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Discussion: pitchers shin guards

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Nov. 27, 2013
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pitchers shin guards
Been knocked out of the last 2 tournaments pitching --- one on shin and one on inside of foot. Our other pitcher broke foot also on line drive. What are the best shin guards to wear to protect the foot and whole shin without going to a catchers shin guard. Soccer -- field hockey. I would guess they need to be plastic to and not padded?
Nov. 27, 2013
Caveman
Men's 50
61 posts
catchers type are the best overall protection, covers knee cap and top of foot. They are a bit pricey, but I got mine at Play It Again Sports for $25 used. The are not too restrictive either
Treacy Elliott
Nov. 27, 2013
AcePV
Men's 60
19 posts
I used to wear foam soccer shin guards for a long time when pitching. No more! Last year I took a shot to the inside on the knee right next to the knee-cap. Holy crap did that hurt! I soon switched to catcher shin guards that protect the knee cap as-well as the shins and top of feet. I have no doubt in my mind that if the ball I mentioned earlier had hit my knee cap straight on it would have broken or shattered it.
Nov. 27, 2013
Goater
50 posts
a former teammate of mine swore by hockey shin guards
Nov. 28, 2013
rtaven
Men's 65
22 posts
in expensive motor cross type shin guards have single velcro strap,covers knee,easy on easy off. I also add a cut piece of fender liner to fit top of my foot and attach with zipties. I also attach piece to bottom of my glove to protect wrist. both have saved me several times.
Nov. 30, 2013
Duke
Men's 60
678 posts
I have catcher shin guards from Play It Again Sports for $20. They looked almost new and heavy duty. The only thing I did not care for was the knee coverage. Therefore, I just cut that part off. With that removed, after a few games, I do not even know that I have them on. I never take them off during the game and bat as normal with them on.

Andy Smith
Nov. 30, 2013
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
I bought catcher's shin guards from teamexpress.com. They were on sale for $29 and $8 shipping. I also cut off the knee protector. I believe that part covered the knees when squatting. When standing they still cover the knees.
I haven't worn them in a game yet.
Nov. 30, 2013
Duke
Men's 60
678 posts
Bruce, I did not wear mine for 2 years after buying them, but felt at my young age of 63 now, that I might be pressing my luck. I finally started using them the last 7 months.

Andy Smith
Nov. 30, 2013
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
I've taken a couple of shots of my right shin so I figure it can't hurt to try them. I plan to be wearing them in Feb
Dec. 1, 2013
Omar Khayyam
958 posts
I bought a pair of kick-boxing shin guards from Karate Express an online company. They are light and very comfortable. Only problem is that since wearing them for several years, I have not yet taken a hard shot on the shin! The logic is good--protects against powerful martial arts kicks--and the experience is great with deflected balls that have hit square on--but a low screamer??? Hope they work or I'll try some suggestions above. By the way, mine don't cover my knees as I figure that is what my glove is for, but this might be an illusion!LOL
Dec. 1, 2013
mad dog
Men's 60
3919 posts
i use the evo shield's....they will take a direct hit from a screamer...the only thing they don't protect is the knee.....they are very light and fit under my socks......
Dec. 3, 2013
andys
3 posts
I have used just about all of these different combination/pads but the shin pads I use now are made by Fox and are used by downhill bicycle racers not cheap about $75 here in Colo. and cover the knee pretty well. They are easy on with 3 straps but I also wear them for the entire game and also hide them with my game pants no sense giving anybody a target. My only other suggestion is to use any of these pads in practice first just so you know what the game day will be like..
andy
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