Shin Guards

Discussion in 'Equipment and Gear Off Topic' started by fvsurfer, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. fvsurfer

    fvsurfer New Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    As a beginner wanting to play soccer, what's a good recommendation for me?
    The Mercurial Lite 3s or shin socks with a built in shins? Is there a big difference between the two? I saw the Mercurials at Sport Chalet for $20 but I didn't see the elasticated sleeve. If I were to get those, would I have to get an elasticated sleeve or a guard stay, then soccer socks over everything. Or can I get soccer socks over my shin guards? How do shin guards and soccer socks come into play?
  2. helmet123

    helmet123 New Member

    May 15, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wear a pair of athletic socks first, drop the guard on and then pull on the soccer socks and the shoes; or You can put the soccer sock on first, put the shin guard on second and as long as you have enough sock you can fold it over and cover the shin guard.
  3. guignol

    guignol Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Olympique Lyonnais
    Nat'l Team:
    i use shin guards with straps, but cut the top strap off.

    if i have anything to bandage (which is almost always: toes to tape together, damaged nails to protect, blisters) i cover that with a thin ankle sock, taped around the top so it doesn't slip back down under the heel, but otherwise it's just the soccer sock over the shinguard and that's that. the one strap and the sock hold everything in place fine.

    i just bought a new pair because the old ones were grotty, i just bought the cheapest they had (3€). they're not metallic, have any cool stripes or anything, but hey, they're just shin guards.

    you can find even cheaper: my first pair (30 years ago) i made myself from a plastic 5 gallon can and some upholstery foam (both out of the same dumpster).
  4. ejgrownarseman

    Jul 19, 2012
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Mercurial Lites offer the best protection while not being overly huge, in my opinion. Most Adidas guards fit funny, to me. Nike J Guard is good if you really want the bare minimum of protection. I would go with the Mercurial Lites.
  5. holden

    holden Member+

    Dundee FC, Yeovil Town LFC, Girondins de Bordeaux
    Oct 20, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Dundee FC
    When I started, I just bought the cheapest ones the store had. They don't have any straps, but they did have the elastic sleeves in the box. But I've never used the sleeves. I just stick them under my soccer socks and that holds them in place just fine.
  6. cinepro

    cinepro Member

    Nov 4, 2011
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    I prefer light shin guards, and have been using the Nike Mercurial Lite for about three years. I really like them.

    They come with a little elastic sleeve which works okay, but I got a "compression sleeve" that is is about twice as long, and you put it on first, then it folds up and covers the guards so they can't slip down at all.

    If you don't need ankle protection, highly recommended.
  7. Skaog

    Skaog Member

    Apr 28, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nike J Guard is the way to go. Cheap and work well enough. Don't waste money on Shinguards. Also whatever you do stay away from anything with ankle protection. They don't offer any additional protection. Also, they will add bulk and will be very uncomfortable.
  8. MrBox98

    MrBox98 New Member

    Aug 25, 2013
    AC Milan
    Like the guys mention above something that just slides into your sock and is lightweight don't get too crazy spending too much money on them.
  9. ziigy

    ziigy New Member

    Jul 11, 2013
    does anyone have the measurements for the nike j guard in sizes small and medium please? im looking to buy one online but i cant seem to find the measurements anywhere.
  10. ejgrownarseman

    Jul 19, 2012
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Small is 6 inches. I'm not sure about medium but probably 7?
  11. oifla

    oifla New Member

    May 2, 2013
    indiana, USA
    i agree with several of the opinions above, specially as a beginner you want something light and on the smallish side, you definitely do not want something that is going to get in your way

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