At least now you yourself can can control how your avatar appears to others rather than them dictate how you appear. Also, the physics layers allow for much more accurate fine tuning.
However, the layers are not without significant problems of their own.
Firstly, they are mostly designed for v2 or v3 based viewers. Those still using v1 based viewers - and that is a lot of people - do not always render the physics movements correctly. I am told it can look really quite freakish.
Secondly, the physics layers can look terrible in heavily populated or laggy areas regardless of what viewer version is being used. I always have to remove mine when there are more than a handful people around, which kinda defeats the purpose!
But, when they are working they do look good!
I cannot find the link at the moment, but Serenity or Emmanuelle (or both!) posted about a free pack of 24 body physics layers being given away by Jeanette Doobie
I have been using one of the twenty-four layers for a few months now, only removing in laggy or heavily populated areas. I am very very happy with the look.
However, because of environmental circumstances...and this is absolutely not a reflection on Jeanette's kind and generous efforts..., the look isn't always quite what one would have hoped.
While preparing my blog-post for 'The Path', I saw this and just had to film it!
Hope it makes you smile....