This was the first girdle I had ever played with. Traditionally I wore regular pants. Although pants provide you with a little more protection than a girdle, the mobility and flexibility you get from a girdle can't be matched. Don't get me wrong, the protection level on this girdle is great, but it isn't going to save you like a pair of regular pants would. But this girdle gives you the freedom to move easily.
The pads on this girdle are all aerated, so your body can breath while you sweat and it won't stink up as fast. The only problem I had with it was that the "crack pad" was a little uncomfortable at first while I was sitting on the bench in between shifts, but you get used to it. It's an awesome girdle though.