Looking to replace your shin guards or getting your first pair for training? If you are considering Venum Shin Guards, then this article is what you need.
I spent 2.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what combat sport practitioners think about Venum Elite Shin Guards:
Rating: (4.8 / 5)
Reasons to Buy:
-Majority of reviewers complimented the Elite shin guards on the stability. They stay securely in place during sparring without slipping or having to readjust them.
-A number of users noted that the Venum Elite shin guards have more shin protection compared to other brands including Top King.
-Several users commented that the shin guards are fairly lightweight while providing complete leg protection.
-Many customers bought them partly because they look “cool”. Several of them also received compliments for the way the Venum shin guards look.
-One reviewer noted that the curved padding on the instep is a big improvement over other brands. The instep padding is able to properly cover the top as well as side of the feet for protection and extra stability.
-A few customers like the additional elastic band strap at the Achilles heel which helps to keep the shin guards more secured.
Reasons Not to Buy:
-The users who did not like the Venum Elite shin guards felt that the design of the upper velcro staps are too high up the calves. The straps dig and rub right into the back of my knees when you bend your knees to block kicks.
-Many customers felt that the sizing chart was inaccurate. Most of these customers returned their purchase for a smaller size which ended up fitting correctly.
-The Elite Shin Guards lack a loop for the straps so one strap just goes over the other for fastening. This is a less secure fit if you want your shin guards real tight but some reviewers commented that this was not a major problem.
-One reviewer felt that the foot padding is way too long that makes it uncomfortable.
-Some felt that the Venum shin guards were pricey for a synthetic leather gear and there are real leather options at about half the price.
-The Elite shin guards only come in M, L and XL sizes. If you are on the petite side, the M will be too long.
For the most part, Venum Elite Shin Guards rival the best, provided you get the right size which come in M to XL.
In terms of the stability, Venum shin guards are as good as any other and maybe even better than its competitors. This can be attributed to the snug fit, strong velcro straps and the extra elastic band around the Achilles heel.
Venum has discontinued its real leather line of gear. The Elite shin guards are made in Thailand using “skintex leather” which is synthetic leather. Real leather provides better durability in general. The craftmanship on the Venums is top-notch but will not fare as well compared to Top Kings real leather construction.
For synthetic leather, they are also priced higher than real leather shin guards from other brands. This is something to consider for those who are price-sensitive.
I agree with many of the reviewers that Venum has some of the best looking shin guards and fight gear available in the market. The Elite shin guards collection has 17 different models to choose from. You are certain to find one that you like.
After going through over a hundred reviews, those between 5’6 to 5’11 tall who went with size Medium seem to have the best overall experience with the Venum Elite shin guards.