Although Demon Snow designed it for winter sports, the Women's Flex-Force X D30 Short Body Armor works for mountain biking too. Base memory foam covers the hips, thighs, and tailbone to offer some protection while allowing a full range of motion. This low-profile bottoms fit just like a midlayer, and the drawcord waist ensure a snug fit.
- Base memory foam
- Shock-absorbing protection
- Item #DEM000D
- Q & A
Great protection, comfy, very versatile!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Okay, first I have to disclose that I've used these shorts for applications which probably exceed their intended design limitations. I bought them for snowboarding, but quickly realized that they would also be suitable for downhill mountain biking and motocross. I have taken moderate level crashes in all 3 sports now (unfortunately) and can attest to the impact protection in multiple zones. I am giving them 4 stars instead of 5 only because I feel they could have added more areas of padding throughout the short, but doing this would probably add bulk and sacrifice some movement, so I can see why perhaps they chose not to. One reviewer has said the tailbone protection is negated by the fact that the d30 panel runs basically straight up and down so when you fall, your tailbone will still take the hit. I agree with this assessment of the way they've built the shorts, but they still protected me b/c of the angle I fell at. Next time...I may not be so lucky?? I fell onto hard-packed icy snow directly on my tailbone and was amazed that the padding took ALL of the impact!!! Perhaps I was lucky and my legs were bent as I went down.. so maybe the pad was curved just enough to be able to cover my tailbone? It was a scary moment but i got up and walked away from the fall without the eye-watering slam I was expecting. I have taken such falls w/o shorts like this and they are normally day-ending crashes.
The second crash was a DH mtb, pretty high speed and directlyy onto jagged volcanic lava rock. I felt the rocks sharp edges dragging along my shorts as I fell but nothing really penetrated because of the foam. There was still some bruising but nothing close to what it would have been w/o them. For how thin the outer thigh areas pads are, I'm impressed with that they stood up to.
The 3rd crash was yesterday on my dirt bike. I rode out of the trail and fell over onto another rock garden, pinning my leg under the bike. I realize that I cannot expect a miracle out of these shorts, because I should probably move up to something more sturdy for rocks and these extreme power sports. Still, I could tell the pads once again took the brunt of the fall. I still have bruising, like before, but it would have been a lot worse w/o them.
What I especially like about these shorts is how easily they fit underneath various kinds of pants. Ski/snowboard, mtb, and now my moto pants can all fit them. The hard molded d30 tailbone pad is bulky and IS visible under all of the pants giving it a slightly diaper-esque silhouette but I don't care because these have saved my hide many times. I will always wear pads because I think they'll help extend the life of my joints and save me a lot of painful bruising. If your looking for impact shorts you can pretty much apply to any sport, look no further. I probably need to upgrade to something more ballistic grade but these are super comfy, light, breathable, and have a soft plush waistband. Worth every penny.
Saved my backside, literally! They fit snugly and are a bit of a hassle to get on, but they do what they're supposed to do. After slipping 3 disks in my low back, snowboarding this year without protection wasn't an option. My only real complaint is that the padding under the sit bones needs to be wider like on the men's version. I also like that the padding is removable so that you can take out what you don't need and can wash the shorts. Well worth the money.
Wrong Picture Of The Product
It'd be more helpful if there was the actual picture of the "upper armor" instead of just the shorts.
Flexforce X D30 Short
When will these shorts be re-stocked?