Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Shorts
One of the only hard shell options on the market
If you're looking for protective hip pads in an undershort format, this is one of the only options on the market. The pricing is comparable to other soft foam options -- so it's a pretty good deal price-wise.
Hard plastic is very solid. You get tons of abrasion resistance. Lots of venting. It won't breath as well as foam, but that's the trade-off for protection. It's also heavier than foam options, but again you are getting a lot more protection. I bought this for downhill biking and the extra weight isn't a big deal given the other pads and bike weight.
-order a size up. These run small. I'm a 33-waist and the large is just a slight bit tight.Also, they are a bit bulky, so your mountain bike shorts will fit tighter.
-washing. I don't think it is a good idea to machine was these. I think the disparate materials (hard plastic stitched to the liner) would lead to ripping. I hand-washed these and the red liner turned the water pink. Be careful if you don't want your other clothes turn pink.
-no chamois. No a big deal if you are using this for motorcycles. But for mountain bikes, you don't get the extra taint padding. Not a huge deal for downhilling since you aren't in the saddle much anyways but worth noting.
I landed a jump short and went over the bars. No even a bruise to the thighs and hips. Had a low-side wipe-out. Again, hips and thighs were totally protected.
November 10, 2014
Great product, my only issue is that runs small
Bought this to use it with my Alpinestars racing suit. It is well built and it is confortable, doesn't really feel bulky and the protectors are not bothering me at all. I'm a 34'' waist and I ordered the Large but still is difficult for me to wear it specially when passing it through the legs, once I have it on it is a great protective short. I would recommend this to anyone who needs extra protection.
November 3, 2014
The will protect
I have worn these shorts many times trail riding. I had not thought I had tested them on a few of get offs until I inspected they sides of the shorts and the hard plastic had been marred by an impact. The shorts had provided excellent protection.
I notice the shorts are warm when I stop to rest however I will continue to use these shorts even on the hottest days. The shorts add bulk however this is not a problem for me.
November 2, 2014
Great product and surprisingly comfortable
These are great shorts with great protection features. Because of the hard panels they are a little bulky like a back protector is but well worth it for the extra protection they provide.
October 13, 2014
So comfortable, you won't even know they are there during a crash
I thought it was a fluke when I fell on my left side and got a giant bruise and pain on my side until a couple of practice sessions later I fell on my right side... the bruise and pain was even worse. Not for off road use.
October 7, 2014
I was shopping for some added protection to wear under my kevlar jeans and these shorts fit the bill. I ride a street bike and wear these for 3-4 hours at a time. I was somewhat hesitant to purchase because of the added bulk, but these are great. I do not notice them at all while riding and the armor is positioned perfectly. They do add some added bulk to the thigh area so I would recommend one size larger riding pants.
I am 5'6" with a 29" waist and ordered a size small. Fit is perfect.
October 6, 2014
Great, comfy, lots of protection
I bought this shorts after questioning a lot, and all my questions were answered, when it arrived everything was just the way it was suppose to be, size, product, everything.
October 6, 2014
It fits a bit small.
Got to try it at the supermoto track and it held up well. I still got a very sore hip and it is now bruised butwithout it, it would have probably broke.
September 1, 2014