First ride with these pads was a 53 mile MTB trail on a mostly gravel road with occasional rocky downhill areas. On the steepest of the downhill areas, my tire got stuck in a rut and I went off my bike sideways, rolled twice, and stood up to find I only had one small scratch on my ankles where the bottom of the shin/knee guards didn't cover. This fall was on volcanic rocks, which is very abrasive and tears skin easily. These pads got scraped up but I didn't feel a thing. I will always wear these from now on for any sketchy ride. They were comfortable and didn't fatigue my riding at all. Great buy. During the fall they didn't slide or move out of position. The forearm has a mesh area under the velcro straps that keeps the straps from digging into the skin. Great design and great buy!