These gloves are amazing. Let me start with the only bad thing though, they take about five full practices to break them in; so hit the wall with them. After those five days it barely feels like you're wearing them. They're super light and the way the leather is stitched allows for great feel of the stick. They fit snugly around your hand (almost like a football glove with just enough wiggle room in the fingers) which really helps for control (especially on the face-off X). As far as protection goes...well they do what they're supposed to. (But if you're getting hit in the hands enough to where it hurts, you probably won't have the ball anymore.) Great gloves.