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Old 12-30-2011, 12:21 AM   #81 (permalink)
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just give it try.i bought one a month ago and it felt really ackward when i put them on.even my wife think its funny i wear an azzpad but i don't care.anyways,i normally dress pretty much when i go up the mountain so i have to drive with this on,it felt like i was seating on a booster chair but not bad.i guess that help me adjust so the chairlift did not bother me at all. so far this pad help me so much on all my crashes except for the rib shot i took from a treeso just use them a few times and you might get use to it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:12 AM   #82 (permalink)
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I used the azzpadz the last 4 days while snowboarding and it did a great job protecting my still tender tailbone bruise from the previous week. Definitely made my sit down falls less painful and glad I made the purchase. Just need to be careful about catching edges and falling forward now.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:22 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Question for those of you with Azzpadz. Do they add any width around your waist? My pants all fit snug, not tight but definitely not loose, around my waist. Will the Azzpadz cause any issues?
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:44 AM   #84 (permalink)
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:54 PM   #85 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by rfrich74 View Post
Question for those of you with Azzpadz. Do they add any width around your waist? My pants all fit snug, not tight but definitely not loose, around my waist. Will the Azzpadz cause any issues?
Mine doesn't add anything at the waist but if the azz of your pants is tight it will be noticeable.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:13 PM   #86 (permalink)
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new to the game and forum, so pls excuse if this is too newb;

what is recommended for tailbone and overall bottom protection? I saw azzpadz and skeletools looked interesting.


EDIT: so just read up on the RED impact shorts and the crash pads. sounds pretty solid except for the complaints on the RED impact shorts. so ive narrowed my search to skeletools and crash pads. Any thoughts?

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Old 11-28-2012, 11:48 AM   #87 (permalink)
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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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Old 01-05-2013, 03:13 AM   #88 (permalink)
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I have 6' with 208 lbs. I want to buy some Skeletoolz shorts. What size should I get?

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Old 12-10-2013, 11:44 AM   #89 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:35 AM   #90 (permalink)
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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.

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