I have tan pads that replaced the stock pads in my silver Diamond ix3 frame. The first time I wore them, I took a foul ball directly to the center of the mask (there are red marks from the stitching where the ball hit). The crowd and the base coaches reacted, but I did not feel the impact. I gave a thumbs up, put the ball back in play, and called the next pitch. I am also impressed with how comfortable they are - they do not slide around and no need to shave before games. I have not noticed them getting any more dirty/grungy than the tan leather pads I have - and, I can wash them!