My issue is that when I’m riding off-road, sometimes (particularly if I’m trying something that is really too hard for me to be trying :p), I can take some really hard falls onto my side. I bruise very easily to begin with, and sometimes I end up with these huge, base-ball size bruises on my hips. So, I’m looking for something that has a whole lot of padding on the outer hip area, but will otherwise not be super bulky.
Any recommendations? If there were a women’s version available, that would be really awesome, but I can just wear a men’s version if necessary.
Seems like you could make those. Get some loose spandex, sew it on the sides of some bike shorts that already fit to create an “insert” or “flap”, and then stuff the insert with as much foam or gel padding as you need. Close it with some velcro fastener.