Ultra Cool, lightweight, 100% mesh with reinforced seams
Comfortable 4-way stretch fabric
Soft, fine mesh feels good against skin
Breathable comfort for hot, humid weather
100% air flow throughout entire shorts
Stretchy mesh fabric keeps armor in place while giving you great range of motion
Virtually invisible under your favorite clothing
Cool and comfortable
Freedom of movement
Unisex design fits both men and women from S through XL
Lasts for years with proper care
Easy to launder, fast drying
Popular alternative uses to motorcycle riding include Bicycling, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Historic Reenactments, Barefoot Skiing, and Roller Derby. We have also had several customers in the past who use them as everyday wear due to balance or other medical issues.
NOTE: This product does NOT come with armor! If you are looking for the fully armored version, click here.
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Q: What is a fabric shell? A: Fabric shells are shirts, pants and shorts with no armor. If you already own a set of Bohn armor, your armor will fit snugly into the pockets of any of our fabric shells.
Q: So does this come with armor? A: No. This product does NOT come with armor. If you are looking for the fully armored version, click here.
Q: Why would I need a fabric shell? A: There are many reasons why you might want to have an extra shell or two on hand. The most common one is so that you will always have an extra clean shirt, pants or shorts ready to go. This is extremely helpful when traveling and you may not have access to laundry facilities. Other reasons can include:
Change your style: Match your unique style with different colors
Weather changes: Choose a new shell for cooler or warmer weather
Weight changes: Maybe you’ve gained or lost a few pounds, a new fabric shell can help with that too!
One of the most convenient things about our Bodyguard System is that you only have to buy the armor once and it fits into any of our shells so you can swap it out as needed.
Q: Do the shells have pockets for the armor? A: The shells have all of the same pockets for armor as our fully armored versions.
Q: How do I put the armor into my shell? A: Armor installation may take a few practice runs but it becomes easier after you have done it a time or two. Full armor installation instructions can be found here.
Q: Will the fabric tear or rip when I put it on? It looks delicate. A: No, this fabric should not tear or rip when putting it on. It is actually quite strong but lightweight. With just a little mindfulness, these pants can last for decades and provide long-lasting protection. Just ask the 1000s who already own a pair. We always recommend putting on the pants with care and be careful not to tug too quickly to avoid undue stress on the seams. We also recommend that you wash this garment often and do not leave salt residue from salty air or sweat on it for long periods of time. Like any fabric, the salts can eat away at the stretchiness of the material.
Q: Why would I choose the shorts instead of the full-length pants? A: Our Cool-Air Mesh Motorcycle Riding Shorts have the exact same armor in the hip, thigh and tailbone as our original Cool-Air Armored Pants. They just stop above the knee. They are extremely popular for motocross and downhill mountain bike use where riders use separate, heavy-duty or specialty knee/shin guards. They are also great for road racers to wear underneath their leathers.
Other popular alternative uses reported by our customers have been snowboarding, skateboarding, historical reenactments, barefoot skiing and roller derby.
Note: Since these use the same armor as our Adventure Pants, you may wish to purchase a fully armored pair of the full-length pants and add a fabric shell in the shorts version for versatility in your Bohn Bodyguard System.
Q: Are the shorts abrasion resistant? A: The main design function of our Motorcycle Shorts is impact protection. While the armor pieces do offer you some abrasion resistance in a fall, the shorts themselves are not reinforced with Kevlar® or Cordura®. Our goal with our shorts is to keep the armor right where you need it, if you need it. The armor stays snug to your body and won’t flop around like riding pants do.
Most of our customers wear our shorts with a pair of jeans or riding pants and find that those two alone provide plenty of protection in a crash. However, adding a pair of Kevlar® pants over these motorcycle shorts would be the perfect combination.
Q: Won’t these shorts be HOT? A: By no means. These motorcycle shorts are actually quite cool. They are made of a very soft, stretchy mesh material that lets air pass right through to help keep you cool and comfortable.
We recommend you read the reviews to determine if these will work for you.
Q: Do these have a chamois lining? A: There is no chamois lining but the mesh fabric is smooth and comfortable against the skin.
Q: Can I get them with a fly? A: While our full length pants are available with a fly opening, our shorts are currently only offered in the unisex (non-fly) style.
Q: What is the difference between your Adventure and Cool-Air Shorts? A: The Adventure Shorts are made from a stretchy, mid-weight Lycra® fabric with a ventilated crotch panel. The Cool-Air Shorts are made entirely from a stretchy, lightweight elastic mesh material. Both types of shorts have tailbone, hip, and thigh armor. Adventure Shorts have consistently been popular among our all-season riders. The Cool-Air Shorts are popular for people who ride in very hot and humid climates.
Q: I am in between sizes, how do I know which one to choose? A: Great question. If you are in-between sizes or you are having trouble fitting into our size chart, give us a call 704-663-0351 or email us at [email protected]. We are more than happy to help. Indicate your waist, inseam, height and weight if you would like.
Another option: Oftentimes customers will order one size fully armored and then a fabric shell in another size and return the fabric shell of the one that does not fit. This saves time and money in the long run should you order the wrong size.
We do ask that you contact us via telephone or email to request an RMA number and let us know which size you are sending back. This helps to expedite your return within our facility.
SIZING QUESTIONS? Confused about your size, in between sizes or need assistance? Please give us a call 704-663-0351 or email us at [email protected]. We will get back to you quickly.
Men’s + Women’s Sizing
Waist: Measure around natural waist—not too loose, not too snug.
Inseam: Measure from inside top of thigh to the middle of ankle bone. See diagram below for where to measure.
Our pocket design enables you to easily remove the armor and wash your fabric shells for years of use.
Follow the steps below to ensure long-lasting wear and care:
Pull the fabric back on the armor pockets to remove the armor. (Note: failure to remove armor may cause damage to the fabric shell.)
Wash the fabric shells on a low temperature setting and Gentle Cycle .
Be sure not to wash Bohn fabric shells with items that have Velcro, hooks or accessories that could catch and snag the fabric.
Dry shells on low temperature or hang dry.
When dry, reinsert the armor pieces into their respective pockets and pull the pocket flaps into place. This ensures the armor will stay in place.
Our garments must be washed regularly. Salt air and sweat left on the garment can break down the stretch in the garment so it is imperative that the garments be washed regularly and not stored for long periods of time with salt or sweat.
Also, pilling and runs can occur if the garment is consistently rubbing against something that agitates the garment (ie. tag, plastic, loose seam, etc.), so please be certain you do not have anything that will agitate the fabric. If you start seeing pilling, turn your jeans, pants or jacket worn over your Bohn garment inside out and feel for the item that is rubbing on your garment.
**Improper care (ie. lack of laundering) and pilling of garments is not warrantied.
With proper care, our garments can last years. We wish you many years of riding protection!
To see reviews on the fully armored version, click here.