Your questions answered
No. Our shin pads are designed for the intense demands of elite footballers who need an optimal balance of comfort, size, protection and weight. We developed our shin pads with professional footballers hence why our product delivers so effectively on what players need. Almost all players that try Smart Armor love it, therefore we have a 28 day satisfaction guaranteed refund policy. (See details below).
Some amateur footballers prefer a different balance between comfort, fit, protection and weight. For those that so, we will be launching another product in Q2 2023 to provide an option for those that want it. This will balance even more protection though at the marginal expense of product weight.
Our shin pad offers an excellent fit for anyone over 140 cm tall. Our research suggests players find it super comfortable as the material flexibly wraps around the leg and has a unique anatomic fit. Better coverage means better protection. Our feedback on size is it's great for the majority of players, male and female. If we get enough feedback another size is needed then we will definitely make one!
Because that is what professionals players tell us. See our reviews page. Rheon Labs made this shin pad to be better! Wear it and you’ll believe it. They are comfortable, flexible, mould to your leg and at the end of a game, you may not even remember you’re wearing them. They are breathable, wick away perspiration and will like emit no sweat odour, even after a few wearings. Despite these features, their impact performance is more than 250% the current EN 13061:2009 requirement to be awarded an official CE Mark.
It’s a smart-material and behaves in a 'non-Newtonian' manner due to its molecular shape. Rheon Labs further enhanced the effectiveness through shaping the material into unique shock-absorbing geometries. This shin pad works completely differently to other rigid impact-absorbing materials. RHEON™️ physically changes when hit and then returns to its original state immediately after impact. These changes occur in milliseconds. The material has been tested to ensure high impact performance for over 10,000 life-changing impacts. Amazingly, the performance from the 1st to 10,000th impact is the same. This is unlikely the case for other materials. The product exceeds the EN13061 shin pad CE Mark standard by over 250%.
Yes, they can be hand or machine washed on a ‘hand wash cycle’, They should NOT be tumble dried. Air dry them after wearing or washing as storing them damp will cause them to smell.
Smart Armor Co-founder, Dr. Bob, has over 25 years medical experience and is a Football Club Doctor at Wycombe Wanderers F.C. He has also worked for the Football Association at the UEFA Women's EURO 2022. Seeing injuries first hand and working with players, he understands the needs for better protection intimately. He was instrumental in our work with Rheon Labs in realising this product.
Smart Armor developed this revolutionary product in collaboration with Rheon™️ Labs. Rheon™️ is the amazing smart-material invented by this innovative U.K. technology company. Rheon Labs have world-class technical and engineering capabilities and Smart Armor are extremely proud of working with such a world-leading Company.
The feedback has been amazing and extremely positive. See our testimonials! Responses generally take the form of “these are the best shin pads I’ve ever worn”!
The shin pad profile is based on 3D CT scans of players so make sure each shin pad is placed on the correct leg. They are marked L and R.
We highly recommend the Smart Armor pocketed sleeves which we have included free with every pair. They're washable and reusable therefore much more environmentally friendly that single-use tapes. However, players can secure the shin pads in a variety of ways that suit their needs including sock tape, under-wrap…..etc.
If looked after well, the product is designed to perform equally well from the first impact to the 10,000th impact. This is not the case for most other shin pads. Therefore, over the lifetime of the product, and delivering no reduction in impact performance, we believe they deliver outstanding value for money.
The shin pads are engineered to be the world’s most technologically advanced shin pad with a unique design aesthetic and superb attention to detail. There is no comparable product on the market. A lot of money has been invested in research and development to bring this revolutionary product to market.
The refund policy is outlined in our T&C’s. If the product is returned with all the original packaging in the same condition as received a full refund will be given within 28 days.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund for overseas orders.