Forcefield 4-Layer Sport Armor Action Shorts
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Forcefield Action Shorts

Available with 4-Layer Pro M15 Armor, the Forcefield Action Shorts incorporate an air flow control function which controls body temperature during exercise. This helps to maintain body temperature whether the conditions are warm or cool leaving you dry and feeling fresh, as well as providing impact protection in vital areas.

The Action Shorts are constructed from BeCool, a unique fiber that has a greater diffusive area than standard fiber, to ensure a high level of breathability and comfort. The CE Approved armor is removable to allow the shorts to be machine washed for maximum hygiene. M15 armor is a specialized polymer made from Nitrile rubber that has been optimized to achieve low weight, flexibility and Repeat Performance Technology (RPT) ensuring protection is given even after multiple impacts.

Fastened at the waist by a drawcord and with gripper elastic at the legs, the shorts offer superior fit and comfort. The Forcefield Action Short offers unparalleled comfort and performance for those demanding sports activities where impacts are an inherent occurrence.

Features:

  • Armor is CE approved
    • 4-Layer Pro M15 Armor passes just 9Kn of impact force (lower than the CE Level 2 Certification, though the shorts only carry CE Level 1 Certification)
  • Constructed from BeCool with Humidity Discharge Function
  • Removable armor at the thigh, hip, buttock and coccyx
  • RPT (Repeat Performance Technology)
  • Machine Washable (with armor removed)
  • Draw cord waist for superior fit and comfort
  • Tested to -10° Celsius
4.6 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.3 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.6 / 5
Features
4.4 / 5
Comfort
4.2 / 5
Style
4.2 / 5
Air Flow
3.9 / 5
Fit
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Large

Forcefield Men's Pants / Shorts Sizing

Size Waist (in)
XS 24-27
SM 28-31
MD 32-35
LG 36-39
XL 40-43

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

How To Measure

W Waist Measure around your natural waistline, around the top of the hip bones, inline with the navel while keeping the measuring tape parallel to the ground.
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
w/ Pro Armor (4 layer) / LG 617847 FAS-P-L In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
w/ Pro Armor (4 layer) / MD 617846 FAS-P-M In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
w/ Pro Armor (4 layer) / SM 617845 FAS-P-S In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
w/ Pro Armor (4 layer) / XL 617848 FAS-P-XL In Stock: Ships within 24 hours

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4.6 / 5.0
21 Reviews
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4.3 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.6 / 5
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4.4 / 5
Comfort
4.2 / 5
Style
4.2 / 5
Air Flow
3.9 / 5
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Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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
Ride:
2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Did it's job during a pretty nasty crash
So there I was, riding around the mountains with a couple friends. We were in a small town, and it had just begun to rain, so we weren't doing anything abnormal. Got into a construction zone where the DOT set up a lane shift across a new bridge being built. On the transition from the old lane to the new lane, they apparently painted over the old lane division line in slick black paint, which was invisible with a smoked shield and in the pouring rain. My rear tire slid out on this painted line, then kicked back the other way and next thing I knew, I went down, HARD, at about 35-40mph. The bike slammed me low-side into the pavement. I slide about 100-150 feet and the bike probably about double that before coming to rest.

I felt a bit out of breath and my right side upper body hurt a bit but nothing too bad. I got up and my friends helped me get the bike back up and we stopped about 1/10th of a mile down the road at a gas station.

Come to find out later that, while wearing the Forcefield armored shirt and shorts combo under my Olympia suit, I had broken a rib or two (probably when the bike forced my arm to slam into my ribcage). Had I not been wearing the gear, I'm 95% sure I'd have done a lot more damage including probably a broken hip, shoulder, and clavicle, but obviously this is speculation based on which body parts hit and how hard. The gear definitely helped soften the blow. I realize it's not common to include rib protection but that certainly would have helped me avoid the break. Otherwise, I love the gear and wear it everywhere, all the time - street, track, and offroad.
September 7, 2014
Ride:
2002 Suzuki DR650SE
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
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
Ride:
2012 Honda CBR250R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
Very protective
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
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
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
Ride:
2014 Yamaha Star Bolt
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Saved me
Awesome product. Very comfortable while on bike, already had a pretty bight speed slide in them and the protection was top notch. Not even a bruise!
May 5, 2014
Ride:
2007 Ducati Monster S4RS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
5 / 5
Great Protection and Very Comfortable
I use these for mountain biking and dirt biking and to wear underneath my leathers when I take my supermoto to the track. I have taken a few hard falls on my hips with these while mountain biking and they have most definitely done their job. The fact that all the pads are removable is awesome because you can dial in the right amount of protection for your needs. They are very comfortable and don't get stinky after a long day in the sun underneath my leathers. The pads aren't too bulky yet they still protect from impacts. I highly recommend these if you are looking for a pair of protective undergarments!
September 30, 2013
Ride:
2002 KTM 640 Duke II
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
5 / 5
Good protection for your upper legs
After a fall I wanted as much armor as I could fit on me. Of all the armored shorts, this covers the most of your body and has the most padding, so it was an easy choice. Even with all of the armor, it fits under my jeans just fine and doesn't show through. It also makes riding a bit more comfortable, what with the padding on your behind soaking up some of the bumps. The sizing of the shorts is accurate, but the elastic waistline has very little stretch to it, so you need to be accurate with your sizing.
May 12, 2016
Ride:
2015 Harley Davidson Street 750 XG750
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
Great product!
I bought these at the beginning of the summer to commute with. I wear them under my Draggin' Jeans. They are very comfortable. A tad bulky, but not bad at all. Only on very hot summer days do the front thigh protectors become a little too warm. All and all, these shorts offer great protection and great comfort-great product!
November 2, 2014
Ride:
2013 Yamaha FZS1000 FZ1
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Good protection
As with all of the Forcefield products - well made, good materials, good fit. I haven't ridden in hot temperature yet and haven't gone down - so I can't really tell about how cool I stay in the heat nor how well they absorb impact. They're a little bulky on the upper thigh when I'm riding - but that's because I ride SuperMoto. Other than that - buy them!
April 8, 2013
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