No one wants to have sore and bruised shins after mixed martial arts sessions so investing in a good set of shin guards is essential. Originally, Everlast started producing boxing gears and expanded with various martial arts products including shin guards in the last decade.
The company has a couple of MMA shin guards for different purposes and in this Everlast MMA Shin Guards review you can read all about these shin guards and see whether these are suitable for you or not.
Table of Contents
- Everlast Prime MMA Shin Guards
- Everlast Mixed Martial Arts Shin Guards
- My Opinion about Everlast MMA Shin Guards
Everlast Prime MMA Shin Guards Review
Protection: 8.5 / 10.0
Material Quality: 8.0 / 10.0
Cost Efficiency: 9.9 / 10.0
- Great foam distribution!
- Decent foam quality
- Decent cover material
- Ideal for sparring
- Really good price
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Everlast Prime is the company’s most quality shin guards by far and many people are searching for information about it as it has been creating a buzz for a long time. This shin guard is suitable for MMA, kickboxing, and Muay Thai Training.
This foam’s distribution is actually my favorite. The foam is concentrated mostly on the middle part and the sides have less foam. The middle compartment takes the most punishment during strikes. You will thank the company while striking your opponents, bags etc. since that extra padding will save you from a lot of bruises.
The sides have less padding and it helps with the fitting. Whenever I see this padding distribution, I generally see good votes for fitting online and this is also the case with Everlast Prime.
How is the quality of ISOPLATE foam? Well, it is nowhere near Hayabusa Striking Shin Guards’ foam. But it is kind of regular foam which is just okay for absorbing the shock. But don’t expect that the shock will vanish just after you strike.
The instep compartment has a decent quantity of foam and it has that “bulky” look which goes well with shin guards. Shortly the instep protection gets a good grade.
The leather is synthetic and considering other shin guards, it has medium thickness. Also, ISOPLATE foam lasts around 2 years.
Basically, you can kick with Everlast Prime around two tears without an issue.
Speaking of the leather, this one can be cleaned easily with standard shin guard cleaning methods like using soapy water, vinegar solutions etc. It only takes a couple of minutes. So you can clean it regularly without any effort if you don’t want your partner to become uncomfortable every time you kick.
It has hook and loop straps. These provide a really close fit and the awesome thing is that you can adjust it according to your leg without any comfort issues as the lining is not too rigid. My only complaint is that even though this “one size fit” gets good feedback I really want to see that Everlast Prime has standard sizes. In this way, these can offer a more customized fit for your shins.
The inner part is made of neoprene and it is extremely comfortable.
The sides are quite tight and the sweat basically will be trapped. So even though the breathability is just fine your shins will not be as fresh as they do with other shin guards like Venum Shin Guards. Other than that, the inner lining is quite soft and does not irritate your skin.
Considering everything, the comfort is average.
Aesthetics: Normally, Everlast products have really dull designs and boring colors but this is definitely not the case with Everlast Prime. It has vibrant colors and the green strip goes well with the design.
The Cost Efficiency
Alright, the price is too good. Let me tell you again. Considering what you get the price is just amazing. This shin guard is on the high end of average. It lasts around two years and the foam will not get memory defects around two years as well. In my opinion, if you are getting a pair of shin guards from Everlast, I highly suggest you buy Everlast Prime.
Everlast Mixed Martial Arts Shin Guards Review
Protection: 6.0 / 10.0
Material Quality: 6.5 / 10.0
Cost Efficiency: 8.0 / 10.0
- All around decent training shin guards
- Decent design for training performance
- Good air regulating features
- Suitable for all training types
- Bad protection!
- Low-quality materials
- Dull design (aesthetics)
It is made of synthetic leather and it quite low-quality synthetic leather, however, it can last without any major defects around 1-2 years and synthetic leather shin guards are also easy to clean.
Let’s start with the positives. The design is standard. In the past years, this design was used a lot with the first MMA shin guards on the market. It has regular foam distribution and will not slow your kick.
This shin guard is suitable for every training type. You can kick the kick shields, heavy bags and do any drill you desire.
The Fitting Complaints
There were several complaints that people say Everlast Mixed Martial Arts do not fit well. A common problem is that there is extra room between their shins and shin guards. Now that is an issue.
It does not slip to the sides which is a common issue. However, the sleeve makes a good job to help Everlast stay in place. This sleeve provides a closer fit and if the fitting of this shin guard was good, this could improve it further.
Another con is that the shin guard does not have straps. Even though compressive neoprene provides a firm hold it is definitely not effective as straps. So you basically can’t adjust it according to your shins. Especially if you have big calves you are most likely to feel uncomfortable with the sleeve as well.
The padding is quite standard and it absorbs the shock just fine. It has an equal distribution throughout the shin guard. It can protect your entire shin without a problem whatsoever. The instep part is firm and you will not have sore instep or will not feel an odd feeling on your joints after sessions.
But there is a serious protection issue…
That fitting issue creates problems for the protection. Basically, that part, which does not fit well, causes protection issues for your shins. It might be small things like soft tissue injuries but it can also cause fractures etc. This is a huge red flag and this is why I don’t suggest anyone train with this shin guard.
The inner part is comfortable and the sleeve is also soft as well. It wicks the moisture and you will be relaxed during drills with Everlast Mixed Martial Arts. The sleeve wicks the moisture and this shin guard is actually not bad about comfort.
The Aesthetics: According to me, this shin guard does not look nice at all. It has really boring colors and very simple design. On the top of that, after kicking a few months with these shin guards, the colors will start fading and it will even look worse just after a couple of months later.
I seriously would not consider Everlast Mixed Martial Arts Shin Guards. As you read above, even though it has some decent qualities such as decent padding and you can do all training types it also has a lot of problems including protection. So when this is the case, you should never kick with this model.
Note: Both of these shin guards above have 120 days of warranty. This period is not long at all however you literally can’t find any other MMA brand which gives some kind of warranty.
My Opinion about Everlast MMA Shin Guards
I live in Thailand and Everlast is not really popular over here. With that being said, when I trained in Europe, it was common to see that people do sparring with Everlast Prime on MMA mats. These are budget friendly and the materials are above average. So you can expect to see it in MMA gyms especially in local ones.
In my opinion, Everlast Prime is the only good choice of this brand and other than Everlast Prime, I suggest you don’t invest in any other Everlast Shin Guards as the others tend to have slipping issues and I don’t know what they used for foam but it is a quite common issue that people feel the impact with other Everlast Shin Guards.
With that being said, if you have money to spend on shin guards there are definitely better options than Everlast Prime, if you have the cash, you can check out these better MMA shin guards.
Anyway, that is all I have to say in Everlast MMA Shin Guards Review and if you have questions just write them below.
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