Twins Special Shin Guards Review – The Complete Guide

my extensive twins special shin guards review

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

Twins Special Classic Shin Guard ReviewProtection: 9.7 / 10.0

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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Exclusive Features

  • 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

Twins Shin Guards ReviewProtection: 9.0 / 10.0

Training Quality (Performance): 9.7 / 10.0

Durability: 9.5 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.0 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • 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.

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12 thoughts on “Twins Special Shin Guards Review – The Complete Guide”

  1. I know this sounds strange, but my older son love the art of the sport and collects different items, like the gi. He would love to have these for his collection. Especially the Twins Special Shin Guard Protector Fancy in red and black. This is the perfect gift item for him! I will head to your link and take a look. I hope the red and black ones are available 🙂

    1. This is not strange at all. I actually used to love to collect martial arts gear especially weapons even I will not use them.
      I agree that this shin guard looks really awesome and can be a quite good gift for him. I actually just wrote a wiring which includes a lot of MMA gifts, fight gears etc. If you are interested in other MMA gifts, check out this writing.

  2. Shin guards are important if you’re starting out and don’t want to injure yourself. Karate practitioners use it mostly during matches.

    Twins is a great brand which provides superior quality and finding out that they also have a “fancy” edition made me like it even more!! I would definitely consider getting one for myself.

    1. Man whether you are a beginner or not it is important for anyone. Everyone can break their shins lol.

      Twins Special has a wide range of products for martial arts however even though I joined Karate lessons I only went 2 times so I don’t know whether these are good for karate kicks or not. I think I did not even kick with shin guards during those two lessons. So I can’t offer my opinion on here. I agree Fancy models are fancy and these don’t look so dull.

  3. Hello Furkan- You have all the essential information along with reviews to help a buyer find shin guards for martial arts. I bet a lot of people don’t even know about this… Good job! Do you have any videos on the shin guards as well as the pic next to it?

    1. Hi Matt, man people buy shin guards without knowing what to do with it. Do you want to do grappling on mats or will you kick a heavy bag? People just get one and realize that there is something wrong with it. At least, this happens to people who buy them online in Thailand. Just lol. I guess there is not enough information in the Thai language. Anyways, funny thing is that after I will come back to Thailand, If I don’t forget ; ) I will make a video, which I am training with it, in a couple of months. Right now I am in Europe and stay here for a few months.

  4. Hey there, great review! I’m a beginner and not 100% sure if the twins special classic shin guard will really not slide off when I kick since it happened with my current guard. Is it really going to stick?

    1. I don’t know what you have used before and I am sorry that you had such a horrible issue which can even lead to a bone injury.

      W you experience this problem as a beginner, I know that you can be frustrated during sessions and even hesitant to use full power however you will not have this issue with these shin guards. Because Twins Special has a “side design” which makes sure that these shin guards stay solid while kicking.

  5. I am new to martial art but your post have given me an opportunity to know more about all these. I read the other posts in your sites on equipment, sizing guides and reviews. They are very interesting to read. Good job.

  6. Josephine Jennifer Crawford

    This kind of information is always great to see. I wish I saw this before my nephew hurt his shin. These guards also look like great quality, and so they are worth the money.

    They make a lot of sense since these injuries can affect us for life. Good job. Thanks.

    1. Exactly. There is information on health sites to how to heal shin faster. However, I generally apply cold and that is all he needs to do if it only hurts.

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