Overwhelmed by the number of Muay Thai shin guard styles on the market right now? We don’t blame you. There’s a lot of options available and each style offers something unique. Already have your go-to pads but looking for something a bit different? This resource is for you! Join us as we compare popular Muay Thai shinguard models from Fairtex, Twins Special, and Top King Boxing.
Some things to keep in mind before we begin:
- Measurements provided here were done in 2 dimensions only so they do not account for the contour design of the pads. Measurements were taken on pads straight from the packaging, and do not reflect how they break in with wear.
- Each brand provides specific details and measurements on how their products fit. We will put links to those resources at the end of this article. The information in this article is help you compare apples to oranges. The measurements are done by the same person, in the same way, for each different style. So, this article can serve as an effective tool to compare between brands.
A : measurement along the midline of the shin protector, taken from the bottom edge to the top middle.
B : measured straight across at the top strap of the shin protector. This is the 2D measurement at the widest point of the shinguard.
C : measurement along the midline of the foot plate, taken from the toe to the ankle
D : measured straight across at the middle of the elastic strap on the foot plate. This is the 2D measurement at the widest point of the foot protector.
Traditionally bulkier compared to Top King and Twins, Fairtex shinguards are a consistently a popular choice. Since the pads are a bit wider overall, the seam where straps come off of sits nice and flush against your skin. It doesn’t protrude outwards as much as the Top King and Twins designs.
Fairtex pads also use an open system for the foot connection. This means there is an open space in between the foot and shin protectors, allowing freer movement sooner after getting the pads – read: not as much time to break this brand in compared to Top King.
Both styles of Fairtex shinpads use 2 velcro straps on the back of the calf, and 2 thick elastic straps to secure the foot pad. For the SP8 model, this is supported by additional ankle padding.
Twins Special Shinguards
The Twins double padded shins use dense protection to provide a more sleek design compared to the Fairtex models above. Their closed system is similar to the Top King design in that the foot protector is completely attached to the shin protector. Similar to the Fairtex models, Twins’ design uses 2 elastic straps (one on the back of the foot protector and one under the forefoot) to keep the foot piece in place.
Top King Boxing
This brand uses the same design for all it’s shins, making it easy to switch it up if you want a new look with the same feel. But, if you’re switching over to (or from) Top King you should keep the following in mind. The padding on these pads is distributed in a contoured hourglass shape. There’s lots at the top and bottom of the shins, with a sleeker feel through the middle.
Like Twins, Top King shins use a closed system meaning the foot and shin protectors are completely attached. However, Top King uses a lot more fabric than Twins to fill the connection. This means the foot protector is more rigid and likely to stay tighter to the top of your foot (because there is more fabric pressing it down). This difference is super obvious just by looking at how the shinguards are packed. The toe is tipped down and tucked behind and each pair is packaged like a ying-yang. For comparison, Fairtex and Twins shinguards are packaged like two capital letter L’s stacked on top of each other.
Just like the other two brands, Top King shin pads use 2 velcro and 2 elastic straps to secure the pads. But, this is the only style to use one elastic strap at the bottom of the shin, with only 1 elastic strap attaching to the foot pad and resting securely under your forefoot.
We hope the information above helps you in comparing Muay Thai shinguards. If you’re ready to learn more about how the different styles fit and feel, you can visit these detailed product reviews which include the brand’s provided size charts for their respective styles.
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