I am not a downhiller, but I am 42 and somehow don't have the sense of balance I thought I had. I ride very rocky technical trails and after the last bloody shin, decided enough was enough. I looked around the internet at lots of pads and kept coming back to POC because of comments about the quality of construction, fit, and protection. The pads have lived up to the hype. I have ridden several times in the pads and yes, have managed to eat it in a couple of rock gardens. I know the price is quite a bit higher than other pads, but I have learned that you get what you pay for and quite frankly, I have enough scars already to prove my manhood...The best part, though, is the piece of mind I have to ride the way I want without the worry and hesistation.