After 100 logged 4 minute rounds I've had time to review the pros and cons of this headgear. Let me start of by saying this is the best mexican style headgear I have tried on, despite not having chin protection. While most people say its just as protective as a facebar, I have to respectfully disagree. I've gotten a bloody nose with this, it won't protect you from bombs. It has very good nose protection if you got it the right size and laced up the right way (not too loose). The headgear is maybe a little too tight on the forehead, but if I loosen it up a little it would take away from nose protection and it'll move. Top quality construction and padding, very good ear padding along with padding on the temple. No padding on the back, not a big deal, keeps the headgear light. Although the headgear is made out of artificial leather its held up very good, my only complaint would be that the headgear doesn't breathe. It gets overwhelmingly hot in there, for such a hefty price I would have wanted real, breathable leather. Visibility is very good, I see punches coming, no problem detecting hooks either. The chin strap is perfect, I like it a lot more then a buckle and keeps the headgear light. All and all, I'm very happy with the purchase and happy I don't get headaches after heavy sparring anymore. I'm also keeping an eye on ebay, I've been wanting to buy an fg 5000, I'll give a review on that if I get the chance to buy it. Thanks.