Dainese Hard Shorts
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
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