I actually went to the nearest store and hour away in Chicago (because I was in the area anyway) just to get a look at these shin guards. My last set of guards were Easton Stealth S5's, which have been great the last 5 years, but have too much wear now. The EQ50's are noticably heavier, but also MUCH more protective and has added protection for the outside of my knee, where I took a shot last year in a small gap in protection (sore for weeks). I haven't used them in game yet, but I put them on and left the wife have at me with a stick...didn't feel a thing! Good thing too, because I play defense and block a lot of shots. I have a lot more confidence to square up to block a slap shot now more than ever. The upper thigh guard is noticably shorter than my S5's though. Not sure yet if that will be a concern. Other than the weight and extra bulk, nothing to complain about EQ50.