Hey y'all. I have seen people recommend motorcross gear before on this forum which is how I got the idea of looking for Motorcross impact shorts.
I need a small amount of protection for my butt. I wouldnt even call it protection really...just padding for binding strapping and trail rests. I used to ride with bike shorts but now I see there are snowboarding specific impact shorts (like Burton's Red Line.) These seem like overkill and the Motorcross compression/impact shorts seemed like a good compromise between bike shorts and full on padded hip/thigh/tailbone snowboard impact shorts.
I was thinking the MSR or Fox or O'Neil entry level lines since they are reasonably priced and have a bit of comfort padding (vs crash padding) without too much bulk.
I dont have big hips so I usually dont have issues with guys' pants. I ride with my brothers old outerwear pants now sinched with a belt. But the crotch on mens compression shorts may be wierd. Like I said...just a touch of padding for normal strap in...not damage protection. Any thoughts? What do y'all wear?
They are comfortable enough. Not super thick, not super protective, but takes the edge off of falls.
I bought a pair of Skeletools to wear next time out, no experience with them yet, but I have of course tried them on. Thicker than the hillbilly, and probably any other brand as well, but that's what was looking for.
Yes you can tell padded shorts are on. No, they don't affect my movement or flexibility. I've even gotten to where I feel sort of lost without them. Don't fall often, but when I do, makes it well worth it.
I use nike padded compression shorts (the football ones) does nothing to keep my cheeks warm though it is just there to protect my tailbone and hipbones/thighs. If you want something to actually keep you warm you need something thicker, or you could just wear a thicker base layer.
The best and cheapest think is to learn how to strap in while standing, then it wouldnt matter. On the other hand a bruised/broken tailbone sucks.
Just an update...I rode with lightly padded compression shorts today...hip and tail bone. Was waaaay better. It was a good thing too because I kept chopping out in the slush on steeps. Ahhhh spring. I love and hate you.
I think next year I will look into some hillbillies or demon snow full on armor. I want to try to ride some glades (that just wasnt a big thing back east 10 years ago.) Even with knee pads and lightly padded butt cheeks (and helmet of course) I just feel more confident.
I did spend most of the day strapping in standing up. I actually popped my shoulder out which was wierd. I have some really loose joints and sometimes my shoulder goes if I'm trying to push myself up after strapping in. I realky have to learn to take off on my heel side. Lol