Into the clouds.

When you and your crew pack up for a weekend of biking out of a yurt in the Sawtooths, be sure the Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short makes it into your pack. Allowing you to keep gear to a minimum without sacrificing comfort, the Skyline includes its own removable liner and chamois that you can swap out during multi-day trips if needed. Both the short and liner are highly breathable, of course, and the chamois features perforated foam padding to keep air moving while it cushions. TLD also wisely added a highly adjustable waist design, so fit issues don't leave you lagging behind the group on that ridgeline shuttle ride you've all been aching to try. As you drift around corners and drop low behind the saddle on a sweeping descent through burned out forest, the Skyline's stretchy rear panels will preserve your mobility and prevent any annoying bunching so you can focus on all of that tacky dirt up ahead.

  • Spend days on dirt in TLD's best-selling trail short
  • Relaxed fit is tailored for the needs of trail riding
  • Four-way stretch polyester fabric is stretchy but durable
  • Breathable Air 2.0 Liner includes a built-in chamois
  • Waist adjusters help you dial in the right fit for you
  • 2 zippered pockets keep ride snacks and a spare tube secure
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Does the job.

    I do really like these shorts, just not super sold on the colors and they do run a little small. I'm a 32" waist and they run a little tight, I would size up if you are on the upper end of your size. Overall they are really comfortable, Chamois works great, and they ride well on the climb.

    I agree. I'm a 32 with fairly muscular legs. The 34s worked, but I'm sure the 32s would have been way too tight. Definitely size up on these unless you have chicken legs.

    Not going to hold you back

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Love these shorts and how stretchy they are. The chamois that comes with these shorts is pretty soft and keeps your bum comfy for sure. I really just love how uninhabited I feel when riding/wearing these shorts. They might not be the best for a cold weather ride because of how thin they are, but for spring/summer time these are a must have!

    Part II

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Despite the Dissolve Blue color issue, the TLD Skyline shorts are really nice, light weight shorts. Of course, the lighter the weight, the less protection there is for your legs when you hit the deck. These are clearly an XC/pedally All Mountain short. In the past, TLD shorts had a weird fit on me: they fit tight 5 inches below the waist. I’m a dedicated cyclist, and I have a medium to thin, athletic build and TLD shorts never felt comfortable. These shorts do not exhibit that same cut--they fit like normal shorts; you fit the adjustable waistband to your hips, and the shorts are roomier below the waist, then they drape down your legs. The adjustment is on the outside of the waistband v. inside the waistband on Fox Altitude shorts. The legs are maybe half an inch shorter than a pair of Fox Altitude shorts that I bought (and which I’m going to return). I thought the Fox Altitude shorts must have significantly longer legs, but the Fox Altitude shorts slip down off my waist, so the legs appear to be longer.

    The new TLD red chamois is thicker than the black textured chamois featured in past TLD shorts, and it looks like a high quality road chamois. I've only had one ride in these shorts, but the chamois feels pretty nice. The best mtb chamois I've ever worn is the chamois that the now defunct Jet used in their shorts. I think Jet was ahead of their time in making high quality shorts with a high quality chamois. The inner liner that came with Jet shorts was made out of a comfortable, semi loose fitting, stretchy, gray jersey material (i.e full of holes so breathable), and the thicker chamois was comparable to a high quality road chamois. I’m not sure why other mtb clothing makers don't seek out Jet and resurrect their shorts. Fox makes such a poor chamois for their mtb shorts that I wonder who runs their product development. Just obtain a pair of old Jet shorts and copy it; product development done. The TLD red chamois may be as good as the Jet chamois--we'll have to see.

    One feature missing on these TLD shorts that I’d like to see are some vent holes or mesh panels along the inner thighs, but maybe the material is so lightweight it doesn’t need vent holes. The Fox Altitude shorts don’t have any vent holes or mesh either, and the material is thicker. TLD switched to zippered slash pockets on these shorts. I’m not really fond of zippered pockets--regular pockets work fine for me--but at least I can slip my hands into the TLD pockets, which is not the case with the pockets found on the Fox Altitude shorts, which have an opening that is too small. Also, when the TLD pockets are zippered shut, there is a zipper garage, which prevents you from cutting your knuckles on the zipper, which is a nice touch. The Fox Altitude shorts also have a zipper garage. TLD eliminated the horizontal zippered pocket located on the back waistband, which was kind of a signature look for TLD, but the back waistband is still cut higher allowing you to bend at the waist without revealing your backside. The Fox Altitude shorts don't have that higher cut in the back.

    When I tried on the TLD shorts, my first reaction was, “These fit great. Wow, high quality. I’m keeping them. I want to go riding in them now!” Then when I took them off, "Hey, what's up with the color on the back?!” I think the TLD Skyline shorts are a higher quality short than the Fox Altitude shorts. The TLD Skyline shorts fit me better, and they have a decent chamois, so I would recommend the TLD Skyline shorts over the Fox Altitude shorts. I found the sizing of the TLD Skyline shorts to be true to size, while the Fox Altitude shorts fit bigger and feel sloppy in comparison; maybe I’m just in between sizes for the Fox Altitude shorts--I tried two sizes and I didn't find a good fit.

    Dissolve Blue image may not be accurate

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I bought a pair of TLD Skyline shorts in the Resolve Blue colorway elsewhere, and the image of the back of the shorts does not accurately portray the colors. I'd prefer the colors shown in backcountry's image. I don't know if the shorts sold at backcountry are the same color as the ones I received or not--you might want to ask a rep. As you can see in my image below, the left side of the rear is light blue (with no dissolve) and the right side of the rear is dark blue (with dissolve into a lighter blue) , then there is a seam and below the seam the color is dark blue on both sides. It's almost as if the factory ran out of material and created a patchwork of different material to finish the shorts. Very strange looking.

    Dissolve Blue image may not be accurate

    My Go To

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I ended up buying a second pair of these after my first ride in them. Extremely comfortable, breathable, and give great protection. The chamois that come with these are top notch and move as well as a pair for twice the price. I do wish they came with a little shorter inseam, but cant complain that much. Be careful of the chamois wrinkling after use- I hung them inside out to dry and that seemed to help.

    Love Them

      These are my go to shorts, have used the Skyline Race before and prefer those because they have the pouch in the back, but can't complain about these.


      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 34

      The skyline short has been a staple for a while now. I have no complaints about the 2017 variant of them so far. In fact, I'm buying a second pair now!

      Velcro Fly??

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      I gave these as a gift and after the shell of the shorts were tried on for size he decided to return them and here is what he had to say:

      "These are great shorts, except for the fact that they have a velcro fly, which is not the most ideal for any guy. It's loud, it takes a lot of time to line up the velcro properly."


        Fit really well, the material is super durable and breathable.