As this is the first pair of <a style='text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 3px double;' href="sliding%20shorts" onmouseover="window.status='sliding shorts'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">sliding shorts</a> i have purchased, or even tried for that fact.. i am not going to be harsh in my review. These shorts are VERY comfortable. The "hip pads" do what they say (protect you from gettin badly bruised when sliding). As for the cup... i would feel just as safe with a sock in my underwear... but as i have not tried on any other shorts, or even been hit in the cup area while wearing theses shorts i will not put it into consideration whie giving my overall score. I will update when hit in that area, just to let you guys know if the thin pad works.
Very comfortable, And the gel hip pads are Great! great buy if buying just for the hip pads. If looking for a cup too, try on other shorts before buying to make sure you are satisfied.