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Best Knee Guards 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Knee Guards of 2018
The best knee guards will make your fairytale dreams come true! I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best knee guards that you can buy this year. I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references. On that note, I review the three best knee guards of 2018 to help you get value for your money.
Test Results and Ratings
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№1 – AIYUE1 Pair Basketball Honeycomb Knee Pads Protector Leg Sleeve Kneepad Padded Support Knee Brace Guards for Boys Girls Adult
Why did this knee guards win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
№2 – JBM Adult / Child Knee Pads Elbow Pads Wrist Guards 3 In 1 Protective Gear Set For Multi Sports Skateboarding Inline Roller Skating Cycling Biking BMX Bicycle Scooter
Why did this knee guards come in second place?
This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
№3 – Reachs 1 Pair / 2 Pcs Kneepad Honeycomb Knee Pads Leg Knee Sleeve Protective Pad Support Guard Hexpad
Why did this knee guards take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
Knee Guards Buyer’s Guide
To hold the pad up manufacturers often put a small strip of silicone on the top and bottom seams. It can irritate the skin however, so some manufacturers use slightly smaller strips or eliminate it all together, preferring a stretchy hem instead.
POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Protector
The knee section features a 3D molded VPD 2.0 knee protector that keeps you safe from any minor/major injuries when riding through trails & rough terrain.
Race Face Flank Leg Protectors easy to wear. You no longer have to take off your shoes to wear them. adjustable Velcro straps. You may wonder if they are efficient enough but, the truth is that you can ride for long hours without having to adjust them. The straps hold these guards in place even during hectic descents. You only need to adjust the straps to the right fit and you are good to go. high-end performance in terms of comfort. The material used in these knee protectors is designed to wick away sweat from your knees and shins. Their lightweight nature will enable you to walk without struggling.
Thermoskin supports are made of specially designed material to raise temperature below the skin for pain relief and healing, especially for arthritis
Relatively new boy on the block, these braces are quickly taking the market by storm. They receive excellent user reviews for comfort, support and value
The happy-medium soft shell with hard inserts
If you don’t want the extra thigh protection but do want the most ankle protection otherwise, only the Wilson Platinum will do. See how easy this is!
In the soft-shell with hard inserts category, the ForceUltimate Umpire Shin Guards are more substanial in the ankle area and offer more protection there than lower profile Diamond DLG-LITE.
Measuring for Shin Guards
Before we talk about which umpire shin guards are better for shorter (or taller umpires), let’s get out the measuring tape.
It seems reasonable that umpire shin guards would be measured by their full length from the tip of its top to the tip of its bottom. This is a common misconception.
Instead, they are measured by their fit or, more specifically, where they should fit. Where they should fit is from the area where the middle of your knee would go on the shin guard to the bottom of the shin guard without a toe plate.
For you, find your shin guard size by measuring from the center of your kneecap to the bottom of your shin (where the leg meets the top of the foot). This is best done in a seated position.
Normally, 17″ shin guards will fit individuals in the 5′ 10″ to 6′ 1″ range. Above 6′ 1″, would go up a size. Below 5′ 10″, go down. However, this is just a general rule. Simply measuring yourself knee-to-foot before ordering will alleviate most potential problems. If in doubt, always go with the larger size as it’s better to have more coverage than to be short in this department.
Out of all umpire protective gear, shin guards are returned more often than masks and chest protectors due to sizing issues. So, know your shin guard size already!
Ok. We’re at the half-way mark, and you’re still here. Nice job.
No strap around the knee
All-Star System Seven Umpire Shin Guards (below)A unique harness system to provide more support at the calf and less around it.
Varous Other Models including the Diamond iXUmpire Shin Guards (below) have padding that extends around the back of the leg to help prevent much of the rubbing that can occur.
There is probably a greater variety of mouth guards available than any other type of equipment in roller derby. Mouthguards can start at £for basic youth-size boil-and-bite guards and can easily go over £50 for custom-made guards. It just depends on personal preference. If you are only wearing a mouthguard because the regs say you have to, stick with the low end and save your money to put towards other gear. If you have already dropped a lot of money on corrective or cosmetic dentistry and want to protect that investment, or you want to try to avoid having to do so in the future, definitely spend more and go for a custom job.
Helmets are really a matter of personal preference. There’s not one that substantially outperforms others. If it fits properly, it’s good. How do you know if it fits properly? It should be snug but not so tight it makes your head hurt or leaves marks on your forehead. Your strap should be snug, and the helmet shouldn’t be wobbling around on your head. If you are to the point where you are doing full-contact hitting with experienced skaters, you shouldn’t be using second hand gear. Depending on construction, some helmets are rated as single-impact, and some are rated as multi-impact. You can usually find out on the manufacturer’s website which yours is, but if they don’t have it listed, a short email to their customer service should get you the info you’re looking for.
Wrist guards tend have the shortest useful life of all protective gear, especially when you’re new to the sport. Ask around, and the veteran skaters will point you in the right direction, since some brands last longer than others, though you’ll probably still end up replacing them a couple of times a year. Just keep in mind that you want ones that fit properly and cover nearly all of your palm. Also, while the glove-style wrist guards are popular, they don’t breathe well, so you’ll likely end up with stinky, sweaty hands.
At the same time, they are very lightweight and will not restrict your movement. They are basic and sturdy for people who are not looking for something fancy but would rather spend their money on something that works.
They are more expensive than other products on the market.
ALTA 52913.1AltaCONTOUR Knee Protector Pad
They also come with a non-slip rubber strap that will keep them in place. Wearing them all day long will be a breeze since they are flexible. They also come with a reliable and quick fastening so that you can put them on and take them off fast.
Sturdy Cordura nylon fabric to protect your knees regardless of the conditions.
Suitable for all kinds of rough activities in any terrain.
A tricot liner that will wick moisture away and keep the dirt out.
Black Diamond Telekneesis Kneepad
They are perfectly designed to move with your knees’ natural movement. The articulated design will completely cover your knees and protect you against cuts and injuries. The brushed poly interior is very smooth and will not rub against your skin if you choose to wear them with shorts.
The first thing I noticed is a longer than normal cap pad, which turned out to be great for the added protection it offered when I hit the deck, it allowed for substantial maneuverability, and ohhh, the comfort; I could hardly tell I was banging my knees on the ground. The compression recovery neoprene foam padding offers consistent support, exactly where I kneed it (see that? That was a play on words, but no worries Munchkin; I understand you’re probably not used to intelligent humor).
It’s also got a Cordura nylon cover which provides additional, and I must say, substantial high-performance set grip and durability. And if you know anything about Cordura, it’s way better than cotton or regular nylon, like times better, times longer lasting, and times more durable. It has dual adjustable straps and strap keepers, which gives you the means to handle any situation quickly and efficiently, when necessary.
These bad boys are made of Military tough materials that are all made in North America. It has 100% USA materials; this is quality you can count on!
Compromise in durability? Are you new, Soldier? Never here!
Maybe I’ll take my kid to a paintball field, so I can use these on the weekends, while I smother his cocky rear end in some paint. I’ll let him bang his knees up without these, at least the first weekend. Maybe I can get him to mow the lawn if I buy him a pair? Or perhaps a 200 round auto-reloader on my paintball gun aimed at his hind quarters will provide some desperately needed motivation… Wishful Thinking. back to menu ↑
How to Choose Muay Thai Shin Guards
Before we dive straight into the actual recommendations, it is helpful to know some of the various characteristics and differences, in order to choose the best Muay Thai shin guards for your sparring. There is no perfect shin guards but only one that meets your needs. Often times, it is a design of balance and compromise.
Sizing and Fit
Shin guards typically come in general sizing of small/medium/large/X-large. So, the taller you are, or the bigger your calves are, the bigger size you will need. If your shin guards are too big, they will shift a lot during sparring and you will need to readjust them constantly. If they are too small, they might not offer enough protection; fit too tightly; and can be uncomfortable to wear.
The fit of shin guards also varies from brand to brand. For the same size, Brand X might fit wider than Brand Y. At the same time. If you want shin guards that fit you exactly the way you want, it is imperative that you try on a few brands to find one that you like.
Muay Thai Shin Guards Vs MMA Grappling Shin Guards
MMA shin guards are designed with grappling in mind so they are usually less bulky compared to Muay Thai shin guards. MMA guards usually come in socks-like sleeves to keep the guards in place during intensive scrambling and rolling on the floor. Muay Thai guards held with straps are not practical under such conditions. Consequently, due to this compromise for mobility, MMA guards do not protect as much as Muay Thai guards. There is a lot more focus on striking especially with legs in Muay Thai and you need adequate protection when you block and check your sparring partner’s kicks.
Tips on choosing your Muay Thai Shin Guards
Now, if you intend to get your shin guards from online shops, don’t go scurrying off to purchase them just yet. You should ideally know the model and size before hitting that “buy” button. Here are a few tips for choosing the right model and size:
Fairtex Shin Guards SP7
As far as leg protection goes in sparring, this is the creme de la creme. The SPcovers as much of your lower legs as is possible without restricting your Muay Thai kicks. Your feet, shin, and ankles (nearly up to the knees) are all padded up for maximum protection and safest sparring experience. When you have these on, it makes it feel like wearing armour.
These are very comfortable in all ways and the detachable shin and foot design allows for the most natural range of leg movements. The super thick padding are excellent and will withstand even the hardest of kicks. As synthetic gear, these hold up against to any other genuine leather shin guards in the market and lives up to the reputation of the brand name. Admittedly, they are bulkier than other options but are surprisingly lighter than you would expect. For best overall protection, these are my top choice.
Twins Special Classic Shin Guards SGL-2
I feel inclined to add these Twins classics to the list as they were my very first experience with shin guards and sparring. These were my gym’s training shin guards for the trainers and were free to use for sparring by anyone. While I went away with bad thigh bruises from some unforgiving low kicks at my first spar, my shins were left intact from the session, thanks to these SGL-2s. Regrettably, they cover till under the knees like most shin guards and I was also blessed with some knee bruises. The thing I love most about Twins shin guards compared to Top King and Fairtex is that they are lighter but yet provides adequate protection.
As with all Twins gear, these cowhide leather shin guards are of high quality and are extremely durable. The fact that they are still used and abused after so many years at my gym, is a true testament to their durability. Aesthetics-wise, the standard SGL-2s are really plain and simple but they do come with more fancy designs under a different model code (FSG).
The SGL-has been around for a while so the looks and ergonomics seem dated compared to more modern designs. But these are old skool workhorse gear that will serve their very purpose of protecting your shins -and your partners- during sparring. No fancy patterns or cutting-edge technology. Just a good old pair of thick cushions for protecting your shins. As they say, ain’t nothing like the old skool.
Twins Special Competition Shin Guards SGL-3
Along with the classic SGL-2, the SGL-is one of the two more popular Twins Special shin guards. These “Competition” shin guards features a slimmer profile compared to the SGL-2, offering a smaller area of leg coverage. The inner and outer sides of your calf muscles are more vulnerable when you check your opponent’s kicks. The instep padding is also really thin so it offers little protection for your feet.The padding of the SGL-3s is about ½ inch thinner than the SGL-2s. So your sparring partner might not appreciate the thinner padding as would your shins.
With a host of negative design features, it does have its redeeming factors. The slim design makes them considerably more lightweight and compact, hence offering better mobility. Feel less clunky and a godsend for sparring sessions being able to block and kick faster. The thin instep padding may not offer much protection but this actually makes it less restrictive on your footing or movement. The simple strap system holds up securely during sparring, without a need to stop frequently to readjust. And like the SGL-2, these are made with cowhide leather for optimal durability. These may look dull and basic but they offer better quality than a lot of the fancy schmancy looking shin guards out in the market.
Venum Fusion Shin Guards
The Venum Fusion shin guards feature all the benefits offered by the Elite model with a few subtle design differences. The first difference is the use of a narrower padding on the raised layer but not so much to make any functional effect on protection.
The more obvious difference is of course, the sleek glossy surface as is also used on the Fusion line of boxing gloves. This unique aesthetic touch will appeal to some but may be too outlandish for more conservative tastes. Both the Elite and Fusion shin guards are priced very similarly. In short, it all boils down to pure appearances. The Fusion model comes in blue, red and a neon green colors.
RDX MMA Shin Guards
The calf straps seem to run a little short so if you have muscular calves, these might not wrap completely or securely. The instep guards, however, run a tad long and there have been reviews of minor toe/feet discomfort. Overall, these shin guards offers decent protection and are a cost-effective solution. For casual sparring and light usage (or perhaps shin conditioning purpose), the RDX gets the job done.
From gardening to household chores, getting down on your hands and knees can be a real pain, but it doesn’t have to be. With this kneel pad, you can enjoy great comfort any time you find yourself on your knees. Durable construction ensures your knee cushion lasts for many years, the foam kneeling pad will not break down or compress over time, providing best knee support without the potential for punctures or tearing. The minimal water absorption material helps when used in baby bath tub and provides easy cleaning.
You can find the sets of both Pro-Tec and Triple Eight via online retailers, and you can sometimes find the Triple Eight set at sporting goods stores. A note on sets, though: your arms and legs aren’t necessarily the same sizes. Just saying. You can try on gear at skateboard shops and skating rinks, which carry these and other brands.
Striking a balance between ventilation and protection can be hard – the more holes in the helmet the more places a sharp object can directly hit your skull. Look for a helmet that has adequate ventilation but vents that are not easily penetrated.
Fit and Sizing
The best helmet in the world is worth nothing if it doesn’t fit right. The helmet should not hurt or squeeze your head, but should fit snugly enough to move your eyebrows around if you pull it upwards gently.
Hey, don’t underestimate the importance of good looks when it comes to an accessory. It’s important that you feel confident while wearing your helmet, so the look of it needs to appeal to you. Personally, I’ll only buy a helmet with a matte finish since I think glossy finishes look cheap. You may feel the opposite, but only your opinion matters.
Shin Guards are only used for slalom racing or training. Shin Guards are shaped to protect the knee cap and shin from the gates. Most models have two Velcro straps which will run around the back of the racer’s calves to hold the shin guards in place. Many young athletes and smaller female athletes may find the Velcro straps to be too long to provide secure closure; the straps can usually be crisscrossed to provide a tighter fit.
Shin Guards are available in two sizes: adult and junior. It is important to make sure that the shin guard is long enough to effectively cover the knee cap and the top of the boot so that the shin bones aren’t exposed. For athletes approximately foot or taller it is best to choose the adult version.
Shin Guards are typically made from plastic, although some brands do make carbon fiber versions. The plastic shin guards are all very similar and are typically priced competitively. Carbon Fiber Shin Guards are lighter weight and stronger, but generally about to times the cost. Plastic Shin Guards do break from time to time, but occurrences are extremely rare.
Pole Guards are only used for slalom racing or training. Pole Guards are made from plastic and are used to protect a racer’s hands while they cross block slalom gates. Pole Guards fit around the shaft of the poles and use a few small nuts and bolts to hold them in place.
There are two styles of pole guards. Full pole guards wrap completely up and over the racer’s hands as shown above. Half style pole guards cover all of the fingers but do not wrap all the way up to the top of the grip. The decision for full or half guards is really personal preference; however athletes with large hands may find the half guards to be too low profile.
Additionally there are two sizes of poles guards: adult and junior. There is some difference in physical size of the guards, but the major difference is the diameter of the portion of the guard which fits around the shaft. Kids race poles typically have 16mm shafts while adult race poles have 18mm shafts. It is important to check the diameter of the ski poles the Pole Guards will be going on to make sure these measurements match up.
Since the cross blocking technique is only used in slalom pole guards aren’t needed for the other disciplines. Most commonly a racer will have Pole Guards on their slalom poles (straight poles) and have another set of poles for Giant Slalom (the bent poles). To save money some racers will put pole guards on Giant Slalom poles to give them the best of both worlds. This isn’t typically the best solution, the point of the bent poles is to provide better ergonomic positioning in a tuck and pole guards tend to prohibit the positioning of the wrists in the tucked position. Additionally many racers will size their Giant Slalom Poles a bit longer to help with their start.
Chin Guards are typically made of metal and attach to the helmet to protect a racer’s face from gates in the event that a cross block is missed or a gate wraps around the cross block and hits the racer. Most racing organizations require Chin Guards be worn in order to ski slalom. Some athletes take the Chin Guard off for skiing Giant Slalom while others have two helmets so they can change quickly between events with out risking loosing screws or the chin guard. Chin Guards should be removed for speed events such as Super G and Downhill.
Giant Slalom: Longer Turns, Paneled Gates, Lower Stance
Spine Protectors are great pieces of equipment for racers at every level. Spine Protects adapt to the anatomical bend of a racer’s back to protect it from external forces. There are several different styles of spine protectors available. Some minimalistic designs just protect a racer’s back, while other designs offer additional protection for a skier’s arms, shoulders, chest and back. Some designs may not be FIS legal do to “wind resistance” and other specifications. It is important to check with your coaching staff and the FIS or USSA equipment regulations for your respective age group if you are considering a Spine Protector which doesn’t specifically mention being FIS legal in the product description.
Fore Arm Protectors
Fore Arm Protectors are very similar to Shin Guards used in Slalom, but are for your fore arms. They are smaller and ergonomically shaped to protect a racer’s fore arms from bruising while racing or training Giant Slalom.
Many racers might experience bruising on their outer thighs and hips in addition to their arms from racing and training giant slalom. Padded Shorts are simply spandex shorts with padding placed in appropriate areas to protect a racers thighs and hips. Padded Shorts go under a racer’s GS Suit or Training Apparel to offer additional padding.
Wheeled or Non-Wheeled
Older kids tend to prefer the non-wheeled hockey bags. Non-wheeled hockey bags take up less room and are easier to pack. Also most older kids with wheels on their bag will get teased for not being strong enough to carry their equipment.
A hockey stick is another very important piece of equipment. A stick should be properly fitted with the right length, flex, and handedness.
Typically the dominant hand should be put on the top of the stick, so if a child is right hand they will shoot left, and if they are left handed they will shoot right. The dominant hand goes on top because the top hand does most of the movements during stickhandling.
For the length of the stick I recommend cutting the stick just below the chin while the child is on skates. This allows good movement of the stick, and encourages the child to get a bit lower with their hockey stance.
SLIP-IN SHIN GUARDS
Slip-in shin guards are lightweight shields that can be worn right under your socks. Some socks are snug enough to keep the shin guards from moving, but many players prefer to use tape, stays or compression sleeves to keep the shields in place throughout the game. More advanced players typically prefer slip-in shin guards for the freedom of movement they offer.
ANKLE SHIN GUARDS
Because of the additional protection they provide, ankle shin guards are typically recommended for youth and intermediate players. This style offers additional padding on both sides of the ankle to shield it from kicks and may help reduce the risk of ankle sprains. Most ankle shin guards feature stirrups that slide under the feet, along with a hook-and-loop strap or elastic band that wraps around the calf to ensure a secure fit. Some brands offer styles with removable ankle guards, allowing players to wear only the shin shield as they get older and progress.
As the name implies, shin socks are built into the socks for convenience. Because of the hassle-free design, shin socks are a popular choice for youth players.
Keep in mind: Shin guards worn at the high school level must be approved by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). Look for the NOCSAE stamp on the front of the shin guard.
SHIN GUARD ACCESSORIES
There are a few shin guard accessories you may want to consider in order to have the best possible experience on the pitch.
Shin Guard Sleeves: As mentioned earlier, if you wear slip-in shin guards, you may want to wear shin guard sleeves to ensure a snug fit. The last thing you want is your shin guards sliding down your leg when the game is on the line.
Shin Guard Tape: Typically, players who use shin guard tape will wrap it over their socks at both the top and bottom of the shin guard to hold it in place. The one clear advantage of shin guard tape is that it allows the player to decide how firm of a hold they want on the shin guard.
Shin Guard Stays: If you find tape to be a hassle or simply uncomfortable, shin guard stays are a great alternative. Most shin guard stays wrap around your leg with a hook-and-loop closure to hold your shin guards in place.
Ankle Guards: If you opt for a pair of shin guards that does not come with ankle guards, you can always add them later if you decide you need them. They are sold separately, typically with the same stirrup design found in ankle shin guards.
How To Find The Correct Size Knee Guard
A Closer Look At The Features Of The Best Basketball Knee Guards Of 2017
Shock Doctor Ultra Knee Support (Voted Best Basketball Knee Brace)
McDavid 644Hex Pad (Voted Best Full Length Basketball Knee Pad)
McDavid 6440 Hex Pad (Voted Best Short Length Basketball Knee Pad)
Nike Pro Combat (Voted Best Basketball Knee Sleeve)
Shock Doctor 86Compression Sleeve (Voted Best Value For Money Basketball Guard)
If you have read our guide on how to strengthen knees for basketball you would know just how important it is to keep you knees healthy for basketball.
Strengthening you knees provides muscular reinforcement that can help make you less prone to sustaining a knee injury while playing ball.
Almost every NBA player is now wearing knee guards of some variety. Imagine if you were getting paid millions of dollars per season to play basketball… You would do everything you could to ensure you can stay injury free wouldn’t you?
NBA players look at protective equipment such basketball knee guards and ankle braces etc, as an investment into their future on-court performance.
Even if you are not a professional it is still very worthwhile to invest in your knee health so that you can keep ballin’ for many more years to come.
I hope you enjoy our review and comparison of the best basketball knee guards on the market. (we are always updating this page with the latest products so be sure to visit us again in the future to check for updates on the top basketball knee apparel to hit the market)
Our Top Pick: Best Basketball Knee Pad & Sleeve 2017
Things That Users Did Not Like About The Shockdoctor Basketball Knee Brace
McDavid 644Hex Pad (Voted Best Full Length Basketball Knee Pad)
The full length basketball knee pad has become the most popular style of knee wear for ballers over the past few years. Most NBA players realize the value in wearing a protective pad.
With the full length pad and sleeve you also get the added compression recovery and performance benefits. You can also wear these down on your shins if you wish.
Things That Users Liked About The McDavid Full Length Knee Basketball Knee Pad
Things That Users Did Not Like About The Shock Doctor 865
We hope you have found our comparison and reviews of what we consider to be the best basketball knee protection wear currently available online helpful in empowering you to make an informed decision upon purchase.
Hopefully you now have better idea of the differences in the features and benefits that the most popular knee wear have to offer.
If you are recovering from a knee injury a brace such as the Shock Doctor 87may be the best choice for you as it offers premium stabilisation and support.
If you want to check out more great basketball gear be sure to check out our huge list of the very best basketball equipment to purchase online.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Knee Guards wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Knee Guards
- №1 — AIYUE1 Pair Basketball Honeycomb Knee Pads Protector Leg Sleeve Kneepad Padded Support Knee Brace Guards for Boys Girls Adult
- №2 — JBM Adult / Child Knee Pads Elbow Pads Wrist Guards 3 In 1 Protective Gear Set For Multi Sports Skateboarding Inline Roller Skating Cycling Biking BMX Bicycle Scooter
- №3 — Reachs 1 Pair / 2 Pcs Kneepad Honeycomb Knee Pads Leg Knee Sleeve Protective Pad Support Guard Hexpad