I was hesitant about his for the price, but upon receipt, I thought it looked really great. Having said that I did have to return it so I can't advise how it holds up. I returned for a couple reasons - one, for me the 'size' didn't fit for me. Second, there wasn't very much padding, so I could feel the hard frame. This may be fine for a youngster, but with my 5'10' adult body it just wan't too comfortable. Overall, it think it depends on your purpose - this is great for a smaller kiddo to use, but if you are a bit larger, I suppose you have to spend more and get one of the nicer ones.