I have been using a Bauer Vapor C&A for 3 years, and was happy with the protection, but not the fit. Recently, I spent 90 minutes trying on about a dozen different C&A's from all the major brands. I was leaning more towards a pro pad to be well-protected, and thought I was going to spend a lot of $ to get it. None of them were "the one" until I tried on the Warrior Ritual. As soon as I put it on, both myself and the store attendant helping me said "this is the one".
First the fit. The Warrior fit great as soon as I put it on. It is well thought out ergonomically, so it sits where it should on the torso, shoulders, arms, and neck. Also, the Warrior is adjustable in every way imaginable - way more so than any other brand I looked at. Every part of the C&A unit is movable to fit your exact dimensions with velcro tabs. I like the torso section relatively tight, and the arms pretty loose. After buying it, I spent about 45 minutes at home getting it just right. It's been perfect so far. One problem I had with my old unit was it would ride up when I really crouched down low, I could feel it pushing up on the bottom of my mask- the Warrior unit has never done it. It stays exactly where I want it without tying it to my pants. Very pleased!
Now the performance. Firstly, I could not believe how light the Warrior unit is. It is literally half the weight of my older Bauer unit. Also, unlike most of the other units I tried on, the Warrior is not stiff when brand new. Some of the brands I tried on I knew would take a while to break in, not so with this one. I've skated with it now 5 times, and have never once thought it was stiff. Honestly, I don't even think about having a new C&A, which is great. The protection has been fine, too. I know it is not a pro pad, but playing men's league and pickup, I haven't felt a stinger yet. The torso protection is great - especially the "wing" pads and breastplate - never felt anything. The torso unit wraps around your sides and gives good protection there - trapping a puck between the elbow and the ribs was no problem. The shoulder caps and elbow pads have been perfect. I've been waiting for the stinger to happen, and so far have never felt one. I've also been hit in the lower forearm just above the cuff of the glove, and again, no issue there. I would say the protection is just as good as my old Bauer, but with a much better fit and lighter weight.
All in all, great fit, super light, and great protection. Plus, I saved hundreds of dollars I thought I would need to spend to have a great C&A.