Forcefield Pro Action Shorts
Well worth the investment
After wearing multiple pairs of motorcycling pants, I realized that the ONLY way to have good impact protection was to have quality armor attached to the body, not marginal armor slipped into loose pockets in the pants. I learned this the hard way, after breaking my collarbone & badly contusing my knee in a 20 mph fall. TWENTY! The knee armor in my fancy-schmancy Rev'it tornado pants did nothing as I kneed the bike on the way down. The collarbone deal will be addressed (hopefully) with a Wave Pro 3, but that's another story.
I originally purchased the ForceField Pro full pants, but found them too warm and a bit of a bear to pull on. I also wear Under Armour Heatgear leggings as a base layer, which makes EVERYTHING more comfortable. I prefer wearing hard knee/shin protection under my riding pants, so I opted for the shorts instead. They slip on quickly and vanish once on the bike. With the base layer they feel great and stay in place perfectly. They make your hips wider, so your pants will pull on a bit tighter, but once the waist is over the shorts, you're golden.
I typically wear a large, but the medium is perfect. These need to fit snug! They also need to be pulled up and tied around the level of your navel if the hip protection is to be effective. It's odd at first, but feels fine almost immediately.
I'm 6'4", 197 lbs, and ride a 2006 Triumph Tiger 955i. The upright position works great with these shorts, but I'm fairly sure you laid-back cruiser types will want to pull the coccyx armor out, as rotating back and sitting on it for any time would be uncomfortable.
Looking cool in the most fashionable gear, slipping it on in 20 seconds and blasting around sounds great, but one fall with broken bones and busted up joints should change your perspective pretty quickly. Buy the right gear, wear it properly, and ride intelligently. Armor IS YOUR FREIND!!!
April 22, 2013
Needing and looking for additional safety for my track days, I tried the Forcefield Pro Action Shorts. What a nice fit and comfort all in one. The Forcefield shorts offer protection in all the right places and you don't relize you have them on whe suited up. A great investment for the price and I feel a must have for safety.
April 8, 2013
The most protection you can buy
These Forcefield shorts offer the most protection I've ever found in any under armor. If you're looking for maximum padding then these are for you. The pads are very thick, double layers of material, and bulky because they cover more of your lower body than others do. The odds are against your landing on a spot that is unprotected. When you first pick them up you'll be surprised by the weight but you don't notice it when you put them on. You will notice the thickness, almost diaper like, so make sure you have plenty of room in your riding pants. The pads conform well to your contours, it's just that there is much more to them than other shorts offer.
You'll also notice the smell immediately. All Forcefield armor smells pretty bad when new but it goes away fairly soon. My Forcefield rib protector took a few months but that's a much larger chunk of their rubber and not wrapped in any fabric like these shorts.
Many reviewers of these shorts have said they run large but I don't agree. I fit either a med or large depending on the product so I ordered a med on the previous posters advise and they're too small on me. I like a loose fit and wear 36" jeans but often buy med in other clothing. I had to send these back, the medium was uncomfortably tight around my waist.
If you're looking for the most protection you can get then these are for you. Forcefield uses High Tech Materials that are superior to what most other companies offer. If you hit something with bone breaking force you need more than a thin piece of foam.
October 18, 2012
great product for protection
bought this product to wear along with my drake air pants for added protection. these shorts have a lot of protection padding from your waist to your upper leg. very comfortable to wear and as long as you dont wear skinny pants no one will even know you have them on.
September 24, 2012
True to size from the Forcefield Sizing chart. Premium price but certainly a premium product in levels of protection. Bought for track use and haven't had a off with it yet (and don't plan too) but good to know it is there. Fits well under race leathers. Agree with other who comment on the smell from these, give them a good time airing before use.
July 23, 2012
comfortable, form fitting
These are comfy, the padding is flexible and thick but not so much that you can't wear baggier jeans and it's not noticeable. Like others have said they are heavy when you pick them up but fine when you put them on. I like them because they offer enough protection in the area's I was looking for, hip, thigh, tailbone and the butt. Removable so I can customize it to my needs (motorcycle, snowsports, etc). The sizing is about right when considering what fits me in baselayers. There are a couple of tiny things. They smell like plastic/rubber/synthetic, I hope this goes away. Also the stitching is coming loose on the edge of pocket for the tailbone armor. All structural stitching seems really well made thought. A little pricey but good quality stuff.
July 23, 2012
Look elsewhere for Warm Weather Gear
I was making a purchase for Warm Weather Riding. I tried the Force Field Pants first and the waist size put the knee pads on my shins, I exchanged them for the Action Shorts and Fit was true to size, However there was a heat factor just trying them on in the Air Conditioned house. I returned this Product and have went with a different one to continue riding protected.
June 26, 2012
Excellent protection on these shorts, best I was able to find. I originally had the Alpinestar Freeride Shorts. I liked them a lot, but there wasn't a lot of armor on the top hip protector (sides were real solid, though). My main issue with the A Stars was that the back rode/slipped down on me too much. I had a medium on the A Stars, and they fit real nicely/snug. I'm a 32-33 waist; 6 ft.; fairly thin legs. With the Forecfields I bought a full size smaller like other reviewers suggested. I've never fit a small in any shorts, but bought a small, which turned out to be perfect sizing. The shorts are heavier than the AStars, but all protective pads, including the butt protectors, are high quality. The shorts are meant to be tied up high, almost at your belly button; I got used to it and think its desisigned that way to get all protective pads properly in place. However, note that even the Forcefields slip down in back during riding. Overall, offers the best protection I could find; cost more, but motorcycle protective gear is worth it to me.
April 23, 2012