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01-24-2014 11:41 AM
scottb7 I suggest getting the demon and remove thigh hard shell, just keep the tail bone hard shell on. That's what I do when working on boxes.
01-23-2014 09:09 PM
Zolemite Hillbilly Impact Shorts have worked great for me the last two years
01-23-2014 07:47 PM
2hipp4u I use these:
Demon Snow Shield Short Hardtail - Men's |

And I have the azzpadz, they both feel like you are carrying a load in your shorts but the demon shorts are much more comfortable.
01-23-2014 07:01 PM
Deacon Demon d3o impact shorts. Bomb.
01-23-2014 06:58 PM
caribchakita Who knew? I had two snowboard sessions last weekend (my first) and still cannot sit...
01-22-2014 08:33 PM
bigbluebear OMG....

I was learning to butter last weekend and was doing pretty well until the board caught and edge and I fell on my ass. My tailbone hurts like a mother now.

I want to get some crash protection and did a search. This thread popped up.

After 3 years, is the consensus still to go w/ azzpads? Or is there a better/cheaper player out there now?
12-27-2013 01:35 AM
kvw So I just got these POC VPD 2.0 Ski shorts for x-mas. They're quite comfy - probably the most comfy crash shorts I've put on. I've been a long time user of AzzPads and while I relied on them heavily when I was first starting to snowboard (on my 3rd season). I found they only protected about half my butt-side falls. Many "catch an edge" type falls doesn't result in a tailbone hit but rather a buttocks/hip impact. However a tailbone hit can be potentially "more damaging" if it bruises or breaks your coccyx bone (can't even imagine), so I can see why that's the focus of most crash shorts.

Anyway, I did a search and can hardly find any information on these shorts so I just thought I'd add my first impressions.

You can see here, just how effin large these hip pads are. They are *not* removable. They appear to be 3 ply (as in 3 layers of "Visco Elastic Polymer Dough"), about 1 1/2 cm thick. A tad over 13" long - It covers from my waist line to just above my knee. This is a size large and I'm rather short, just fyi - probably isn't meant to cover so much of my thigh.

Here you can see the 2ply VPD, tailbone pad pulled out (obviously removeable) which is only about 1 cm thick. You'd think they'd offer more protection here than the hip. Either way, nice option to be able to pull it out incase you want to use them as mountain biking crash shorts or something.

About the VPD padding. If you're a little skeptical, that's understandable as it's pretty thin and effing soft to the touch. So I had my buddy punch me in the charlie horse area and he said it hurt his fist! We did this a few times (I like punishment apparently) and I found if i don't flex it still hurts quite a bit. However flexing is like night and day and I feel virtually nothing, pain wise. I think what's happening the impact on the VPD is slowed down greatly when you relax your leg and squishes inward but when it has something hard to sit against, the dough firms up because the rate in which it's getting compressed is much faster... if that makes sense.

Anyway I plan to wear this the next time out - gunna be a while since it's black out time for my pass. I'll give this a try and report back its effectiveness. Maybe even throw on the azzpad on top of it for extra protection when I'm really feeling brave (stupid). Seems slim enough that I could wear both without it feeling that much different than just wearing the azzpad.

More info on these shorts if interested:
12-10-2013 11:44 AM
Originally Posted by reneftw View Post

I have 6' with 208 lbs. I want to buy some Skeletoolz shorts. What size should I get?
I'm 5'11" at 180 lbs. 32/33" waist. I own both azzpadz and skeletools.

I have a medium skeletools and they fit well. Kinda snug around the waist and legs, but I think that's how they're meant to be. If your waist is larger than 33" I'd recommend a large.

I also own a medium azzpadz.

Both work well. Here are the main differences:

1. Azzpadz cost $50.
Skeletools $76.

2. Azzpadz cushion is about 8" wide for both medium and large. 11" long for medium and 12.5" long for large.
Skeletools cushion is about 10" wide and 10" long.

3. Azzpadz protects your butt only.
Skeletools has removable cushions so you can protect your butt, hips, and the side of your thighs.
So if you just enjoy cruising, azzpadz. If you're learning to do tricks on ramps and rails, skeletools.

4. In terms of shock absorbtion, I think both are about the same.

5. Azzpadz can get lifted up when sitting on the lift, so I have to push them down to make sure it protects my tailbone.
Skeletoolz don't get lifted up since it's basically like another pair of shorts, but it can be more difficult going to the bathroom with them on.
01-05-2013 03:13 AM
reneftw Hello.

I have 6' with 208 lbs. I want to buy some Skeletoolz shorts. What size should I get?
11-28-2012 11:48 AM
azzpadz or shorts?

Hi all - I think I'm an intermediate or something slightly above a beginner maybe I've spent prob 12-13 days on the board.

I have a tailsaver ( but thinking of getting something a bit better. Was thinking of an azzpad as they get good reviews on here. Was also thinking though is it better to get a decent pair of hard-tail shorts instead to give more overall padding...

If you were at my level (plan to get stuck into some nice red slopes this winter) but not do tricks etc would you focus on ass protection (azzpadz) or slightly less ass protection but better all round protection for hips / cheeks and get a pair or hardtail impact shorts?

PS - I'm a bit chunky @ 5'7 and c. 190 lbs so I can tend to land hard enough I guess

Thanks for the help!
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