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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.
If you are learning a new trick or just learning to skate in a bowl/ ramp, these will save you from breaking a hip while you try new things like learning to skate in your 40's at a skate park. Better to have than hurt yourself so bad you have to miss work. You'll still feel it if you fall down hard, but you won't be bruising and breaking anything.
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.)
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.
So I'm writing this review after coming back from a week snowboarding. I'm an experienced snowboarder, so I don't tend to fall much unless pushing myself and I don't spend much time sitting down unless it's lunch time.
That said here's my experience. The first is these things are the biggest sweat box I've ever known! I wore boxers underneath, but they'd be soaked in a matter of a few runs. That makes things pretty damn cold after lunch!
Impact absorption was pretty good. I didn't get any bruises at all, and on the occasion I did lose an edge and land on my arse, I can't remember it ever being painful.
However to that end, these will certainly NOT last long. After one week of use for 6 days straight, sitting at lunch times and chair lifts etc the rear tail/arse bone padding, which is the whole crux of this product, is about 1/3 it's original thickness. It has squashed down so much that I can't see them lasting one more week at best.
I have another week boarding next week so we'll soon find out!
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!