My son has been wearing this chest protector for about a year. He plays at the Peewee AAA/AA levels. He says he never gets hurt by shots to the chest or stomach, but he does complain about shots to the shoulders. The floaters and wing pads need more padding. The downfall of the unit is the straps. They constantly come undone. The back strap buckle has fallen off several times and now we have lost it. It is an odd size not available in hockey shops or local craft stores. The female part of the clip is sewn into a permanent loop so you cannot replace both halves to a common size. Contacted Vaughn for a replacement, and they blew me off. I will not be buying a Vaughn product in the near future after that. So after a year and $400 dollars later my son is playing with a chest protector tied with a knot in the back strap. Thanks Vaughn!