I've got some and have removed all the padding except for the tailbone piece...I usually wear them on the first few days of the season more to give me confidence rather than any real risk of falling. It's like if I'm afraid of falling I WILL fall, but if I feel protected and confident then I never (rarely) fall. Especially after having broken my tailbone 3 times in my life, and it's still sore from the last time (mid-season 2018!!)Impact shorts might help in the first day or so. Just been having this discussion on a snowboarding women page. It’s more psychological than anything especially if you’ve hurt your tailbone before. However getting decent instruction and learning how to manage your edges on ice so you don’t slide out and crash onto your tailbone is the key to long term success. Edges are your friend EXCEPT on ice and boxes/rails.