Since there are still a pair of Hayabusa Regenesis coming in the way, my intention to do the ultimate gloves review of that particular design will have to hold on until then. So here I am to pop in a shin guards review for anyone who's interested. (Please forgive my poor grammar.) --------- Top King vs Venum - Shin Guards Review --------- aka Genuine Leather vs Synthetic Story: For the longest time, Top King has been my absolute undisputed king of shin guards. They are basically the golden standard, highly recommended across the board. I didn't even think about giving a chance to any other shin guards because Top King has done it so well. At the end the only reason I have tried a pair of Venum was because orange shin guards aren't that common, even Top King who makes tons of different designs don't really offer them in orange. ...The result? I'm surprised M*****F****R! ------------------------Top King Shin Guards ----------------------- Before we get into the comparison, what makes Top King's shin guards so appealing? 1) Design, they don't take the traditional approach, in fact they were probably one of, if not the very first to make shin guards in this shape. They look less bulky, more dynamic and stylish, they slip aside far less, fit better on the users, more protection on the insteps and in some cases protect the knees a little better too. This newer design of shin guards are of course later adapted by many other manufacturers. That alone should proves its' success and improvement over the old school ones. 2) Aesthetic. Top Kings offer loads of design on their shin guards. Plain color? You got it. Snake Patterns? You got it. Metallic? You got it. Tribal? You got it....you get the point, they just look goooood~~ At one point I wanted to buy all of them because they are sexy as hell. lol 3) Craftsmanship One thing that Thai brands are good at, are their spotless, perfect craftsmanship. In my experience, I have never been able to pick one single flaw in their products in terms of craftsmanship. Everything is clean, tidy and super well made. That just gives confident to customers that they are always going to get the best product from Thailand. 4) Quality and durability Hand made with quality cow hide leather, that alone should prove their durability and quality. I have yet to see a pair fail myself (But everything is possible in this world of course, but undoubtedly very durable). Point is: Genuine leather with durable padding. 5) Reputation Don't have to just take this one person's word on them, search around, they are most likely regarded as the best shin guards for a long time. Conclusion: You will never go wrong with Top King shin guards. --------------------------Venum Shin Guards ------------------------ It is probably not a secret that I'm sort of a Venum fanboy..(sadly) I pay close attention to their products all the time, however for the longest time I had really avoid their shin guards for 2 reasons. Synthetic and they are just not Top King's! Venum did make genuine leather shin guards in the past. The oldest Amazonia line-up was discontinued before I had any interest. The Predator line-up was just recently discontinued, imo looked ugly as hell (they reminded me of sunflower seed....) They could be very high quality, though I had no interest to try and they are no longer available for the most part. Then the Elite and Fusion line up came out, even though they were made with synthetic material. For that rare orange, I gave it a try.