Venum Shin Guards Review – The Ultimate Guide

Venum produces shin guards mostly in Thailand and uses quite good designs and these are truly popular in Thailand and as you may know, I also live in Thailand and I have experiences (direct and indirect) with all the products on this writing.

So I can easily recommend a shin guard for your training needs and your budget.

Without further and let’s start with most people’s favorite…

Venum Elite Standup Shin Guards Review

Venum Elite Standup Shin GuardsProtection: 9.5 / 10.0

Training Quality (Performance): 9.7 / 10.0

Durability: 9.3 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.1 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

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Exclusive Features

  • Skintex leather
  • Very quality foam
  • Ergonomic design
  • Great for striking
  • Light for its class
  • Looks awesome
  • Handmade

Venum Elite Standup is quite light for a striking shin guard. The instep and shin part is smaller and the padding is denser so it can manage to absorb the shock better. The padding is denser than the other Venum shin guards and this provides better protection.

The design is quite ergonomic and one thing is to note that this provides a lightweight. After all, shin guards tend to have really close padding quantity so it does not change the weight much however if a shin guard has a good design, it will be light.

So Venum Elite is great for stand up workouts like heavy bag training.

Fitting: I also read the experiences of people who have big calves and wear this without any discomfort whatsoever. Large velcro closures make sure that shin guards stay in place without any sliding issues.

This shin guard is suitable for stand up sessions (MMA, Muay Thai,…) and in my opinion, this shin guard also looks great. If you are interested, have a closer look at Venum Elite Standup.

It is handmade in Thailand and the design and velcro straps help your shin guards to stay in place even when you have sweaty shins. Venum uses this for all striking type shin guards and it works like a charm.

Venum Challenger Standup Shin Guards Review

Venum Challenger Standup Shin Guards ReviewProtection: 9.5 / 10.0

Training Quality (Performance): 9.7 / 10.0

Durability: 8.7 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.8 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.7 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Skintex leather
  • Very quality foam
  • Has same design with Venum Elite
  • Great for stand up training
  • Very good quality price ratio

Venum Challenger has lots of similarities with Venum Elite which is the shin guard above. It has the same good and ergonomic design and foam type so you get the same and really good training performance from Challenger as well.

Air regulating meshes are at the same places so comfort and lightweight are also the same.

So what are the differences?

The materials (Skintex, foam type…) are decent and these get B for the durability. So you will get less durability from this shin guard and after it last a couple of years, it will have start having rougher spots and after this, you should get a new one. However please keep in mind that the durability is still decent.

As a side note, considering my research and experiences in MMA gyms, Venum Challenger is one of the most popular shin guards on the market.

Venum “Kontakt Evo” Shin Guards Review

Venum "Kontakt Evo" Shin Guards ReviewProtection: 8.7 / 10.0

Training Quality (Performance): 9.4 / 10.0

Durability: 8.9 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.0 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Really light
  • Very dense padding
  • Very ergonomic design
  • Very good price!
  • Suitable for Muay Thai, MMA, Taekwondo, Kickboxing

The outer materials are soft yet quite durable. In its class, this one is the most quality one with a really good price tag.

Venum Kontakt Evo is one of the lightest shin guards on the market which offers decent protection and it is only 0.75 lbs. !

It has a really ergonomic design which has reinforced points in critical compartments such as instep. In addition to that, it has an extra layer inside of the shin guards which distributes the shock one more time and this is why it can deliver good striking, grappling performance without compromising protection.

All I can say is that it is made for you to kick faster however even though the foam is dense you will have soreness after standup striking sessions.

The ergonomic design allows this shin guard to be usable for kickboxing, taekwondo, Muay Thai, and MMA. It has an ergonomic design and also has embossed grip which provides traction on mats. This actually helps with the training performance as well since you can do ground work movements, sprawl drills more efficiently.

So it is a really good choice for MMA training and if you wish you can also wear grappling socks underneath it for more traction.

Thanks to the really ergonomic design, it is preferred a lot for grappling as well.

This shin guard provides a good range of motion and considering all of these, it is one of the most versatile shin guards out there.

Straps cover a lot of space and this is actually what I prefer and these are quite soft and neoprene is the perfect material for getting rid of moisture really fast. This is another reason why it is one of the most preferred ones in Thailand. It also has larger mesh panels and these allow more air in and out.

Venum Kontakt Evo is definitely one of the best MMA shin guards out there and it has a really good price tag. In my opinion, you definitely get more than what you pay. If you are interested, check out the most recent price.

My Thoughts about Venum Shin Guards

As you can see Venum offers a shin guard for every training type (striking, grappling) and every budget including high-end and cheaper shin guards. I can also say that these fit great except some 360 models which are not included on this list. Fitting is really important and I always consider while I gather any MMA equipment list. With that, you can also see that Venum cares a lot for instep part and many models have reinforced stitching and denser padding for protection of your instep and considering my experiences and really thorough research (I researched more than 10 Venum Shin Guards.), all Venum Shin Guards seem to have it.

Shortly, Venum is one of the trusted brands for MMA, Muay Thai… shin guards and if you are looking for one I highly suggest you pick one of the shin guards above which gets way better feedback than the others.

If you have anything to add or anything to share, just have a comment below.

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6 thoughts on “Venum Shin Guards Review – The Ultimate Guide”

  1. Hi, I was wondering if you know whether any of the venum shin guards would compare with the valour strike shin guards as this is what I currently own but may be looking towards a new type soon, I like the look of the Venum Elite Standup Shin Guards and feel it may be ideal as I like heavy bag training

    1. Valour provides good value but Venum is simply better.
      Let me explain.
      Valour Shin Guard’s padding matches with Venum Elite but other than that Venum Elite Standup is better.
      The leather (Skintex) is way superior, also I checked fitting feedback on various MMA forums since I have not kicked anything with Valour. Comparing to all the reviews again Venum Elite is better and there are not too many shin guards which can provide the same comfort as Venum.
      Shortly Venum Elite will be a good upgrae for you.

  2. I never knew that you needed shin guards for MMA and kickboxing, but it does make sense that you would need to protect your legs as well!
    Of the three of these that you reviewed, which one would you recommend for a beginner to kickboxing? Do you have a preference?

    1. Of course, you need them for the protection of your shins otherwise you may not even finish your workout : ) I never did kickboxing before but it seems like Venum Kontakt Evo is suitable for it and it has been reviewed as good in a kickboxing site, which is an authority one, so you can give it a shot. It is also not that expensive.

  3. I am bout to start taking Kick Boxing classes soon so this really gave me an idea of what kind of shin guards I should get. I had no clue before since this will be my first time.

    Thanks for the great info. Just as a quick question, are all the shin guards you listed beginner friendly?

    1. I just checked out your question. I had to do a bit research since I never did kickboxing before. Yeah, most Venum Shin Guards can be used for kickboxing and the lightness, fitting and protection is above average so these are suitable for starters. If the money is not an issue, get one which has a better cover material quality so you can use it longer. After all, there is not much difference between the shock absorbing qualities of these shin guards.

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