Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Shorts
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
very small order size over
good product. ....but don t follow the size chart order size over
July 27, 2015
A Miss for Alpinstars
Should have followed fit chart instead of advice from reviewers to purchase larger size. Poor hip protection. Weak elastic waist band.
July 20, 2015
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
Runs Small But Very Comfortable and Increases Confidence
Following others' advice, I got the XL even though I wear L in most other things. I am 6'0" and 195 and generally wear 34 waist in jeans and slacks. The XL is a perfect fit for me. Subject line says the rest.
May 25, 2015
Good product, snug fit
Don't try to go on the small side; these are quite snug, but no doubt that will keep them in place if you hit the pavement.
Feel very solid, should be good protection, but fortunately haven't tested them.
Really not too hot, but like all gear better when moving than when stuck in traffic. I wear them easily under Kevlar jeans.
May 25, 2015
Great price fits very comfortable
These shorts feel like nothing is on. Very comfortable
They have excellent padding for impact protection. The
Elastic strips on the bottom inside the short work very well thy keep them from ridding up when in ridding position and are not uncomfortable like I thought they would be. I feel like my butt bone thighs and hips would be very protected if I where to fall from my bike. Hopefully I never have to find out. Shipping was fast and I recived emails when they shipped and an email asking if I had received them the people at revzilla where very helpful and curtious.
April 13, 2015
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