Synthetic Leather Shin Guards for Muay Thai – Our Top Picks!
In the old days, you either had leather equipment or you had low quality equipment. There was nothing good about leatherette. Plastic alternatives to leather looked bad, really bad and held up worse. Old fashioned leatherette plastic boxing equipment was almost always, fast tracked to the rubbish bin, without ceremony. Fortunately the eggheads who had been beavering away to create a high quality and durable alternative to leather, struck gold. Today synthetic leather is a clever amalgamation of microfibre and PVC. Combined to create a material so similar to leather, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. The only difference is that microfiber leather is slightly more water resistant and easy to maintain.
Fairtex are the most prolific Thai boxing equipment manufacturers in the world today. In our professional opinion, Fairtex’s Syntek, synthetic leather product is the best around. For that reason, all of our favourite synthetic leather shin guards are from Fairtex’s diverse range.
So if you are looking for shin guards and want a classy alternative to our Top 4 Leather Shin Guard list. Look no further than our Top 4 Synthetic Leather Shin Guard picks below.
#4: Fairtex SP3 In-Step Double Padded Muay Thai Shin Guards
The Fairtex SP3 Muay Thai Shin Guard are a classic Thai boxing shin pad. Similar in construction to the classic Windy shin guard, only utilising Fairtex’s superb Syntek alternative to real leather. With robust, Spartan design and firm double padded foam covering shins and instep. They are typically Thai, no-nonsense shin guards. Great for Nak Muay with smaller, slimmer calves. Fairtex has taken a classic shin guard design, and masterfully combined it with cutting edge synthetic leather technology. A masterstroke! You can read more about the shinguards in their complete product review: click here.
#3: Fairtex SP8 Shin Pad
With lateral knee protection, the Fairtex SP8 shin guard differs from the rest of the pack. Coming in black or a stunning leather brown finish. These Syntek synthetic leather Muay Thai shin guards look as close to real leather as possible. With two layers of Fairtex foam shock absorption technology and extra width for wider calves. These shin pads are great for checking kicks in the heat of battle. When it comes to synthetic leather shin guards, the SP8 are worthy of their place in our Top 4 Vegan Leather list. Check out this link for a full review on Fairtex SP8 shins.
#2: Fairtex SP5 Competition Shin Guards
One of the most popular shin guards on the market today. The Fairtex SP5 Competition Shin Guard has put Syntek synthetic leather Muay Thai shin pads on the map. Perfect for the Nak Muay with wider calves, the SP5 offer maximum coverage and firm double padding for the best shock absorption. The SP5 Competition Shin Guard has an open space between the shin and foot offering maximum mobility and reducing skin irritation. The expansive width of these shin guards showcases the synthetic leather perfectly. The popularity of these shin guards is testament, to both the construction quality and the excellence of the Fairtex synthetic leather product. Read more about the SP5 design here.
#1: Fairtex SP7 Detachable In-Step Shin Pads
Like pieces of armor, the Fairtex SP7 Detachable In-Step Shin Guards showcase synthetic leather technology in style. They differ from the SP5 in two ways. With expanded protection on the side of the shin. Plus a foot protector which can be adjusted, up/down, right/left, up to 180 degrees, offering maximum mobility and comfort. Additionally, the foot protector can be completely removed, leaving only the shin pad portion, if you so wish. The Fairtex SP7 Detachable In-Step Muay Thai Shin Guard is the most advanced shin guard in the Fairtex range. An excellent example of synthetic leather Muay Thai kit for the professional Nak Muay. You can click here to read a full article on the SP7 design.
Final Thoughts on Synthetic Leather Shin Guards for Muay Thai:
Synthetic leather is now just as good as real leather, only slightly more water resistant. Fairtex’s Syntek, synthetic leather product is the probably the best artificial leather technology being used by Thai manufacturers today.
Number 4 – The Fairtex SP3 In-Step Double Padded Shin Guard is a classic Muay Thai Shin Pad, similar to Windy ship pads. Great for Nak Muay with smaller, slimmer calves. A great addition to the Fairtex Syntek, synthetic leather shin guard range.
Number 3 – Fairtex SP8 Shin Pads comes with lateral knee protection. Great for checking kicks and for Nak Muay with wider calves. Coming in a classy, leather brown or black, these shin pads look as close to real leather as possible.
Number 2 – Fairtex SP5 Competition Shin Guards are one of Fairtex’s most popular shin pads. With an open space between shin and foot protector offering maximum mobility. Great for wide calves these expansive shin pads showcase Fairtex’s superb Syntek synthetic leather perfectly.
Number 1 – Fairtex SP7 Detachable In-Step Shin Pads a some of the most high-tech shin guards on the market. With expanded protection on the side of the shin and a foot protector which can be adjusted positionally or removed completely, offering maximum mobility and comfort. It is our professional opinion that the SP7 is the most advanced synthetic leather shin guard around.
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