The IPS Hip Pads prevent bruised hips; you'll have to prevent bruises to your ego some other way.
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awesome...your butt will thank you
After my first snowboarding trip, I had fractured my tailbone, but I was so anxious to go again that I had to get pads. I first tried these pads by Red and they were really bulky and hard, so I saw these and tried them. They were awesome! They're not bulky and they have a lot of cushion for your tailbone as well as your hips. The next time I went snowboarding, it was extremely icy and I took a lot of hard falls, but there were no bruises this time! These are a must have! I recommend getting them one size larger if you want to wear them over a base layer.
another must have
These hips pads help so much. I had so many bad falls that without them I would definitely have many bruises or worst hurt my spine. Any level snowboarder should have one of these on at all times.
Didn't feel a thing!
I just tried these hip pads when the snow was in good condition. It was great & you don't feel it when you fall. I haven't tried it on harder snow (or other hard surfaces), but if that were the case, probably something stronger than foam might be more protective. Either way, the fit is good & holds tight & smooth on your body. Also comes with hook straps so you can hook to your jacket if necessary.