This pad does what it needs to do - provides soft catches for bouldering falls. I've got about 6 months of continuous use on this pad (it's gathering dust these winter months), and it's softened up very nicely form it's original stiffness, but is still very firm. I've taken a few pretty decent falls on this pad, 15 ft.+, and felt just fine. The carpet top gathers a lot of stuff (sticks, leaves, etc...) but brushes off easily, and, more importantly, cleans shoes really well. One of the stitches on the "hook" side of the velcro closure pocket has ripped, making the pocket a bit of a hassle to use, but I'm happy overall. A better pad than most in this price range.