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Pro-tec IPS Hip Pads - Women's

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IPS Hip Pads

Anyone who has learned to snowboard knows it can be a pain in the ass, literally. That's why Pro-tec makes the IPS Women's Hip Pads. The foam pads in this protective short take the brunt of hard falls, so you don't have to. These slim, protective shorts are barely noticeable under your riding pants, and the IPS Hip Pad's stretchy fabric breathes and feels good against your skin.
  • Item #PRO0059

nylon, lycra, foam
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding, skating
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Great Stuff

Got these for my girlfriend and now she can take a tumble and still be able walk properly :)

>Rating: 4

Saved my butt

I'm 5'8 129lbs so these pads fit me really well. They are breathable and for the most part stay put while riding. I wore a base layer over them and they didn't look bulky and you don't even notice them under snowpants. I would recommend buying a size smaller because they do run a tad big. Otherwise I love them they are comfy and protect your hips and tailbone really well.

>Rating: 3

Decent but not for me

Learned how to snowboard in the crunchy and often icy New England conditions and they did an Okay job providing coverage to the tailbone and hips. However, they don't fit right since they were bulkier at the hips and didn't provide coverage at the gap between the hip pads and lower pads. I happen to fall on that very spot a lot and winded up getting pretty banged up there, so I don't recommend it if you're built smaller (I'm 5'3", 108lbs and wore an XS but still found it pretty big) and would go for a butt pad that provides more coverage.

>Rating: 2

Insufficient, poorly placed padding

I only tried these on in the store and didn't make the purchase because of the insufficient padding. There're huge gaps in the butt padding, leaving me completely unprotected where I need it second to most (tailbone being first). After a one foot controlled fall on the carpeted store floor, I knew my these would not protect my tush.

>Rating: 1

Very poor protection - don't buy these!!!

I have worn these impact shorts for 1 year now. While my tailbone is somewhat protected, there are other bones in my butt that have absolutely no protection at all. Pro-tec does not do a good job placing the pads in the correct areas. There are wide gaps in between the pads, and this happens to be EXACTLY where my bone is. As a result, I have repeatedly bruised my butt in this exact location SEVERAL times while falling on ice. I don't think Pro-tec put enough effort into pad placement and where a person's major bones are.

I agree. I slipped on an icy spot 6 weeks ago and my tailbone is still sore! I am shopping for something else to replace these.

>Rating: 4

Great protection

I bruised my tail bone early in the season and was afraid that I would be in imminence pain if I were to fall on it again so I bought these pads to help protect it and love them. They not only protect my butt but also keep it warm. However they are alittle bulky so I suggest wearing them under larger size pants or Guys pants.

>Rating: 3

bulky but cool if they weren't so big

I liked these pads, but I ended up returning them due to the puffy factor. You really need to have a big pair of snow pants in order to fit em in, and if your snow pants are tight on the pads, you can see every groove of the pads themselves(which looked a bit funny). I was sad to return them because I really wanted a product that would keep my butt warm on the lift, but I'm a short 5'0" lady and the bulk in the waist was just too much for me, but go with them if you don't mind the bulk and bagginess.

>Rating: 5

do the job!

bought these for my wife and she couldn't be happier with them. initially wore them too high, but now she raves! she only wishes she had them before she fell all the time while learning!

>Rating: 3

TIght waist band

Pants fit great with exception of waist band which is unforgivingly tight! It's almost like they put the wrong size band on the shorts. The padding is great. I'm thinking of making some alterations to the waist band since the rest of the shorts fit great!

>Rating: 4

they work

They are on the bulky side, but that's in my favor since I fall a lot. They definitely work and take most of the impact. I've ridden without them and paid the price, won't do that again. They fit, but my only complaint is that the elastic waistband is really tight. I got a M bc I figured I'd order up since they would be tight anyway and they fit in the leg and everywhere else but the waistband digs into my hip bones and leaves them pretty sore by the end of the day. I'm thinking a L would be too big in the leg/butt so I'm just toughing it out and hoping the waistband stretches out.

>Rating: 2

Waistband is too tight

I'll echo what others have said. I bought a small for my wife, who wears and XS in some things and an S in others. The waistband was so tight she couldn't even bend over to strap on her board, and the legs were too loose and constant rode up. There were not comfortable for her at all. I'm sending them back and going to try something else. The padding seems decent if you are the right size/shape for them to fit right.

>Rating: 2


the hip pads itself is good but the elastic band is super tight. it is really out of proportion. i got XS bc i am pretty tiny but now i have to exchange for a S but then everything else will be bigger too =(

>Rating: 3

get the job done.

what i was looking for- they fit true to size, however were loose on the leg. def. really bulky padding, but get the job done, esp on ice.

>Rating: 2

Didn't fit quite right

I was really hoping that these would work out for me, but they just didn't fit the way I wanted them to. The waist was pretty tight and not very comfortable. Had to send this one back.

>Rating: 2

Safe, but bulky

I bought these pads for snowboarding. After trying them on under my snow pants, I decided not to keep them. They made me feel and look REALLY bulky. The padding seems very sturdy, and I am sure they make for some safer landings. But, I was looking for something with tailbone protection, not the thigh/hip padding too.

>Rating: 3


This pants fit me great except for the supertight elastic band at the top which managed to actually cut the skin on top of my hips from all the pinching it was doing. Also, in the two hours that I wore them I managed to take a fall on some ice and the padding that was there did nothing for me at all.

>Rating: 3

Has lots of padding...but really big

These definitely have a lot more padding than other brands out there and they feel a lot more secure. However, they had a little TOO much padding for me. I could barely even get my snowboard pants up above my thighs (and they are normally not that tight). I would say that they add about 2 inches to your sides and if you can get your pants on then they are going to be really snug.

>Rating: 5

Protect your behind!!

This hip guard is awesome. They're comfortable and keeps your butt warm when its super cold out and yet, in the spring its cool cause its breathable. I bought them last season and i don't remember a time when my butt was hurting after a day of riding. This season I'm going to hit those jibs at bear again, RECKLESSLY, cause I know i can rely on my hip guard. Try them out and stop the acting tough CRAP! No one will know your wearing them anyway! ;)


How tight is it? Is it better to go up a...

How tight is it? Is it better to go up a size?

they're pretty tight around the waist, but they sit very high, i'm 5'5 and 110 lbs and went with the smalls, they have a little give to them. but dogfunk is great about returns, so if they dont fit, send 'em back


what size is a large? I might be needing...

what size is a large? I might be needing a medium.

I wear size 6 or 8 and I bought a Large. The waist band fits pretty tight, while the rest of meshy part of the short is a little baggy. They don't fit uniformly like spandex...but that is just fine because they don't fall down and they work awesome.

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