Do you need skateboard hip pads?
Many riders like to wear padded skateboard shorts (also called “skateboard hip pads”) under their regular shorts or jeans to protect against bruises and other injuries when they fall. These skateboard shorts with built in use foam pads with thicknesses ranging from a quarter-inch to a half-inch. Thicker pads will obviously provide more impact absorption and protection but also more bulk. Some skateboard hip pads use a combination of soft foam and hard plastic (typically over the tailbone); choose a combination if you need puncture protection. Each manufacturer will design skateboard padded shorts a little differently, but pad coverage is most important for the hips, tailbone, upper thigh, sit bones, and hip pointers.
XSportsProtective staff picks for skateboarding padded shorts
Crash Pads 2500 padded shorts with tailbone shield
use articulated, thermal-formed, soft-shell foam padding to provide professional-level protection for your hips, quads, buttocks, and tailbone. Other features of the Crash Pads 2500 skateboard padded shorts:
- Removable, combination hard/soft-shell triangular insert for additional tailbone protection
- Four-way stretch breathable Lycra material for maximum freedom of movement
- Six-panel design for a perfect fit
- Heavy-duty spandex waistband
- Hit at the top of the knee
- Half-inch soft pads for moderate or aggressive activity
One of the newest additions to our line of skateboard padded shorts is also one of our favorites. Vigilante tech padded shorts
offer half-inch foam all around in foam pads that are strategically cut and sewn to move with your body, so you get great protection without sacrificing freedom of movement. Vigilante padded shorts are also available in a light version, for times when you just need a base level of lower body protection for skateboarding.
Do you still have questions about which skateboard padded shorts are right for you?
Check out our Skateboard Gear Guide Home Page
article entitled, How to choose skateboard padded shorts
to learn more.