This morning I took delivery of, let’s say, the Lamborghini of shin pads. C6 Agility is an up and coming brand aiming to establish itself in the football community. Thanks to Larry over at C6, we were lucky enough to receive a pair of their shin pads for review. As many of you will be able to tell from the pictures, these are made of a super-thin Carbon Fibre, which gives them incredible strength and durability.
First of all, I’d like to stress the sheer impressiveness of these shin pads. These are the first Carbon Fibre pads I’ve had the pleasure to own, and I’m genuinely excited to test them. You have to hold them in your hands to truly experience the attention to detail that they provide. The Carbon Fibre up close shows a weave of interlocked webs that intertwine around one another and it just looks thoroughly professional.
The most striking thing about these pads is how lightweight they are. They shocked me in a similar way as the AdiZeros did when I first held them in my hands. They’re just unbelievably light. To say it’s a reasonably big pad as well, the lightweight nature of it is fantastic for an individual like me who does a lot of running and sprinting. They are suited perfectly for wingers and full-backs, but I can’t comment on how well they protect you yet as I haven’t trained in them.
Perhaps an early concern of mine is how thin they are. Even other lightweight pads on the market have a decent amount of girth to them, but these are literally a few millimetres thick. Some will love that, some will hate that. Again, it’s perfect for me as they won’t get in the way, but it’s perhaps a slight worry about how protective they’ll be. Will they absorb much of the impact from kicks? We’ll see.
But on the other hand, the redeeming factor is that they’re made of Carbon Fibre. Renowned for it’s lightweight but incredibly strong nature, Carbon Fibre has of course been used in football boots for a few years now and it’s testament to it’s quality. I’m extremely interested to see how this correlates into protection.
The backing on the shin pad is also a nice material on first impression. It strikes me as a material that won’t be prone to rubbing or irritation during use, which can only be a good thing in my books. To go against what I previously said, the backing is actually quite padded. It’s unusual, because the pad is EXTREMELY thin, but the padding takes up the vast majority of the thickness of the overall product. It’s soft and feels kind of like suede. I’m interested to see how it does during performance.
So there are our first impressions of the C6 Agility shin pads. I wanted to do this ‘Just Arrived’ post because I’ve been eager to test these shin pads for a while and it appears to be a quality product. I aim to have the full review up in 2-3 weeks, so keep an eye out for that. For the time being leave your thoughts and comments below..