Apparel and Equipment

3D Printed Shin Guards Review (Zweikampf)

3dp_shinguard_Zweikampf_full-e1461056833555Yes, 3D-printed shin guards exist and you can buy a pair! They are 100% developed and made in Austria by Zweikampf, a team of creative heads determined to prove that 3D-printed products are ready for the Champions League. The shin guards feature a 3D-printed shell, a unique “Y” structure for diffusing shocks, XRD Technology, and much more. They’re available to purchase here.

IMG_5710Tech Specs

-100% developed and made in Austria

-Innovative 3D-printed shell

-Ultra-high impact protection thanks to a unique “Y” structure that ensures maximum impact deflection

-3D grip profile and high-friction coating for perfect support

-Optimal fit in three different sizes

-Weighs just 75 grams and is 7mm thick

-Option for name and player number customization on the inside of the guards

-XRD® Technology custom layer: choose the inlay that suits you: comfort, all-round, or performance

-XRD® Technology soft touch layer: the last layer is the comfort zone of the guard

-Zweikampf string bag and two rolls of Zweikampf sock tape come included

Zweikampf Shin Guards are available to purchase here.

3dp_shinguard_3dp_processMy Thoughts

Zweikampf’s 3D-printed shin guards sit a cut above the rest in terms of build quality, design, and technology. They feature a plethora of unique features such as the unique “Y” structure that ensures maximum impact deflection, the two layers of XRD® Technology (a comfort layer and a soft touch layer), and the 3D-printed shell, to name a few.

IMG_5696Upon receiving the shin guards, I was impressed with the thought and detail put into the packaging and presentation. They came in their own presentation case with a specific section for each shin guard, a string bag, and two rolls of sock tape. It’s important to note here that the shin guards cost roughly $170 USD (€139,00) so the presentation and attention to detail should be nothing below subpar.

IMG_5709IMG_5719After testing, it’s evident that Zweikampf’s 3D-printed shin guards are thinner, lighter, and stronger than just about everything else on the market. They have a sleek, modern design with options to customize for each player’s personal preference; you can opt for a comfort, all-round, or performance XRD® Technology inlay. Being 3D-printed means astounding weight and thickness measurements, 75 grams and 7mm thick, are easily achievable while maintaining a solid, durable structure. In addition to its unmatched build quality, the unique “Y” honeycomb structure absorbs and diffuses shocks and hits by distributing the force throughout the entire structure. This distinguishes Zweikampf shin guards from virtually every other shin guard on the market. The high-friction coating does a decent job of gripping to the sock, but I personally prefer to use shin guard sleeves instead.

IMG_5715Although I am very impressed with the comfort, protection, and technology provided by Zweikampf’s 3D-printed shin guards, I don’t know if I can justify the roughly $170 USD (€139,00) price tag. They are much more technologically advanced than the majority of shin guards on the market, but creeping near the $200 USD range is soccer cleat territory for me. They definitely aren’t for everyone. Soccer gear fanatics and professional players are likely to relish in the thought of purchasing these, not your average youth soccer player. If you’re interested in the technology and don’t mind the high price tag, I highly recommend picking up a pair for yourself here.IMG_5692

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