Dainese Hard Shorts
Crusing on the Wild Side
I purchased these shorts for add protection under my regular jeans. I wear a size 34 jeans and bought the medium shorts. The fit is spot on, hardly noticeable. The elastic band stays in place and the armor is right where they need to be. The coccyx armor is noticeable when sitting on a hard surface, but on a cushioned surface it’s ok.
Not a fan of the fishnet style mesh, but it works and no one going to see it. A fly opening in the shorts would be handy.
I would recommend wearing knee/shin armor or a good Kevlar jean to complete the lower body protection.
July 7, 2014
These hard shorts are great under jeans
I'm new to buying motorcycle gear, so $80 seems a bit pricey to me, but the product is great. I ordered a small just to compare against the Alpinestars Bionic Freeride shorts, thinking they wouldn't fit, but they actually fit quite well. I wear a 34ish in Dainese's D6 jeans for reference.
I picked these over the Alpinestars because, although the Freerides look a lot cooler, no one will ever really see them, and I feel like the Dainese's have a great span of protected area around the butt, hips, and thighs.
The only "negative" is the strip of silicon that lines each of the bottom leg holes. It does its job well, keeping the shorts from riding up, but might hold your leg too tightly, depending how big your thighs are and how high you like them to sit on your hips.
July 7, 2014
Cruisers need protection too...
I'm not at all an expert on protective shorts and this is the first pair I have owned. Took them for a ride last week that included sitting at a restaurant and stopping off at a bar. I was on the bike maybe 3 hours. I couldn't find any reviews by those on cruisers so I took the chance. The tailbone pad isn't as hard as I thought it was. I knew it was there but it wasn't uncomfortable, even off the bike. I wore the shorts over a pair of boxers and everything stayed nicely in place and looked as low profile as they could be under relaxed fit jeans. Naturally, going to the bathroom was just like wearing gym shorts under the jeans so had to unzip and pull down.
I wear a size 36 pants, am 6'1", and 230 with a more athletic build. The XL is just fine even though I wear a size large gym shorts and boxer. I would say that the elastic band on the thighs to hold them down would be a little tight on the Large but I am happy enough with the XL.
As for protection, I think they are what I was looking for. I am not a commuter or go on the track for racing. I take long cruiser rides on scenic highways and such so I wanted something that would give me more protection than jeans on my thighs, hips, and butt. I like that it has padding all around rather than just the hips and tailbone. My ultimate goal is to have riding pants and comfort knee pads to wear. Starting with what I thought I needed first on the lower half and what I could afford.
Overall, for the price, the fit, and the amount of protection they provide, I am happy. If you want to add a little more protection rather than just jeans or something, these are the way to go.
July 2, 2014
Best choice for me.
I can't say enough about these shorts.
For what I was looking for and how I use them, they're almost perfect. Different riders have different requirements in armor, but I almost couldn't have designed these shorts better.
The price is pretty good for motorcycle equipment. Unfortunately this means they're not really cheap at all for a pair of mesh shorts and a few pieces of foam, but given the other products on the market I think they're a good value.
When I shopped for armored shorts, most other shorts had butt protection but no thigh protection, or thigh protection but no butt protection. Or if the shorts had both, they were super-expensive. So these shorts hit that sweet spot.
I like that the lower thigh armor is hard and perforated. Unfortunately the butt pads seem pretty thin and a little flimsy. But they're perforated, and they're stitched in in such a way that they won't curl up or move. They're also much better than nothing,
The hard coccyx armor is one of the main reasons I bought these shorts, and although the feeling of riding with it takes some getting used to, it actually absorbs some bumps and doesn't slide around the seat or anything. So it's not uncomfortable for me, and I'm glad I have it.
The shorts fit under my jeans well (I'm a street rider), especially because the upper thigh armor isn't so thick as to interfere with the waistband of my pants. I have a few pairs of jeans that fit a little differently, but most work with my shorts.
I'm a thin guy who's often between sizes in undershorts, but the fit of these shorts is excellent. The waistband is thin, which I thought might be uncomfortable, but in fact seems more comfortable than a too-thick waistband. The elastic quality seems good and the legs don't ride up. Also the mesh, though it looks funny, is much cooler for summer riding than lycra compression shorts, and doesn't give me grip issues in the saddle. I have noticed that the type (length, fabric) of base layer I wear underneath these shorts affects the control I have over the bike with my inner thighs.
The only real con I see is that I wish the butt pads inspired more confidence in their ability to protect me. And of course I wish the shorts were cheaper. But given that they're on closeout (but have been restocked?), what I hope is that Dianese doesn't discontinue them; I'll probably be looking to buy another pair in the future.
June 9, 2014
Great breathability, lightweight, and protective
These shorts are great! True to the sizing, love the silicone bands at the bottoms of the thigh. Good combination of foam protection with hard shell pads.
May 27, 2014
I wear a 30-31 waist, 5'7 147 lbs. Medium fit me fine - enough give to go up a size or two and elastic to go down a size or so. Elastic/silicon grips to keep the legs from riding up. I bicycle in Lycra, so this is something I respect.
These are made to go over your existing underwear and beneath any pants. Aesthetics are Rocky Horror show-esque. They should have just made them into boxers or boxer briefs. They were designed to breathe well.
Armor is good, not perfect. Tailbone/coccyx protection is a big reason to get these. Thigh armor is sufficient without being overkill. Might be a bit too light for some. Hip armor/padding is...just a pad. I was hoping these would have better hip protection but that's not the case. Tailbone protection not removable.
Comfort is good on a sport bike. The tail bone armor can be uncomfortable in the upright position (hard plastic). Pretty evident in a chair for instance. I don't see these as comfortable for cruisers but check their opinions, not mine.
I wear these under a pair of Air Drake pants (one size up). These shorts supplement areas where some armor is lacking. These would probably work under some relaxed jeans or cargo shorts. Make sure the shorts come down to your knee area, though. Otherwise, that mesh might show.
Overall, price was reasonable (for motorcycle gear). Very particular application so be sure it's what you actually want/need.
May 19, 2014
Bought these along with some kevlar jeans from revzilla at the same time. I am very impressed with these shorts.
First off PROs:
-Tailbone protector feels solid. This was a major selling point for me because I felt i could protect everything else in someother way so i was specifically looking for a beefy pad that wouldn't be intrusive to wear daily.
-airflow is great.
No addition aramid abrasion protection like a few other brands.
Seems a bit pricey for how much material there actually is.
Would like to see a pad thrown in for the very front of the thigh (which for some reason it seems like every kevlar jean with panels skips this area)
Overall very pleased. At closeout 70 bucks wasn't unbarable to swallow but it does seem a little high. I'm hoping dainese isn't eliminating these and not coming back with something similar. Id def. purchase another pair when I need them.
May 12, 2014
Just what I was looking for
My protection philosophy has shifted from finding individual pants with included protectors to getting a set of protectors I can wear with a range of different abrasion resistant pants. The Dainese Hard Shorts fit the bill perfectly.
I like having the hard protectors on my thighs and I don't mind the tailbone protector either.
My only gripe is that the mesh looks kinda like fishnet. So I'd wear it over a base layer!
May 7, 2014