Bought one of these brand new one time as I wanted to have a riot set for some reason. Does a great job at protecting you, can't feel punches anywhere near what you'd feel without. Obviously get a helmet with it, old British riot helmets work alright, but they seem to always be a bit loose on your head. And make sure you get you get some pads for your shins and forearms. You can also find some shields on Ebay, just make sure they aren't shitty plastic ones made for dress ups.