Twins Special was founded in 1992 and specializes in boxing and a variety of MMA, Muay Thai equipment.
As you may have witnessed it, Twins Special is one of the most preferred shin guard brands in Thailand as well. I see this brand in Phuket all the time.
According to my research, I picked two shin guards which get better ratings and feedback from fighters.
Let’s start Twins Special Shin Guards review with my favorite. And after the reviews, you can also find a short company overview.
Twins Special Classic Shin Guard Review
Training Quality (Performance): 9.1 / 10.0
Durability: 9.5 / 10.0
Comfort: 9.0 / 10.0
Quality / Price Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
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- Quality leather
- Very good instep protection
- Foam distributes the shock well
- Good fitting rate
- Suitable for MMA, Muay Thai, Kickboxing
Twins Special Classic Shin Guards are made of quality leather which is processed in Thailand. The foam is actually same for all Twins Special Shin Guards and it is proven (by a myriad of martial artists) that it just works fine. So you will not have really sore shins after you finish your session. So this foam is preferred a lot and it is kind of a “safe” and good choice for sparring. The foam does not have “Hayabusa” quality but its quality is way above average shin guards. I would give B+ for foam easily.
High-grade leather definitely improves the quality of shin guards in every way and helps you have a longer durability period.
I want you to look at the picture closely. As you can see, the instep compartment is a bit bulkier and the shin compartment is suitable for it. I am sure that you have seen someone who kicked a heavy bag or did stand up sparring with this shin guard type. Since this design provides ultimate protection for your foot and shin. Thanks to instep protection and decent padding, it is preferred a lot for combat sports. All around protection is quite well and if you have not trained with good shin guards before, you will have less soreness in your shins with Twins Special Classic Shin Guards after your sessions.
One thing is to note that, it has velcro closures and these help your shin guard to stay without sliding while kicking. And it is quite easy to take it off.
If you are interested, click here to have a closer look at this quality shin guard. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, this shin guard can be great for your martial arts training. And it can come in handy for especially beginners who may kick with bad technique time to time since they will be protected quite well with this shin guard.
As a final note, there are also many people who use this shin guard for stand up sparring sessions.
Twins Special Shin Guard Protector Fancy FSG
Training Quality (Performance): 9.7 / 10.0
Durability: 9.5 / 10.0
Comfort: 9.0 / 10.0
Quality / Price Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
- High-grade leather
- Ergonomic design
- Great for striking
- Looks awesome
This model is a bit lighter since it has a more ergonomic design. So Twins Special Fancy FSG (this one) and the shin guards above have a couple of differences. Firstly, Twins Special Fancy FSG (this one) is lighter so while you are moving and kicking, this brings you an advantage. However, it is also less protective since it has less foam quantity and because of this, you can expect more soreness and bruises. So, you have a choice. If you want to perform better, kick faster and harder during your martial arts training, this shin guard is ideal for you. However, if you prefer more protection, the shin guard above is more suitable for you.
In my opinion, if you prefer doing mitt drills, working out with kick shields, punching bags etc. then this one is a solid choice.
I honestly don’t care about the aesthetics of my MMA gears. However, I know that many people care a lot about how they and their gears look. If you are one of them, you will love this shin guard. It has many awesome designs and you just need to check out the black and gold color. If you are interested, check out Twins Special Shin Guard Fancy FSG.
About Price: Design and the leather are quite good and considering these, in my opinion, these shin guards are fairly priced. For example, there are other shin guards, which provide the same (or close) training quality like some Venum, Hayabusa series, have more expensive price tags and I also have experiences with many Twins Special Gears so I can easily say that you generally get more than what you pay.
And as a side note, both of these shin guards are suitable for MMA, Muay Thai, and kickboxing.
Should You Go With Twins Special?
As you many know Twins Special has a wide range of Muay Thai, MMA, grappling gears including boxing gloves which I have really awesome experiences with.
Twins Shin Guards basically do the job just fine and even though you don’t see these shin guards at top of best lists, you can generally find them in these lists. So considering all of these and the popularity (especially in Thailand where has many good Muay Thai and MMA gyms) if you do MMA, Muay Thai or kickboxing training, I strongly suggest you consider these shin guards. If you are interested, check out Twins Special Classic on Amazon. It gets quite good ratings for protection and has great fitting feedback as well.
Fitting Reviews: Alright, I did a lot of research on forums etc. I see that there are other Twins Special Shin Guards (especially sleeve shin guards) which have only decent fitting feedback, however, the fitting rates of the ones on this list are way above average and people don’t seem to have “sliding issues” while kicking. This is another criterion which I took into consideration while gathering this list. So just adjust the velcro closure and you are good to go.
One thing is to note that I trust the padding of the company which always uses the same padding for shin guards. So you can be sure that you will be protected during your striking routines.
In this Twins Special Shin Guards review, I really think that I covered everything you need to know about them however if you have any further questions feel free to ask them below.