Our Muay Thai Shin Pads
Our team has carefully selected our range of Muay Thai Shin Pads from the best brands in the industry and used by top-level Muay Thai athletes worldwide.
We have Shin Pads to cater to all experience levels and are also available in a range of types. Shin Pads are made from Cotton to durable Thai Leather and from slim to double-padded. Check out our best sellers like Twins Special Shin Guards & Fairtex Shin Guards.
Benefits of Wearing Shin Guards for Muay Thai
If you have ever clashed shins with someone in training drills then you will know that having a quality pair of Muay Thai Shin Guards is a no-brainer.
But for those who don't know, longevity in Muay Thai and any other combat sport is crucial. Not just for yourself but also for your training partners.
Shin Guards are essential whether you are a beginner or a pro fighter. This is so you can protect your feet, ankles and of course, your shins when striking. If you are a beginner, then we recommend you get double-padded Shin Guards even more because your shins won't be conditioned.
Shin Guard Types - Cotton or Leather?
Cotton Shin Guards offer less protection due to the thinner foam padding, fit slightly smaller and are mostly used for competitions only. However, Junior practitioners can also use cotton Shin Guards when training due to the sizing.
We do not recommend cotton Shin Guards for your day-to-day sparring.
Leather Shin Guards in Muay Thai are built much stronger than Shin Pads from other combat sports. Muay Thai Shin Guards offer more protection and use thicker padding to absorb the impact from kicks much better. We recommend you stay away from using Shin Guards from other sports like Karate or Taekwondo due to them offering less protection.
Our Leather Shin Guards are built with multi-layered shock-absorbing foam and high-grade Thai leather for better durability. We also stock Shin Pads made from Synthetic Leather which is an alternative option so we can offer more affordable options without sacrificing quality. These Shin Guards will be the best option for your day-to-day sparring.
How Do I Condition My Shins For Muay Thai?
We've all seen videos on Social Media where people use rolling pins or kicking metal poles. We assure you that those are NOT the right ways to condition your shins, you will only end up injuring yourself.
Here are our recommendations if you want your shins to be stronger:
- Be Patient and Stay Consistent
Getting hard shins like baseball bats will not happen overnight. Pain is inevitable if clash shins, kick someones elbow or get your kick checked in a fight or sparring and this is something you will have to accept.
- Heavy Bag and Padwork
Sticking to the basics will get you far and these two training methods don't just do wonders for your technique but also your shin conditioning. Repetitively kicking the heavy bag or pads over time will leave pain in your shins (especially if you are new) and this is a good thing. As time goes on the nerves in your shins will deaden and your pain threshold will increase as the micro-fractures in your shins will rebuild and make them stronger!
- More Sparring
Sparring is a key element of any Muay Thai practitioner's training. Not only can you put the techniques you learned in class to use but also condition your body.
When checking a kick or kicking an elbow with Shin Guards on, it can still hurt! Repetition is key so it feels less painful as time goes by.
Maintaining Your Muay Thai Shin Guards
Caring for your Shin Guards, is crucial for their longevity and hygiene. Follow these simple steps:
- Clean right after training: Wipe the exterior shell with a towel to remove sweat stains. Use disinfectant wipes or spray to sanitize the entire shin guard.
- Avoid leaving them in your bag overnight: Take your shin guards out of your gym bag to air them out. Leaving them in a damp bag can cause them to develop unpleasant odors.
- Keep your shin guards dry: Odor-causing bacteria thrive in moisture, so ensure your shin guards are reasonably dry by airing them out in the sun. Store them in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight when not in use.
By following these steps, you can keep your shin guards clean and fresh-smelling for longer periods of time.