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Great for practice - NOT game day
on August 27, 2013
I read other reviews for these and other parents said these shin guards were great for their 4, 5, and 6 year olds. My son is 6 and I also have an 8 year old and I would NEVER put these on my kids during a game, not to mention my league wouldn't allow it (double checked since I'm also a coach). The socks are nice and would help with kids who sweat a lot. However, the actual guard is very flimsy and soft. I can bend it easily and it's not that thick. At practice I require my team to wear shin guards so they know how it'll feel during the game to wear them and I think these are perfect for practice - ONLY. When kids are in full focus mode during the games they tend to kick harder and these shin guards would not quite cut it, as opposed to a good pair of shin guards with separate socks over. May I recommend purchasing a pair or two of these for practice and maybe to keep in the bag in case your kiddo forgets his/her regular shin guards. But as for regular game day shin guards, spend the extra money and get a good pair (from Adidas, Umbro or Nike) with some quality socks (Adidas makes really good sweat wicking socks in a variety of colors). I would also recommend (for the younger kids new to soccer) to get the shin guards with the ankle protection. You'll appreciate the money spent when your son/daughter gets kicked in the ankle or shin with cleats and the damage isn't as bad or he/she isn't crying as much. These shin guards just aren't going to provide that kind of protection.