A couple of years ago, I needed new pot holders. Charles gave me two new ones for Christmas that year. One was your basic potholder. The other had stripes made of silicon. In theory, it would protect my hands from heat even better than the padded material in a traditional pot holder.
It was a great success. The only problem was that I used the silicon pot holder all the time. To the exclusion of almost anything else, I reached for it.
As a result it wore out pretty quickly. You can see the burned spots and holes above. This year, Charles bought two new pot holders. Both have the stripes.