Although some people recommend no wrist guards because it transfers the shock to your arm, these glove wrist guards have really helped support my wrists while still falling onto my forearm. I was riding and hit a patch of ice. I immediately slammed down and put my wrists to my chest and because I had the guards it protected my fall. They also help give support with getting up from a seated position. The only down side to these gloves are that they are bulky.