This pad is great for begginers. Durabiltiy shouldnt be a deciding factor when buying this pad(this pad isn't as durable as others out there) mainly because this pad is for starters. Once you get used to DDRMAX, you'll wanna go and invest in a more expensive pad, maybe an import hard pad. But for now, this should do. Not new to DDR?..then this pad is NOT for YOU. Dancers with experience shouldn't bother with this pad. The pad is a head-ache for intermediates, a waste of time for experts, but a good buy for begginers. I have this pad, mainly for for my friends new to DDR, but also have a hard pad for the more experienced players. NOTE to Begginers: This pad will reqire more percise movements in order to work properly, but in the long shot, using the hard pad later on will seem very easy once you master this pad. (...)you cant go wrong starting out with this pad.
*Be careful where you use the pad, make sure it's in a stable-non slippery surface or you will slip- most pads are like that- even those that claim to have non slip under surface. It all depends on where the user choses to place the pad.
*For those who have never seen a hard pad for sale...you are looking at anywhere between $80-$100, maybe more. They're not that easy to find unless there's a local import market near you. So, (...) start with this one, wear it out, and move on to more finer pads.
On a last note...there is a Mad Cats Pad available....but it's the same quality as this with different designs. I have tried the MAd Cats Pad and its all the same. The Red Ocatne pad is also great, but falls between $40-$50, Not for a tight budget.