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Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads

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Brand: Nike / Type: Football - Shin Guards

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      25.06.2012 02:28
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      A great pair of shinnies.

      Introduction:

      I play for my local village team called barns green and we have to wear shin pads in every match or we can't play. Therefore it's important to have a pair which will protect you properly. You see players on the tele with shin pads so small they don't even cover the shin. I hate not being protected and even in training I wear them. I decided to buy a more expensive brand as I could rely on the quality of the product and that's how I stumbled onto these. I actually purchased mine from eBay for £7.99 and free p&p which is a very good price for full length shin guards by Nike! I will now go into a little more detail
      On the product.

      Pros:

      These shin pads have ankle support which means they fit over your ankle an give you extra support on the foot, ankle and shin. The best thing about these pads is that they stay in position really well during a game, they hardly move and feel very comfortable. They gave straps round the back of the pads to attach round your leg. The shin pads are very solid and when kicked hard you can hardly feel anything apart from a vibration up your leg and shin. They give you complete protection from the top
      Of your shin down to half way up your foot. They also are very stylish, the style isn't too important though as they are hidden under your socks in the match anyway. These shin pads are a very popular choice with many of my team mates. Really can't recommend these enough to you. They are really excellent quality.

      Cons:

      So far I can't find anything wrong with these. They are perfect an do the job! They haven't fallen apart like my old pair. These really are a 5 star shin pad. Worth paying extra for these due to there comfort and good fit to the shin/leg/foot. The main con possibly could be the price, I have seen these for as much as £18! Make sure your shop about first to get a good price. eBay was good for me!

      Overall:

      This product gets 5 stars from me, I would recommend these to any football player who wants a decent pair of shin pads, they are easy to play in and feel comfortable during an game and training. Thanks very much for reading, hope this review helped! Josh

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      05.01.2011 18:33
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      An excellent pad all round

      I actually first came across the Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads on a review site when looking for shin pads recommended by others. I play football a few times a month for a local team and my old pair of work down, small shin pads had just about seen their last game. I have always also stuck to using Nike products for my footballing career from the boots, shorts and training kit and the natural move was to get the shine pads to match.

      I wanted a solid pair that felt comfortable, did not impair on my playing and felt right and these did that.

      I paid £11.99 for these in a local sports store but they are available for a tenner and under online and I would highly recommended them if that's within your budget.

      They are a full complete shin pad protection with ankle supports, around the back of the leg straps and a ankle holder. When placing them on they feel so comfortable. The material that hugs the ankle and not only protects it but helps keep the pad in place does not rub, move, irritate or annoy at all and simple hugs the ankle keeping it nicely protected. Its made of an elastically material and will fit all players regardless of ankle size.

      The ankle pads also have some thicker leather around the actual ankle bone to stop it rubbing against the book and also to add that little bit of support which increased confidence when using. A small "hook" like band also goes around the bottom of the foot to keep it in place.

      The actual shin pad itself is a solid, steady piece of kit. Coming in an appealing red colour it provides total support to the shin covering all the right places and being secured both by the ankle supports and via a very tight and secure Velcro strip on the back it feels tight and solid.

      One problem I had with previous pads was that when sweating the foam on the back of the pad tended to rub against the skin and irritate and cause slippage but this doesn't occur here and the pad stays firmly in place, not moving and giving excellent all round comfort.

      The design of the pad with the foam shapes pointing away from the shin is designed to help ease tackles off the shin bone and away from the player. Although in theory this could direct them to your other leg and thus rule out the point of this it does just give that extra bit of safety.


      All in all this is a fantastic, well made, superbly designed shin pad providing total support all round!

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      27.10.2010 13:51
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      A very good shin guard and ankle protector set

      ~ Why we bought them ~

      Our set of Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads were bought after we had issues with a set of Umbro Denstone Slip On Shin Guards, which failed to protect enough of our childs ankle and shins during matches. These cheaper slip on pads were nigh on useless at offering any protection from football studs or tackles around the ankle, so we visited our local sports store and were advised that the Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads would be a good bet for us.

      When I first thought about reviewing them, they were not listed here, so a product suggestion was made to allow me to share my thoughts about them way back in August. I didn't get around to reviewing them, but as I am making my way through suggested products, here are my views about the Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads.

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      ~ What are they made of ~

      Our Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads are in a mix of materials which combine a soft and stretchy fabric that runs around the ankles of the pads, a hard feeling plastic type material to protect shins, plus an elasticated webbing to strap them on at the tops. The over all look of the shin guards when not on is strange and rather ungainly. This is solved once you slip them on and so I would say that you should not be put off by their initial appearance.

      The Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads that we have are a childs or youths size and they have lasted very well. The have taken an enormous amount of battering during matches and for training sessions, yet they are still in one piece. and working well They have become scuffed over time but the heel supports still work well and the top strap is still springy and holds them in place without rubbing.

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      ~ How do they look ~

      The front panel that protects our childs shins has a metallic look to it, the colours being in metallic red and silver, with some matt white in places. The Total 90 '90' symbol is within its usual circle and sits in the centre of the shin guards. The Nike tick is at the very top of the pads and shows clearly they are a Nike branded item.

      The main colour being metallic red is surrounded by a silver section. The silver panels have lined and textured ridges to them that look a little like small sets of ribs either side of the front of the shin guards. These ridges are angled so that if you strike or touch them you are directed up and away from the centre of the shin area and away from the ankles. I think that makes for a clever design, as during a tackle if the shin guard is clipped by another player in theory any contact ought to be guided away from danger areas.

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      ~ Are they padded ~

      Behind the fronts of the Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads there is a very slim amount of foam type padding which can be seen as a matt black material from the front of the pads. The over all feel of the guards is very firm and solid where there is foam and plastic material. The underside of the guards has just a small amount of material covering it. This black synthetic material is thin and this makes for a very snug fit when our child wears the shin guards.

      At the top on one side there is a stretchy elasticated strap to go around the backs of our childs legs. There is a velcro fastener at one end and you need to feed the whole thing around the small vertical slot provided, so as to be able to fasten the guards into place. Once thats done they stay put rather well. At the very bottom of the shin guards there is a tubular panel that is the part you slip onto your ankle when wearing the guards.

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      ~ How do they protect the ankles ~

      This bottom tubular section is made from a thick stretchy fabric. Its in a plain black material and is made from a synthetic mix of polypropylene and polyester. There is also rayon and nylon thrown into the mix. This makes for a rather well fitting and grippy ankle protector. It also means the shin guards stay in place well, as you have to slip them on around your ankles before doing up the top strap.

      The outsides of the ankle guards has padding on each side to enhance the protective benefits of the guards. The design for these shin guards is shaped to fit in an anatomical left and right fit design. In other words they sit the right way on your shin and across the ankle only when you wear the right one on the right leg and the left sided one on the left leg. The way you can check which side is which is to look down at the ankle protectors, as you can clearly see a difference there.

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      ~ Any extra protection ~

      Each of the Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads has an added layer of enhanced padding at the outer edge of the ankles. It is placed right where its most needed, at the point where the bone protrudes and could be easily knocked during a tackle. When our child wears these shin and ankle guards we know there is a good amount of protection for that area offered. The outer sections have a thick circular pad placed under the stretchy material and this can be felt with you hands.

      The circular pads are very strong and offer a spongy feeling layer that encircles the bone on the outside of the ankle perfectly. The outside of the panel clearly shows that there is added protection there, as it has a simple silver printed design over it and says 'protective fit' with the Nike logo next to it. I like the fact that this has been added to the material around the ankles, as I feel its very useful for a child.

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      ~ Are they easy to put on ~

      You have to think that as a parent you are not in the dressing room when your child is getting ready for a match. The additional text on the outside of the ankle protectors means that when a child looks at the guards and trys to work out which guard will fit which foot/ leg they only have to remind themselves that the outer side is the one with the extra design on the ankle. This means they will not end up trying to fit the wrong shin guard onto the wrong leg, as they are shaped to fit correctly only when worn on the side they are made for.

      At the very bottom of the Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads where the ankle guard ends there is a stirrup like fitting that is made from a simple but durable elastic material. This is slipped over the top of the foot and under the sole to keep the ankle guards in the right place all the time that the guards are being worn. We found that once in place the whole effect is very snug and whilst its fiddly when you first start wearing the guards, you can soon get used to putting them on and taking them off.

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      ~ How much do they cost ~

      When we bought our set of Nike Total 90 Protega Shin Pads they came simply packed and we could see what we were getting for our money. The assistant in the shop allowed us to unpack them and try them for fit. I feel this was very helpful as we were able to get the correct size for our child to wear with comfort. The price we paid for these shin guards was £9.99 at the time. We thought it was about right as these are in a different class to the previous guards our child wore.

      As the shin guards have been very long lasting and helped to protect our child from tackles during matches I have to rate these highly. They do take some time to get used to wearing as they have a very snug fit when worn correctly. I would say that choosing these over a plain shin guard with no ankle protection is a much safer bet for an adult or child football player. The way these are made means they stay put without causing lots of rubbing and redness. This is something that sets them apart from some cheaper forms of shin guards.

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      ~How to care for them ~

      Over all we have found these to be durable and well made. They have not come unstitched nor have they cracked or buckled. They have scuffed on the plastic panels but that is to be expected. It has not impacted on how well the guards work at all. The guards can be washed by hand only. This means if they get a little sweaty or dirty after a match you can rinse them off and leave them to dry naturally.

      You should never try to wash these in the washing machine with the rest of the football kit. Treat them as a special care item that needs a hand wash only. The directions for care of the guards state that machine washing should not be carried out. Tumble drying is also not allowed. Ironing is again a complete no no. Other than that the guards are easy to care for and wear very well. They are made from durable materials and will keep their shape long after they have been worn in. I feel that as these have lasted well and provided a good degree of protection, they ought to get a full 5 star rating.

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      06.10.2010 00:10
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      recommended!

      I play football locally and use the Nike Total 90 Protega shin pads. They are priced at between £5 and £7.99 and are widely available. The ventilated shell of the shin pads allows a cool air flow through them and also allows for better perspiration generally. Behind the silver fronts of the pads are the foam protectors and they are both very comfortable and hard wearing. I have worn a lot of shin pads where they just attach with two simple velcro straps but the support at the bottom of the product allows you to properly wear them and makes sure they dont slide up the leg when on the pitch. Although the pads are very well designed and look great their purpose is obviously to ultimately protect the shins from hard tackles and prevent injury to that area. They offer very good support and feel well made.

      Unlike a lot of shin pads, these have specific left and right pads which are designed to fit better as they are contoured for a better fit. this not just ensures they are more comfortable to wear, but also more effective at protection. The ankle guards protect the area of foot between the shin pad and the boot as all the lower leg is prone to a lot of abuse - especially in local derbys! For the price I would definately advise you consider these. i would also say that if you dont like the design of these pads then you would be wise to ensure you wear some shin pads. They are always a very popular choice with parents for their kids at school and Nike are a well known popular brand.

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