Carbon Claw, Revgear Boon Thai and MMA Shinguards
There are two main styles of shinguards in combat sports, a Velcro strap style commonly used in Muay Thai, K1 and kickboxing and a sock style preferred when training MMA. Shopping for shin guards can be overwhelming especially if you don’t have much experience, with several factors to consider we have produced a buyer's guide to offer advice on buying Thai shinguards and MMA shinguards. Read more
Types of shin guards
Mainly used in combat sports where kicks are a core foundation of the discipline, shinguards with straps are commonly made from Velcro using a hoop and loop fasten. The most common is the classical leather shin guards that contains a lot of padding in the centre and on the foot. The boon thai shinguards are a good all round option and are one of the most popular Muay Thai shinguard. This style of shinguard is made to provide the athlete the maximum level of protection valuable when a kick lands on the shin or elbow.
The other types of shinguard available is more commonly used for MMA and is a sock style sleeve with added padding on the shin and foot. These shinguards are made out of stretch cotton. However, they offer minimum padding to protect the shins favouring mobility over protection. The sock style shinguard is mostly used by individuals during MMA sparring where stand-up and ground techniques can be utilised.
Things to consider
A shin guard with good protection
When it comes to shin protection athletes often have to settle between absolute support and maximum mobility. It is important to choose a shin guard that you will feel comfortable sparring in balanced with a good level of protection.
Avoid going too cheap
For first time buyers, it is obvious to fall for the cheapest brand available. However, you should know that cheap shin guards do not provide much protection and the straps are known to wear after a few months. It is better to invest in quality which will save you money in the long run, a good pair of shinguards will last several years.
Get the perfect size
Remember to check the sizing, ask people at the gym who are of similar build which size they use, each brand can also differ slightly. Oversized guards will make you feel awkward when sparring because they will be loose. On the other hand, if the shin guard is too small, it will not protect the upper part of your shin.
When choosing a shin guard, buy the shinguard that fits the sport you will be training in. Muay thai or Kickboxing choose a Velcro strap fasten, MMA use a sock style. You will experience an immense difference in quality with a cheaper brand so buy once and buy high quality.