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Klim Tactical Short 

Say goodbye to the days of chafing and other riding maladies associated with loose-fitting riding shorts. The Klim Tactical Short is designed to keep your equipment stowed properly and to wick moisture away from your skin to ensure maximum possible comfort on your ride. The saddle area is constructed with a high-tech triple-density chamois that will help absorb riding vibrations and cushion your ride. PORON XRD Extreme Impact Protection material is embedded in strategic locations to help absorb impacts. On impact, the PORON XRD high-performance molecules create a unique protective shield that can repeatedly absorb up to *90% of the most intense force.

Features:

  • Poron XRD extreme impact protection material on sides and thighs and over tailbone
  • Padded compression short
  • Moisture-wicking polyester material
  • 4-way-stretch spandex
  • Soft elastic waist
  • Suede texture chamois crotch
  • Micro-injected logo
  • Tag-less
  • Spandex/ polyester/Poron XRD extreme impact protection material
4.6 / 5
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4.3 / 5
Comfort
4.8 / 5
Style
4.5 / 5
Air Flow
4.2 / 5
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Great product but needs a fly!
Went on an 8-hour ride yesterday in 90degree+ heat and the KLM Tac Shorts worked great, except when I had to pull over to take a leak, quite the gyrations to get down to pepe...in rattlesnake country, roadside whizzes need to be quick or one can experience a head bite, or worse, a taint bite (cannot tourniquet a taint)...so, bottom line, a workable fly is a must.
July 22, 2013
Ride:
1973 BMW R75/5
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Best In Category
I tried Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Shorts and Knox's Defender Shorts along with the Klim Tactical Shorts. These had the best armor and were a lot more comfortable with way more maneuverability.

The armor has a good feel to it... sort of like firmly squishy if that makes sense. You can push on it and it'll gradually sink in a little but if you fall on it, its solid. I'm on the thin side so my hip bones stand out more than average, these protected there as well as everywhere I needed whereas the others not so much.

Of the three I tried, these were by far the least restrictive. They stay where they are supposed to. They're comfortable and I dont feel them when I'm riding. For reference I use them under my Alpinestars Missile Airflow Pants.

I ride a Yamaha R1M so they might feel better for a more relaxed upright seating position, but Astars armor wouldn't let me lift my knees where I need them and Knox's armor didn't cover my hip bone.

If you're looking into these, I would buy a few different ones and keep the best fit but definitely give these a try.
March 15, 2016
Ride:
2016 Yamaha YZF-R1M
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Casual fit under jeans, with good protective quality
Tried the force field shorts, which had more protection, but I felt like an nfl linebacker. This is great product that will fit under jeans and is fairly discrete and comfortable to wear with a whole day if riding. Would definately recommend.
December 1, 2014
Ride:
1977 BMW R100/7
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Great protection gear
I was using this shorts when I had a lateral crash with a SUV that made a left turn while I was passing it. As a result I was impacted on all my right side. Fortunatelly I was using full gear including this shorts that protected my hips and upper legs. I highly recommend this protective garment by my own experience, and will be using in all touring rides.
March 1, 2014
Ride:
2009 BMW G650 Xcountry
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
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4 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Most useful protective shorts I've found
I tried a few other options but all were too uncomfortable for cruiser riding. They claim the armor will stiffen on impact. I hope that is the case because it feels pretty thin but I know a lot of great things have come from those material engineers. I hope this is one of them. The shorts are very comfortable and easy to wear which means I "will" wear them where I would not wear the others I tried. And as they say, gear is only good if you will wear it. So, I'd recommend these to anyone looking for some reasonable protection. I'm 5'10" 190lbs and the large fit well.
June 12, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
Love these
I bought these originally to wear with some Klim pants that had no internal armor in the hips. However, these are perhaps one of the best clothing purchases I have ever made. I fully expect they would be very helpful for protection in a fall, but more than that... they have made riding long distances much more comfortable. The triple layer padding in the crouch is great and they wick moisture very well. I love these and wear them any time I plan to be on the bike more than an hour. So I don't tend to wear them for commuting, but if I am out for a serious ride, or on a weekend adventure, you can be guaranteed these are coming with me.
May 27, 2013
Ride:
2011 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Excellent versatility
Great shorts that allow you to wear whatever pants you want. On the warm side for sure: you'll have some crotch pot cookin' goin on.
September 8, 2015
Ride:
2003 Honda VFR800 Interceptor
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Protect your nethers in luxurious comfort
I've been wearing these approx a year or so and now feel naked without them whilst riding. They are extremely conformable and I prefer to have some compression in that area to hold "stuff" in place due to vibrations, leaning, or a get off.
The thighs and hips give a sense of added protection while the coccyx / tail bone pad is really an upgrade for such an impact prone area.
I wear these with Kevlar jeans that include knee pads and wear high moto boots, with these you fell you are completely geared up waist down with no added discomfort.
April 7, 2014
Ride:
2013 Triumph Tiger 800 XC
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
3 / 5
Comfort
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4 / 5
Air Flow
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they're OK
They're very good quality base layer shorts, but there are a few issues. First, the gaps in the padded areas are begging to be exploited by branches or any other hazards, leaving a sense of vulnerability - strange from a piece of protection. Second, the padded seat looks to be designed for a bicycle seat. It doesn't reach the 'sitting bones' but sits in there where a bicycle seat would be. I can't say it's totally ineffective on a motorbike, though. Next, these are warm. I'd say wear them when it's cold out. Also, the silicone strip around the thighs are good at ripping leg hairs at inopportune moments. It must be another reason why bicycle guys shave their legs. And then the price... But they're comfortable (in the cool weather) and I like the way they beef up existing hip protection. I wear them. Buy a pair if you're in a splurging mood.
October 18, 2014
Ride:
2013 BMW G650GS Sertao
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Great under normal pants
The Klim Tactical Shorts are fantastic for wearing under a normal pair of pants around town, or when you don't want to wear full gear. They are true to size, have a good amount of padding in all the right spots, but aren't bulky, so no one will know you are wearing them when you walk into a store. The Armor is good quality, the chamois is comfortable, the tail bone armor is not to big or pushing up while seated, and the fabric does a good job of wicking moisture away from your body.
They are a bit pricy, and I wish, as with most klim products, that they were a little more affordable, but I believe it's a case of getting what you pay for.
I will eventually buy another pair, but these seem to wear well, and look like they will hold up and last a long time.
April 28, 2014
Ride:
1995 Honda CBR900RR
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Why did you choose this?
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Ratings, needed something for under the Mojave pants.
Sandro R on Aug 23, 2016
Good reviews and the manufacturer reputation.
HOMER D on Jul 29, 2016
Ratings, needed something for under the Mojave pants.
Sandro R on Aug 23, 2016
Extra protection, you forget that you have them on, you can use them for skiing,biking.
John k on Aug 2, 2016
Good reviews and the manufacturer reputation.
HOMER D on Jul 29, 2016
Wanting a little more protection for my commute, so I bought these to cover up all those other places that my commuting gear just doesn't give me. After reading all the reviews, I went with those over more bulky options.
JD M on Jul 24, 2016
Awesome fit, very comfortable, mucho protection! Wear them under my Klim Dakar pants with Dainese Easy Fit Knee guards and Sidi Adventure Rain boots and I feel very confident in my crash protection.
Andrew H on Jul 18, 2016
Better fit for long adventure rides, good all around coverage and klim quality + more comfortable tailbone pad for upright riding position
Tick on Jul 13, 2016
Wanted good hip, tailbone and thigh protection to go with whatever I choose to wear.
A C on Jun 26, 2016
Price and extra protection
Kevin G on Jun 17, 2016
good ratings and I've had great luck with other klim products in the past
C A on Jun 1, 2016
The padded chamois in the crotch, as a bicyclist I know the difference that can make after a long day in the saddle.
Marty J on May 11, 2016
I like Klim gear and want more protection.
Gabe M on Apr 13, 2016
Nice fit. I wear 34 jeans and size large fits just right.
Zach S on Apr 13, 2016
Klim is AWESOME
Douglas R on Apr 6, 2016
More padding is better.
David P on Mar 29, 2016
Use in warmer weather when too hot for the pants.
T A on Mar 12, 2016
AGATT
Used often in motorcycle groups to designate wearing "all gear all the time" as in helmet, gloves, boots, jacket and so forth.
Ryan N on Jan 25, 2016
Excellent, highly recommended.
Matthew G on Jan 17, 2016
top quality
Stephen H on Nov 27, 2015
Good compromise between too much bulk and no armor.
Chris Y on Nov 3, 2015
When I wear my m/c jeans I rock these underneath. And just to feel and know you have that protection in case of a get off. I have some peace of mind I have something better then nothing. I need to buy another pair of these. The price point I could say expensive but I love my skin. So $100 bucks its a good middle ground of a price. Those skin graphs no thank you.
kickback 2 on Oct 23, 2015
Needed added hip protection under MX pants.
rj95lss on Aug 13, 2015
Kim quality and value.
Richard M on Aug 9, 2015
Best ones made, tried them all...
JOHN B on Aug 6, 2015
I considered the new Dainise shorts but you were out of my size. My riding partner wears these KLIM shorts and finds them very comfortable. I expect the protection level will be a bit of a compromise due to soft type armor padding, but it's many times better than the lack of any armor I'm currently wearing. KLIM is a quality brand with solid design engineering behind their products..I'll feel a lot safer riding using this product along with the ICON Leather Hypersport pants.
Charles C on Jul 10, 2015
I wanted further padding/protection to wear under riding jeans/pants, as they did not seem to offer as much protection as more street-dedicated clothing.
Peter H on May 6, 2015
These offer great protection, and unlike forcefield wearable under jeans. You can wear these all day and
not be uncomfortable. Klim make good products and the price was very affordable. Would highly recommend these shorts.
michael b on Apr 18, 2015
Riders always skimp on hip and leg protection, because it's easier to throw on our favorite jeans... But if I ever come off the bike, I'd like something real between me and the ground!
Jonathan P on Apr 16, 2015
klim products has always served me well
Andy B on Jan 23, 2015
Safety First! Ice chunks hurt when a unintended dismount happens. Nice little base layer.
Matthew R on Jan 23, 2015
Kim gear rules!
Michael F on Jan 22, 2015
Liked the protection and padding in the seat.
Randy S on Dec 13, 2014
As a new rider I was looking for extra protection to wear under kevlar jeans.
Billy C on Dec 8, 2014
To wear unders shorts for summer desert riding, and under jeans in the winter.
Christopher B on Sep 3, 2014
More protection for hips and thighs. Brand & technology.
Leslie S on Aug 28, 2014
As someone who rides a lot and crashes more than I should, these shorts just make sense.
Michael M on Aug 26, 2014
Cause I need em.
James S on Jul 16, 2014
They fit under my race leathers and offer a lot of protection.
Peter W on Jun 18, 2014
good reviews, needed a pair of shorts for an extra layer of protection under my Slider jeans
richard s on May 1, 2014
Wanted some protection while riding in jeans, now I wear either these or the Tactical Pant on every ride.
I wish I had these years ago when I broke my hip skiing, these probably would have saved me from that injury.
Stephen D on Mar 16, 2014
Protection of tail bone - am hoping that I can sit on my recumbent without pain.
Gerald M on Jan 23, 2014
Wanted something to help protect me for when I don't have riding pants. Looks cool and I love Klim products.
Alexander H on Dec 15, 2013
I ride in very technical steep and rocky terrain. These offer padding at crucial hip and tail bone areas. Also, no chaffing.
Dennis P on Nov 18, 2013
As an upgrade to my existing armourd shorts which are just thin foam, but in tandem with Kevlar reiforced jeans offer better protection. This is a step up again as I am upgrading each piece of my protection from head to toe. Klim tactical shorts offer better (real) armour and hence are an upgrade and should reduce impact impact force. I also liked them because they should fit under my Kevlar reinforced jeans as they are not to bulky.
Thanks
Mark Western Australia
Mark Anthony R on Sep 14, 2013
I'm not as young as I used to be, falling off hurts more than it did. These might help.
David G on Sep 9, 2013
looking for a more comfortable ride
Kevin T on Sep 2, 2013
Option of this vs. long armor underpants, hoping will be cooler
Nicholas S on Aug 30, 2013
Comfort on long rides and additional protection.
Michael T on Aug 9, 2013
Extra protection, you forget that you have them on, you can use them for skiing,biking.
John k on Aug 2, 2016
Wanting a little more protection for my commute, so I bought these to cover up all those other places that my commuting gear just doesn't give me. After reading all the reviews, I went with those over more bulky options.
JD M on Jul 24, 2016
I am a 36 in some things and a 34 in others. This being an underwater, should the mediums do the trick?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I have a 32/33 inch waist and I wear a Medium. The shorts are neither too loose nor too tight. They do have a tendency to slip down a bit in the waist as my suit or pants pull down on them from bending/crouching.

If you're a 34 inch waist you would probably be at the upper end of the range for a Medium. At a 36, I'd venture to say you're likely to be a Large.

To be on the safe side, order both sizes and return the one that doesn't fit.
With all the questions concerning briefs and this product I would like to know will I still be going "COMMANDO" if I don't wear briefs under the Klim Tactical shorts?
A shopper on Mar 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These shorts have a bacteria resistance padding throughout the groin; think of these are armored mountain biking shorts. If you want to go "commando" there will not be an issue. Just make sure you get the right size as you do not want these shorts loose otherwise the riding experience will be less than comfortable.
I've been looking at the sizing guide and I feel like I'm stuck between SM and MD, and don't know which to order!

183cm 70kg (6 ft 155lbs) lean build. I typically wear size 31/32 jeans. Which falls right between SM and MD.

Any suggestions?
A shopper on Apr 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If you are at all used to snug biking shorts (as I am), go with the small - they will be tight, but this keeps your junk in place, and they will stretch out with time.

I first got x-large (6'4", 205lbs, 35" waist), and found them very comfy, but wanted the more snug fit. My next pair was better at a large.

I love these shorts - can wear them all day long and don,'t have to be shifting my genitals to avoid tank smash.

Good luck!
I'm new to biking properly (wore shorts and a t-shirt and sometimes flipflops for 2 years because I simply didn't know any better.....laid the bike down and as a result, I'll be getting some proper gear!) and I'm looking for something that will last, and protect against abrasions....how well does this poron stand up in a slide at speed? Thanks!
A shopper on Nov 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: First, I love these shorts, but as far as abrasion resistance, I don't expect they would resist much. They are essentially Lycra. I don't know if poron is suppose to be abrasion resistant or not. Inwear then under my rising pants which have the abrasion resistance built into them. I like these because of the extra padding on the hips and thighs, but mparky because of the padding in the groin. I ride a BMW 1200 GS which is a bit notorious for being hard on the groin. These really make the ride much more comfortable.
About how thick are pads on the thighs and coccyx?
Joseph R on Nov 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Joseph,
I can help you out here. I ride a BMW R1200GS, lots of long mileage days, but not an Iron Butt guy. That's why I bought these great padded compression shorts. The actual armour throughout is 1/4 inch thick, and it is the awesome "Poron XRD Extreme Impact" protection stuff, not just cheap foam rubber. Research the product on-line and see how it it holds up - amazing. The crotch area where you are sitting and where your junk is resting is a nicely padded soft thick material worthy of a long day in the saddle. At the top rear waistband is another lower tailbone 1/2 inch padded Poron piece. You don't need underwear when you wear these shorts. And they hold up amazingly wash after wash. I have a custom seat from Don Weber in Oregon, yet these shorts make a day in the saddle a day of fun riding, and offer the high level of protection that I want. Steve - Colorado
I want something to wear under my summer mesh overpants for added protection on the street. Are these a good choice, and would their padding do much to protect my hips if I went down?
Ariana D on Jan 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is padding in these shorts as you can see. The padding is essentially a dense foam sort of like a really dense memory foam. It might help a little with impact, but I wouldn't consider it great protection. The short would offer no real abrasion resistance but I assume your over pants would. That said I love my pair, they make 6 hours in the saddle easy. It the extra padding in the seat and crouch that makes them worth their weight in gold to me. If I am going on any ride that is two hours or more these are a must for me. Hope that helps.
Hey all...how well does this poron stuff protect against abrasion during a slide at speed? I'm new to riding the right way (wore shorts, a t shirt, and sometimes flip flops for a couple of years because I simply didn't know any better....laid the bike down and as a result, I'm going to get some proper gear!).......looking for something to keep my skin on if I fall......Thanks!
A S on Nov 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Far better than nothing: the padding is pretty avg. tho. Bohn is pretty good stuff, I took the long underwear, cut it off at the knee, since I had over pants with knee armor. If you choose to wear just regular pants (e.g. Jeans), your knees are still vulnerable. There are other products that you can find - many more expensive - that will have more protection than Klims. Think of your tailbone too!
I am regularly a 30-32 inch waist, 154 lbs, 5ft 8 inches
Looking to get the KLIM Tactical short AND the KLIM Aggressor Brief

Which size should I order / buy?
christopher t on Oct 3, 2013
BEST ANSWER: First of all I'd congratulate you for your choice, it couldn't be better. I always wear my Klim Aggressor brief under the Klim Tactical Short, and the Klim Base Layer over all. I am into long all terrain rides, and Klim has been very responsive!!!!!!

I am 34 inch waist, 200 lbs, 6ft even. I wear size "L" in mine KLIM Tactical shorts, the KLIM Aggressor Briefs, and the Base Layer!!!!!!

I'd say you're probably size "M"

I hope I could help you......

Take Care,
Is the armor removable?
Raymond H on Mar 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Nope, armor is sewn into the shorts.
will this fit under a leather suit?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2012
BEST ANSWER: It has a very slim profile.. I have a 42" chest and it fits under a 44" AVGSport leather jacket perfectly.