After reading several reviews I actually purchased these RED Total impact shorts... since I live in Miami I was not able to test it on the slopes. Let me tell you that once I tried them on with my snowboard pants over them, I immediately returned them to Backcountry.com! They are the most uncomfortable piece I have ever worn!
Some days later, after reading several threads on the topic, a fellow member recommended the "Pro-tec hip pads".
I also ordered them online, they got here yesterday and I must admit they are extremely comfortable!
However, the protection level is drastically lower than the RED.
The Pro-tec only has foam protection, the RED has some special plastic material (in addition to foam) which I am sure will offer much better impact protection.
Finally, and I apologize if this is getting long...
If you want comfort get the Pro-tec with a little protection, if you dont mind feeling like a medieval knight get the RED. haha!