Shin pads are often hugely overlooked when a player is thinking about new equipment to buy. I myself have been searching around for a quality pair of pads that are perfect for me, and I may well have found them in the C6 Agility shin pads. Made from 100% Carbon Fibre, the C6 Agility shin pads offer unbelievable protection for such a moderately sized product, and were interesting to use throughout testing.
- 100% Carbon Fibre Shell
- Ergonomic. ultra lightweight, low profile and high strength
- 1.8oz – the lightest on the market
For review, I used a size medium. For people who are interested, I am 175cm tall and have pretty small calves that measure in at 13 inches in diameter. I recommend ordering your normal size if you like your shin guards to be minimal. Ordering your normal size will covers large area of your shin, and it offers excellent protection.
I’d like to start with how to wear these shin pads.. As I previously mentioned in my ‘Just Arrived‘ post, the backing of the shin pads is this smooth, almost suede like material that is surprisingly padded for such a thin guard. Now the downside to this smooth backing is that it doesn’t stay up of its own accord. Instead, tape is a necessity when wearing the C6 Agility shin pads, and I completely recommend you try the ‘cut the foot off the sock’ technique (video below) for games.
The fit of the shin pad itself is quite unique, the top part isn’t even, and instead one side veers away and kind of bulges out. It’s designed to fit around your shin and it does its job quite well. Even without any ‘L’ or ‘R’ stamps on them telling you which is which, it’s pretty clear which one is supposed to fit on which leg. The shin pad can kind of clip onto your leg, and it’s clear a lot of thought has gone into the design process.
As with lots of lightweight shin pads these days, you don’t realise you are actually wearing the C6 Agility shin pads throughout wear. The claim is that these are the lightest shin pads in the world, and my size medium weighs in at 50g/1.7 ounces which is incredible. I genuinely don’t think I’ll be able to go back to another pair of shin pads, and comment positively on how lightweight they are after using these, and that is a true testament to their quality. The lightweight, fitted nature of the C6 Agility shin pads makes them an absolutely joy to wear comfort wise.
Now, the crucial part of any shin pad. Do the C6 Agility shin pads actually offer decent protection? When you hold them in your hands, they feel flimsy.. They bend easily and it’s like, surely these won’t protect you from heavy tackles? But the Carbon Fibre is unbelievably sturdy, and the padding behind it makes it absorb huge amounts of the impact when you get kicked.
The C6 Agility are 2mm thick. The Adidas Techfit shin pads are 5mm thick. From reading this, you’d think the Adidas shin pads have the advantage right? But throughout testing the C6 Agility shin pads didn’t let me down once, and as an attacker, that is an absolute god send. As previously mentioned however, I ordered a size medium, which is my normal size. They cover a decent area of my shin, and I’d imagine a size large would cover the vast majority of my shin.
All in all, I can’t really knock the C6 Agility shin pads in terms of protection, which is fantastic considering how thin and lightweight they are. Once again, top marks to C6 for that!
Sleek, sophisticated, stylish.. The C6 Agility shin pads look fantastic when held in your hands. While of course, a shin pads primary aim isn’t to look good, you are paying a lot of money for a product which many people would deem ‘unnecessary’. I believe I’ve already used this phrase before, but the C6 Agility shin pads really are the Lamborghini of the shin pad world. It looks thoroughly professional, a professional product.
Throughout testing, I’ve shown the pads to friends, team mates and so on.. And every single person said ‘They look good’. I personally believe that is testament to the quality of this product, and it’s always a good thing being told something you own looks good right? So something to bear in mind when purchasing this product, is not only are you getting the goods in terms of performance.. But you’re getting a product that looks terrific. You don’t often come upon products like that in the football world nowadays.
- Super lightweight!
- Offers fantastic protection
- Look sleek and stylish
- Very expensive
To conclude.. Would I recommend these shin pads? Absolutely. Many people will probably baulk at the price of them ($150), but you have to remember that these are an investment. I’d full expect them to last you at least 5 years. That’s quite a bold statement, but it’s testament to the quality of them. If you think about it, if they lasted you 5 years that’d be $30 a year. Not bad at all really. If you’d like to purchase them, they are available on C6s official website.