They dont feel like they can cushion much, but they work. Used them today in the park to try some new stuff and they help you ride away from some bad decisions. They help a lot, I will most likely be sore tomorrow but atleast I will be able to walk. The tale bone padding is not as thick as it should be, it protects the hips well if you take a nasty slam on a rail. Only reason they dont get 5 stars is they make you look like jlo. I would only wear them when you are trying new stuff or trying to go bigger.