I had an earlier version of these shin guards, which began to tear almost immediately and only lasted 2 seasons of tournament softball and that was just because I refused to buy new ones so soon. However, with these, I like the new style and the way the material seems to be 'welded' to itself; I think these will last much better. The first time I wore these, they were extremely, uncomfortably, tight - as others have mentioned. However, I now have played 19 games and the elastic @ the top has loosened up enough so I don''t feel constricted. Can''t say how these are for lacrosse, but definitely great for playing softball!