Hillbilly Impact Shorts
|Price:||$43.96 - $188.37|
- Great hip and tailbone protection for all action sports including skateboarding, longboarding, skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking.
- Features lightweight 8mm EVA foam padding, hard shell plastic tail bone protector, and breathable mesh fabric.
- Drawstring for extra secure fit.
- Sizing Chart: Extra Small = 24"-28" waist, Small = 29-34" waist, Medium = 35-39" waist, Large = 40"-44" waist
- Recommended fit should be snug to prevent pads from moving upon impact.
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I started skating with my kid to get in shape, but when big and tall guys fall, they get hurt! I trolled around various hip and butt protectors but found nothing for above a size 38 or 40 waist. I'm a 44.
Enter these Hillbilly Butt Pads. I wasn't hopeful, but did some digging to try and find a sizing chart. Well, here it is from the manufacturer MBS Mountainboards. Find them at:
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Here's the sizing chart from their online store
" Sizing Chart:
X Small: 27-31 inch waist
Small: 32-36 inch waist
Med: 37-41 inch waist
Large: 42-46 inch waist
We recommend that hip pads fit a bit tight as it is important for the pads to not move around when riding or during a crash.
I can attest that I fit pretty well with their Large size. And the padding seems to be pretty comprehensive, enough to save my... butt.
And yes, they're black, not that odd "visible man" exposed muscle red color in the pics above.
I asked my: kid to kick me, and he was happy to oblige. I didn't feel a thing. This must be what Batman feels like all suited up!
** Edit 6/10/2011** after several weeks of skate class and session skating, these pads have saved me from several falls, some from full stand up height. I've always been able to get right back into the action, and have never had even so much as any soreness afterward. Well worth the investment!
** Edit 4/17/2012** I've heard that MBS Mountainsports has posted a different sizing charge on their website which appears to be wrong. The one I'd originally posted from their web store about a year ago is still valid/correct. See comments on the review for details.
They run very large. Normally I'm either XL or XXL in most butt pads, but I take L in these. Also, as others have mentioned, they're blacker than the photo depicts. Lastly, the fabric under the padded parts is see-through mesh, so be ready to wear opaque tights or shorts underneath.
If you like looking vaguely like Godzilla or a hand grenade on the track, these pads also look pretty cool. I feel like someone from Mad Max every time I gear up nowadays.
pros: price, padding, tail shield, comfortable
cons: bulky...requires sizing up a pants size, undetachable padding, misrepresented armadillo colored shorts in example image
TL;DR: Hillbilly was too bulky and expensive. The Docooler shorts won.
Full review: I'm a 34" waist, and I was looking for something for skiing in terrain parks. This means my priority was butt, tailbone, and hip padding. Thigh padding was not a concern.
Here are the three different pairs of shorts:
Hillbilly Impact Shorts; size small, price $65.22
Pros: Very thick pads and most thorough coverage
Cons: Hard plastic over tailbone is not a good design choice; fabric does not stretch much; expensive; padding may be too bulky and restrict mobility; string-tie waistband feels too bulky to be wearing under other layers
Fit: Again, I'm a 34" waist. I followed the reviews and got a small. It's too tight, especially on my thighs. I should have gotten a medium.
Docooler padded short (this product): Size XXXL; cost $14.98
Overall: Top choice
Pros: Perfect pad coverage of hips and backside. Good mobility. Fabric is nice and stretchy; super cheap
Cons: Pads might be a little thin for really hard impacts; velcro closure might not last
Fit: I'm a 34" waist and, after reading the reviews, got the XXXL. It fit perfectly.
Shock Doctor ShockSkin Impact Shorts; size large; $49.37
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bulky but we'll padded. Just what you want. Needs more tailbone protectionPublished 21 days ago by Roger Tervort
Back in the 90's I had the original Crash Pads. At the time, they were the best padded shorts made. I purchased these about 3 months ago when I decided to get back into skating... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pango
Bought this for my trip to Whistler Mountain in Canada. I snowboard and i only snowboard 1-2 times a season so i'm always out of practice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sacura605
These look silly and weird, but they work exactly like I need them too! I like to roller skate, but I also want to be able to walk. Read morePublished 1 month ago by b2m0k
I'm an inline skater and purchased this to replace a Shock Doctor product that partially failed me due to the spacing between the hip pads. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David
These are awesome for snowboard protection on your tailbone! :0) For the "older" crowd.....Published 2 months ago by JD
Saved my butt and hips from many tumbles while skiing and snowboarding! Comfy, and well worth the price, you may find some cheaper, but I feel you get what you pay for, in this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Russell M.
Love these.. it was hard trying to find exactly what we were looking for because we are inline skaters and needed padding in hip area most.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Summer Sturdevant
got for a senior citizen that falls a lot. its awesome that it goes OVER the clothes.Published 3 months ago by Knoll