Evans RF12D RealFeel 12" 2 Sided Speed and Workout Drum Practice Pad


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Evans RF-12D

While many think the The Evans RF-12D RealFeel 12" Speed and Workout Drum Pad is a recently designed product, the original design for the RealFeel drum pad has been around since the late 80s and early 90s and was distributed by a company called HQ Percussion. HQ was acquired by D'addario in 2004 and their products were eventually assimilated into the Evans brand. The RealFeel series has been constantly improved upon over the course of decades with changes like covering the rubber pads with fabric to prevent scuff marks, to formulating new rubber densities for better feel and response.


  • Size: 12"
  • Material: Gum Rubber and Neoprene
  • Extras: Double Sided


Users have near-universal praise for the RF-12D. The convenience of having two surfaces with different responses to practice on is a consistent positive comment on the product. The noise level is noted to be quiet enough not to be distracting to people in their immediate surroundings.


Two customers have noted that some of the pads they received have quality control issues with regards to air pockets/uneven gluing of the pad. This resulted in an uneven feel when their sticks hit the unglued parts. Other people noted that there was a strong industrial smell on their drum pads. There were comments on the wood material being compressed MDF and not an actual piece of cut and shaped hardwood.


The Evans RF-12D is a perennial favorite in the drum community for years. Two different surfaces allow you to target different areas of your playing. One side has less bounce and gives your hands a better workout. This alone can do wonders for your stamina as a drummer. The other side has more bounce and allows you to work on your accuracy and speed.