I am a beginner snowboarder and have very scrawny arms, so every time I would fall on my butt, I'd land on my hands and all my weight would fall on my frontside elbow, causing it to hyper-extend and I'd be in terrible pain for at least a week at a time. I knew that regular snowboard pads would not provide the protection I was looking for. I needed something that would not allow my elbow to bend backward when I'd fall,while fitting under my jacket. I was afraid of literally breaking my arms. These guards have been my savior. They've given me the confidence to progress exponentially because I am not riding scared. I have fallen, but my elbows certainly do not take the brunt of my weight. I would recommend these to anyone who is serious about elbow protection in whatever sport. I even forget I have them on half the time.