GlideWear Women's Skin Protection Shorts | Wheelchair | Pressure Sores
(2 customer reviews)


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  • Patented technology reduces harmful friction and shear, protecting skin at risk for pressure sores (“pressure ulcers” or “decubitus ulcers”).
  • The comfort of yoga shorts with the benefits of skin protection. Comfortable, breathable fabric keeps skin cool and dry.
  • Built-in tummy control with comfortable, yoga-style waistband. Tapered thigh contour designed for wheelchair users, especially those with spinal cord injury, to accommodate muscle atrophy.
  • Designed especially for wheelchair users, including people with spinal cord injury, and people in long-term care or home care who have limited mobility. Also ideal for teens and adults with epidermolysis bullosa.
  • Long, non-binding thigh cuff keeps shorts in place when you transfer or move in your chair. High back panel for greater coverage when you transfer or move in your chair.
  • Can be worn as base layer, or over incontinence brief or compression garment. 100% cotton liner.
  • Try GlideWear Women’s Skin Protection Shorts, risk free with our 30-Day, 100% Money-Back Guarantee. Durable, high-quality craftsmanship — made in the USA. Easy to care for and machine washable.
  • As seen in New Mobility Magazine.
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Pressures sores can be painful and difficult to heal — and can negatively impact your quality of life. Left untreated, pressure sores (also called “pressure ulcers,” “bed sores,” “pressure points,” or “decubitus ulcers”) can lead to months of bed rest and even hospitalization.

GlideWear Skin Protection Underwear are designed for people who spend much of the day sitting or laying down, especially people with with reduced sensation (lack of feeling) below their waist. The GlideWear zone protects the buttocks, tailbone, coccyx, sacrum, and ischial tuberosities (“sit bones”) from the harmful friction and shear which cause pressure sores.

How GlideWear Women’s Skin Protection Shorts Work

GlideWear Skin Protection Shorts use a patented, dual-layer fabric technology to protect skin and reduce the friction and shear that cause pressure sores. Seams are very flat and strategically placed away from high-risk areas. The result is a comfortable, breathable pair of shorts that protects you from the friction and shear that redness, pressure sores, and skin breakdown.

“I immediately felt a difference in how my skin felt after getting into my wheelchair in the morning… I have noticed a significant reduction in red marks on my skin and heat rash bumps were all but gone. I have since ordered six additional pairs.”

Customer in Minnesota

When you buy GlideWear Skin Protection Shorts, you’re not just buying a pair of shorts. You’re buying a tool that reduces the friction and shear that cause debilitating pressure sores.

GlideWear Skin Protection Shorts are Ideal for:

  • Wheelchair users who are at risk for redness, pain, or bed sores on the buttocks or tailbone — especially those with spinal cord injury and/or reduced sensation
  • Seniors with limited mobility who spend much of the day in bed, sitting, or using a wheelchair
  • People recovering from surgery who are temporarily bed-bound
  • Teens and adults with epidermolysis bullosa who have blisters from friction/sitting

The Cost of  Pressure Sore

Pressure sores can be life threatening. (Christopher Reeve, best known as “Superman,” died of pressure sore-related complications.) Pressure sores, which often start out as red marks on bony parts of your tailbone area, can go from non-existent to debilitating in a matter of hours. They’re especially common in people with reduced sensation, including those with spinal cord injury.

Pressure sores significantly reduce wheelchair users’ and seniors’ mobility and quality of life. They can mean you’re at home, in bed, instead of going to work or spending time with your family. Even in a young, healthy person, a pressure sore can take months — or even years — to heal. During those months, someone with a pressure sore is often on mandatory bed rest for the majority of the day. Being proactive about pressure sores is essential.


30-Day, 100% Money Back Guarantee & 1 Year Warranty

When you buy GlideWear Skin Protection Shorts, you’re not just buying a pair of shorts. You’re buying a tool that reduces the friction and shear that cause painful, debilitating pressure sores. If you get one pressure sore, you’re at a higher risk for getting another one in the future. Try GlideWear Shorts, risk-free.

Put GlideWear to the test. Use your GlideWear Women’s Skin Protection Shorts for up to 30 days, risk free. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, return your GlideWear products for a full refund. We guarantee that GlideWear products will be free from defects in workmanship and materials under normal use for a period of one year from the original purchase date. Read all guarantee and warranty information.

Don’t wait. Invest in a long-term skin protection solution – buy GlideWear Shorts today.

Pressure Sore Facts

  • Up to 79% of people with spinal cord injury who get one pressure sore will get another one. (Source)
  • A pressure sore can develop in as little as 2 hours. (Source)
  • A pressure sore can keep you out of your chair, on bed rest, and at home for months. (Source)
  • Young, healthy people get pressure sores, too.
  • Up to 30% of people with spinal cord injury have a pressure sore right now. (Source)
  • It costs $20,900 to $151,700 to treat one pressure ulcer. (Source)

Clinical Evidence

Note: Contains photos of wounds and pressure sores. 

Questions? Give Us a Call

We have an expert team of clinical and customer service specialists to answer any question you have about size, fit, and whether the Forefoot Protection Sock is right for you. Call us at 763-795-0057 or email

Product Instructions

GlideWear Skin Protection Shorts are primarily indicated for daily wheelchair users who are at risk of developing or are experiencing pressure sores (“pressure ulcers”), as well as people in long-term care who spend much of the day sitting or in bed. Wear GlideWear Underwear daily to prevent and protect against the friction and shear that cause decubitus ulceration (skin breakdown) on the coccyx, trochanters, sacrum, and ischial tuberosities (ITs). Contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the use of this product.

Size Chart

Our GlideWear Skin Protection Shorts are intended to fit sung, please verify your waist measurement before purchasing.

How to measure: use a fabric tape measure or a piece of rope and measure where you currently wear your underwear or pants. Take that measurement and confirm your size in the chart below. If you’re between sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size. If you don’t have access to a flexible cloth measuring tape, contact us by email to request one at no charge:

Tech Specs

85% Nylon, 15% Spandex. 100% Cotton Liner.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 13 × 9 × 2 in

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2 reviews for Women’s Skin Protection Shorts | Wheelchair Users | Pressure Sores, Bedsores

  1. Brenda ouellette

    I love these shorts. Was a little concerned due to me having a catheter coming from my bladder and colostomy bag but they have enough give that doesn’t present an issue. In fact I’m buying my second pair. soon.

    • kaitlinberg

      Thank you for you review, Brenda! We are glad that the GlideWear underwear exceeded your expectations and that you will be purchasing another pair.

  2. Tania Bowkett (verified owner)

    Great product for one of my clients who transfers a lot from different surfaces during the day. Love the wide band both at the top and around the legs.

    • Rachel Mattson, Customer Service

      Hello Tania,

      Thank you for the review! We are excited to hear that your client loves our design with the wide bands around the waist and legs.

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