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Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Shorts

Hip protection for whatever you need it for, the Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Shorts can be worn under just about anything for added hip protection. Whether you're a road racer, motocross madman or downhill mountain biker, the Freeride Shorts have your money makers covered. 

Features:

  • Protective yet extremely comfortable and flexible under pants
  • Lycra and mesh base construction
  • Ventilated, Bio-foam padding on hip, thigh and tailbone area for provides comfortable yet highly effective impact protection
  • Hard PU inserts reinforce the thigh and tailbone areas for additional impact and abrasion resistance
4.4 / 5
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4.2 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.5 / 5
Features
4.4 / 5
Comfort
4.2 / 5
Style
4.3 / 5
Air Flow
4.1 / 5
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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".
Ride on,
Cam Swazey
January 19, 2015
Ride:
2010 Yamaha YZF-R6
Bang For The Buck
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Real world crash with hip injury wearing these shorts
I've had these for a while now, and recently had a nasty dirtbike crash. Flew over the handlebars probably around 25 mph. I was wearing all the gear, including these shorts. I kind of walked away after an ER visit, but had a nasty hip pointer which has had me off the bike for 4 weeks now. The leg and tailbone padding is the minimal stuff you get on knee guards and elbow guards. However, the padding where you really need it (hips) is basically a soft padding that is easily compressed. I don't even see why they bothered adding it. Plus the hip "pad" doesn't go over the hip bone area. My motocross pants had some hip pad sewn in that augmented these shorts, but I don't think it all helped much.

Obviously, armor is not going to prevent every injury, but do yourself a favor, and get a pair of shorts that are way more comfortable with real armor with better coverage from Bohn. Only wish I'd have bought the Bohn shorts the first time. I'm guessing the forcefield shorts would probably be pretty good too.

By the way, the tailbone pad was uncomfortable to sit on for extended periods of time and they run small if you decide to try your luck with the Alpinestars.
May 26, 2015
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
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5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
100mph+ crash tested - 5 stars!
I had a high speed lowside at a track...
and these things were bullet proof. Not even a bruise. Leathers were torn open on elbow (1st impact point) I slid... flew flipped and landed hard on my back.

I was very happy I made this purchase. They fit snug under my alpine stars leathers and Dainese leathers a bit of work to get into them but no discomfort once they are on. I am 5'8" 195lb 32" waist. I bought the XL size. Bang on sizing.

Good job Alpinestars!
Highly recommended.
April 21, 2016
Ride:
2010 Kawasaki Z1000
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Good shorts if you get the sizing right
I purchased these shorts to wear underneath a pair of Dainese Drake Super Air Tex pants that have no protection in the hip area. The combination of both has been good. I wear a 32-33 waist jean and had to order a size large so the shorts run slightly small. Hip bone protection comes via two large upper soft pads. Hard armor is used for the thighs and coccyx protection. The first time I wore them was on a weekend ride in Arkansas in June riding 6-8hrs each day and had no issues.
August 24, 2015
Ride:
2007 Suzuki GSX-R750
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Just what I was looking for
I wanted a little more protection to wear under my kevlar jeans. These fit just right. Easy to get used to. I don't ride more than 20-30 miles at a time so the tailbone protection doesn't seem uncomfortable to me as some have expressed. I'm 5'10 165# with average/thin legs and the medium fit well and do not slide around. Fit a lot like my padded bicycle shorts. Shipped fast. Thanks Revzilla.
July 30, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
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4 / 5
Comfort
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Good, but not the best.
These are comfortable and fit great. I have not had them long enough to test their durability, although I have worn them on a 10 hour day trip and they felt great the whole time.

The protection is good, however I wish that there was another piece of armour between the tailbone protector and the hip protector in order to help protect your rear in case you should slide on it. The Dianese version of this has it, and for the same price, however they were back ordered in my size.
September 5, 2015
Ride:
2015 Yamaha YZF-R3
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Comfort
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Good protection and comfortable
These are comfortable and the protection feels solid. They do fit tight and take a little work to pull them on but it's not uncomfortable and the armor doesn't move. You can feel the tailbone armor if you press your butt against the back of your seat but again not uncomfortable.

Just wish it had a cup in front to complete the armor.
February 3, 2016
Ride:
2012 Honda CBR250R ABS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
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4 / 5
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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.

Some complaints:
-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.

Pros:
-best-in-class protection
-reasonable pricing
-decent ventilation

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
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
2 / 5
Recommended to be part of riding gear on medium to long trips
I bought this based on the reviews here. I'd say the reviews have been mostly accurate and reflective of the actual product.
The fit/sizing/feel is good. A little more assured wearing it...
However, I can feel the back protection piece against my tailbone when seated on a normal chair. My main gripe is that, in a warm and humid climate like Southeast Asia, this pair of shorts is and will definitely be warm to riders like myself in spite of the mesh and thin material. Good thing I ride mostly at night when the temperature is much cooler than the stifling daytime heat. On balance, however, I find that the benefits of this pair of shorts outweigh the heat. Better sweat than bleed!
For fitting into normal bottoms, skinny jeans are a no-no. For normal fit jeans, I believe ladies will notice your posterior more often than before since these shorts really enhances the fit.
I bought a pair of basic knee/shin guards separately and both complement each other in terms of fit/comfort/protection. Once again, the Southeast Asian climate doesn't help much, but Safety Over Slight Discomfort!
April 15, 2012
Ride:
2012 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
very small order size over
good product. ....but don t follow the size chart order size over
July 27, 2015
Ride:
2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
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Squats weren't working
D A on Oct 29, 2016
summer riding in florida heat
Robert B on Sep 8, 2016
Squats weren't working
D A on Oct 29, 2016
top rated for safety
David J on Sep 21, 2016
summer riding in florida heat
Robert B on Sep 8, 2016
Had a recent crash/slide in riding jeans with no hip protection
Grady P on Jun 20, 2016
from your video I got a pretty clear idea of the type of protection the pant provides, and of the air flow
bill b on Jun 10, 2016
Reasonably priced with reviews equivalent to more expensive shorts.
Mattia P on May 28, 2016
The only shorts I could find that have hard pads. Very pleased with the padding and it is pretty low profile so it fits beneath most pants. These run large so I would order a size smaller than you think you are.
John B on May 27, 2016
highly ranked
eugene c on May 9, 2016
I like the look of wearing jeans but wanted the protection too!
noel a on Apr 7, 2016
I wanted some added protection for aggressive driving that did not make things too uncomfortable.
Benjamin M on Mar 18, 2016
Personal protection and comfort.
James J on Feb 14, 2016
going on a backcountry ride, Rawhyde adventure
R O on Jan 5, 2016
gotta stay protected under my jeans
Judah B on Dec 23, 2015
Protection on street bike
robert c on Dec 20, 2015
I'm hoping these padded shorts will fit under my regular jeans. The jeans I have are one size bigger to accommodate knee pads and padded shorts.
Myrdale L on Oct 18, 2015
Needed some additional protection under my adventure riding pants. These work well and are not too hot in the summer.
Alan S on Oct 1, 2015
Using this for supermoto track.
Nicolas S on Aug 3, 2015
tail bone protection.
nicholas f on Jul 18, 2015
great for dirt riding. will protect your hips and seat from falls.
Zorba15 on Jun 24, 2015
More protection while riding.
A S on May 17, 2015
wanted hard plastic and tail bone protection to wear under motocross pants
Ducati796 on Apr 11, 2015
I ordered another pair before this and the protection did not feel very solid. I plan to ride off road a lot and needed something with hard pads for better protection. These seemed to be the best fit for my need.
Kyle C on Apr 8, 2015
Because I feel naked without any protection around my waist
Patrick J on Mar 23, 2015
Did not fit well returned
Merquis G on Mar 14, 2015
seemed the best option for stunt riding
Joshua S on Feb 8, 2015
For enduro rides and more aggressive dirt road riding like Big Bend National Park.
JD D on Dec 22, 2014
Survival and safety. I ride mainly on highways at high speeds.
Peter Jay J on Nov 29, 2014
Company reputation, good reviews.
RAMON L on Nov 3, 2014
reviews were good - had good luck with A-stars products.
michael j b on Oct 30, 2014
so I can pretend to be iron man in my living room
edward l on Oct 19, 2014
to protect me ars if I come off my bike!
Arnold G on Oct 8, 2014
I needed something to turn everyday wear into aggressive wear.
Nathan K on Aug 17, 2014
One of the only hard shell impact shorts on the market.
Christopher L on Aug 13, 2014
Fantastic
Claudio G on Aug 3, 2014
I want to have the most protection from every ride I go out.
Roger R on Jul 3, 2014
good price. works well.
Bruce B on Jun 6, 2014
great
Yunfei J on May 23, 2014
After a recent racing accident I almost broke my hip this will help reduce the impact damage immensely
J C on Apr 30, 2014
my riding buddy told me to protect my jewels and choose these to cover everything so I went with it.
orlando F on Apr 24, 2014
Extra protection and versatility for use with different riding gear.
Eric C on Apr 17, 2014
something i can wear daily under my jeans...hopefully
ATL Squid on Apr 16, 2014
For when price and style have little protection
michael c on Apr 15, 2014
recommended by your team.
Felix L on Mar 31, 2014
Chose these to wear under leather/mesh Icon Compound pants; will review once I receive them
Shaun B on Mar 29, 2014
Wanted something that I could wear under my jeans or chinos for casual rides.
Brooks M on Jan 30, 2014
To wear under shorts in SoCal summer riding. Combined with Gaerne Boots and MSR Reflex Knee Braces.
Brady M on Jan 19, 2014
After I low-sided last season, I realize that my injuries would've been prevented had I worn more protection. So, I decided to get the Alpinestars Bionic shorts after comparing several other shorts. They have the protection and they look really comfortable!
Jeremy W on Jan 10, 2014
Protection
Robert L on Dec 11, 2013
Needed it to complete the set
Chris B on Nov 28, 2013
My "go to" armored underwear. I almost always use these armored shorts for my long highway trips. Comfortable, easy to wear, substantial upper-leg protection.
Johnnie B on Nov 4, 2013
top rated for safety
David J on Sep 21, 2016
Had a recent crash/slide in riding jeans with no hip protection
Grady P on Jun 20, 2016
Would these be suitable and good for street riding? Daily commuting, and joy riding? I can't always suit up in leathers. But would like to have some peace of mind knowing that if I slid across the pavement my hip and thoughts will still be useful. What other suggestions do you have? I like to be able to wear jeans when I'm in a rush and get called into to work for an emergency
A shopper on Mar 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they work well for that. They do not get too hot in the summer and provide better protection than most hip pads and riding pants. I purchased them and am using them because of the fact that I wanted more protection. As others have described they are well padded and you might have to get a pair of pants that will comfortably fit over them. Jeans with Kevlar panels will not help you in the initial impact, that's where these will come in and they could protect you from fracturing any bones in a crash. They run at least a size small though.
if my waist measurement is 32 what is the best size for me?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2011
BEST ANSWER: I'm 5'8", weigh 158. 32 pants are a bit large for me. I wear 31 waist when I can get pants in that size. I purchased MEDIUM and they fit fine. The waist/seat was maybe a tad large and the leg opening maybe a tad small, but I wore them for 2 full days at Cornerspin 'roadracing in the dirt' school and they were nearly perfect for me.
How well would this fit under a 1-piece racing suit? My suit came with some cheap foam hip protectors that have since torn off and I'm looking for something with a bit of hip/thigh/tailbone protection but don't want it to be too bulky or stick out of the suit too much.
A shopper on Dec 27, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I could not directly say. I ride off road so my pants fit a little loose but these shorts are pretty slim fitting. The hard panels are a little bulky but I do not see how you can get around that without going to just soft padded armor. If you want some hard stuff between you and the ground, I would imagine you have to accept a little bit of bulk. That being said, I doubt they would make it stick out a whole lot.
Hi, if i will wearing it with pants 'alpine stars A10 sport' it be comfortable or not?
Denis I on Jun 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I'm never aware that I'm wearing them while riding. They're that comfortable. I sit just a little forward of upright and ride an R1200GSA and a Yamaha WR250R.
Does these fit along the lines of compression shorts and boxer briefs?
A shopper on Jan 28, 2013
BEST ANSWER: More like boxers if you go up in size, but if you try true to fit, then like compression shorts.
I have a 38" waist and went for the XXL and they fit me perfect, even though they are slightly snug, but after one ride they have stretched a bit and I do not even feel them while I ride.
How good is the tailbone protection? I'm tired of tiny little tailbone pads that don't offer much protection. I fall on my backside a lot and I need better than average tailbone protection.
Gregory W on Feb 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It's pretty decent. It may not feel like much, but it has saved my behind multiple times (including landing in some rocks). If you're going to be coming down from more than 3 feet or so, I'd recommend looking for a little more protection. The price/performance is great, just make sure you get the sizing right.
Would you recommend using these shorts with, alpinestar Atem race suit? Is there added value?
Thamer I on Sep 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Recently crashed at a track day wearing these, about the only part of my body not bruised was my hip, so yeah, they work, and work well. you just need to check the fit of your leathers, mine are bit wide at the hip so had no problem wearing these, if you've tailored your leathers or have to really squeeze into them I can see it as being a problem.
How to wash and dry ?
A shopper on Jan 9, 2013
BEST ANSWER: They have wash instructions, but I am spraying them with a fabric freshener between washes, then hand washing and line drying them when they do need need a real wash. If you do machine wash them I would suggest putting them in a load with other large soft times like towels and pants. I would personally avoid machine wash as much as possible though, for both their sake and your machine's sake.
Hello, I was just wondering if you can still use knee braces or knee guards/pads with these shorts? Or are they to long? Thanks.
A C on Jun 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These shorts stop about four inches north of the knee on me in a size L, should be no problem with knee pads. Not sure about braces. Most of the hard plastic is further up the short so it's just Spandex further south that I'd think could be smooshed as needed.
Hi there, I am wondering what kind of protection these would offer in a slide. Lets say I'm going down to the shops or to a mates place. Not going over 40 mph. If I wore these under some solid shorts, would I stand a chance at beating road rash? I plan on buying these to go under my riding pants regardless, because I want more protection for commuting. I know these a designed for impact, but curious if they'd offer anything at all for sliding. Thanks!
kugv k on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would think the plastics will help save u from road rash on your thighs. Wont help ur butt cheeks if they r sliding on the ground tho...but there is a piece of plastic that covers ur tailbone. I like these shorts but i havent gone down yet so i cant confirm the actual performance. There is slight cushion for ur hips (or just below ur hips) but i dont think that area will help much with protection from road rash. I bought these shorts specifically for impact situations which i believe they will do well. I rely on my pants and jacket for road rash. I wouldnt rely on the shorts for road rash if you are wearing thin shorts on the outside. Hope that helps. Ride safe!

My opinion is these are acceptable...and they are not uncomfortable.