I bought these for my 11yo son 2 weeks ago. Yesterday was his first real practice using them and I noticed terrible bruising on the back side of his shoulders. I had him put the pads on tonight and the worst of the bruising is directly under the flex points between the cushioned areas. He plays attack mainly, so he needs maximum protection. I would not recommend any youth attackman to use these pads.Pros:
I like the way the rib straps velcro to the chest piece. The pads are also lightweight and nice looking. I could see these being great pads for defensive players.Cons:
Minor: the rib straps loosen up on their own. Not from the velcro, but the adjustment buckle. Major:These pads need an option to have more protection on the shoulder. Particularly in the area over the rear deltoids. I will not let my son continue to use these pads as I fear he may be injured if he continues to use them.