Shawn - June 13, 2011(kennewick, WA)
Ordered this item Wednesday night, got it Friday morning - awesome shipping. I'm 5'11" 175, I wear about a 33 waist got these in medium. They're probably a 31 to 32 waist a little tight but still comfortable. They're comfortable to ride in love the extra protection.
Mike - November 10, 2011(Lees summit, MO)
Shorts are cool, comfortable, and high quality. Unnoticeable while riding, yet protective when needed. Highly recommended addition to anyone's set of riding gear. Delivery was fast and exactly as expected.
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Gerd - December 19, 2011(Danvers, MA)
Fit is perfect for me: tight but not too compressive. By the the protectors always sit on the right place. No additional velcros and other stuff required. Since I did not use them frequently, yet, durability is just quoted from my little experience.
Philly rider - September 21, 2010(Philadelphia, PA)
This gear is similar to what footballers wear under the pants. The armor is similar in make / durability to high quality shin guards (vented, durable, HARD plastic/pvc) similar to shin / knee guards. There are 1/2 " thick pads around the hips and the plates cover the backside and front thighs. Very well made. I've hand-washed twice and the material is very durable. As another reviewer stated, "they are expensive, though there are few if any competing products like it". This product far exceeds any protective gear found in riding pants. Most importantly, they would protect you in the event of a fall.
The protection I wanted
Tom - June 08, 2010(Garrettsville, OH)
Exactly the protection I was looking for when riding my sport bike. My size, 6’1” @ 225 with a jean waist size of 34”. I purchased the size large. The waist size is pretty good however if you have muscular legs be careful. DO NOT yank these up by the waist band the first time (and every time) you put them on because the leg cuffs are snug and lined with grip material which will only result in you damaging the waist band by pulling up too hard. Start from the bottom up first by working the leg cuffs up your leg and then pull the waist band into position. This is the protection I wanted so I am willing to alter the leg cuff area for more room. I have noticed that after several rides the fit has become more relaxed and alteration may not be needed. I am wearing these with the Alpinestars reflex knee guards with no problems. As expected I did have to purchase jeans one size larger to accommodate for this padding/protection. I do note that if I wear these too high on my waist the outer thigh armor hits my upper hip only when I drop a knee into a turn. It does not really cause a problem, its just a mental distraction causing the thought that the armor will limit mobility. The quality is very good. My only other warning, don’t wait until that last minute to use the facilities while wearing these. You cannot get undone fast enough in an emergency.
Good protection, but high price
crud - May 10, 2010(Nashua, NH)
These shorts offer really good protection, better than anything else I've seen. I have some concern over durability, and they were quite costly. But there's nothing like them on the market.
jb - December 11, 2012(grli, AL)
They appear to have good protection when they stay in place. They are difficult to keep up around the waste, wanting to slide down. It needs a draw string or suspenders. The durability is questionable. Wish they had done the hard protection so it could be removed for washing. The color is really bright, makes real easy to find in the truck.
Great protection,great price too
Bridgeport RIDER - September 30, 2011(Bridgeport, CT)
Fit a little tight on legs if you had muscular legs like mine, comfortable,
Schism - May 29, 2013(easthampton, MA)
First off, I am a size 38 jeans and the XXL fit well. I agree they are tight around the thighs but no worries with long rides. They do slide down a bit which can get annoying but that is only if I am off the bike. I racked up a 300-mile ride on the busa with no issues under my dragggin' silverback jeans. Some complaints with the coccyx pad but not for me. All in all, worth the cash for some added security to my kevlar jeans with knee pads.
Mike - February 07, 2013(Goldsboro, NC)
I really, like the protection on this gear! I wish I had ordered the XXL, but will get those next for a better fit.
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RB - May 07, 2010(Anchorage, AK)
I wear a 34 waist pant and ordered a large. Everything fits well except the leg openings which are very tight and difficult to pull up to the proper height. They feel completely natural when riding, can't even tell you have them on. That being said...If you have the $$$, get some riding pants that will offer complete protection.
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David - April 12, 2010(Eltopia, WA)
I researched many of the padded shorts and the A-stars looked to be the better of all which was being offered for a moderated price. The protection is good, sizing is correct, quality is fine.
Cons: The shorts do not have a large enough waist band and they will migrate off your hips and you will find yourself pulling them up constantly (unless you prefer the baggy style) which then the protection will work for knee protection.
I am going to buy the O'Neal's and give them a try also.
mark - July 12, 2010(seattle, WA)
If I ride these shorts in the woods during the summer they protect me really well from sharp death spikes and stumps and hard rocks, but they are a little like bicycle shorts. Otherwise during every season but summer in the northwest they are great shorts and wash and clean up well. Fit well and feel well, I added a just three inches to my pant size of 33 and they fit just fine underneath., I find that all moto gear run small so keep that in mind. I'm a 33 and got a 23-34 size of these I think that’s medium and they are perfect since they are underwear.
A Tail of Pain and Joy.
Blast - January 30, 2012(Houston, TX)
I saw one reviewer mention tailbone pain for us cruiser folks who ride upright instead of hunched over, and boy let me tell you, wearing these shorts for even more than 1 minute sitting on the bike caused me to relive my worst pains of falling on my butt learning to ice skate. The tailbone protector is super hard and uncomfortable when sitting upright for any period of time on my bike. How aren't more people experiencing this?
tom - April 11, 2013(cornelius, NC)
After riding for a few hours the spine pad does give soreness. I do feel well protected.
Jason - August 10, 2011(Prescott, AZ)
I like everything about the shorts except the fit. For me the fit is horrible. I ordered the size recommended on the fit chart. Way too tight, especially at the leg opening and the waist. So, I returned them for the next size up. Leg felt a little better, but still too small. I am hoping they stretch to size. And the waist was too big. Seems like other reviewers are complaining about fit. Otherwise they seem durable and I like the plastic guards. I'm 6'0", 180lbs with 32 inch waist.