I''m a big goalie... The area covered by the floating white pad is superbly protected. However, the area covered by the under pad (black mesh) is about as protective as a sweatshirt. Don''t be fooled, this pad neither feels good on due to the odd bump out at the neck, nor does it protect well other than dead center. Leaving the air bladder in place makes it even worse as far as comfort goes because of how it pushes the pad off of your chest. I''ve used a lot of chest protectors in my day, I have to say that I like this one the least. I''d literally rather wear a catcher''s chest pad in goal than this. Off to the land of misfit gear.