Padded BMX shorts typically have padding to protect your quads, hips, and tailbone when you fall or crash. While you may throw on an old pair of cargo shorts or jeans if you’re just noodling around in your driveway, you might want to throw on some BMX padded shorts under your clothes if you’re doing dirt jumping, BMX racing, or vert riding. Not only will you be protected, you’ll probably be more comfortable too. A regular pair of shorts or jeans has a seam on the crotch where the legs are sewn together. While this seam may look thin and inconsequential, after sitting on a bike seat for several hours, you’ll feel it, and it won’t be comfortable. While padded shorts for road riding are comfortable on long rides, they don’t protect your hips, quads, and tailbone the way a pair of BMX padded shorts will.