I've had mine a year and have really used them alot in the past 6 months, but have always treated them well (other than kicking people with them). The neoprene tore trying to pull them on last Saturday. Right above the actual shin pad below the top-most strap. I think I'm going to try and use them as-is for now or switch to my Fairtex Pro Shingaurds (which I don't like to use, because they turn when I use them). It sucks that I'll probably have to replace these after only a solid 6 months of use, but I love them too much not too have another pair. I use them every day I train. I just noticed on Combat Sports' website they reduced the price of these as well. I wonder if they are planning of replacing or discontinuing these. Does anyone else have these, and have you had any similar problems?