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    Shin guards?


    Anyone wear lightweight shin guards? I want to buy some mountain bike shin pads as I'm coaching hockey. I wear a 15" hockey shin pad but can't find a size chart.

    Maybe these? I'll use them for dirt riding as well.

    Amazon.com : IXS Hammer Series Knee Guards white (Size: M) leg protector : Cycling Protective Gear : Sports & Outdoors

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    Re: Shin guards?

    Aye. For $63 you can buy 3 pairs of the dirty shin guards I use.

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    I like the icon shin guards cause the strap up well and fit under my jeans. I used them every time i go out on the bike just a jacket and boots. I also use em when chopping wood for the random times a piece gets away from me. and my 15 inch hockey shin guards won't work in either of the above mentioned situations.

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    Re: Shin guards?

    what he said above. ive even resorted to using the icon stuff while snow boarding.

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    Re: Shin guards?

    Seems like a number for less than $20, gotta find one for someone 6'2. They seem to be one size only: hockey pads come 12-13-14-15-16.

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    Re: Shin guards?

    I never used shin guards. My boots always came up high enough. I dont like stuffing extra stuff in my boots. I just used knee pads. First was a set of 661 tomcats and now a set of 661 Kyle strait which are of a similar design. Had no bare spots


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    Re: Shin guards?

    Maybe look into the pads hockey refs wear under their pants?

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    Re: Shin guards?

    Quote Originally Posted by Imbeek View Post
    Maybe look into the pads hockey refs wear under their pants?
    Supposedly those aren't much smaller than regular pads: can't say for sure because no one seems to have them in stock.

    Another coach recommended mountain bike pads but I don't even know where to look.

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    Re: Shin guards?

    I think the sizes are non-standard, and you have to view the size charts from each manufacture. I usually don't see size charts on Amazon, and sometimes I see the wrong ones. At 6'2 you're probably generally a L or XL.

    Size chart here, and if you're an XL, half the price
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    Pay close attention to how they interact with the back of your knee. That's where rubbing and bunching will occur. If you're looking for suggestions, is hard cover a requirement?

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    Re: Shin guards?

    Weird. OP seemed more like a knee pad kinda guy to me....










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    Quote Originally Posted by aldend123 View Post
    Pay close attention to how they interact with the back of your knee. That's where rubbing and bunching will occur. If you're looking for suggestions, is hard cover a requirement?
    Not really, it's just so when one of your little knuckleheads takes a slapshot you don't get too big a bruise.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by butcher bergs View Post
    Weird. OP seemed more like a knee pad kinda guy to me....
    With knees like these, fair commentary.....


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    Re: Shin guards?

    maybe take a look at the Troy Lee Designs MTB stuff as well. they make a set that has a 'sock' base that you can then install plastic over. they look light and may offer a nice double-web kind of impact zone for puck hits. they used to make a bunch of Shock Doctor stuff as well but i don't know if that partnership still exists. on that note, maybe check out Shock Doctor.

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    I vote leatt for everything

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    Re: Shin guards?

    Maybe I'm confused, but why are you trying to reinvent this particular wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinned View Post
    Maybe I'm confused, but why are you trying to reinvent this particular wheel?
    What? You mean use equipment actually designed for the purpose when I can try something different? That's crazy talk!

    Actually none of the hockey shops seem to have referee pads in stock, and they're expensive. And of course, coaches bags are designed to hold one fewer item than you need to carry.....

    Turns out most motorcycle shin pads are on the short side to accommodate typical boots. So mountain bike pads are preferred. Hopefully I'll see the guy tomorrow and find out exactly what he is using.

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    Re: Shin guards?

    If you're looking for something you can also use in the dirt I gather a lot of people prefer running a full length pad and inserting it in to their boot. I have a pair of nearly ankle length Dainese pads that I can do this with. But I'd really prefer something that was just long enough to sit on top. I went with a pair of Leatt soft type but they leave a gap. Guess where I recently made contact real bad? But that's not the worst of it. Every hard landing, the pads slide down a tad, until they are stopped by the boot. After a few landings, you really notice it. This may be solved by having a strap on the bottom, as mine don't. The full ankle length hard shell feels a lot more you're wearing something. The knee length soft shell is almost forgettable until it starts to move around.

    If you really want to go crazy, have you seen the knee brace options? They're like $600-900, and you probably want to get fitted for them. But given your knee history, maybe they're important? I think some are able to get them through health insurance. I guess they wouldn't provide full shin coverage though.

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    Re: Shin guards?

    i agree with breakdirt, for dirt riding i love my Leatt Dual Axis guards, best i've ever owned.

    OP, for your purpose, maybe check out the Leatt EXT. they're longer for BMX use. not cheap though at ~$100


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    Re: Shin guards?

    Can't really figure out why it would be hard to find mountain biking shin guards. I can think of a number of local bike shops that more than likely have shin guards on the rack in the store. If not, there are numerous websites that cater to the mountain bike crowds that I am sure have shin guards for sale as well.


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