Works great, no color bleeding
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this because I broke my collarbone three months ago and was nervous because I knew I was going to be taking some falls on my arms and shoulders since I haven't even fully exited recovery. I used it three times (three days) this past weekend while learning to do some technical snowboard maneuvers and true to my thoughts, I landed square on my shoulder multiple times. This armor, without a doubt, either wholly or in part, saved my shoulder every time and allowed me to get back up and keep going immediately with no pain and no worries.
Regarding fit, I double and triple checked the sizing on their site against my own and ended up with a medium, which fit perfectly. If you've never worn armor like I hadn't, it will probably feel odd. I removed the back armor pad because it's not really necessary when snowboarding.
On top of the function, it looks pretty good, too. It's not too bulky (without the back plate, anyway) and I wore it on the outside since it was very spring-y and didn't feel weird about it at all. I actually got one compliment on it.
Other reviews mention the color bleeds -- I was wearing white underneath and a mid-tint purple/blue material on top of this and neither had bleeding. I haven't washed it yet as I didn't see any instructions on the tags but that's on the agenda for this weekend.
The only thing I would request is that they make all the pads removable as I noticed the wrists and others are not removable. Otherwise cheers to Demon for such a functionally good and good-looking product. They really gave me the confidence I needed after a severe injury to get back out and ride.