Fenders are great to have. I have found this out by riding all year with out them. Believe it or not the very next day on my way home from work they were put to the test! Yes it rained hard. I had to ride 7.4 miles in pouring rain. I thought the fenders did well. Although they could extend just a bit(about 3inch) more forward. Aside from that, I am ok with my purchase.