My first impressions is that this shield will get the job done. It's long (protects to the knee), and is both lighter and thicker than I was expecting. This makes it easy to maneuver and doesn't fatigue the arm quickly. The craftsmanship seems very fine, though I the back strap could use a buckle, as it is very long; some instruction on how to use the tie strap and what looks like adjustment holes on the arm strap would be helpful, as well. I have yet to use it in combat, but have an event soon at which I hope to battle-scar its perfectly painted surface and may have more to say about it later.