“ Manufacturer: Blitz Sport / Type: Boxing - Shin & Instep Pads „
Once my son started sparring with karate, he was required to use pads. The club did have a few sets available as loaners, but they asked the parents to buy a set if they could, and my son was quite keen to have his own set he could take home. I prefer him to have his own as well, as basically passing these from child to child is rather like having everyone share a pair of grotty old socks.
These are made of a soft stretchy material, which is very much like the soft stretchy bandages one would buy for a knee support, or wrist brace. There is a thick soft pad over the shin and the top of the foot. There is no protection to the ankle. There is also no hard plate like football shin guards have. These are meant to provide protection for opponents sparring in bare feet, not against being kicked by someone with a football boot on. That said, I'd have worn these when I used to be into football. I hated the hard plastic and often would rash from wearing them. I often left the pads off for practice - and had black and blue shins as a result. This looks very nice and soft, and my son assures me this is very comfortable.
Because these are very stretchy they will accommodate a wide variety of sizes, but because the pad needs to be close to the length of the shin, they will not fit quite so wide a range as the hand pads. My son is age 7 and very thin. He is using size small. My youngest is nearly 4, and if he were to use these, he would require an extra small - but I can't quite imagine children that young sparring. I expect this will fit my son for a couple of years before he needs to move up to the next size. I will certainly look for the same brand when he does need a new pair, if I do not buy directly from the club.
I bought these directly from the club, as small purchases like this do help support the club, and did not receive washing instructions. I simply toss them in a pillow case, tie the bag shut and wash on delicate. I do not have a dryer, so these dry over the radiator or drip dry, and being rather thick, this will take some time. I paid £18 for these and the hand pads, but Amazon sells them separately from £7.99 - £15.79 with the extra small being the most expensive. Size small sells for £8.99.
I am very happy with these pads. Blitz seems to be one of the cheaper brands, and any sport gets expensive enough with lessons fees, petrol too and from and extra equipment. Despite the low price, they appear sturdy and well made, and the club does use the same ones. The pads used as loaners by the club must get some use as they have a different class in a different part of the city every week and would be worn by child after after child, but they are still all in one piece. Our set is in near perfect condition, although you do tend to get slight discolouration on the bottom as the children run about the floor in these, and they are white. I'm afraid to bleach these as I don't know if bleach would weaken the elastic.