I'm coming from an old Vaughn 5500 which has very little side hand protection. I like the fact that it's not as bulky there as today's gloves are, but I have been hurt from time to time when pucks hit that part of the glove. I was looking for a glove that had more protection, but also wasn't as bulky as other gloves are. The TG7000 was a perfect choice for me. Side had protection is smaller than on most other blockers, but the Ventus style finger guards provide more than enough protection.
Balance, wrist mobility and comfort are all really good.