Low kick pads or “kick shields” are an essential part of muay Thai gym equipment so I just thought I’d throw up a review of my latest pad by “In Fight Style” as it’s a pretty cool bit of kit.
As far as I know, In Fight Style are a fairly new muay Thai brand operating from Thailand and they are producing some nice gear. If you visit their site you can purchase brands such as Top King, Twins, Yokkao as wells as their own In Fight Style brand.
This kick pad I’m reviewing here is the In Fight Style own brand.
The design of the pad is attractive and the quality is evident right from the off. When I first opened the package I could immediately see the quality in the stitching.
The pad is slightly wider at one end than the other so it feels less bulky than some pads and is more maneuverable than those pads with square dimensions.
Handles at both top and bottom make the pad versatile in that it can be held with both hands and used for teeps, knees and high roundhouse kicks too.
Kicking the pad is comfortable and the it feels very absorbent. My only complaint here is that I like an element of “bounce” when I hit a low kick pad, and the In Fight Style pad feels a little flat to me, but maybe I’m nit-picking?
The pad is made in Thailand from 100% leather and feels pretty robust. I’ve been training with this for 3 months now and there are no signs of wear and tear so I am of the opinion that this pad is built for lasting.
Overall, a very tough piece of equipment which absorbs strikes extremely well and seems to be long-lasting. If I were to pick a fault with anything, it would be the fact that the “flatness” of the pad may cause it to sag in the future, but there are no signs of that happening at the moment.
I’d be very happy to recommend this kick shield to all levels of practitioner.