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Dainese Hard Shorts

Designed as a base layer to be worn under casual attire, kevlar jeans, or off road gear, the Dainese Hard Shorts provide impact protection where it counts. The mesh chassis keeps you cool, while the armor on the Hard Shorts gives you coverage across the hips, buttox, and coccyx. 


  • Perforated plates in Astronmemory® and polypropylene sandwich on the thigh
  • Polypropylene and polyethylene sandwich plate on the coccyx
  • Soft protectors certified to Standard EN 1621.1/97 at sides
  • Coarse mesh elasticated trousers
  • Elasticated inserts in silicone rubber on the thighs
  • Perforated plates
  • Soft inserts on the sides and buttocks.
  • PCT Patent Pending
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Dainese Hard Shorts 4.3 5 55 55
Good product, a little bulky. I'm tall and slim (6'0", 170 lbs., 31" waist), and the M shorts fit me just fine. The mesh design looks like it would have great airflow, and hard/soft padding seems really solid, and would probably offer a good deal of protection, but it is *bulky*. Bought these to wear under Kevlar jeans that fit like real jeans (i.e., not huge and baggy), and it was definitely tight putting the jeans on top of them. Also, the hard pad for the coccyx never seemed to be in the right place when I tried to sit on the bike -- I thought it might be uncomfortable on long rides, which was where I planned to use it. I ended up returning it before ever actually riding with it. Even though I returned it, I bet that under the right pants, and on the right bike, it would be a great product for someone. At the price ($70 on closeout), it's a pretty good bargain. February 21, 2014
Marginal protection We buy these shorts for protection. Surprised that so little is offered here, and make this observation with caveat that you never know till you crash whether the armor in fact protects. Excellent coxyx protector which for reasons unfathomable they fail to provide for the rest of the shorts. The kidney and butt protector material is next to no protection at all. This is thin material that affords almost no protection against concussion although it's an additional layer to protect from abrasion. The thigh pads are akin to hard leather with the same useless padding underneath as the butt protectors. The thigh pads do "dissipate energy" somewhat. Based on what shows in the photos I expected much more. Again, where is the coxyx material on the thigh pads. Additionally, and humerously for the idiots that designed these, the thigh pads only touch the vulnerable point of the hip instead of covering it. There's some hip protection which would be much better with a better design. I'd think these shorts provide some protection in street crashes. For the jumping sports, other than my caveat that it's really unknown how the material and technology react in an actual fall, these shorts give the feel of very little protection except for the coxyx. I'd hardly want to fall on my hips with these from any appreciable height. I am 6'1" on the skinny side of medium build with skinny thighs. The large fits just barely. I'd think normal thighs, this height might require the extra large. December 18, 2013
Good Deal and Good Product I purchased this item to provide extra protection when I'm riding with just my riding jeans. They offer good comfort, air-flow, and protection. i would recommend to anyone looking to add a little extra protection for whatever reason. October 7, 2013
Foam armor too thin I ended up returning this item because the soft armor was too thin. It didn't inspire confidence if any contact was made with the soft armor. The thigh hard armor was ok. The coccyx hard armor is too long; it extends down too far. When you sit down, the bottom of the coccyx armor bends forward and the top of the coccyx armor bends away from you. I ended up going with the Forcefield Pro pants. October 1, 2013
You might forget that they're there.. Was a bit disappointed with them when they first arrived but it's not the hard shorts fault. I'm bit of a hefty fella (220lbs) with a butt like one of those rap video models so I was not pleased with the placement of the coccyx protection being under my butt. I pretty much had to pull them up Urkel style to get the correct placement. Now once I was out riding, I forgot I had these on (until I had to drain the weasel). There are no slits in the front like boxer briefs so please be advised. I hope to never test these out but I feel like they would do what they are supposed to do. September 5, 2013
Better safe the sorry I love the shorts.... I just wish it didn't have a seem rite down the middle and if they mad it kinda like boxer shorts with a hole in the front so u can use the bathroom easier. All in all it has great protection coverage and it is comfortable on the bike for long rides, short rides and walking around in them all day. The mesh material is great to help stay cool down there. Lastly you cant see them through your jeans. I recommend this product because you don't want to fall on your butt or side with out it... August 30, 2013
Great additional protection, fits well, can't tell you're wearing them In brief, I really like these shorts. I'm 6' tall with a 34" waist. Ordered a Medium, fits well. Cuffs around the thighs are tight and leave a mark when removing the shorts, but because of the silicone rubber in the cuffs they're comfortable and stay put -- they don't ride up. If you have bigger thighs, you might want to consider a bigger size. I don't even know the shorts are on while on my Bonneville or even while sitting in a chair. Sat on the wife's Shadow (cruiser) with them on (didn't ride) and I think the tail-bone protector would make them uncomfortable in that more relaxed position. Would probably be great on a sport bike. I'm sure the mesh keeps you cool, but like the Revzilla video review points out, they do look pretty funny w/o outer pants on. I wear them under my Draggin' Jeans, but they would fit under regular, comfortable jeans/pants too. August 21, 2013
Good protection, high airflow mesh under shorts. I was initially looking for Dainese Norsorex shorts and came across these instead. The waist, butt, and coccyx seems very strong. The hip/thigh protection has a hard casing over thin foam. It just covers my hip bone. I wear these under my Dainese leather pants. You should wear a pair of boxers or compression shorts under these as the mesh has a tendency to pinch. August 19, 2013
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J T: The protection is good but the strap around my thigh is way too tight. unless you got really thin leg, this will not be comfortable at all in long distant ride. Mar 24, 2014
Sam G: I heard people forget to guard their hips untl they crash. Dainese is comfort all the way and these have worked out great Mar 2, 2014
Marc N: Summer riding with shorts and knee pads. Feb 24, 2014
Eddie M: I appreciate the higher quality ridged armor in this short compared to the other armored short offered by Dainese. Feb 4, 2014
Barry G: Street riding. and they make my balls look like Darth Vader Feb 1, 2014
Ben R: Because falling off my dirt-bike without these shorts hurts more. Nov 19, 2013
Johnnie B: Undergarment protection. Decent armored shorts. Nov 3, 2013
N E: I like the look and overall armor protection. Oct 23, 2013
Hao D: After falling off my bike at a low speed and bruising my hip I realized i needed more protection in case I go down again at high speeds. Aug 27, 2013
L A: For added protection. Aug 16, 2013
Jack S: Found them only on Revzilla. Aug 14, 2013
Yasar P asked: I am planning to buy these. I have a waist 32-33, 5'11 170 lbs. I wear a size 50 Dainese Delta pro pants and a size 50 jacket. What size shorts should I buy? Oct 14, 2013
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Joseph G: I'm a small guy. I am 5'4'' and barely 125lbs and I purchased the small which fits me fine. Oct 14, 2013
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dobromir h: I'd go with the M too. I wear 32-33 jeans with skinny legs and the M fits great. Nov 4, 2013
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Alfonso P: Hi, I would recommend a size MD, hope this helps! Oct 14, 2013
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Madhu A: Yes i think you should with a medium, if you already have not bought it Dec 4, 2013
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A shopper asked: OK I can figure out that the hard shorts have a hard coccyx protector, but what other differences with the Pro Shorts? My main concern was which of the 2 are a thiner profile (& how much)? Not that I care how big my rear looks, but to wear under jeans/leathers wanting to know there is enough space. Tried the Pro shorts but not these so want to know how they compare Sep 1, 2011
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Jett42: I have never worn the Pro shorts but i did consider buying them. The price was a little too much so I bought the hard shorts instead. Im new to riding, but it seems like the hard shorts give you a lot for the money. They seem to have a little more then the freerides for less money. Im 5-9 and about 193. I have skinny legs and a thin build...but my gut it where all my weight is. I bought a large which were too big so i got mediums. They fit perfect. I wear them with slim jeans, not skinny jeans. They are very comfortable and breathe really well. I would buy the pro shorts if i had the extra money and would probably use those for cooler weather. Apr 15, 2013
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Sick: I bought the Alpinestars at first, but found them to be pretty uncomfortable. The large padding was a bit bulky and seemed to get in the way while wearing my race suit and even while wearing jeans. The padding on the Alpinestars is definitely thicker then the padding on the Dainese's, but at sacrificing quite a bit of comfort and flexibility. For me, the Dainses Hard Shorts were perfect. Fit well, excellent range of motion, and great protection. Mar 12, 2012
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triumphantck: they are not much different other than the coccyx pad and the elastic bands. i find them pretty comfortable and not too bulky, but if you already tried the Pro shorts you may disagree.

i just put a whole review on both of the shorts as i got the pro shorts and my boyfriend got the hard shorts. it should be up shortly.
Sep 11, 2011
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eRock: The Hard Short is the update for 2011 other then the mesh style i dotn think there is much difference except a little slimmer and $20. They should fit under jeans no problem Sep 3, 2011
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A shopper asked: What will be the major differences between the Dainese Hard Short and the Alpinestars Bionic Freeride? They both seem to have hard protection at the thigh and coccyx and soft padding at the hip. At similar pricepoints, which is more protective at the hip? Which is more comfortable (riding and walking)? Nov 20, 2011
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Sick: Ok, I actually bought the Alpinestars bionic shorts at first, and was pretty disappointed. They felt REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE thanks to the material (some kind of under-armor type with netting over top) which when trying to get into a squat position, limited the range of motion. The Alpinestars shorts I think provide a bit more protection, but it really seemed to get in the way. Not very comfortable and not terribly easy to move in. Also, regarding the type and thickness of padding they have, they don't really offer much room while wearing under a race suit or jeans. Once I bought the Dainese hard shorts, all of these problems and concerns were laid to rest. Protection yet extremely comfortable. No problems. Hope this helped! Mar 12, 2012
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Bandit: I tried on the Hard short at the store and found them not tight enough for me (30 Waist). I did not like the armour moving and I had to adjust it after I had my riding pants on over them. It seemed that I would be doing that every time I got on the bike again.
Instead of either I would recommend the Klim Tactical Short. Extremely comfortable for both riding and walking (I did review them). You will not even know you have them on.
Not the exact answer but I hope it helps.
Nov 21, 2011
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JayDee: I cant attest to the bionics but i bought a pair of the dainese awhile back and they are great. I feel they are more protective... they have the ce rated hip pads and the tail bone protector.. riding and walking they are comfy and give you a lot of air flow. They arnt very bulky either.. Cant hardly tell they are on..i ordered a large and i wear 36 pants and shorts.. they fit perfect Feb 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: I was wondering if you have a size chart? I'm a size 30, 6'1" tall around 180 pounds. what size should i get? thanks May 6, 2011
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Jett42: I hope you don't mind my opinion. I'm 5-9 and about 193. I normally wear a size 36 in jeans. My legs are skinny and I'm a thin build, not to mention i have no butt lol. Most of my weight is in my gut, which is why the 193 lol. The large was a little too big for me so I went with mediums. They fit perfect. I hope this my help a bit. But remember, even if you get the wrong size Revzillas return policy is excellant. Apr 15, 2013
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Ingmar4u: If it helps I wear a medium and I am 5'11" 170lbs and wear size 31or32. The Mediums are a bid snug (not tight) but that's how you want them. If they are too loose then the plates will move a little and wont offer the proper protection. May 16, 2011
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Chris K: Unfortunately, Dainese doesn't provide any specific sizing info for this product, but by your measurements, I would estimate you would get a snug fit out of a MD, or a more relaxed fit out of a size LG. May 6, 2011
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A shopper asked: I have the Asterisk Ultra Cell, Will these fit or get in the way? Feb 19, 2012
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JayDee: fairly low pro... friend didnt even know i was wearing them.. id recommend Feb 13, 2013
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Matt037: I ended up getting these and they fit with the knee brace nicely Mar 12, 2012
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A shopper asked: I want to purchase this short but can't determine which size to go with!
I am 6.2 feet tall and my wait size in pants is 36 and 212 pounds weight
Apr 18, 2011
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Chris K: I would recommend a XL based on those measurements. It should fit snug so that the armor doesn't move around too much. Apr 21, 2011
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Dragonchef: I wear sz 34 jeans and got the Large....it fits well. May 23, 2011
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Jason P asked: This says "certified to Standard EN 1621.1/97 at sides". Sides meaning what exactly? It that only the pads on the quads, and the hips and the rest are not CE certified? Aug 11, 2013
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Chris KStaff: CE Certification only exists for certain types of armor pieces. The larger pieces of armor at sides just below the hips are CE-certified while the rest does not carry a rating. Aug 12, 2013
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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black / LG 728793 1875971-001-L Out of Stock
Black / MD 728792 1875971-001-M Out of Stock
Black / SM 728791 1875971-001-S In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / XL 728794 1875971-001-XL Out of Stock
Black / XS 728790 1875971-001-XS In Stock: Ships within 24 hours