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Old 12-22-2010, 11:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well I just spent my first day learning on the slopes last wednesday, wearing the Demon DS-1450 Low Hard Tail Impact Shorts pictured above. They do a decent job of covering and protecting you, but for someone like me who weighs over 200 pounds, I think its going to take either the azzpads or skeletools to provide enough impact protection. I ended up busting my tailbone when I fell hard early in the day, and kept hitting it the rest of the day since I was learning. They were better than nothing, and I will continue to wear them. But I think people over 190-200 pounds should invest in thicker padded shorts if they want to protect their tailbone.

I can't comment on the RED or Dianese impact gear, as I have'nt used them. But my Demon shorts are decent, and well made, and I would recommend them to someone lighter than me in heartbeat.

Just my .02
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:48 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Did you have the plastic armor over the padding when you fell down? You must have hit pretty hard to hurt yourself through the padding.

I weigh 175-180 and haven't had any issues with the demon shorts. Maybe you're not all that athletic? How tall are you and are you in shape?
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yes, I was weaing all the plastic armor as well. I fell pretty hard, the only thing that might have happened was that the plastic somehow missed my tailbone when I fell. They are great shorts, don't get ne wrong, and certainly better than most options out there. But I did manage to still bruise my tailbone pretty good with them.

And yes, I am 6'1", 210 lbs and in what I consider good shape. I run two miles a couple times a week. I also do a lot of core and upper body workouts and squats/lunges. And I do crossfit workouts a few days a week as well. So I don't think being shape is an issue for me, lol.

If anything other than my weight being an issue, perhaps the plastic guard moved before I hit.
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:30 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yes, I was weaing all the plastic armor as well. I fell pretty hard, the only thing that might have happened was that the plastic somehow missed my tailbone when I fell. They are great shorts, don't get ne wrong, and certainly better than most options out there. But I did manage to still bruise my tailbone pretty good with them.

And yes, I am 6'1", 210 lbs and in what I consider good shape. I run two miles a couple times a week. I also do a lot of core and upper body workouts and squats/lunges. And I do crossfit workouts a few days a week as well. So I don't think being shape is an issue for me, lol.

If anything other than my weight being an issue, perhaps the plastic guard moved before I hit.

Good info. The reason I think the azzpadz would work quite a bit better than than most of "impact shorts" is because any impact would be dispersed across your ass instead of just on a small piece of foam directly on your tailbone, however padded it might be. Just wish they offered a bit of hip protection as well.
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:10 PM   #15 (permalink)
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http://www.facewest.co.uk/pp/demon/A...rash-Short.jpg

I'm not so sure. As far as I know (and I am not an expert), the only way to injure your tail bone (short of landing on a pole or a rail) is to land very hard with your midsection in a seated position (bent at the hip).<br><br>The demon shorts have padding on the butt AND on the tailbone, though only the tailbone would have had the hard plastic padding.

I think that the OP might have hurt his tailbone no matter what he was wearing.

Anything with enough padding to absorb the energy from&nbsp; an impact hard enough to bruise his tailbone through these shorts would probably be waaaaaay bulky.

I wasn't there, so its hard to say. I have crash landed pretty hard while wearing in the same Demon shorts without sustaining injury to the areas they protect.

Dunno!
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'll start with this. I ride in the midwest and the snow is so much different, I would say close to ICE coast type stuff. Most of it is man made, meaning it ices up fast. Tons of people on small hills just packing this stuff down. Not enough grooming or snow.
My 1st adventure was very unpleasant. I am in great shape and just a bit smaller than SnowKanin 5'11" 185 there was no protection to save my tailbone and I paid for many weeks.

Many of the shorts do have to small of a pad. This is why I bought Skeletools and the Azzpadz, they had the best coverage to help disperse the impact zone. I looked at Red, uncomfortable and to small of a pad.
I even tried EVS motorcross impact shorts fail.

Just my input and I love both of them.
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I'll start with this. I ride in the midwest and the snow is so much different, I would say close to ICE coast type stuff. Most of it is man made, meaning it ices up fast. Tons of people on small hills just packing this stuff down. Not enough grooming or snow.

Yeah, Okemo last weekend was a bit icy and I busted my left ass cheek so hard my eyes watered. That shit hurt bigtime. I fell right on a groomed slabbed of ice with grooves in it so it was like big ice teeth biting my ass and I was going fast lol. So I'm really considering purchasing something.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Ok here are some pics of the pads for comparision purposes. Hope these help and you decide for yourself !!!!



The Azzpadz have a built in curve. They are hard to get a pic of the thickness of the pad, its just a bit smaller than a nickel



This is the Azzpadz thickness best I could do as it is a curved pad



Here is the Skeletools pad





I bought an extra set of pads so I sometimes double them up as I said before.





Hope this helps some of you
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:16 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Tarzanman, and everyone else, the area I was learning on was packed, blown on man-made snow, pretty close to ice, and I did fall with the full weight of my mid-section onto my buttox. I think I even fell a little to the right, which probably aggravated things since the impact was not directly on the tailbone foam and plastic shield protector.

I think it has long been agreed upon that the best tailbone/butt protection available is either the azzpadz or skeletools, since both, as stated above, offer more surface area and thicker padding to disperse the blow. But this is also their downfall, as they are a little more bulky than the rest. But the nice thing about skeletools is that you can remove layers of padding or remove it entirely from certain sections to suit your needs.

I like how low profile, comparatively, my Demon DS-1450 low hard tail shorts are, which is why I am going to keep wearing them and see if it happens again. I know of several people on this forum who use them without issue, and possibly mine was just the way I fell. I would not dissuade anyone from buying them. I have researched impact shorts heavily as I prepared for my first day of snowboarding, and I can honestly say I think the tailbone protection/impact shorts I have mentioned above are the top 3, at least in my mind, to choose from.

And please know, I'm not trying to argue with anyone here. This is just my humble opinion!

gregc4, I highly recommend you get some impact shorts of some kind. These things saved my butt... and it would have been alot worse without them!

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Old 12-23-2010, 01:11 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Slyder thanks for the pics. I'm sure I'm going with the Azzpadz now as they look like they offer superior tailbone protection. Last question, I'm 5'11" 175lbs 32" waist, so I'm right on the edge of either size and I'm not sure which to get. Afraid the smaller one won't cover to the bottom of my tailbone and the larger might shift too much and be too bulky. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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