Alpinestars Comp Pro Shorts
runs way small, no elastication at seams
Great concept, terrible execution, really wanted to love it. Based on the size chart I ordered LG, couldn't even pull these up past my thighs. I am 5'10" 185lbs normally wear size 33-34 straight cut jeans with 30" inseam. You should order 1-2 sizes up.
The stitchings that attach the red elastic bands to the mesh chassis, those stitches have almost zero give. So A* basically defeated the elastics on these shorts by making stiff seams become choke points. What were they thinking... Otherwise the mesh is excellent, stretchy, etc. Those stitches ruin the shorts for me.
For guys who want a fly and actually elastic waist loop, just take scissors and cut the entire front part out. The crotch mesh and the front black segment of the waist band. Then take it to a tailor and have a real elastic bridge sewn across the front waist. $5. Problem solved.
February 16, 2014
A little extra protection, good price, but runs small!
I bought these to wear under a pair of kevlar jeans along with add-in CE knee armor for a little extra protection. They're similar to slide shorts for paintball but have the added hip padding, which is nice. They're not too bulky, and fit well once they're on. Problem is, they run a little small in the waist and the waist band isn't very stretchy. Translation: if you've got a bit of a booty on you, they'll be hard to put on because you'll use up all of the elasticity. They also don't breathe super well, but that's almost to be expected.
All in all I'm happy with the purchase, they're not a revelation or anything but I feel they're worth the price. And order one size up if you've got a round rear end!
January 29, 2014
Pretty much you get what you pay for. Functional and low profile.
Pretty much you get what you pay for. Functional and low profile. Might want some additional padding if you know you will be hitting hard :)
January 5, 2014
Very snug fit, order up a size for sure!!!!
If you are litterally looking for some CYA protection these are a good thing to get. Not noticeable under reasonably fitting jeans (I have the ICON Hoodlum jeans) and a decent, but not earth-shattering amount of protection.
That said, ORDER A LARGER SIZE UP!!!! I'm 5'10'' and weigh 175lbs and have a 32 in waist and I had to get the large. No way was the medium even going to make it halfway past my thighs! #I have some other Alpinestarts stuff that is medium and fits perfectly, but these are a whole different story.# The large size is even a bit snug, but it's tolerable keeps the pads in place.
August 21, 2013
Nice padded compression shorts
The mediums fit my 31" waist perfectly. Smalls would have been too small. I wear them under Kevlar riding jeans and cargo pants for a little more slide protection. The tail bone pads are noticeable at first if riding in an upright position but soon forgotten. They do breathe and won't get you all sweaty on longer rides. They are a nice addition to my gear.
May 13, 2013
Comp Shorts That Work
Back in December I took a weekend dirt bike class for road riding in North Carolina and the instructor recommended them. During one exercise I went down and slammed my hip into hard packed dirt. (We were leaving rubber marks it was so hard). The shorts did a very good job protecting my hip area. I did develop a large bruise, but I have no doubt the outcome would have been worse w/o the comp shorts.
The shorts are quite comfortable and not too bulky under my leathers. Moving around in them is not a problem. These comp shorts will be added to the gear I put on every time I ride going forward. They are an inexpensive, worthwhile investment in my safety.
April 1, 2013
Put some meat on your bones with these riding shorts!
These shorts offer padding in areas that most protective riding shorts don't. Tail bone, all around the butt, and hips. And for the skinny people there is padding all the way up over that boney pevis. Nothing more then padding though. I dont mind an extra layer of cloth for the pavement to chew throu.
I'm a size 30x30 and ordered the small. They fit perfect. I would so much rather buy a pair of these as opposed to buying kevlar blue jeans and putting all my trust in them alone. Or wear these under kevlar jeans. From the reviews I gathered kevlar jeans is nothing more then jeans themselves. These shorts turns all your blue jeans into "riding pants".
If your a skinny guy like me these shorts will give you a lil extra padding when that day comes.
December 31, 2012
Comfortable and stylish!
I bought these for comfort and additional protection, and they delivered. The shorts hide away under jeans and other pants so don't worry. I have a 31-32" waist and ordered a small. The fit is right on. They do ride up a bit but not too much. For what they are they do look pretty awesome.
November 5, 2012