Product Review : Demon Flex Force Crash Shorts
By Soren McCarty
Demon Flex Force Crash Shorts
First Impression : I remember winning some protective padding for snowboarding at a Boarder-X race years ago, they sat in my garage for years. I sold them in at a garage sale never having used them pads, I didnt think snowboarders used protective pads and I would have felt awkward riding with knee and hip pads on, not to mention a helmet. Today the sport has progressed and so have the pads. Also knowing several people who have hurt themselves during action sports , and lets not forget luckily Kevin Pearce was wearing a helmet. Protection isnt awkward or dorky anymore. A couple years ago I was heading to Argentina to photograph and shred for a couple weeks. I was in Boulder Ski Deals and saw a pair of compression shorts on sale, I thought why not. A-Basin was still open so I thought I would give them a test run to see if I should take them with me to Argentina. The shorts were padded in the thighs, hips and tailbone areas, I slipped them on for the first time and it felt a little like wearing a diaper. After a couple runs through the park , I forgot I was wearing them. I did have a little extra confidence to try tricks I has been holding back on. Knowing that if I busted on a rail or landed on my backside, there would be a little extra padding between me and the object I was chucking myself onto.
Riding: The shorts allow for full range of motions and can be used for skateboarding, mountain Biking and various others sports that involve possible contact with the ground and other objects. After a couple runs in the Demon Flex Force shorts you forget they are there, but you know you can push it a little extra with them on. I found out a couple friends use Demon shin and knee pads, when riding in the park. They both told me how the shin pads saved their legs on several occasions.
Construction: Breathable Lycra mesh with ½-inch thick articulated air shield padding with a boxer short style waistband.
Weight: 15.5 oz
The Shorts are lightweight and flexible with padding on the outer thighs , hips, tail bone and lower back. However there is no protection in the front area, this is one area I think their should be protection. As most snowboarders do not ride with a cup, but nothing is worse than getting racked in the manhood.
Fit: It takes a little while getting used to, I would suggest putting the shots on for the ride up to the hill the first time. You will get used to them on the ride up, they fit in my snowboard pants fine and they still allow for plenty of flex and mobility. The pads dont get in the way when doing tricks, turning or sliding rails. The shorts are made of a Lycra/Spandex with high-density air shield foam, keeping tem lightweight, but still adding protection. The shorts are low profile and not too bulky, with all the baggy pants you probably dont even know if any of you friends are wearing protection underneath their clothes.
Style: The shorts look like futuristic boxers, black and grey with some padding in keys areas. They look stylish , but will be under any gear you might be wearing, so the look is not all that important.
Sizes: S-XL ( Medium used for testing) it is best to have a snug fitting pair.
Product Testing Locations: Argentina and Various Locations in Colorado
Snow Conditions : Man Made , Hard Pack , Park , and Various
Overall Impression : I think the Demon Flex Force Crash Shorts are a great thing when riding park and learning freestyle tricks. They would also good when riding extreme terrain. I dont wear them when just cruising around the ski area, but when I am hiking the park I always have them with me. Knowing that you have a little extra protection, allows you to push yourself to up the next trick or spin that extra rotation. Remember any protective device wont make you invincible, but it might ease the impact of a big fall. Having taken several hard crashes over the years, I always interested in finding ways to take the pain out of the landing hard. Demon makes several products designed for protection and I look forward to testing more of their items and giving you feedback on the results. I wish I had worn pads and a helmet when racing boarder cross for all those years, luckily I didnt hurt myself too bad during any of those races.