I looove my impact gel pads! Seriously, favorite pads ever. I have 4, a work one for my mare, a show one, a work one for my gelding, and a half pad for english. Whenever the chrio works on my horse, they're surprised at how strong her back is.. and yes, I do believe part
of it is because of the pad. I have never had issues with freezing, but I they're kept in a heated tack room, so I guess I've never used a "cold" one.