Armadillo Sports was generous enough to send us a few pairs of their super-innovative calf and achilles protectors for us to review. We’d like to thank them for giving us this opportunity to review these very interesting pieces of equipment!
These are one interesting pair of shinguards. Rather than going on your shins they are placed on your calves (the back of your shins). It works by a process where multiple layers of plates – featuring air gaps between each plate – act as “break points” and prevent impact energy from being transmitted to your legs. The plates collide with each other during impact so energy is lost as friction and is dissipated in all directions. The result is a large reduction in the amount of harmful impact force reaching your skin and muscle tissue.
These are not to be confused with conventional shinguards. Shin guards provide a single, solid layer of protection to the front shin bone area of the leg. Armadillo’s unique lightweight, multi-plated structure has been designed to protect the vulnerable areas at the rear of the leg – the areas that shin guards don’t cover.
These feel great when running and I did not notice any discomfort. We did tests where on wet fields one person would slide tackle the other from behind. Whereas this would normally lead to a severly hurt calf or even worse, in our test we did not notice much more than a push. (Please note Review Soccer does not condone personal testing of this nature and would rather you experience it naturally when playing and not intentionally.)
I found these to be quite the fasctinating soccer item. They really served their purpose when I got hit with crushing tackles from behind. All in all a truly revolutionary piece of equipment. While they can be a bit uncomfortable, they certainly serve their purpose well. I highly recommend these to anyone who has an injured achilles tendon, calf, or just wants a bit more protection back there.
If you want to buy these, check out your local soccer store, since they aren’t sold on soccer.com. You can also buy these on Armadillo Sports’ website.
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