What are the best MMA shin guards for you? It all depends on which type of training you will be doing and your budget. We round up what we think are the best MMA shin guards in our top picks, reviews and buyers guide below...
Best for Sparring
We like these for their combination of excellent coverage / padding and modern styling
Great half way option between Muay Thai and MMA shin Guards
Excellent value choice for light/medium contact only
Depending on what kind of training you will be doing for your MMA practise has a big impact to which are the best MMA Shin Guards to buy:
By this we mean the type of training where you and your partner will be throwing/blocking kicks that have medium to full power behind them. For this type of sparring it is essential to go with a full protection, good quality Muay Thai style shin guard, from an established brand (see our favourites below).
Trust us on this, if you try to get by with the lighter style shin guards for this type of training you will start to pick up injuries very quickly. They just don't offer the type of protection for when you inevitably hit your opponents knee, hip or elbow, or are shin-blocking hard low kicks.
There's a reason the top UFC and Kickboxing fighters can be seen wearing these type of MMA shin guards in their sparring videos!
If you are doing the kind of training where you are mixing up just light standup sparring into takedowns and grappling, a lighter shin guard may be preferable. These will have the advantage of a closer fit that is less likely to move about or reduce your mobility for grappling.
These lighter shin guards are also generally much cheaper. This is a good option if you're just starting out and want some protection while you build up your shin conditioning on the pads / heavy bag.
There's certain features good quality, well-manufactured Shin Guards will have. We always look for these when selecting our shortlist of best MMA Shin Guards...
The reason these are some of the best MMA shin guards available is all in the name - they are a nice 'Hybrid' between the bulkier full Muay Thai style pads and the sleeker sleeve style lightweight ones.
The design of these is like the softer foam slip on type shin guards but with an engineered leather additional padding on the front. This means you get a great combination of protection with a close fit that wont slide around if you start grappling.
Coming from Sanabul, they are also extremely competitively priced and are excellent value in our opinion.
We like these Combat Sports Shin Guards for light contact MMA sparring that incorporates striking and grappling. As they are the lightweight slip on style they provide moderate padding whilst also allowing good mobility. They are not too bulky either so you can grapple wearing them without them getting in the way too much.
They are also some of the cheapest shin guards on the market, so a great option if you are on a budget or just want something for light training only.
Our favourite feature is that the pads are removable allowing you to machine was the material sleeves. This guarantees you to be able to keep them fresh smelling for training!
These Venum Kontact Shinguards are another of our favourites for all around MMA training. They are another lightweight model suitable only for light striking sparring, that will also stay in place as you grapple.
These made our shortlist for the high number of positive reviews commenting on how durable they are. Customers have commented they will withstand multiple training sessions per week for many months without wearing out.
We also like the sleek design / graphics and the many different colors available.
One thing to note with these shin guards is the one size fits all design i.e. there are not specific sizes available. So we don't recommend these for particularly tall athletes or small children.
If you ask any serious practitioner, Top King will always be one of their choices for best MMA Shin Guards. They have remained one of the most respected Muay Thai brands for years now, with good reason.
These shin guards offer the kind of thick protective layer you need for proper sparring. They also have extended knee and instep padding to help protect these vulnerable areas.
They fit very nicely on the shin and foot due to the ergonomic shape and don't move around during training.
Add to that the nice styling / color options available and its easy to see why these our our top pick for best MMA shin guards!
Right up there with Top King is Fairtex, another classic Muay Thai brand.
Just like the Top King's these shin guards offer the best protection for heavy sparring sessions. They are handmade in Thailand from high quality engineered leather and are extremely durable as a result.
The only thing that made us put the Top King's as our No.1 pick is we preferred the styling. So if you like the look of the Fairtex Shin Guards, these are an equally good choice.
We like these Venum Elite shin guards as a slightly more modern, flashy looking alternative that still offers good protection.
Venum is a very well established MMA brand so you know they will be a good quality product. They are made from engineered leather in Thailand.
They are slightly more lightweight than the Fairtex and Top King's, increasing mobility but maybe don't offer the same thickness of protection. They are also slightly more expensive.