Summary : One of the most durable shin guards out there.
Top King is one of the most recognisable muay Thai brands in operation. Their gear is top notch, and these Top King shin guards are no exception.
With their slim fit and their hook & loop velcro closure, these shins are very comfortable. They are a lot less bulky than most of the Twins or Fairtex shin guards, and you almost forget you’re wearing them.
However, I’d give higher marks to the Twins shin guards for protection. Although the Top King shin guards are quite thick, they just don’t seem to absorb the impact as well as the Twins. Shin on shin can still be felt quite a bit through these guards.
The hook & loop velcro closure isn’t the best design, in my opinion. I find them a bit of a pain to take on and off when you’re in a hurry. They also slip around a fair bit too which is irritating when you have to readjust them every 30 seconds during sparring practice..
The Top King shin guards feature just a single logo at the top of the shin, which looks quite classy and isn’t OTT.
In terms of longevity, these shins are beasts. I’ve been wearing mine for the last 3 years and they are still immaculate. Most of that time was spent in Thailand too, where gear tends to perish rather quickly due to the high humidity.
The Top King shin guards sit at the top end of the price-range, as you’d expect, but the’re not the most expensive shins out there.
Overall, these guards offer good comfort, along with a well designed fastener. Their durability is also top notch. My one (minor) complaint is that they aren’t up to scratch with the Twins shin guards in terms of protection. That aside, highly recommended.