Ice hockey is a ful- contact sport and requires some serious equipment for protection, including the all-important shin guards. Many brands like Easton, Reebok, and Bauer offer the best products year after year, and 2012 has some especially interesting options. It is crucial that anyone playing this sport be as safe as possible, while still maintaining regulation specifics. If you have found that your older shin guards are lacking appeal, protection, or the right fit, check out some of the following new models that are guaranteed to give you a greater edge on the ice in practice and during the match.
These top-of-the-line shin guards are renowned in ice hockey circles for their high-end protection and lack of real competition. Made for non-professionals who still play hard, the Kinetic Fit 11K features JDP Caps for the highest level of protection. A unique construction also sets it apart from other models. In addition to the oversized JDP knee cap, they also have extra ankle protection, lockstrap to reduce risk of hyperextension, and a reinforced foam liner. Quick to suit up, the Kinetic Fit is available for around $120.
Bauer is looking to build a legacy with its patented line of seriously protective shin guards, starting with the Supreme TotalOne line. Taking direction directly from players, these shin guards are uniquely adapted to constant movement and the needs of individuals on the ice. Redesigned for a unique fit, the TotalOnes features fused foam for better energy absorption and overall weight reduction, and a Thermo-Max liner for moisture wicking, making them extremely comfortable to wear. Grab these impressive models for around $110.
These sleekly styled all-black shin guards have just a touch of yellow contrast and are blowing up all over hockey message boards for their ultra light form and body-hugging fit. They are ergonomically designed to provide the highest level of comfort, and have removable liners that cradle the lower leg. Minimally designed, these shin guards are rated best for practice and recreational use. Extremely versatile, these stylish shin guards will run you about $110.
Play like a hero in Warrior’s affordable but impressive white and yellow anatomically shaped shin guards that offer a ton of features for a relatively low price. Hyperlock kneecap system is vital to avoiding hyperextension, and the ribbed high-density foam offers protection even for your side calves, an often overlooked area. The shell is vented for breathability, but the Sling Wrap system ensures a snug fit that does not constrict. Pick them up for just $95.
Sherwood is a budget option for those who do not have a lot of extra cash, but want a quality product they can rely on. The T90 model will not last as long as some of the more expensive brands, but they offer substantial protection during their tenure. Superior stability, fit, and an antibacterial liner offer many of the features you want, without unnecessary extras. Buy it for a modest $50.