You may not be familiar with the idea of padded shorts for snowboarding, but once you've fallen on your backside a few times, you’ll know why we recommend them. Snowboard padded shorts are a wise choice for the inexperienced border who is just learning how balance on his/her edges AND for the more experienced boarder who is pushing the envelope in order to ride new terrain and attempt pipes, rails and aerials at the park. With high-quality snowboard padded shorts or padded snowboard pants, you get:
Padded snowboarding shorts protect varying combinations of your quads, hips, buttocks, and coccyx / tailbone.
Each brand and model is a little different. With padded shorts in particular, a picture tells a thousand words. When you look at the photos of various snowboard padded shorts we offer on our website, pay attention to the size of the pads. Some shorts have very large, thick pads. Some sport smaller, thinner ones. As for tailbone protection, some padded shorts have a soft pad sewn in place, and others have a hard shell shield, which is sometimes removable.
Some padded shorts come with a chamois (or crotch pad), which leads some people to believe they can also wear these padded shorts while cycling. However, the chamois in a pair of padded cycling shorts is there to relieve pressure from hours spent in the saddle. It's a bit thicker and bulkier than what you'll find in a snowboard padded short. Could you ride a bike in your padded snowboard shorts for five or ten miles? Sure. Would you be as comfortable as you would be with padded cycling short after, say, 20 miles? Not likely. On the same note, there are many mountain bike and BMX padded shorts that offer great leg, hip, and tailbone padding, however, these bike-specific padded shorts also come with the aforementioned padded chamois, which might be bulky, hot, and uncomfortable to wear while snowboarding.
It seems that most padded shorts are cut for teenage boys-- slim from waist to hips. If you're looking for a cut that is more tailored for snowboarding safety for women, look for a women's specific model or words like "more generous cut" in the item title and description.
SportsProtective.com, formerly known as XSportsProtective.com, is the original protective gear store founded in 2004. We are now part of B2C Ventures, Inc., an ORR Corporation company. Since 1948, ORR's mission has been to protect people, property and the environment. B2C Ventures is dedicated to making your after-work pursuits safe and enjoyable.