SCHOLL Concepts state that the best polishing results are only obtained when polishes and pads, like the components in a precision watch, are meticulously designed to work together to enhance each other's performance. Consequently, in recent years they've invested heavily in extending and optimising their pad range, in order to ensure that newer polishing compounds, such as their incredible S20 Black, are properly supported. SCHOLL Concepts Spider Pads are the result of this effort, and build upon the minimalist nature of the Premium line of pads by incorporating a geometric facing pattern of precision cut slits. This design reportedly increases the effective surface area of the pads, causing them to hold more product and cut harder and more efficiently as a result. For the record, we're not usually fans of patterned pads, as in our experience they tend to provide places for unspent product to accumulate, which then typically releases itself when you least want it to, i.e. right at the end of a set. However, given the SCHOLL Concepts design philosophy (which abandons looks and novelty marketing features in favour of functionality and intelligent details that add value to the end-user), we decided to put the new Spider pads on test. Suffice to say we're really glad we did, as they work incredibly well, particularly in conjunction with long-throw dual action polishers and one-step compounds such as S20 Black.