Padding was not as thick and hard as I originally expected. It is especially thin in the tail bone area, where you would think it would be thicker.
I bought a large because I have a 32-in waist, and there is a ton of extra room. I wish I would have gotten the medium.
The pads do offer some protection from average falls, but if you bite it hard they aren't going to cut it.
I would not recommend these pads to a friend. I would seek another manufacturer.