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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. 

Features

  • 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 4.4 5 65 65
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
Nice Supplement 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
excellent shorts 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. Con's 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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
erica h: Haven't wore them yet, I'll update when I do, they seem protective, I took a good spill last year in the dirt huge bruise on my thigh, I do believe if I was wearing these that bruise wouldn't have been there. Seems I get quite a few brusies and these have padding in the key areas I usually have them hope they work as planned Jun 4, 2014
Nikolaev A: My friend like that. comfortable shorts with good protection. and not expensive. Jun 1, 2014
Matthew M: Tailbone protection was huge for me. Hip and thigh protection was a bonus. Not intrusive. Didn't need to upsize my regular jeans at all. May 22, 2014
Joshua A: I wanted hard protection for my hips and other vulnerable parts. I don't like the mesh that too closely resembles fishnets but I wear a base layer under so it doesn't matter too much I guess. May 7, 2014
He L: hips or gtfo Apr 29, 2014
Robert D: Dainese makes great products. I've been looking for protective shorts and looked everywhere, and I liked the design and the adequate protection these shorts will provide. These are a very good compromise compared the the full length pants I've seen.

Can't wait to get them and try them out.
Apr 28, 2014
daniel s: reputable brand, designed to be worn under d-tec riding jeans, combination of hard and soft pads. Apr 26, 2014
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: 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: 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: 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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