my 2 cents worth...
Pain is good.
Injury is bad.
excellent prototype, effective design with need of a few tweaks. The tournament on Saturday was an excellent test (and lots of fun).
Rounded lames on, at least the index finger, would be good. My hands fared very well (some pain on the hard hits but no injury) but I received one or two cracks on the inside of my index knuckle that I can still feel today. Even a thicker bit of leather or a bit of padding would do the job.
and of course, the fastening at the wrist needs a little work.
@ dagermouse/bryan: Re wrist fastening - I mentioned to one of the design guys on saturday that a wrap-around (or thread "through and fold back") velcro strap might do the job quite well. Maybe better than a buckle as tightness can be easily adjusted and can be fastened/unfastened by someone wearing gloves.
@ bladerunner: Re padding on the fingers - they seem pretty good as they are. there are two layers beneath the plates; one of leather (the glove) and one of a lightly padded fabric (though I thought it was leather at the time). That seems to absorb and spread the impacts well... we were just using nylons though.
That said, we were hitting each other quite hard.
@ bulot & angantyr & nathan: Re grappling - I did a little grabbing and grappling and didn't encounter any problems (except the velcro came undone on one of the gloves). They aren't too bulky, though I can see the flared cuff might seem cause for concern at a glance.
That said, my aesthetic and practical preference preference would be for a longer, flexible cuff (wide enough to fit over other forearm protection. But that's just me