These were a present for my 4 year old son. We have had them for a little over a year. They mostly stay in a closet, up high, so they can only be used with supervision as my son practically morphs into the HULK while wearing them and yelling "HULK SMASH!" while pounding on the furniture or floor. For this reason, I am glad they are semi soft and forgiving to whatever they are being pounded on. These are all positive reasons to have the HULK fists. The only negative is though, to watch your boy get sad and frustrated when they crack. We have tried duct tape on the inside, gorilla glue, and super glue and although they will fix the cracks temporarily, a new crack will happen in another area. This is why they stay in the closet. I limit his use with them so I don't often have to see his eyes when they crack....again.