My 11 year-old catcher had outgrown the smaller equipment, and I was looking for something a little bigger. The Easton equipment's fit was too large, and I was looking around for an alternative. I had two major concerns for the Mizuno: 1. Was it padded enough and was the padding high-quality/slow release foam; 2. Would the fit be too big? As for the padding, this Mizuno Chest Protector is on par with the best on the market. The padding is not too "reflective" and yet very protective for the player. My catcher was quite pleased. In addition, it fit much better than I had anticipated. My catcher is thin (not much of a target but with pretty good hands and head for the game), and by not using the groin protector and adjusting the "wings" on the side, the chest protector fits almost perfectly.