Love the materials, design has been updated to improve protection to the ribs. The original "assault" version of these shoulder pads had velcro that was glued on, later STX stitched the velcro in place.Pros:
This current design will last much longer. The materials are wonderful, bacteria has less surface area to grow on. These pads won't stink like other gear. Washing is simple - machine wash, I put a dash a bleach in the mix and set washer to "extra rinse". Let the pads air dry or they can deform in the dryer.
The mesh backing is comfortable and breathes well, great for playing in warmer weather.Cons:
Mesh dries quickly - just let pads air out after practice
Pads - don't absorb water and are very durable.
If you purchase for your older youth player, they will last many seasons. Will have to replace my son's simply because he is outgrowing them.
Straps more complex to put on but they keep the pads in place better than previous versions of this product and other pads on the market.
Really mature product - the straps are very effective but take some getting used to at first.