|Predator Lesto||Predator Lite||Pro Lite||F50 ForMotion|
Adidas Shin Guards with ankle guards
|Predator Replique||AdiPure Chrome||AdiPure Carbon|
Just a reminder:
Comfort and protection in soccer shin guards are somewhat mutually exclusive. In other words: more comfort-less protection and vice versa.
Shin guards with ankle guards will give you extra protection, however anything thick, insulating and bulky on players feet (ankles included) will reduce the feel of the ball and interfere with his/hers performance on the soccer field.
Adidas Shin Guards without ankle guards
Tip ! This is probably the best choice for those whom comfort...and money are the most important. The Predator Lesto are very light and the least expensive of all Adidas soccer shin guards. As a matter of fact I think they are the cheapest shin guards, period. Besides, PU is a highly resistant material, so no worries about having no protection at all.
Adidas Predator Lite $7-$8
Tip ! Basically these Adidas shin guards are the Predator Lesto with dual straps. I am not sure why the weight is exactly the same (I have checked few different sources). Logically, because of these two straps, the Predator Lite should be a bit heavier than Lesto. At least there is a logic in prices: two bucks more for the straps.
Adidas Pro Lite $16-$17
Tip ! They come with compression sleeves to hold them in place for free.
Some retailers want you to believe the sleeves are free of charge. But nothing is free.
The cost of these sleeves is calculated into the price of shin guards. These shin guards themselves shouldnt cost more than $5-$7. And the sleeves?
I dont think there is any use for them. Thats what soccer socks are for and tape (if needed). You dont want to put the sleeves and the socks over your shin guards together. Well, at least I wouldn't.
But these Adidas shin guards are the lightest and might give you little more comfort (without sleeve) than the Adidas Predator Lesto, although a bit less protection .
Adidas F50 ForMotion $29-$30
Tip ! This one is not my favorite but because of its uniqueness I've decided to include it in my recommendations of Adidas shin guards. Besides, I know some players prefer tight sleeve fit, so there you go...shin guard and sleeve, all in one. The protective front shield is permanently integrated into a compression sleeve.
Adidas Shin Guards with ankle guards
Tip ! Not too heavy for this kind of shin guards with quiet few choices of different sizes and colors for reasonable price. Unfortunately the ankle protection part is not detachable, therefore be absolutely sure this is the type of shin guards you really need and want. Otherwise choose the one without ankle guard or get the shin guards with removable ankle protection, like AdiPure below.
Adidas AdiPure Chrome $19-$21
Tip ! The lightest of all Adidas shin guards with ankle sleeves (guards). Therefore probably one of the most comfortable soccer shinguards of this type for a very affordable price.
Also the detachable ankle protection that is featured in most shin guards these days, give you an option to...
...detach the ankle guard, if it is too bulky and not too comfortable.
Adidas AdiPure Carbon $24-$26
Tip ! Does anybody know what is the difference between the AdiPure Chrome and AdiPure Carbon?
I don't. Besides maybe that the Carbon one is heavier, its guard width is not adjustable and...is more expensive.
It doesn't make any sense, does it?
If someone knows, please share it with me. I'd really appreciate it. Seriously. I've searched and asked everywhere, including Adidas' Customer Relation Department, without much of a success.
At first I thought it was no brainer. One is made out of chrome and the other of carbon. Simple, right?
Well, I couldn't confirm it anywhere and then I thought even if that's true, wouldn't the AdiPure Carbon be lighter than Chrome one?
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