Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Shorts
These pants are awesome! They do exactly what you expect but two issues to keep in mind:
First, you need to go at least one size up from what you would normally order. I have a size 36 waist which should have been a large size but the large was way too tight even if worn with nothing but underpants underneath. I wear mine between jeans and an outer layer and so I needed a 2XL to fit over my jeans. Even though the armor is stout stuff my extra large pants easily went over them.
Second, the there is no "fly" to unbutton in the front so you'll have to take a leak like a chick if you're wearing these shorts. Aside from the sizing issue #taken care of by the very liberal exchange policy of RevZilla# this is my only real complaint about these armored shorts.
March 19, 2015
Luck favors the prepared
Riders- I own a 08 gsxr 6 and a 2010 r6. Although none of us plan to fall, as the saying goes "there are only 2 types if riders, those who have fallen and those who haven't fallen yet." Well I had my first low side over the weekend. Coming off a country road making a left through the intersection hit a gravel patch whoosh!!! The bike came out from under me. Palm, knee, thigh shoulder head all hit the concrete. I got up, dusted myself off, stood my bike up, inspected for damage. Damaged frame slider only- minor scratches on lower fender- easily covered by sticker or two. Rode another 140 miles. Aldo had Dainese knee guards. No physical damage other than a charley horse on my shoulder. Definitely a different story without gear. "Is rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it".
January 19, 2015
This product has Good protection and protects very well.
January 12, 2015
Not much for daily use
It doesn't come with a string on the waist. It runs a little bit small. It makes your pants look bulky. It's not an everyday protection gear unless you ride MTB or motocross.
December 2, 2014
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