Whether you indulge in kickboxing, Muay Thai, soccer, or any other hard-hitting sport, wearing shin guards is a must. This is a crucial piece of safety equipment that can protect your shins from possible injury when playing or practicing.
If you have no intention of remaining on the bench for seasons on end because of avoidable injuries, having the right equipment is necessary.
Wondering why I chose to focus on Fairtex sp3 pro style shin guards?
Well, the answer is simple; they are comfortable and offer better control. They are intelligently designed to perfectly match the shape and size of most players and hardly ever move out of position.
There is nothing not to love about the overall construction of the SP3 Fairtex shin guards. They are made from quality synthetic leather and have padding that is just thick enough to protect you from the risks of getting injured.
What makes this model stand out is that it has a solid construction that is amazingly not bulky. We all understand the dangers of wearing thin shin guards. With this pair, your protection from bruises is almost guaranteed, yet you do not have to compromise your comfort.
There are four main sizes that you can choose from; small, medium, large, and extra-large. Choosing between sizes may sound relatively straightforward, although it is not.
Because of the downsides of wearing tight shin guards or loose ones, I recommend measuring the size of your leg before making your choice. Pay special attention to your foot and calf size.
For instance, I weigh 150 lb. and my height is slightly above 5’8. I find the large size better than the medium size because it does not mess with the fitting. Large Fairtex shin guards measure 14″ in length, and the instep is about 5″.
Hence, we recommend settling for a size that gives you that fantastic snug fit.
Irrespective of the game you play, nothing is as frustrating as wearing shin guards that move out of position. These pro-style shins inner lining gets a good grip on the foot. This works for me when engaging in kickboxing.
I wear the large size shins and love how they reach slightly under my kneecaps, and the insteps do not cover my toes. This design enhances free movement, even when making knee strikes.
Forgive me if I’m wrong, although I feel that a guard that covers my toes could make me a bit sloppy and not in full control of my movements.
The longer strap at the top is 36 cm in length. Even with bigger calves than most players, these straps are perfect, and they close securely. When worn, these shin guards assume a perfectly rounded shape that fits snuggly around the shins.
Here is the deal; this is not a product you want to purchase if you aim to get flashy looking shin guards. However, you will get the best value for your money if you are in search of extra comfort and protection.
These are simple looking guards that will make you look as though you are preparing to enter a spaceship. They have a Fairtex logo on the black surface and elastic band to secure under the foot and two straps with metal loops that ought to run on the lower and upper calf.
The fact that these are stitch-free guards ensures you do not suffer from unwarranted pressures or discomfort. Yes, the design looks simple, but it’s practical.
Padding and Protection
The three foam layers used to make the padding offer enhanced impact absorption. You will notice a subtle raise on the bone and at the center of the instep and this further assists in protecting your foot from impact injuries.
When the Fairtex brand is mentioned, the first thing that comes to the minds of most people is unmatched levels of comfort and protection.
Well, the SP3 has a cotton lining that feels gentle on the skin and helps to prevent the leg from sliding. The metal loops on the loop and hook strap system helps to hold the shin guards correctly in position, though it is evident that they are a little outdated.
Cleaning and Care
Take it from me; shin guards do not smell like roses after use. High impact sports such as Muay Thai and kickboxing make every part of the body to sweat, and the shins are not an exception. So how do you clean and care for your equipment to keep the foul smells at bay?
Here are five simple steps you must commit to memory.
Let the shin guards dry before cleaning them. Once they are dry, soak them in a mixture of warm water, a teaspoon of baking soda, and some mild detergent.
Let them soak for about 10 minutes. It is best to ensure they are entirely submerged in the solution. If need be, place something slightly heavy to prevent them from floating.
Knead the padding gently and thoroughly rinse the guards with lukewarm water.
Set the pro-style shin guards on a towel to remove excess water. Place them in a well-ventilated area while facing down and let them air dry.
Once they are dry, spray them with a quality disinfectant to eliminate the risk of fungal or mold buildup. Voila! Your shin guards are clean and ready for use during your next game.
The primary care rule is that you must wash the equipment after each use and avoid placing them in soccer bags because this may encourage the buildup of bacteria, mold, and unpleasant stinks.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I use a washing machine to clean my shin guards?
Yes, you can. However, we highly recommend hand-washing the equipment instead. Too much moisture can damage the leather fibers. Their rigidity also makes them prone to getting knocked and scraped when using a washing machine.
2. Can I use Fairtex shin guards for different sports?
These pro-style guards provide unmatched protection when engaging in MMA, field hockey, soccer, and various other sports. If you are a recreational player who indulges in more than one sport, you can use this model interchangeably.
3. Do I need to wear ankle guards with shin guards?
Shin guards, as the name suggests, are mainly designed to protect the shins. This means that ankle guards would also make an excellent addition to your sports safety gear.
When I first signed up for martial arts, my trainer said the Fairtex sp3 pro-style shin guards are a good choice. For me, they are proved to be the perfect pick. They allow me to focus on the game without worrying about the possibilities of getting wounded.
Just ensure, you choose the perfect fit that snuggles on your foot. They have a sturdy construction and proper cushioning to prevent impact injuries.