Century Hand & Forearm Guard Review

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The Century Martial Hand & Forearm guards are an affordable option with a good variety of uses. When you are training in Taekwondo, Karate, Muay Thai, or other mixed martial arts disciplines, adding protection can help keep you focused. In addition, it can remove the worry of sustaining minor and major injuries. This will allow you to concentrate on your current training activity. You are sure to notice the difference in your performance when you are no longer concerned about your safety and well-being. This option gives you a good amount of coverage. Additionally, it will provide you with a decent level of protection for your forearms. Many consumers have mentioned that they feel it is lacking in the area of hand protection.

The century brand is known for using excellent materials. Training in fight sports means that you need gear and equipment that can stand up to the constant abuse being handed out. This item is very durable and is going to hang in there for years to come. You will find this to be true even when you participate in training sessions daily. This item will give you versatile use. You can use them during heavy bag work, light sparring session, or while training with your coach. You probably won’t want to use them during heavy sparring or weapons training as some do say they are lacking in protection. Overall, this is a decent choice of hand and forearm protection.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Good Forearm Protection
  • Offers Excellent Mobility
  • Lightweight
  • Great Fit
  • Open Palm
  • Versatile Use
  • Anatomical Shape
  • Quite Affordable
Cons
  • No Wrist Protection
  • Limited Hand Protection
  • Sizing Runs Large
  • Doesn't Breathe Well

Brand

Century is a brand that has been around for several generations. They have been providing fighters with all of the needs that come with combat sports related training and competitions. They are one of the most respected brands in the world of fight sports. This is because they pay attention to the ever-changing world of boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. When you are looking for clothing, gloves, punching bags, protective equipment, and other gear you can rest assured that they will have an option for you. Due to the fact they typically offer better quality materials, construction, and designs you will be paying a bit more money when you decide to go with their items. This is not a major let down because their items are also built to last. If you run into any issues with the products you purchase from this brand you won't need to worry. They stand behind all of their items and provide you with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Overall, investing your time and money into this brand will rarely lead you to disappointment.

Materials

The materials that this brand uses in their product are always of good quality. They're going to last you a long period of time even when you are using them consistently. The outer shell is made from fabric. It is going to offer a bit of stretch and a relatively secure fit. Consumers have mentioned that the sizing of this item runs large so you might want to order a size down to ensure they stay in place. The padding is made from a thermoformed foam. This is going to absorb a pretty good level of impact. That is not to say that you're not going to feel it at all, you will. This is especially true when dealing with advanced fighters. These are really the only two materials used in the design of this product. They are very simple yet they are also quite effective. For the most part, people are very happy with the look and feel that they get for the materials in this item.

Fit

There are multiple sizes available that will help you find the perfect fit. As noted, consumers have stated that the sizing of this product runs a bit large. This means that you may need to order a size down to find a secure fit. Obviously, making sure that your protective equipment is staying in place is critical in helping to make sure that you do not sustain any injuries. As long as you are careful with sizing you should be more than happy with a fit that this item provides. If you do find that it is a bit too big you can make alterations. Due to the fact that this item is made from fabric a couple of quick stitches can tighten it up nicely. They do offer a bit of stretch so if you find them to be a little tight give it some time. They will form to your particular arms and the fit will improve. Overall, most people are pretty happy with the fit this item provides as long as they are able to find the correct size for their arms.

Breathability

You will not be getting a good level of breathability with this pair of protective forearm guards. It has been stated many times by consumers that they become exceptionally hot. The material is not moisture wicking and does not allow for a good amount of airflow. You may find that you become exceptionally hot and sweaty when you are wearing these guards. This is going to be especially true for those of you that spend several hours in training sessions. Obviously, a lack of breathability is a bit of a letdown but it is not a deal-breaker for most people. The protective gear we wear doesn't, typically, breathe very well. That is not its intended purpose. This item all the way around is going to give you quite a bit of coverage and it is going to be quite hot while you're wearing it. You will get a decent level of protection so most people can get past the fact that when you pull these off they're going to be quite sweaty and you may find yourself to be hotter than normal.

Protection

There are mixed reviews on the level of protection you're going to get while using this item. The general consensus is that it does give you a higher level of forearm protection. You'll be able to take strikes from pretty much every level without needing to worry about sustaining bumps or abrasions. Where customers find this product to be lacking is in hand protection. The padding through this area is quite thin and could leave you open to injuries. There is also absolutely no wrist protection. There is a gap between the two sets of thermoformed padding that leaves your wrist completely open to injury. Consumers have also mentioned that the coverage on your hand is not the best. Your fingers and knuckles will be exposed more than you may want them to be. Using these for intense sparring sessions or heavy training may not be the best idea. There are many fragile bones in your hands that are truly susceptible to injury. You will likely want to find better protection if you intend on doing extensive training.

Comfort

Most people do find this option to be very comfortable. The foam material is quite malleable and will conform to the shape of your body. This is going to seriously improve the level of comfort that you experience. In addition, the material that they use for the sleeve portion of this product feels exceptionally nice. It does not do a great job at removing moisture from your skin, however, it does offer a comfortable fit. The openings that your fingers go through are also well regarded by the users. This brand has done a good job of making sure you're going to stay comfortable while using this item. Keep in mind that it does not breathe very well and if you become overly hot it could decrease the level of comfort that you have. Overall, there aren't any major complaints in regards to how comfortable this item is. We believe that this is an aspect you will be satisfied with.

Care

Let's face it, everyone wants to avoid an arduous care routine. There are a large variety of pieces of equipment and gear that you'll be using in your boxing, wrestling, or mixed martial arts training. So, adding another item to the mix can seem like a burden in terms of care. This item is easier to maintain than many others. You won't have to worry about using special sprays or disinfectants to keep this item looking good and smelling fresh. You will simply need to throw them into the washing machine as you would any other dirty piece of clothing. They will wash up extremely well and be ready to go for your next training session. It is very important that you do not put this item in the dryer. Consumers that have, have found that they shrink drastically. They will never reform the correct shape. It could also impact how well this item keeps you protected. You will simply want to lay them out to dry. This will mean that you need to make sure you have enough time in between training sessions for them to become completely dry. The other option would be to buy a second pair as a backup.

Advantages

One of the biggest advantages of using this product is The Versatile use that you will get out of it. It was funny to us to find out that people are not only using this in mixed martial arts training but throughout their daily lives. If you are looking for forearm protection for just about any activity, this item has you covered. All of the materials that this brand uses are going to last a good amount of time. When you are participating in impact sports you need to know that your gear and equipment can withstand the test of time and abuse. Basically, all of the items that are sold from this brand will be able to do this. This product is also very easy to put on and take off. Oftentimes, taking protective equipment off can be extremely difficult. This is especially true if you've had a very sweaty session. So, the fact that it's going to save you time is an advantage that many people love.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, there is some pretty big disadvantage is associated with this product that is not going to make it suitable for all users. As noted, it is seriously lacking in wrist protection. Our wrists are very susceptible to injuries so keeping them well protected during combat sports training is important. Another disadvantage associated with this item is the fact that it runs large. If you're not careful you'll end up with a pair of forearm guards that are sliding around and leaving you open to a plethora of different injuries. On top of this, you are going to have limited protection for your hands and knuckles. Obviously, when you're investing in protective gear to cover these areas you want to make sure you're getting a high level of protection. This can be a deal-breaker for many users. The only other negative that we can find on this item is the fact that it really doesn't breathe well at all. This is not uncommon in this type of equipment, however, if how hot you are really matters this may not be the best option for you.

Value

It's surprising to say this about an item from this brand, however, we would have to say that it is only an average value. The cost that is associated with it is very affordable. Basically, every budget will be able to absorb the blow with ease. It is seriously not going to break the bank when you decide to call do you start your own. We have to look at all of the different aspects surrounding a product before determining what its true value is. For some people, this item is going to work very well for the training that you are doing. However, if you take combat sports extremely seriously and you are an advanced fighter it is likely these are not going to offer you the level of protection that you are currently looking for. There are many other options in the same category available to you around the same price that will give you a better level of protection.

Bottom Line

Searching for the perfect pair of forearm guards can be difficult. These will fit well into some fighters routines and for others, not so much. They do offer great longevity of use. You'll be able to throw them in the washer and use them on a daily basis without worrying about the materials falling apart. They will give your forearms a good level of protection, however, they are lacking in other areas. You'll need to be careful when choosing what size you want or you may end up with a poorly fitting piece of equipment. The reviews on this product are mixed. Some people truly love them While others feel it was a waste of their time and money. Overall, there are many options that may be more suitable for fighters to be using and that will give them more confidence because of a better level of protection.