I've been using these for as long as I've been playing and I like them. Their jet black, so if your playing in the woods the orange/pink/green shell color wont give you away if the enemy manages to get behind you. These seem to be almost indestructible, I've landed flat on my back/ass in the process of a full run, the balls in my hopper broke and part of the hopper got cracked I think, but the pods where fine. In another game, I was in an extremly akward position to play in. Behind a 3 foot tall log that when I was laying down I could not be seen, but my feet where towards the log, so i would have to lay on my back completly to use the cover and not get hit. So I did exactly that. I would sort of lean up and my air tank in the back of my vest and my pods sorted of helped support me, as I would rest most of my weight on them, and then drop down on my back, smashing the pods into the hard ground. I did this several times, and the pods where perfectly fine.
If you want tough pods, get these. These are sort of expenseive, but well worth it.