Nike Shin Guards
|J Guard||Mercurial Lite||Mercurial Alpha Lite|
|Ronaldinho Guard||T90 Custom Moldable|
Nike Shin Guards with ankle guards
|T90 Protegga II||Total 90 EXP|
Make sure you measure your shin correctly and select the right size for you (3/4 of a length rule; too small is better than too big).
Besides J Guards all Nike shin guards (slip-ins) come with free sleeves that secure the shin guard in place.
You don't really want to put the sleeves and the socks over your shin guards together. Well, at least I wouldn't.
Nike Shin Guards without ankle guards
Tip ! The least expensive of all Nike shin guards. Very light and comfortable. The ventilated shell and backing EVA foam let your shins stay dry. The best choice for those players who wear shin guards only because...they have to.
Nike Mercurial Lite $17-$19
Tip ! I don't think these guards are any better than the J Guards.
Actually, in my opinion J Guards, because of their ventilation feature and...the price, are much better choice.
Although, if you play high school soccer and looking for descent, yet not too expensive Nike shin guards that are NOCSAE approved, Mercurial Lite is your ultimate option.
Nike Mercurial Alpha Lite $39-$41
Tip ! Currently (September 2008) one of the best shin guards on the market, if not the best.
The cross-ribbed shell provides good protection and great comfort.
The rubberized grip zones really keep them stable under the socks.
Have I mentioned the Mercurial Alpha Lite are the lightest of all Nike shin guards?
Only 1.5 oz. Very impressive.
There is only one problem. No, not the "free" pocket sleeve. It comes with the shin guards, you like it or not. Use it or leave it.
The problem is that they are quiet bit pricey. But they will last you for a long time. It might be worth it.
Nike Ronaldinho Guard $24-$26
Tip ! This is only a good choice for...
According to Nike these shin guards were inspired by and created with help of Ronaldinho. I don't know...Either Nike design team didn't exactly follow the famous player's advice or...there was no advice at all.
They are good shin guards but basically they are way too heavy.
4 oz. for soccer shin guards...that's too much for me. Specially when we have other, much better, options.
Nike T90 Custom Moldable $24-$26
Tip ! The best thing about these shin guards is that you can detach the backing foam and wash it really good.
The moldable feature...only if you had this type before and...liked it.
I find them a bit annoying. Having to place them exactly on the same spot of your shins over, becomes to me...a pain in the rear end. But it could be that's just me...
Nike Shin Guards with ankle guards
Tip ! They will give you pretty considerable protection for the low cost. Not too much comfort, though. Even after detaching very bulky ankle guard, the shell itself is thick and heavy.
Good perhaps for youth, recreational players but I wouldn't recommend it. For couple bucks more you can get much lighter Adidas AdiPure.
If you are too big fan of Nike's gear to buy Adidas merchandise, then T90 Protegga II is your only option. Unless you'd like to spend over $30 more for Nike Total 90 (below).
Nike Total 90 EXP $49-$51
Weight: 4 oz.
Tip ! This is simply T90 Custom Moldable shin guard with couple additions.
First, the memory foam ankle protection. Very different than any detachable ankle shields found in other shin guards of this type. Not so bulky, thick and heavy.
Second, vented calf pad that slides into the back pocket of the sleeve. It's design to protect the back of the leg (or the calf muscle). That is a little strange for me.
The great thing about these complex Nike shin guards is that you have several options of which combination of these components you'd like to use.
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