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Six Six One Pro Bomber Undershort - 2010 BCS
Six Six One made the Pro Bomber Undershorts with thigh protection, tail bone coverage, and impact absorbing foam so your body can survive the next ragdoll episode. Slide these skivvies on under your riding shorts and feel the confidence-inspiring ABS plastic thigh-guards and articulated tail bone coverage. Donít worry about over-heating or feeling like your wearing an S&M undergarment--the Pro Bombers are cut for on-the-bike fit and the ABS- plastic guards feature plenty of venting. Perforated closed-cell EVA foam provides impact absorption and further funk-venting, so you can gear-up and huck with peace of mind.
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September 25, 2011
I've been using these for three years and love them. They use hard plastic in some key impact areas (instead of foam which other brands use).
They have saved my ass, literally, many times.
I initally found them a bit loose in the crotch as I am built like a skinny roadie. But because these shorts are made of mesh instead of solid fabric, it took about five minutes with a needle and thread + my inept sewing skills to customise them to fit absolutely perfectly. I can ride in them all day without noticing they are on. I much prefer this mesh approach than the lycra used by other companies- it's cooler and it's easier to adjust.
I've looked at the POC shorts, and the 661 shorts that use the 3DO foam. Both do not have the same degree of coverage, or they use normal foam on the thigh pads, which would not be as protective during collision with rocks. I was tempted by the POC high tech approach until I took a closer look at their 2.0 version, which is missing major pads.
August 9, 2010
Trying these in Small on a 28 1/2" waist, I find that the crotch is way too long, which gets in the way of pedaling and sitting down when on a saddle. All the pads are in the wrong place--thigh pads are on front and interfere with my pedaling range of motion; the sit bones are right in the gap between the ass pad and "spine" protector; my pelvis's "crest" is between the thigh, waist, and ass pads. The ass pads don't seem like they'll protect much at all. I did a test roll on the ground and it hurt just as much as I'd imagine it would, but I suppose they barely worked since I didn't strike or feel sore at the bony points.
I mainly wanted hip armor, since that's the main area that takes damage in a crash. I suppose some solid protection for the tailbone is good too. All the rest is unneeded fluff.
Check out the Fox Launch or Titan if you want armor in this area. Avoid this like the plague, if you wear small. I'm not sure about the other sizes.
September 13, 2010
I sized down and didn't have a problem with the fit however...the main hip pads don't cover your hips. They are positioned too far forward so they cover mostly your upper/front thighs. I took a digger and landed on my hip bone where the pads should be covering. They didn't do a thing to protect me from the fall. The little tailbone pads will do nothing if you land on it. They are small, thin with hardly any foam padding under it. It's a joke. These shorts don't give effective protection.