within the three men’s and two women’s styles there is also a good choice for those whose riding is a little more tarmac orientated. I’ve been wearing the Women’s Lilium pants to see how they shape up against the best bicycle commuter pants.

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