Maybe I'm asking too much, but I bought this because it looked like it provided good shoulder protection. In reality, anytime I've taken a hard spill, my body took the brunt of the impact. Face it, when we fall, we land on our sides most often. I've yet to find body armor that protects sides and shoulders well. If this is gonna be a placebo, I'd rather not have the false sense of security. My other gripe is that for the price, I expected it to last. After 2 years, the plastic is tearing at the hinge points (front and back of each shoulder). In some cases, I've had to replace rivits or screws with cable ties. In other places, the plastic is tearing and the best I could do was a temporary, duct tape job. I do wear a camelback over it, and that's probably causing the stress failures. I expected stronger materials for the price though. C'mon A-Star, you can do better. Make it worthy of your name!