Summary : Very protective for wearer and training partners. Comfortable and durable.
Yokkao are a relatively new muay Thai brand who produce Thai boxing equipment such as gloves, shorts, pads, shin guards, bags and clothing. You’ve probably seen their gear worn by fighters in some of the more well-known muay Thai gyms such as the P.K. SaenchaiMuayThai Gym in Thailand or the Bad Company Gym in the UK.
This post a quick overview and review on their shin guards.
Yokkao Shin Guards Manufacturer’s Details
- High quality genuine cowskin leather
- Double velcro closure
- In-step foot protection with elastic strap
- Size S-XL plus a range of colours
- 100% hand-made in Thailand
The Yokkao shin guards are more light-weight than most shins of a similar size. I did find that the large size that I usually purchase was right on the upper limit for me, but still OK.
The fastening system is the best I’ve come across yet – two velcro straps with no loop. This makes getting them on and off quicker and easier than with the Top King shin guards.
I found that the two elastic strips on the foot and ankle areas of the Yokkao shins are thicker than most shin guards too, so they tend to slide around less.
As for protection, the outside padding is quite thick and really hard. I’ve rarely felt pain from any of the contacts in training.
The most consistent piece of feedback I received from my training partners is that, because of the shins’ flat surface at the front, the force which is applied to the body during the kick is more dispersed than most other brands. They could still feel the full force of the kick, but they said it didn’t hurt as much.
If you take the Twins shins for example, they have quite a sharp curve at the front so the force of the kick is more concentrated into one area of the body so it feels a lot harder than it would with a flatter surface, like with the Yokkao shins.
Great protective shin guards which are comfortable too. They have the added bonus of feeling quite light on your training partners due to the flat design.Follow MuayThaiScholar