The Gold Standard
My son plays defense and these pads are perfect, light, non restrictive and the shoulder padding stays in place.
Pros- the breast plate is hollow, there is no bulkie hot padding on your chest. The shoulder straps no longer have the Velcro attachments like the Maverik Max line.
Cons- non to speak of. My personal preference is the padding overall on the Max line feels more robust. On the M5 I wish it did have the same dorsal padding as the Max.
These pads are a homerun.