Forcefield Pro Action Shorts
Love these shorts
These shorts are comfortable to wear all day and give me the coverage I want: thighs for the handlebar impact, hips for falling, and buttocks and coccyx for landing on your back. It's cool in the Northwest, so these outdoors help keep me warm. I also have the Contakt Shorts for hotter weather, but they didn't have the all around protection I wanted. I'm a 32x30, and these shorts go down just above the knee with the drawstring at my true waist, putting the protection where I want it. I thought the small would be pushing it.
November 10, 2015
Just what you expect from Padded underwear
These pants are very similar to the football pads we wore in the 70's....except the pads are a little softer. I got a medium for my normally 34 waist blue jeans and they fit perfectly.
The tailbone pad is uncomfortable though. I may try to remove a layer of the padding and see if that is better. With or without that pad they fit under most kevlar lined jeans...which is why I got them and would buy again....NOT tested in a crash and hope to never try them out but, definitely safer than no pads at all. Recommended.
November 24, 2014
Great piece of gear, perfect for snowboarding
I got this for snowboarding, works great! I am 5'11" and 73kgs with a 32" waist, as recommended by others, I got a size smaller than the charts. Small fits me great!
The beauty of the pro version is that its 4 layers of protection and you can remove layers where its not as vital.
*Smell is very strong and hasnt gone away after 1 week of daily use. It is however getting better each day.
*I didnt get the choice of black or grey.. I wanted the black, but got the greay.... oh well...
*Saved my tail more times than I can count!
February 11, 2014
Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man
I don't know how anyone is fitting these under their jeans. I have an old pair, 2 sizes too big, (for my already relaxed fit), that I'm barely able to squeeze them under. When I am able to get them on, I look like a guy in a fat suit... it's sorta ridiculous.
Do they provide protection, absolutely. Are they comfortable to wear? Nope. Am i a fool for refusing to wear them because I feel ridiculous in them?... maybe. Is that going to make me start wearing them?...no.
I wear what lots of people might consider "a-lot of protection", but the Forcefield shorts just feel silly. I ride an old Honda CB, and it feels like I'm sitting on a lump of coal from the tailbone protector. It's actually distracting, and to some degree I feel safer without them on. These are clearly designed for a very specific kind of rider on a very specific kind of ride (read: sport bikes).
On the upside, the armor is layered, so I've been considering removing a few layers of the stuff... a little less protection, but a huge improvement in comfort? Still... it's a lot of money to pay just to have to hack your safety protection. I wish I had returned this item immediately... it's just not my style...
Back off, man. I'm a scientist.
June 25, 2013
I have the Dianese Norsorex too and these are far superior.
Great value for the $$
May 30, 2013
Really good, so far
So far, I have only used these on some mountain bike rides, but so far, so good. I will know more after my first track day in a week.
The attention to detail is really good and the fit, features, and comfort are great.
I would definitely recommend these to anyone for cycling, especially downhillers!
May 24, 2013
soft and comfortable
I ride a monster 796 and the padding on the behind feels fine. It took some getting used to for the hip as they kinda rub up against your thigh when you ride. i usually wear a size 32" pants size and ordered the medium and it fits fine.
The padding will not fit in my regular pants and i had to wear pants a size up in order for it to fit.
May 20, 2013
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