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I have a 30-31" waist and the Medium size fitted perfectly.
The greater trochanter is that part of your femur that forms the boney prominence on the side of your hip. It is subcutaneous; that is, it sits directly beneath the skin with little to no fat or muscle overlaying it. When elderly people fall onto their side, it is the greater trochanter that is prone to fracture. Falling heavily onto concrete in the skate park is also a risk. Greater trochanter fractures are very bad news, no matter what your age.
There are 3 side-pads on each side of these shorts. When putting these shorts on, yank them up so that the waist band is above your belly button. In this way, the middle pad will sit directly over your greater trochanter on each side.
The upper rim of your pelvic bone is called the superior iliac crest. It is usually easy to feel; when you put your "hands on your hips", the length of your index finger typically is resting on the crest. With the shorts yanked up, the upper side-pad will sit directly over the crest.
In this way, these 2 prominent bones will be maximally protected, even though you might feel a bit of a dork. But hey, no-one needs to know.
I originally bought a pair of padded shorts off ebay. Total junk, itchy, baggy some places, tight others and worst of all little to no protection on my tail bone or hips. Just padded in places that didn't need it.
These on the other hand. Fit well. Comfortable. Padded well on the tail bone and hips. Highly recommended.
BTW: I read one review where a lady said she could wear these under her skinny jeans. 1/2 of me cries BS and the other half of me says I'd really like to see that for laugh. (They are bulky but not excessively.)
Great product. Good fit, padding in the right places and not uncomfortable to wear. I've had a couple of spills on the skateboard and the padded shorts have cushioned the blow as I've hit the concrete and allowed me to brush off and keep skating unharmed - exactly what I wanted.
Nothing to really dislike about this butt protector. I stand at 165cm (5ft 5in), although they are just a little long. Have to hike them all the way up to strap my knee pads on. Like I said that’s nothing to dislike and complain about as they’ve done a great job protecting my hips, cheeks and tailbone on MANY occasions thus far. You know… old dog, new tricks = many wipeouts.
I took up ice skating a year ago (last skated as a teenager) and after a couple of falls that resulted in bruising I became rather cautious. Also, at the age of 73 I was a bit worried about breaking bones! In order to progress through the basic skills I needed to push myself so decided to try these shorts; brilliant. I have fallen a couple of times whilst wearing them and I seemed to bounce off of the ice. They fit under my jeans and are a snug fit but comfortable enough to drive to the ice rink. Once skating I don't notice them at all. I also have the Bodyprox knee pads which are excellent. Roll on Level 5!
Straight out of the packet these felt and looked great. The pads are super chunky looking which made me wonder if I'd get them under jeans. But everything clings to you really nicely and fits great.
The sizing seems spot on for me. I'm a 30ish waist and got a medium. Medium is meant to be 29-33, but I think if I was anything over 30 I'd grab the large. Especially if you ever want to wear these over your jeans.
I had a cheaper pair that was nice enough protection, but very uncomfortable due to some weird itchy mesh fabric on the inner thigh area. These new ones have a consistent nice lycra type material that is super comfy.
The only criticism I can think of, and I'm nit picking at this point, would be that the armour could allow better airflow if it was perforated. You could probably do that yourself though.
Overall I'm glad I got these over the very similar but considerably more expensive Triple 8 Bumsaver. Either short will likely rip in a bad crash. Better to replace a £30 short than a £60 one.
These are OK but if you snowboard and sit down a lot to do your bindings, like most have to, then you're going to find the pad in the coccyx area compresses and stays that way losing you the protection it should have. I replaced mine with a cut down knee pad from work trousers so I can do this whenever I need to now.