Century Martial Armor Review

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The Century Martial Armor shin guards will provide a mid-level of protection to mixed martial artists. When you train in Karate, Taekwondo, and other fight sports that involve kicking, shin protection is important. Wearing proper protection while training can help you avoid injuries like bruises and abrasions. In addition, this item will help to keep your sparring partner safe. Adequate protection while in a sparring session is imperative for everyone involved. This item is best suited toward beginner and intermediate fighters. This is due to the fact that it doesn’t offer quite as much protection as other options available to you.

These are more comfortable and more secure than others. They slide on and are held in place with a knit sleeve. Additionally, they have grooves in them that are flexible. This will allow them to wrap around your legs. You will have a better fit and more coverage due to this. The way they are structured they are also breathable. Obviously, this is going to make you more comfortable. Bulky protective gear can not only weigh you down but make you exceptionally hot. So, the fact that this item is low profile, lightweight, and relatively breathable is a major bonus to your training routine. Overall, most people using this item are satisfied with its performance, fit, and level of comfort.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Low Profile
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Moderate Protection
  • Versatile Use
  • Quite Comfortable
  • Stay Put Fairly Well
Cons
  • No Foot Protection
  • Little Loose Around Ankles

Brand

For more than forty years Century has been a leader in boxing and mixed martial arts gear. They started out in a garage but have since grown to the point of being able to offer products all over the globe. The backbone of this company is made up of martial artists that actually know what you need to stay comfortable and well-protected during all of your fight situations. All of their items come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee for thirty days. It is nice to know that there are still brands out there that stand behind their products. Whether you are looking for uniforms, gloves, headgear, or even throwing stars, Century, has an option for you. Finding great gear and equipment for your chosen fight sport can be difficult but this brand is always going to have solid options for you to choose from. With a variety of options in each category, you will be able to find the perfect fit for your wants, needs, and budget.

Material

The materials used in this item are all good quality. They offer a high level of durability and a comfortable fit. The wrap around, outer shell is made from thermoformed padding. It is exceptionally lightweight and can take a decent amount of impact. This piece is attached to a knit sleeve. The sleeve makes it very easy to pull these on and off. In addition, it helps to keep this item breathable. The stitching is quite durable which will give you good longevity of use. Obviously, this is an advantage as investing in protective gear can be quite a financial burden. The fact that this one will hold up to frequent and consistent abuse is a pretty good aspect. Customers are pleased with the materials as they keep them comfortable and decently well protected during sparring sessions. Overall, this item is formed fairly simple but it is high-density and can help you avoid bruises and abrasions.

Fit

In general, people are pretty happy with the fit this item provides them. It is relatively snug and secure. It is important to note that some fighters have reported that there is a bit of movement that happens. Shifting of your protective gear can be an issue. This is due to the fact that if it is not in the correct position you may not have the coverage that you think you do. If you take a strike without your gear properly aligned you may sustain an injury. This item is not going to move as much as others so, it's not a major disadvantage. Some consumers have also noted that this item is a bit loose in the ankle area. This is especially true for those of you that have skinny ankles. It will be quite snug through the calf so if it is a little loose in the ankle it should not be a major burden. For adults, as long as you have average-sized legs you should be more than happy with the Fitbit this item has to offer.

Breathability

The level of breathability this item offers is better than many other options. The materials are all lightweight and the textile backing ensures better breathability. The soft material is needed to improve airflow. The more airflow that is getting into your gear the dryer and more comfortable it is going to be. It is important to note that consumers have said that if you're wearing these shin guards for a long. Of time they are going to be wet with sweat. This can become a bit uncomfortable, however, it takes quite a while for it to occur. When you are wearing a lot of protective gear breathability plays a pretty big role. So, the fact that this one breathes better than others is an aspect that works in its favor. Overall, fighters of every discipline are pleased with the level of breathability that this item offers. When you give them a try we believe you will see the difference and be pleased with the airflow you get.

Protection

You will not be getting the highest level of protection when you go with this item. It does offer a bit of shock absorption which will help to ensure your legs feel better after a long striking session. Not only will this product only offers you a bit of protection it's only going to offer your sparring partner of a bit of protection as well. It will hold up to a lot of kicks but it is likely that you're going to feel them. When dealing with advanced fighters you will likely want to look towards a different set of shin guards. A set that offers higher protection. This option is going to be good for low-level or even intermediate fighters. It will give you enough protection that you should not be sustaining bruises or abrasions while wearing them. So, when you are looking for a set of shin guards that offers a bit of protection while you work through your routine this is going to be a great option. If you have already sustained an injury or you are looking for a high level of protection it is likely you will not find these to offer enough.

Comfort

We're fairly certain you'll be more than happy with the Comfort level of this item. All of the customer reviews say this is one of the most comfortable sets of shin guards available to you. Part of this is due to the fact that rather than using a hook and style loop closure it uses a fabric sleeve. This helps to improve not only the fit but also the level of comfort. The fact that this option is so lightweight also plays its role in comfort. In addition, it can play a role in your performance. The way this item is molded to wrap around your shin also play the role in your comfort. It is anatomically fitting which will make it feel like you are wearing nothing at all. This is a comment we have read several times from many different consumers. Overall, the flexible and breathable fit that this product gives you is going to keep you more comfortable than many other options that are out there.

Weight

You'll be looking at an extremely lightweight option when you go with this item from Century. The pair together weigh less than a pound so wearing them will be barely an inconvenience. Keeping your protective gear lightweight will play a major role in your overall performance. Obviously, the heavier your equipment the slower you're going to be. It can truly weigh you down. This item will not weigh you down much at all and it will be noticeable as you train. The fact that this item does not have any foot covering or protection does play a major part in the fact that it is so lightweight. Century is done an excellent job at taking into consideration the fact that Fighters wear a lot of protective gear and need to avoid being weighed down. Overall, the common consensus from fighters is that this is one of the lighter weight options out there so, we believe you will be pleased with this aspect.

Advantages

One of the biggest advantages to this product is the fact that it is going to give you a high level of comfort while you're wearing it. Oftentimes, fighters are not so thrilled with how all their protective gear feels. This item is comfortable and we'll fit you fairly well. Another advantage in using this item, obviously, is it's going to give your shins some protection from kicks. Sustaining kicks to Bear shins can lead to some major bruising and other issues. So, avoiding them is going to give you a major advantage and not only your training but also in competitions. This item is also exceptionally easy to slip on and off. Putting on all of your gear can take a ton of time and become a major frustration. The fact that you'll be able to just slide this on is very convenient. One other aspect that is a major advantage is the fact that this item is breathable. It will help to keep you cool and comfortable while you are working through all of your most ruling routines.

Disadvantages

As with pretty much all items that are available in the world today, there are some disadvantages that you're going to want to think about. Weighing out the pros and cons can help you make a solid decision in the best option for what you're looking for. One of the major disadvantages of this item is the fact that it does not offer any protection. It is nice that you're shins are going to be protected, however, there are extremely fragile bones in your feet that are susceptible to Breaking. So, adding foot protection to your shin guards is an advantage in helping you to maintain safety. The only other aspect that customers are not so thrilled about is the fact that this item can be a bit loose around the ankles. This can lead to an odd feeling fit. We don't really consider it to be a major disadvantage making sure that Fighters have all the information available is imperative.

Value

This product is a pretty good value. Customers are pleased with the durability, comfort, and fit this item offers. In addition, it offers a decent level of protection that will work out well for a pretty large variety of fighters. The cost associated with this item is affordable for basically every budget. It is unlikely that you'll have to spend any time saving up money before calling this item your own. Obviously, price plays a decent role in the value of an item, however, it is not the only thing to be considered. There are a couple of downfalls associated with it. It is important to keep in mind that there are many options available to you that offer foot protection as well. This may be a better option for most fighters. Also, keep in mind that if you are advanced in your skill and throw devastating kicks the protection level may not be the best.

Bottom Line

When it comes down to it this is a decent option and shin protection. It will help you to avoid sustaining bruises and abrasions from mid-level kicks. It is exceptionally simple to slide these on and off. You won't have to spend a bunch of time putting on burdensome equipment when you go with this option. It does offer some protection even though it is not the highest level. In addition, it is a major advantage that any and everyone will be able to work this into their budget. You'll be able to get some protection right away. If you find that it's not enough you can always invest in a more protective brand's option later. The reviews on this product are all positive and this item comes from a trusted brand that has been around for Generations. You can give these a try and if you are not satisfied you'll simply need to return them within the first 30 days. Overall, fighters are satisfied with their experience while using this item.