We don’t do a lot of shin guard reviews here at soccerprose, but we couldn’t let these Diadora Gamma Carbonios slip by without giving you a run down. These guards have been around since the 2006 World Cup, when Francisco Totti demanded that Diadora provide him with an ultra-strong, wrap around shin guard to protect the leg he recently broke.
These are probably the strongest, most durable, most advanced shin guards ever made, and are so absurd that none of the major manufactures have been able to even come close. The shin guards are made of seven layers of Kevlar, which is about the same as your standard issue bullet proof vest, fiber glass bonding to make it lightweight, and a low profile fit. It ensures maximum protection for the professional level player, or anyone who plays against teams that have a notorious hatchet man. The Coolmax fabric backing wicks away moisture keeping your lower leg cool, and it won’t slip around on your leg.
I’d recommend these guards for anyone who plays at a high level and is returning from a serious injury like a leg break as they will offer the protection you need all over your leg. Rumor has it the Kevlar construction also makes them a must have for all comers at the Chelsea training ground, because you never when Ashley Cole is going to bring his rifle. But in all seriousness, they are the best shin guard on the market in terms of protection all over your leg.
At $179.99 on soccerpro.com they’re not cheap, but if you’re returning from injury, or just not keen on getting hurt, they’re worth it.
Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com
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