for example, anything i've bought from dover (rider's), roma pads, baker pads, something else i can't think of the name right now... poop. anyways - i'd take one of these padded pony pads over those any day. honestly, i have a hard time grabbing my back on track pad now that i have one of these for each of my horses. they're really that nice - perfect weight, perfect amount of cush/padding, lovely fabric (both pattern and quality) and a great fit. if you can see on my TB, he has super high withers. they custom designed a pad to fit him with extra padding in the wither area. i believe they now offer that as an option on their pads. ;) just great stuff. i can't say enough good things.