Snowboard Butt Padding | Impact Shorts


Anyone who has ever strapped into a snowboard will have fallen on their butt! Whilst most of the time this is not a serious injury it sure does ruin your day! Falling on your butt is an inevitable part of the sport so impact shorts, along with other protective gear, are always a good idea.

What to look for when buying Impact Shorts for Snowboarding

Fit

It’s really important that your impact shorts fit well and don’t move around. Poorly fitting shorts have the potential to cause more damage, especially if your shorts have solid plastic parts. I’ll leave the details to your own imagination!

You also want the shorts to be low profile and not too bulky so that they don’t get in the way and restrict your movements.

Material

You can either opt for a soft padding or hard plastic padding. Although hard plastic does protect better I would recommend going for the soft padding, which enable you to keep moving freely and are more comfortable
The basic short should be made of a breathable material so that your junk doesn’t overheat in the spring
Make sure that they are machine washable.

Protected zones

Most impact shorts protect 2 areas: Your butt and your hips.

Anyone who has bruised their tailbone will know that this area is definitely worth protecting. Bruised coccyx can be really painful, take ages to heal.They leave you feeling really uncomfortable so you cant even sit on the couch and wait for it to heal.

You are probably less likely to fall on your hip snowboarding but, a bit of padding just in case is not a bad idea especially if you ride rails and boxes. Hip protection might be more useful for skiers

Other benefits of wearing impact shorts

Although the main job of your impact shorts is to keep you safe and injury free there are side benefits of wearing them:

They keep you warm

– especially if you spend a lot of time sitting in the snow, impact shorts are a great way of keeping your butt warm and dry.

Increase your confidence

– it’s really hard to commit to learning something new if you know there’s a fair chance that it might result in a sore butt! Whether that’s your first turns or a new rail trick, impact shorts can give you the extra confidence to really give it 100%

Who should wear impact shorts?

To work out whether you need impact shorts you should think about how likely you are to fall and how soft the landing might be. So if you’re a first timer then you are almost definitely going to fall, however if you are learning on the west coast of Canada then you probably will be landing in nice soft powder! Or you might already be a competent rider but you are about to try your first backside boardslide…that is a guaranteed sore tailbone!

  • Beginners
  • Freestyle riders – particularly riding rails and boxes
  • Anyone riding in icy conditions

Best Mens Impact Short

Burton Total Impact Short

$129.95

These lightweight shorts use Burton’s G-Form™ technology which is a ‘smart’ material which is soft but stiffens upon impact. This means they are able to produce an impact short which is soft and doesn’t restrict your movements but still provides the same protection as a solid plastic insert upon impact

Demon SKINN impact short

$54.95

Demon SKINN impact short is a lightweight short which provides just enough protection without a bulky fit which can get in the way of your riding. Cut in a compression fit that wicks away moisture they are comfortable enough that you’ll forget that you’re wearing them. Also, they’re great value for money!

Best Womens Impact Short

Demon Womens SKINN impact short

$54.95

Demon SKINN impact short is a lightweight short which provides just enough protection without a bulky fit which can get in the way of your riding. Cut in a compression fit that wicks away moisture they are comfortable enough that you’ll forget that you’re wearing them. Also, they’re great value for money!

Women’s Burton Total Impact Short

$130

The Burton women’s Total Impact Short keeps your butt protected with G-Form™ technology. This soft flexible padding stiffens on impact, absorbing, and dissipating any shock. This allows for a low-profile impact short, which is so comfy you’ll forget you’re wearing them.

Best Impact Short for Kids

Kids’ Burton Total Impact Short

$120

Its commonly known that kids bounce when they hit the ground, even so, they might need a bit of padding when they’re starting out. Same as the Men’s and Women’s version, these shorts use G-Form technology to make sure they get the most out of their snowboarding and laugh off any fall