Hello and welcome to my review of the Demon Flex Force X D30 padded shorts.
This review will be a little bit different to most of the reviews I do on this website in that I won’t be giving them a rating score and I won’t be comparing them to any other padded shorts.
The reason for this is that these are the only padded shorts I have tried (and I’m happy with them, so I don’t think I’ll be trying any others any time soon) and it’s not really a big part of this website to review padded shorts!
But I thought I’d write about my experience with these for anyone else who is considering getting them.
Why I Decided to get Padded Shorts
There are many reasons to get padded shorts for snowboarding.
- Beginners are falling on their butts a lot – and this can get quite sore on the old rear end – particularly if you’re learning in icy conditions. Padded shorts not only make sure that the pain is less but in doing so, this also increases the confidence of the new rider.
- You are just starting out in the park or you are wanting to try new tricks in the park. For this reason you might even get full length padded pants and even upper body armor – but padded shorts offer some protection and can add to confidence.
Those are just a couple of good reasons off hand.
My reason is that last year I broke my tail bone when I overshot the landing of a jump.
I didn’t get the pants immediately. This was very near to the end of the 2015/16 season and for my last couple of days out on the snow, I just went out without protection for the tailbone (not knowing it was broken at the time – I thought it was just bruised).
But at the start of the 2016/17 season, I noticed that my confidence wasn’t the same going over jumps – and then I hit my tail bone again. I didn’t break it this time but it still seriously hurt (not sure if was more sensitive because of the previous injury?)
So, I decided to invest in padded shorts – I was definitely over hurting my tail bone and missing days on the hill because of it.
And I’m glad I did.
Why I am Glad I Did
I haven’t actually landed on my tail bone since getting the shorts – I’ll update this post when I do – but I have noticed that I have my confidence back over jumps.
Consciously, I didn’t think that the previously broken tail bone was having any effect on my confidence – but I think subconsciously it was. And as soon as my subconscious knew that the tail bone was protected, the confidence came back!
Why I Chose The Demon Flex Force X D30 Padded Shorts
O.k. so the above could be the case for any padded shorts. So why did I choose the Demon Flex Force X.
Essentially because they seemed (from other people’s reviews and from the specs) to be the best balance between protection and low profile-ness (I’m claiming that this is a word!).
There were other padded shorts that I was assessing that had a reputation for better protection than the Flex Force X D30 but they weren’t as low profile.
And the protection on these seems pretty good to me now that I have them – and they were more protective than a lot of the other ones I looked at. Probably only 2 that I was weighing up were more protective and one of those was bulkier and the other ones weren’t actually shorts but just a strap on butt padd.
The Flex Force D30 has some nice pads for your butt (not including tail bone) – there nothing over the top but they’re nice to have there and they aren’t too bulky.
They also have padding for your hips, thighs and back of thighs. I don’t foresee this padding really coming into use but I guess it’s nice to have too.
D30 Tail Bone Protection
The part that I was most concerned about was the tail bone padding (for obvious reasons if you read the start of this post). This is where the padding is beefed up on these shorts.
The Flex Force X use a technology called D30. This armor is flexible when you bend it and it’s hard when it takes an impact. It baffles me how this actually works but it really does.
Like I said, I haven’t yet landed on my tail bone to test it that way – but when you bend it in your hands it’s flexible but then when you knock it with your knuckles it’s hard!
Anyway, this is the protection I wanted and I’m definitely glad it’s there.
Lower Back Protection
The other small thing that appealed to me about the protection on the Flex Force X D30 is that it’s got a bit of padding that goes up the lower back too. I had also taken a knock to my lower back earlier in the season so this was something that helped with my decision to go with these shorts.
One thing that I was worried about when considering padded shorts was how they would look under pants:
Would it be obvious that I was wearing them?
Would they fit under my pants?
When I read about some padded shorts being really low profile and unnoticeable, that eased my concerns. It was definitely important to me that I got a pair that was low profile.
There was one other brand of padded shorts that were (according to reviews) more low profile than the Flex Force X. But the protection wasn’t as good – hence why, IMO, the Flex Force X is the best balance of protection and low profile-ness.
Once I tried them on and put my pants on over the top all my fears were allayed.
There might be one pair that I could have bought that were more low profile – but these are pretty low profile and definitely enough so for me.
When You Notice Them and When You Don’t
- When I’m riding I don’t notice them at all. I could be wearing them or not wearing them.
- When I’m driving up in the car (I always get ready before I drive up the mountain) I notice them when I first sit down but soon forget about them. It’s not annoying or anything – you know that you’re sitting on padded shorts but it’s not uncomfortable or at least I don’t find it uncomfortable (it’s about a 40 minute drive for me).
- When I’m sitting on the lift I notice them – but this is a good thing not a bad thing. It gives me an extra layer under my pants and lifts me off the lift a little bit – this makes it warmer on those really cold or really wet days.
- When I’m getting ready at the car I always feel like I’ve got something in the pockets of my pants – which is just the thigh padding coming around the front – I don’t like to keep anything in those pockets when I’m riding so I always have to double check that it’s the pads and not something else. Not a biggy.
You get an extra layer under your pants. This is nice on colder days particularly if you don’t wear a base layer under your pants. It’s also nice on the lifts for a warmer butt as mentioned in number 3 above.
I’ve owned my snowboarding pants for a few years now and they’re not as waterproof as they once were – so it’s nice on those wetter days to have a bit of an extra layer and to lift the butt slightly off the lift seat.
Thanks for Reading
Thanks for reading and I hope this review has helped you to learn more about the Demon Flex Force X D30 padded shorts and helped in your decision to buy or not to buy them.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Demob Flex Force X D30 or if you’re ready to buy or want to research pricing and availability, check out the links below.
Do you wear padded shorts? If so, which brand/model and do you like them? If not, are you considering getting them? Feel free to leave a comment or question in the comments section below.
I am a 52 years old beginner , just started my snowboarding experience this winter. Very happy I red your reviews last spring so I followed your advices and got almost all the necessary equipment ahead of time . Enjoying the experience very much so far.
Safety is a big concern for me so I am using a lot of protective gear. I got cheap BodyProx shorts since I found that the “Flex Force X D30” aren’t available. BodyProx are ok and keep me safe so far but i am looking for a better and more reliable option.
Any other recommendations on protective shorts that are available online?
Thanks for your message and apologies for the slower than usual reply – on a snowboarding tour right now, so a bit behind in answering.
The Flex Force X D30 are the only padded shorts I’ve tried, so I couldn’t say from experience about how others are – but you could check out the Burton Total Impact Shorts, they’re the only one’s I can think of/find right now.
How about Tortoise Pads T2?
I haven’t heard of them, but they could work, looking at the specs. But not having any experience with them, I couldn’t say how good they are.
Edgar Van Meggelen says
Thanks for the review. I was wondering if after a couple of years you made more nice tailbone landings and have some additional experiences to share. I’ve read in another review that the D3O protection on will focus all the energy on the tailbone, as that’s the only spot in the pants that harden (as D3O is supposed to).
I’m considering to buy the pants to use in snow park and bikepark.
Thanks for your message.
I have had a couple of small tailbone impacts, but nothing major. I can see the logic in that statement (re focusing the energy), but personally I haven’t felt it any time I’ve landed in that area – as in I haven’t noticed it being painful. Maybe it wouldn’t have been painful had I not being wearing the shorts either, but couldn’t say for sure. I still wear them, as I like knowing that I have extra protection, and I feel like on those smaller impacts that it’s helped, but haven’t anything major like what occurred to break my tail bone in the first place.
Edgar Van Meggelen says
Thanks a lot for your reply!!!
You’re very welcome Edgar
Not so many reviews about impact shorts, so thanks for the review.
I have found to many bad comments about the burtons total impact G Form and also the original G Form ones (very low profile, but very bad protecion). I ride mostly park, always with helmet, knee pads and wrist guards. Any of the mentioned gear have saved me too many times.
At this point i feel the need to protect my lower back, backtail bone and even butt chicks, because when you want to take a step forward in the park in kickers like rotations, etc… you will fall hard.
So after researching a lot about impact shorts, i found out that these demon flexforce probably is the best option at this price point. Can you give me some support on the size? What size do use on demon flex force and regular pants. I have 81cm on my waist, about a 32″ and the size chart of demon fits the M between 30-32″waist and L between 32-34″. they are true to size?
Thanks for your message.
I got the large, but find them a little tight, but not too bad, and figure they stay in place well when a little tighter. But my waist is more like 35″ (90cm). So based on their size charts I probably should have gone XL. So I would say that the Medium is probably the best for you. But I guess you could ride either with your waist size. But I would be leaning towards medium for you.
Hope this helps
Yes it helps, better to be a little tight than loose.
I ordered an M, glad i found the on sale, new V3 with d3o also in the butt cheeks. Final price 65€, great option at this price.
Nice one. Happy shredding!
You mentioned that there were 2 others you considered that seems to offer more protection but were bulkier? What were they? I’m actually less concerned about bulkiness as my pants are super baggy.
I agree with you on the hips and thigh padding – although these saved me from serious bruises when I messed up while in the backcountry and fell tumbling on rocks!
Thanks for your message.
It was a good while ago now that I did that research and I honestly can’t remember which ones I looked at that were more protective. The Flex Force X D30 are very protective though. They work very well for me. I think it was the Burton Total Impact that were more low profile but less protective but I can’t remember which ones were more protective (wish I’d written it in the review at the time!).
John L says
I never came across these in my research but I ended up going with the Xion crash pants from Europe. I hardly notice I wear them until I happen to fall on my tailbone. Granted this isn’t happening nearly as often as when I was a beginner, but as I progress I’m sure I’ll need them as I go out of my comfort zone more and more.
What were your thoughts on the Xion pants, if at all?
Thanks for your input. I didn’t actually come across the Xion Crash Pants in my research but quickly looking at them now, they do look like good options in terms of being protective and low profile.
I wish I’d bought some as a beginner – but I do really appreciate them now, after breaking my tail bone – just gives me more confidence to try stuff in the park.
Oh yeah and I’ve now made use of the protection – just the other day – and they did a good job of protecting my tail bone on a fairly hard drop.