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Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Shorts Created to be worn under a pair of motocross pants to provide protection for offroad riding, skiing or downhill MTB, Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Short delivers performance, safety and comfort. Features Protective yet extremely comfortable and flexible under pants Lycra and mesh base construction Ventilated, Bio-foam padding on hip, thigh and tailbone area for provides comfortable yet highly effective impact protection Hard PU inserts reinforce the thigh and tailbone areas for additional impact and abrasion resistance
 
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5 / 5
Great fit, great protection!
PostedMay 12, 2012
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davekmdmd
From Sykesville
State:MD
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
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Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
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Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I purchased this product specifically for a dirt/flat track riding school, Cornerspin's 'roadracing in the dirt' school. The school minimally recommended Alpinestars' Comp Pro short but the EXPERTS at Revzilla, who knew EXACTLY what I was talking about school-wise, recommended this short with armored padding. Man am I glad I did. I'm pretty beat up from the crashing. My legs/knees, ribs, shoulder, and head got banged up a bunch, but my hips, thighs, and tushie are AOK. I also used my Knox roadrace back protector and rented the school's knee and elbow protectors.
Fitwise I ordered medium for my 5'8" 158 lb frame. The thighs and seat were perfect and although I thought the leg opening was a bit small, the shorts were absolutely fine. I wore them for the two day class, probably 10 hours each day. I had absolutely no issues with the tailbone protection, sitting or riding. The training was a combination of classroom, sitting in chair under a shade canopy, and riding. And with dirt/flat track riding, you did sitting UP. I wore them to and from the riding facility, nearly an hour in the car each way. I really forgot I had them on. I don't wear tight jeans and wore them to the track under the jeans. Your tushie however MAY look a little larger ...
Temp/comfort-wise they weren't any hotter to wear than my other riding gear, MX pants and jersey. The 1st day of riding it was mid-upper 80s. The 2nd day, upper 70s to low 80s. I sweated profusely both days but the shorts weren't a distraction. They did however bleed pink from the red inner liner. Perhaps I should have washed them first but I didn't ...
The shorts do not have zipper or opening for nature calls, but that may just be how all products of this type are. It wasn't a major hassle ...
My crashed a bunch in the school. It was all low speed stuff. Still we rode 'feet up' on the pegs and so when the bike went out, lost the front or rear, it happened pretty darn quickly. Bang! You're down on the hard packed dirt/clay. There was plenty of protection and so the product performed perfectly for me.
I can't speak to the durability very much since I used them just last weekend. There's no damage to the shorts from my low speed crashing. I'm giving serious thoughts to using them for any street riding and perhaps track days...
Ops did I mention I ordered them on a Wednesday morning and received them the next day on Thursday afternoon? How'd they do that?
All in all the product worked for me. I'm still sore one week later in lots of places, excepting my hips, thighs, and tushie, so I'm giving 'em 5 stars!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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