Forcefield Action Shorts
Sport vs Pro Version
Reluctantly, I initially ordered the Sport (3 layer) version of these shorts. I say reluctant because I wanted the level 2 protection of the Pro version (4 layer) but assumed that it would be too thick to fit under my Bull-it riding jeans. I talked to customer support, but they didn't really know much about the difference between the two versions. So, while waiting for the shorts to arrive, I contacted Forcefield.com directly. Here is their reply:
"The 3 layer (Sport Armour) and the 4 layer (Pro Armour) protectors use different material although both are rubber based polymers. The Sport Armour is 16.5mm thick whereas the Pro Armour is around 15mm so not much between then. The Sport armour is softer and much lighter in weight. The performance at Ambient for the Sport Armour is around the 27KN figure. The Pro Armour is denser, slightly less flexible than the Sport Armour and heavier but offers much better impact attenuation. The Pro Armour was designed for those riders who wanted the most protection no matter what. The recorded figure at Ambient was 13.1KN."
After hearing this, I decided I would return the Sport version and immediately ordered a Pro version to replace them. Having both versions to review, I can say the forcefield support was right on. The 4 layer is actually a bit thinner than the 3 layer. Also the 4 layer is the classic forcefield triangle nitrex evo while the Sport is a polymer.
So, for me it doesn't make much sense to order the Sport - because it's thicker and offers less protection (Level 1 Sport compared to Level 2 Pro). The Pro is a bit heavier, but marginally so.
Both versions are quite bulky. I wear Bull-it riding jeans that fit a bit loose with no armor. With all the pads in place, there is no way to get the jeans over the shorts. That's fine, because my plan was to remove the thigh and butt cheek pads - wearing only the hip and tailbone pads. With this setup, my jeans are snug but not overly so.
Overall, I love this armor. I feel very protected and confident wearing it.
March 31, 2016
40" waist, still went for the LG, as I felt it held the pads in place better than the XL (tried both). Went with the 4-layer, as hip injuries suck. Fit under my dirt pants, but would be tough under jeans.
Would buy again in a heartbeat.
March 8, 2016
Confidence Inspiring Heavy Duty Protection
I commute about 22 miles (one way) to and from work around dusk and dawn. I have had more than a handful of close calls with cars and trucks that come flying out of driveways onto the road, pull out into my lane to pass in no passing zones (playing chicken with cars and trucks isn't much fun), or start drifting into my lane of traffic without bothering to signal, head check, or use their mirrors. I have recently been upgrading my protection level to give me a little better sense of security and help me focus more on what is happening around me in order to stay as safe as possible while I ride. In short I have started to adopt an ATGATT and dress for the slide mentality since I am getting the sense that it is more and more inevitable.
I purchased the 4-Layer Pro M15 Armor in a size medium to go under fully Kevlar lined jeans which I had purchased at the same time (went up a size in the jeans expecting these to be pretty bulky). The armor is right around 1.6 cm thick and is pretty impressive. While I think the protection element is awesome (just hitting on it to get an idea) I am hoping never to test them out in a crash--though if I do I will see about coming back to add a comment about how they held up.
The fit in the waist is good (34" waist) and the thighs are spot on (have 26" thighs which can make a lot of products fit too tight). I was less than impressed by the addition of a drawstring on the waistband since they don't add any value to me but they might for someone with a smaller waist. The silicone at the leg openings is a nice touch which helps some in keeping the armor where you want it. However, I have noticed the shorts do move around a bit when walking so if I gear up at work and then go out to the bike (about 1/4 mile) then I usually end up readjusting them before I get on the bike.
Living in AZ another consideration was air flow while wearing this product. The armor itself doesn't seem to flow a lot of air (if any) through it but it does help to create pockets of air between my pants and legs around the armor which in turn helps a little with air circulation. Right now, while the temps are bouncing between the 40's and 80's F during my commutes they are comfortable to wear. If they become unbearable this summer when temps start jumping upwards of 120 then I will try and come back to update this review with that information.
One thing I wasn't expecting, though actually prefer, is that the 4-Layer Pro M15 Armor version isn't the same light bluish-grey color that is pictured. It is actually a dark grey. It is a small detail that is relatively unimportant compared to the fit and function of the shorts but was a bonus.
Overall they seem like a very solid product, I am happy with my purchase, and I have already recommend this product a couple of times to some friends at work (especially one who is just starting to ride again after two years of recovering from a motorcycle accident which has left him a little skittish on the bike).
February 24, 2016
This product is good for bikers
This product is perfect for bikers.
Protect your body and is confortable.
The cost is a little bit expansive, but the benefits is very good too.
I recommed this item for every bikers who looking for protection.
October 20, 2015
Excellent Quality and Protection
This is an absolute must-have for wearing under gear that has little or no padding. I have the feeling that these will last many years given the high quality materials and workmanship.
October 5, 2015
Great comfort and features.
I can't actually comment on the protection and hope I'll never have to, but the science is sound. They are shockingly comfortable, although very bulky. I'm a 34/35 waist and the medium is perfect. Used these in weather from 45-85 and was always comfortable. Kept me warm in colder temps and wicked-away heat and sweat up to 85 deg. Very impressive. I liked them enough that I bought the full pants and shirt as well. The shorts are the most comfortable of the three.
August 10, 2015
I got these shorts to make up for the lack of armor in my riding pants. The armor over my tailbone and and around my hips is very confidence inspiring and overall the shorts are pretty comfortable to wear. However even though the material the shorts are made of breathes well, the areas with the pads don't. All in all, a little extra sweat is a price I can pay for good pelvic bone protection in a crash.
April 23, 2015
Great protection, comfortable, a little bulky for riding jeans
These Forcefield Action shorts are comfortable and seem to provide the protection I was looking for in armored shorts. They fit true to size and are not noticeable when wearing under textile style motorcycle pants.
My only complaint is that they do not fit comfortably under my kevlar riding jeans, which already have a relaxed fit. I'm considering removing one layer of padding all around (there are 3 layers originally) to see how that would change the fit under my jeans. I don't know how much this would affect the protection which is why I haven't done it yet.
Overall a great product.
April 8, 2015