I really like the look of these flares. I don't do any kind of wheeling where I'm running into trees or rocks, so I'm not concerned about damaging the flares off road. Everything is wide open where I live, no narrow trails to speak of. But all the negative hype still has me worried about them occasionally, when a friend decides to lean on them or something like that. These flares don't do much for peace of mind, but they do wonders for aesthetics (in my opinion) so it's worth it for me. Plus I got my set as a direct trade for my OEM flares, so it only cost me shipping!