Finding the Best Snowboard Padded Shorts for You
As you can see, there are a dozens of snowboarding padded shorts on the market. It can be difficult to figure out which pair will fit you most comfortably and best protect you when you’re out on your snowboard. Our article on How to Choose: Snowboard Padded Shorts in our Snowboard Gear Guide gives you a good idea of what to look for in a pair of snowboard padded shorts. But if you’re wondering what the best snowboard padded shorts are, read on. We gathered 8 of our most popular snowboarding padded shorts and compared them based on:
- pad design
- pad placement
- pad construction
- and, of course, price
Some similarities across the board—basic black is the color of the day (with occasional splashes of color in logos or high-tech pads) and all of them feature a base material of lightweight, breathable stretch fabric. Each of these snowboard padded shorts can and will protect you the event of a fall. Which one you choose is a matter of figuring out what is most important to you and matching your personal priorities to the right model of padded shorts. For a quick comparison, check out the table at the bottom of this page.
Vigilante Tech Padded Shorts
Vigilante Tech Padded Shorts are notably lightweight (8.8 ounces) and low profile. The half-inch pads are shaped, cut, and designed to move along with your body without bending or crushing, while the breathable, wick-able mesh fabric sandwiches the foam padding, moving air and keeping you comfortable. There’s also a flexible 3M plastic tailbone shield sandwiched in-between foam pads for triple-density tailbone protection. Don’t feel like advertising the fact that you’re wearing snowboard/ski padded shorts? Try the Vigilante Tech, one of the best snowboard padded shorts we carry.
PADS: Half-inch pads cover upper quads, hips, glutes, tailbone; shaped and cut to move along with your body without bending or crushing
Crash Pads 2500 Padded Shorts
Crash Pads 2500 padded shorts are among our top-selling padded shorts, and it’s no wonder. They are designed to provide professional-grade protection for your hips, quads, buttocks, and tailbone and can be used for snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, inline skating, or hockey. They’re comfortable and low-profile enough that you really don’t feel like you’re wearing padding. The Crash Pads 2500 padded shorts are a great upgrade for more advanced snowboarders or when you’re ready for harder tricks or more aggressive riding.
PADS: Articulated, thermal-formed, soft-shell foam padding to protect hips, quads, buttocks, and tailboneLENGTH: Top of knee
Triple Eight Bumsaver Padded Shorts
Triple 8 Bumsavers Padded Shorts are lightweight, low profile, and comfortable. They feature half-inch, bone-shaped foam pads that cover your hips and outer thighs as well as your tailbone. They’re equally protective for snow or skate sports and super-affordable. If you can only afford one pair of padded shorts, the Triple Eight Bumsavers will do nicely.PADS: ½ inch shock-absorbing EVA foam pads cover hips, outside of thighs, tailbone
Crash Pads 2200 Padded Pants
Crash Pads 2200 Padded Pants are full-length padded snowboard pants constructed with a moisture-wicking thermal fabric that keeps you warm on even the coldest days. You get quality protection for your hips, quads, knees, buttocks, and tailbone. Crash Pads 2200 padded pants preclude the need for knee pads and are warm enough to do double-duty as your base layer. Two things to remember about them: 1) make sure you get the proper size so that all of the pads are properly in place (especially the knee pads). 2)These are meant to fit snugly; roll them on (like stockings) instead of just hoisting them up like pants.PADS: Half-inch and 5/8-inch semi-articulated, thermal-formed, high-density foam protection for your hips, quads, knees/upper shins, buttocks, and tailbone
LENGTH: Full-length pants
|Pad Design||Pad Placement||Pad Material||Length||Price|
|Vigilante Tech Padded Shorts||1/2 inch pads shaped to move with your body||Upper quads, hips, glutes, tailbone||EVA foam/plastic tailbone shield encased in foam||Mid-thigh||$75-$100|
|Triple 8 Bumsavers||Bone-shaped pads||Hips, outer thigh, tailbone||EVA foaml||Mid-thigh||Under$50|
|Crash Pads 2500 Shorts||Articulated thermal-formed padding||Hips, quads, buttocks, tailbone||EVA foam||Hits just above knee||$75-$100|
|Crash Pads 2200 Pants||Articulated 1/2-inch pads||Side hip, side leg, front hip pointers, sitz bones, and knees/upper shins||EVA foam||Pant length (insulated)||$75-$10|