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Dainese Hard Shorts E1

Designed as a base layer to be worn under casual attire, Kevlar® jeans, or off road gear, the Dainese Hard Shorts E1 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. 

Protection:

  • Pro-Shape hip soft protectors certified to CE - Cat. II - EN 1621.1
  • Perforated plates in polypropylene coupled with Crash Absorb on the thigh
  • Polypropylene and polyethylene sandwich plate on the coccyx
  • Soft inserts on the sides and buttocks

Ergonomics and Comfort:

  • Breathable elastic mesh trousers
  • Elasticated inserts in silicone rubber on the thighs
  • Perforated pads
4.4 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.3 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.3 / 5
Features
4.4 / 5
Comfort
4.1 / 5
Style
4.4 / 5
Air Flow
4.7 / 5
Fit
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4.4 / 5.0
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Bang For The Buck
4.3 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.3 / 5
Features
4.4 / 5
Comfort
4.1 / 5
Style
4.4 / 5
Air Flow
4.7 / 5
Fit
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True
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Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
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so far so good
I have a 32-34 inch waist and got the Medium. While they are a little tight, I think that they will be fine after they break in for a while. I almost considered getting a large when i first tried them on, but the armor was sitting right where it was supposed to with the Mediums. The bottom of the legs are rubberized and will pull a leg hair or two, but it helps keep them in place. So overall, I really like these and just plan on giving them time to break in a little.
May 14, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2012 Yamaha YZF-R6
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
Crashed and still held up well
Crash report: So I kinda fell off a cliff....aka fell off the cliff side of a shelf road offroading on little dualsport. Was going pretty slow, and didn't fall very far. However, it was pretty steep onto rocks, and I have only a very tiny bit of bruising around my right thigh, and since I fell mostly on that it probably would've been much worse without these.

The pads feel pretty sturdy, and the coccyx protection feels weird at first but is REALLY nice for abruptly bumpy stuff that you don't have time to stand for. A little bit of a pain to get on and off, but I'm never riding offroad without these again. Definitely worth the $100 to save my butt.

Also, its great to find something this protective that fits me, as I usually have to get children's offroad gear. The XS fits a 5'2, 100 lb woman pretty well.
June 18, 2016
Purchased
3 months ago
Ride:
1989 Yamaha TW200
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
2 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Starts to fall apart after heavy use
This is an excellent product but I cannot recommended it because it lacks longevity. I do street and track, so these shorts have seen about 700 miles of action since I bought them. Unfortunately the waist/pelvic bone padding is starting to become unstitched from the shorts' webbing. This is something I would expect after a good few thousand miles of heavy usage, not a few hundred.

Take a look at the Alpinestars hard shorts if you want something with a longer lifespan. Otherwise, these Dainese shorts are stylish, comfortable and virtually invisible under riding pants. It's a real shame that the build quality can't live up to the demands of frequent riding.
January 19, 2016
Ride:
2014 Suzuki GSX-R750
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
The best I've seen
These shorts fit great and have good protection everywhere. I looked at everything I could find in stores and on the web and I think these are the best combination of offering full coverage and still being comfortable. And the mesh fabric is cool, I don't know I'm wearing them as soon as I start my engine. I can even get armored up at home and these aren't a problem driving my pickup to the riding areas.

I was hoping to find a short that included a chamois pad for comfort. I think the reason against that is then you would need to wash them much more often, and with the hard armor that would be more of a problem. I wear the Moto-Skiveez shorts under these and it's an easy maintenance combination. A bicycle riding short would be good too, but there are advantages to the Moto-Skiveez because they are cut specifically for our use.

These aren't bulky under my riding pants, Fox Legion pants, even when worn over the padded shorts. Anthony says they're on the bulky side in his review but I've seen a lot worse. As I said, they aren't a problem driving in my little Tacoma, and that's a real bad place to have a Kardashian® butt.

I recommend these if you want good protection on your hips, thighs, and tailbone. They aren't bulky to me, and I'm pudgy.
March 1, 2016
Ride:
2013 Suzuki DR650SE
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Just buy the product already
I'm not quite sure if you are familiar with the Dainese brand but if you aren't let me tell you a little bit about Dainese. Dainese was founded in 1972 in Vicenza, ITALY with a pure vision AND MISSION "To advocate and deliver safety to people exposed to traumatic injuries in dynamic sports and everyday activities. So for the past 44 years Dainese has been carrying out that mission from the very beginning and by creating the worlds VERY FIRST BACK PROTECTOR in 1978 to today by creating D Air which is a airbag designed for motorcyclist. So it's safe to say for the past 44 years Dainese has been one of the leading innovators for motorcycle safety equipment. Now let me tell you a little bit about the Dainese Hard Shorts E1.

THIS IS A MUST HAVE PRODUCT TO HAVE

So I don't bore you guys with a overly long review about how this product surpassed all my expectations in not only PROTECTION BUT IN COMFORT AND STYLE AS WELL!THIS PRODUCT FEATURES HIP PROTECTION, TAIL BONE PROTECTION, THIGH PROTECTION AND BUTTOCKS PROTECTION. THAT IS OFFICALLY CE "CERTIFIED EUROPEAN" RATED AT CE CAT II 1621.1 AND IS MADE FROM CRASH ABSORPTION MATERIAL. Now tell me. Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you ended up in a wheel chair due to a motorcycle accident?
The CDC (the center of disease and control) collaborated together with the NHI (National Highway Institute) to create a very very informative article about motorcycle fatalities and injuries. And according to the CDC the most commonly injured area of the body during a motorcycle crash is in fact the legs. And you are probably now thinking. Hey you just previously stated that according to the CDC the most commonly injured area of the body during a motorcycle crash is in fact the legs. These are just shorts that offer protection to the hips, your tailbone, your thighs, and your buttocks. Now. What about all the other portions of your legs? What about your knees? What about your shins? What about your calfs? This product doesn't offer protection to them. You would be absolutely right this product doesn't offer protection to them. This product is going to be among one of your greatest tools in your tool box but you must add onto your tool box is it can be a even greater tool box and revzilla offers a wide variety of highly reputable motorcycle safety gear that can protect your knees, your shins, and your calves. And to just back check a little and to rewind the clocks. This is going back to my little spiel in regarding the CDC (the center of disease and control). If you did or didn't believe me. I implore you to fact check me, revzilla, and you lovely lovely patrons of Revzilla. Do your research. Learn something new. Educate yourselves. Better yourselves and buy the shorts you will not be disappointed!

And definitely check out everything revzilla has to offer you

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Later Jabronis
May 25, 2016
Purchased
4 months ago
Ride:
2012 Honda CBR250R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Great Protection
I had my left hip resurfaced in March, and needed some solid protection. I have used the POC VPD shorts for mtn biking this summer, but wanted more protection for the dirt bike. I have used the Hard shorts twice so far and am sold. they have much more padding around the hip as well as coverage for the quads. Would definitely recommend!
December 8, 2015
Purchased
10 months ago
Ride:
2016 KTM 200 XC-W
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Comfy, breathable protection
I'm 5'7" 145 lbs. Small fits perfectly for me. The elastic feels a odd and tend to scratch a bit. It isn't the softest type of elastic, but it's well made and it won't ride up or shift around. I decided to start wearing Nike Pro Dri-Fit tights underneath and I don't notice the elastic at all. Combo of the padded shorts + workout tights feels very comfortable. These easily fit underneath by riding jeans.

Only issue I have is with the tailbone protector. I don't feel it when riding, but I definitely feel it dig into me a bit when sitting down normally.

As far as protection, I hope to never have to test it out! But the pads do feel like they would do the job.
November 22, 2015
Purchased
11 months ago
Ride:
2015 Honda CB500F
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
adequate protection without adding heat
I've got great armor that's a bit too hot for summer, and other pieces of inadequate protection that offer the advantage of flowing air.. I'm always looking for a new combination to help me in the summer (80-100 degree) for both dirt and spirited canyon riding. I recently bought a Dainese Jacket and pants and was impressed, so I took a chance (on line purchase having never hand held this product) and was VERY pleased when I opened the box. Super breathe-able mesh (also heavy duty and durable), and CE certified at the hips. This is now my new go-to protective garment for Summer riding...
September 21, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2015 Yamaha FJ-09
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Appears well made, offering good protection
Haven't ridden with them yet, will update this when I have. Wore them around house for 2 hours, including sitting down for dinner, under a pair of scorpion covert pro jeans. You can feel the tailbone protector if you slouch or lean back while sitting. Leaning forward (I sat on my bike), you don't feel it.
I'm an ex-motocrosser, I dress for the crash. I normally wear leathers riding street. From my experience, the armor is in all the right places. Coupled with knee guards strapped over the jeans, I'll feel safer now in jeans.
I bought a med. and it fits just right on the waist and thighs, and slightly loose in-between, but not so loose to allow the armor to shift. I'm a size 30 in 501s, 31.5" actual waist, large thighs due to a lot of bicycling.
April 13, 2015
Ride:
2001 BMW K1200RS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
4 / 5
Got it Today, Gonna send it back
Its too big, I figured, im a 32-33 waste size so ill get the large.
That was my mistake, im gonna have to send it back for a medium. The coccyx or however you spell it, well lets just say I needed to pull these badboys up REALLY high for it to be where it is suppose to be. Im gonna order the size down and see how it fits and write another review.
April 28, 2015
Ride:
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
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I chose these to make up for the lack of hip armor in my riding gear and because I can choose to add or subtract layers of protection depending on what type of riding I'm doing.
olligator on Sep 3, 2016
Best armor coverage of the nether regions!
Kyle R on Aug 24, 2016
I chose these to make up for the lack of hip armor in my riding gear and because I can choose to add or subtract layers of protection depending on what type of riding I'm doing.
olligator on Sep 3, 2016
Returned it. Too tight when you wear them with jeans.
Edgar V on Aug 24, 2016
Best armor coverage of the nether regions!
Kyle R on Aug 24, 2016
price, increased protection
C H on Jul 14, 2016
Had the most protection for side and rear protection in a slide.
Brian J on Jul 14, 2016
It offers the best protection at this price point
Logan M on Jul 5, 2016
Because my air Frazer pants don't have enough protection up top.
Horacio F on May 30, 2016
Great protection and very comfortable to wear. Nice padding on the backside for those of you looking for extra cushioning. Would definitely buy again.
Jaime F on May 13, 2016
Wanted hip protection but the tailbone pad hurts too much to wear them.
Andrew B on Apr 26, 2016
Liked the style and the mesh.
Marcelo G on Apr 4, 2016
Great brand good reviews looks solid
Mychael R on Mar 6, 2016
Protection
Antonio P on Jan 4, 2016
Can't find protection shorts for women, so it was between these or the Klim Tactical Shorts. Dainese won, because I'm more familiar with the brand and trust their stuff.
Morrigan W on Jan 1, 2016
Out of the 3 in the price range this is the one with the most protection, I hope the fit is good!
Brian M on Nov 7, 2015
Better coverage in the seat area than the Alpinestars one.
brownwa on Nov 5, 2015
I choose this product because I hope I will be able to wear it under my dress pants. They are reported to be comfortable on warm days.
Michael H on Nov 2, 2015
Seemed to be the best protection in the form of shorts.
Abtin on Sep 24, 2015
I ride to and from school in regular jeans since my over-pants are bulky while walking around campus and hot while in lecture. I'm all about wearing as much protection as possible, but don't have the funds to purchase every piece of gear I desire (riding pants). These will give some protection against impact and can be used under one piece suits while also expanding my options for wearing multiple pants. In case I go down, road rash will be minimized between these, my boots and shin/knee armor.
DesmoDave on Sep 22, 2015
Best apparent protection of armored shorts.
Vincent V on Aug 31, 2015
My hips and legs felt vulnerable. I wanted to get some protection underneath my jeans in addition to some knees guards. These hard shorts do the job and now I dont have to worry as much
Mike C on Aug 24, 2015
A couple of friends had a crash and if they were wearing a pair of shorts like these ones, I guess they wouldn't have had the injuries they got.
Jorge V on Aug 18, 2015
Because of the mesh "chassis" and CE rated armor pads.
Aziz Orhan I on Aug 7, 2015
Had a minor low-side and had a bruise to the side of my thigh. These provide really good protection and can be worn under a pair of regular jeans.
DevilDoc on Jul 4, 2015
Protection! I want to feel/be secure and protected above all else!
Chris J on Jun 13, 2015
dress for the slide. great fit and breathes well in heat
John G on May 18, 2015
It showed the best protection for use under casual clothing.
Jedidiah W on May 14, 2015
Seems to be more technical than the Alpinestar
Ed t on Apr 20, 2015
motocross background, used to being well protected. Somehow, kevlar jeans don't give me this well protected feeling. These shorts plus some strap on knee guards inside or outside the jeans should fix that.
Benjamin A C on Apr 2, 2015
"For that extra protection on days when I just want to wear regular pants."
Jason N on Mar 23, 2015
I need protection that I can wear under regular jeans etc.
H A on Mar 15, 2015
Good complement for the Dryco Drift Jeans
GABRIEL M on Feb 9, 2015
Returned it. Too tight when you wear them with jeans.
Edgar V on Aug 24, 2016
price, increased protection
C H on Jul 14, 2016
where's the size chart?
A shopper on Jan 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Google the Dainese size chart (Revzilla won't let me include the link to their PDF file). Scroll down to "Motorbike" then look under "Pants". Their measurements are in cm, so you'll have to convert that from inches (also with google or use a metric measuring tape if you happen to have one). If you fall between sizes, considering the nature of this item, I'd go with the smaller size first and try those on for fit.
I'm a 28 pant size , what size should I order? Thanks
A C on Jun 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I suggest you order the small; I am a 30 waist and ordered a small and they fit me snug; these shorts have very little stretch, they are made of a very durable fishnet style synthetic material. If I were to have ordered a medium I believe they would have been to loose of a fit.
Are these spandex do they fit loose for wearing over boxer briefs or the like? Given that someone said you shouldn't wash them often, I can't imagine wearing them directly against one's body.
A shopper on Aug 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I wear them over the Nike Combat Heat Gear base layer, so they never touch skin. They move and stretch really well so they do not interfere, and the silicon ring around the thigh keeps them from riding up. They could probably be washed on delicate, but keeping them on top of another layer is going to keep you from washing them often.
How do you correctly wash this product?
Zachary S on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: According to the manual:

Do not let dirt to build up over time.
Remove dirt only with a soft cloth.
Do not wash under running water.
Do not use solvents or other chemical sumbstances to clean the protector.

The rest of the garment care instructions refer to proper handling and storage.

Hope this helped.
Does anyone have an opinion on ladies using these shorts? I am 5'6 / 125 lbs and typically wear size 42 (women's] motorcycle pants. I am looking to buy this to wear for added protection under the Dainese Women's Drake Super Air Pants.
Stephanie M on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Can't comment on the women's variation, but I love the hard shorts personally. They flow plenty of air, and once you've worn them a couple times you forget they are on. I wear the Drake Airs as well, and though they feel tough yet light the hard shorts give you the added bit of protection the pants lack on their own. Dainese's build quality is worth the cost.
I came off my bike ages ago and the frontish side of my thigh was scraped. Why wouldn't these offer protection there, like the Alpine Stars?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They base the design of the hard shorts on the typical fall: butt & hips. Pretty rare to slide face down, although it can happen. I don't think they wanted to add a bunch of hard or thick material on top of the thigh as that would make the traditional riding position very uncomfortable.
Hi guys! I want to buy these shorts. But I haven't found any type of sizing info. Can you help me with that? I'm a 38 in pants size.
I hope you can help me. Thanks!
Adrian O on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have a 30 waist, purchased the small and they run small.
Is the coccyx padding removable on these shorts (it interferes with my seating on some other shorts I have)?

Thanks.

Bill K.
William K on Mar 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi William,

The coccyx pad is sewn in. I apologize, but I only just started riding so I don't have enough experience wearing the shorts to let you know if the padding is annoying, yet. It's a pretty reasonable size in that location, though. I'll let us know my findings once I have some more time wearing them.
Can these typically be worn under a one-piece leather race suit (which doesn't have much hip/coccyx protection)?
Brian V on May 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would think so, because they are not very bulky. Maybe a bit over 1/2" on the thigh pads, and the rest are pretty lean.