Crash pants, impact shorts, butt savers…whatever you like to call them, we got ’em! But how do you choose the right ones?

There’s nothing worse than holding back when you’re doing the (potentially painful) things you love 🖤. Whether it’s hitting the ramps, dominating on a roller derby track, shredding the snow or bombing it down your favourite dirt trail, STEAKS® shorts can give you confidence whilst providing excellent injury prevention.

So, you want a slice of this sweet impact absorption action? Next, you have to make the decision of which impact shorts to go for. STEAKS® Contact Wear currently offers 4 different crash pant models with protection for your coccyx, thighs, hips and hip sides. They’re all designed to provide maximum protection without affecting the way you move.

💡 TIP: Scroll to the bottom for a PSA about why we put tailbone protection in EVERYTHING

Flesh Diamond Shorts

Protected area: coccyx/tailbone

STEAKS® Contact Wear Crash Pants Collection: Flesh Diamond Shorts with coccyx protection


These impact shorts are the lightest in protection. If you are looking to protect your tailbone and nothing else, these shorts are the ones for you.

The tailbone padding is removable, so they double up as smart shorts to wear for less hazardous activities or just looking like a badass.

Flesh Diamond Shorts come in three leg lengths: short (15cm/5.9 inches), midi (20cm/7.9 inches) and medium (30cm/11.8 inches). (Leg length measured in size S-M/EU38)

Basic Crash Shorts

Protected areas: coccyx/tailbone, hip bones, hipsides

STEAKS® Contact Wear Crash Pants Collection: Basic Crash Shorts with coccyx, hip bones, bum/ side hip protection


These shorts give great all-round impact absorption. Whatever your sport, these will keep you rolling no matter what is thrown at you. They have tailbone protection in case there’s a danger of falling backwards. We added hipbone protection to absorb impact if you fall forwards because a hipbone to the floor is no fun. Finally, they have hip side protection. They wrap around the sides and protect your hips and booty from deadly sideswipes.

If you like going hard, training till you stack it or are a multidisciplinary marvel... you know which shorts you should go for.

Full Crash Shorts

Protected areas: coccyx/tailbone, hip bones, hip/bum sides, thigh

STEAKS® Contact Wear Crash Pants Collection: Full Crash Shorts with coccyx, hip bones, bum/ side hip and thigh protection


The Full Crash Shorts have it all, literally. Every area we offer protection is represented in this one-stop shop of impact absorption. They have everything on our Basic Crash Shorts plus thigh pads. These pads look after, wait for it, your thighs.

You don’t need to be moving at a million miles an hour to benefit from this level of impact protection. The Full Crash Shorts will have you sorted at any level and as you progress, they will offer the protection you need throughout your journey.

Need more benefits?

✓ Our crash pant collection is made to fit women

We were sick of bulky, ill-fitting contact wear made exclusively for men and children. We are guessing so are you! That’s why we made products with low-profile protection that fit women in full contact and action sports.


✓ Made for full-contact and action sports

Our impact protection is anatomically shaped and strategically placed in areas needed most by athletes in full contact and action sports. Some of the sports our customers love most include Roller Derby, Park, Ramp & Street Skating, Skateboarding, Ice Skating, MT Biking, Muay Thai, Soccer and Rugby.


✓ Made for freedom of movement

Our skin-friendly, OEKO-TEX® certified LYCRA® Fiber is soft and breathable and adapts to your movements, while the flexible low-profile impact material protects without performance-reducing restraints.


✓ Made with #1 impact-absorbing tech

We keep you safe with XRD® technology which was developed to absorb up to 90% of the energy from impacts. The material is soft & flexible when at rest, but when stressed at a high rate or impacted, the urethane molecules of the material momentarily “freeze” and form a protective shield. It is far superior to impact materials used by other brands as it is very low-profile, is anti-microbial as it is treated with Microban® Antimicrobial Protection and simply absorbs impact way more effectively.

💡 Why we put tailbone protection in all our crash pants

You may have noticed that tailbone protection comes on all STEAKS® Contact Wear shorts and we love it so much we also stock Coccyx+(tailbone) Pads (which are ideal for athletes who have injured their tailbone before) in the store. We’ve put it on every style because we know how important it is to protect your coccyx. Not only is it incredibly painful to land on, but recovery from a coccyx injury is slow and sore, affecting everything from sitting down to going to the loo!

But a bad knock to your tailbone can have even more severe consequences. Recent studies have shown that the jolt caused by a hard fall on your tailbone can also cause concussions. If you’ve fallen on your tailbone you’ll know that jolt, that ricochet that travels up your spine and leaves you a bit stunned for a moment.

If you want to read up more on that check out these informative studies/articles:

  • “Concussion Awareness and Brain Injury Education” (Dr. Jacqui, DPT ) on
  • “Concussion: It’s not just about football players. What riders need to know.” (MarGaret FreeMan) on (PDF)

We know STEAKS® Crash Pants can give you different levels of protection whilst offering high levels of comfort, even when the ground has other ideas! But, if you still have any questions about our crash pants or any other STEAKS® Contact Wear products, drop us a line. 📫


About the author: 

Sharpe has been a member of the STEAKS CRW since 2019. When she isn’t in the skatepark or playing roller derby she also works as a Marketing Manager for a tech start-up in Bristol, UK. You can hit her up for coaching or catch her antics here