Storelli BodyShield Leg Guard Protective Soccer Gear Review

Storelli BodyShield Leg Guard Review

Going all in without suffering the physical consequences of doing so is what Storelli’s BodyShield Leg Guard is all about. Protecting your lower leg and ankle, the sleeve offers extra protection against tackles so you can focus on your game. Even better, it doubles as a pocket for your slip-in shin guards. Keep reading to find out what we think of them and if they’re worth the money.Storelli BodyShield Leg Guard Protective Soccer Gear Review

Tech Specs

Storelli’s BodyShield Leg Guard is a protective lower leg and ankle sleeve with a shin guard pocket. They should be worn under your socks for extra protection against tackles. They’re armored with flexible PORON XRD® foam that absorbs up to 90% of impact. Check out this video showcasing its ability to protect a cinder block from the force of a bowling ball below.

Its revolutionary design holds shin guards in place without the need for constant manual adjustments or tape while providing effective impact protection for the legs, shins, and ankles. The shin guard pocket is designed to fit most slip-in shin pads. 3mm of stretchy Poron XRD® padding feels soft and comfortable when worn but absorbs impact when hit. 

The leg guards are enhanced with anti-bacterial treatment to reduce germs and odors and they protect skin from harmful UV rays. The also employ lightweight materials that wick moisture away from the body to keep you cool and dry. They’re available on Amazon for $34.99 in youth sizes or $39.99 in adult sizes here. Storelli BodyShield Leg Guard Protective Soccer Gear Review

The Verdict

Storelli’s BodyShield Leg Guards are not overly expensive for the amount of protection they provide, but before you spend $34.99 or $39.99 on them, you should know how they perform.

During testing, I found these leg guard sleeves to be very comfortable to wear. I noticed they feel quite thin and flexible, making me wonder just how protective they really are. Curious to find out, I put them on and hopped in goal for an entire match. Several tackles and 50/50 balls later, I can safely say these allowed me to play my best without worrying about getting cleated, kicked, or stepped on. When another player comes in contact with your ankle or lower leg area, you don’t feel the impact because the flexible yet effective Poron XRD foam absorbs the majority of it (90%, that is).LegGuardsBlack_1024x1024This foam covers the ankles and side of the lower legs, the areas most prone to injuries during tackles; it’s far from bulky so you hardly even notice you’re wearing the sleeves, except when you’re making a tackle and have opposing players on top of you, of course. Then you’re glad that you’re wearing them. Even if you’re not a goalkeeper, these leg guards are still a necessary piece of protection to wear on the pitch. Forwards, midfielders, and defenders all suffer from ankle and lower leg kicks quite often so slipping these on under your socks will keep you protected and at a better chance of staying injury-free. lguard_g4An added bonus of this product is that you can put your shin guards in them and not have to worry about them sliding around. Your slip-in shin guards, that is. Slip-ins are the only type of shin guards that will work with these sleeves since that’s all the built-in pockets can fit. Considering the design of these leg guards and the protection they provide, you’re better off ditching your shin guards with built-in ankle protection (if you own those, of course) and buying a pair of inexpensive yet protective slip-in shin guards. Click here to view our current favorite slip-in shin guards on Amazon. 

After several weeks of testing Storelli’s BodyShield Leg Guards, I can safely say the “BodyShield” name holds true. As both a goalkeeper and field player, I feel more confident giving it my all on the field while I’m wearing these. Their thin and lightweight properties might deceive you, but once you get in a tackle with these on, you too will become a believer in this product. Click here to purchase them on Amazon.

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Storelli SpeedGrip Insole Review

Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles ReviewStorelli knows that the stock insoles found in every new pair of soccer cleats are not optimized for traction, causing your feet to slide and slowing your reaction time when it makes all the difference. That’s why they created their new SpeedGrip insole. By adding grip to your cleats, they help you gain traction and focus on your game. We put them to the test to find out how they perform and if they’re worth the $40 price tag.Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles Review

Tech Specs

The idea of anti-slip insoles would sound good to any athlete, but how exactly do they work? The top layer of the insole is made of a proprietary suede-like grip material that is very effective at gripping socks, therefore eliminating slippage underneath your feet during play. It offers increased traction in both dry and wet conditions. Besides grip, these insoles are designed to give you a more responsive feel, more stability, and more speed, hence the name “SpeedGrip.”

The SpeedGrip insoles measure a mere 3mm thin and weigh around one ounce, about the same thickness and weight as the stock insoles that come with every new pair of soccer cleats. They feature a patented heel cup design to lock your feet in place and give you that extra grip that stock insoles don’t give you. In addition, they’re enhanced with anti-bacterial treatment to reduce germs and odors. However, these insoles aren’t for everyone; they’re not recommended to players with very sensitive feet.Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles Review

The Verdict

Upon first glance, you’re probably wondering why these insoles have a tail, or a piece of material extending upwards at the back of the heel. Made of the same suede-like grip material as seen on the insole itself, the tail or heel tab serves a purpose of smoothing out the heel cup crinkles that are created when you put on the boots. All it takes is some slight adjusting and tugging on the heel tab to get the heel cup to sit flush with the boot’s heel liner. If you were thinking of cutting the tail off, that’s not such a good idea; it’s the only way to smooth out the heel cup inside the boot for a comfortable fit.Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles ReviewNot many soccer insoles feature this built-in heel cup and heel tab, but it’s very effective at eliminating slippage in the heel liner area, an area highly susceptible to blisters (and we all know friction causes blisters). Storelli’s SpeedGrip insoles cover all bases when it comes to providing grip; the forefoot, mid foot, heel, and heel liner, where most soccer insoles only cover the first three areas and skimp on the last one.Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles ReviewAt the back of the heel tab and underneath the toes, there are stickers that you need to peel off before inserting the insoles into your boots; they ensure that the insoles remain stationary inside your boots. The foam base of the insole is nothing too fancy; it’s just a single layer of foam with perforations in the forefoot area. These insoles are very thin and low profile, so they’ll definitely fit into any pair of soccer cleats. If anything, the heel area is slightly thicker than what you’ll find on stock insoles, but these will still easily fit into any pair of boots (it might be trickier to fit the heel cup/heel tab into boots with more padded heel liners, though).Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles ReviewThe suede-like grip material covering the surface of the insole is very effective at eliminating slippage and increasing grip inside your boots. By gripping well to socks, it allows you to have a more instantaneous reaction time and get a more responsive feel during play. I thoroughly enjoyed wearing these SpeedGrip insoles over stock insoles because of the noticeable grip they provide underfoot. For those who are familiar with TRUsox grip socks, these insoles would be considered in competition with them. TRUsox socks provide grip between your foot and the sock and your sock and the boot, whereas Storelli SpeedGrip insoles only provide grip between your sock and the boot. However, after testing both products separately, I wouldn’t say one is necessarily more effective than the other; both do a great job of providing grip inside your boots.

Forty dollars might seem like a hefty price to pay for a pair of insoles, but considering how effective these are in reducing slippage, we believe they’re worth it. With their unique heel cup/heel tab construction and a width and weight similar to that of stock insoles, they truly are unlike anything else on the market. Plus, you can use them for other sports, too; they’re best suited for sports where agility, sprinting, and foot control are particularly important. Want a pair for yourself? Click here.

Cobra Custom Moldable Shin Guards Review

IMG_4796When you buy a new pair of shin guards, you’re often stuck with the lackluster fit that the pre-molded plastic provides. You no longer have to settle for that pre-determined fit since Cobra Shinguards have created re-moldable shin guards that provide a truly custom, comfortable fit, tailored specifically to your leg shape. In addition to being re-moldable year after year, they also remain stink free due to their closed-cell foam and come with a free pair of Cobra shin guard sleeves that keep your guards sandwiched in place at all times. They’re available for just $29 USD per pair here.

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Moldable: Cobra Shin Guards fit perfectly on your shin since they’re able to be molded specifically to your shins. The custom molding technique ensures a tight fit around your leg and eliminates bulky looking shin guards. They provide you with a light, comfortable, custom fit, are made of durable, high-impact material, and are re-moldable, so they grow with you as the shape of your legs change.

No more tape or straps: Cobra shin guard sleeves come with every pair of shin guards, keep your shin guards in place, and allow proper blood circulation for your legs so they can function without fatigue throughout the entire game. They perfectly cover the size of the shin guards and keep them steady in place while offering a comfortable fit.

Stink Free: Cobra Shin Guards are made of a closed-cell foam used for odor control while still providing cushioned comfort.

Cobra Shin Guards are available in sizes small, medium, and large for $29 USD per pair here.

IMG_4813IMG_4815My Thoughts

When I first learned about the ability to custom mold your own shin guards, I was very excited to try it out and discover if it was actually effective. Now, having molded them and worn them, I’m even more impressed than the mere thought of being able to do such a thing.

To create the perfect, custom, molded fit, you simply place the guards (plastic face down) in a large pot/pan with one inch of almost boiling water in it. Wait one minute or until they’re soft and pliable before taking them out; in the mean time, put the Cobra sleeve on with the top of the sleeve just below the knee. The center seam should be positioned above your ankle where you want the bottom of your shin guard to be. Using a spatula, lift the shin guards out of the water and place them on a dry towel, gently wiping off any excess water. Immediately place the shinguard on your leg where you would like them molded. With the guard still warm and pliable, pull the lower half of the sleeve up over the guard. The guard should now be sandwiched between one layer of the sleeve underneath and another layer folded over the top. Use your hands to form the guard to the contour of your leg; the guards will mold to the exact contour of your legs, so remain standing while the guards cool off and harden. Leave the guards on for a total of 5 to 10 minutes.

A1QUbVtyBCL._SL1500_Once I completed the quick and simple molding process, I noticed how well the guards fit the shape of my legs. For years, I’ve been stuck wearing $20-$30 plastic Nike shin guards that always slid around, no matter how much I taped them; I’m beyond glad that, coupled with the double layer Cobra shin guard sleeves, these guards stay perfectly in place. The guards feel very comfortable and lightweight on my legs while playing; I hardly even notice I’m wearing them. The double layer Cobra shin guard sleeves are hourglass-shaped; you turn them inside out, pull them on your legs, pull the ‘top half’ up over the ‘bottom half’, and then slide the shin guards in. I found that this type of sleeve does an incredible job of keeping the guards in place at all times, much better than the subpar job Nike’s shin guard sleeves do. When playing soccer under the hot, sweaty sun in the summer, it’s very common to come home drenched in sweat, and have all of your gear, including your shin guards, smelling stinky. I am glad that shin guard stench is now one less thing to worry about since these guards are stink free due to the odor control closed-cell foam. For just $29 USD per pair, a comparable price to plastic Nike and adidas shin guards that you cannot custom mold to the shape of your legs, these Cobra shin guards are an incredible bargain and will be the only pair of shin guards you’ll ever need, since they’re re-moldable year after year. For more information or if you’re interested in purchasing, click here and check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.IMG_4792IMG_4794

Tees of All Time T-Shirt Review

IMG_0100Tees of All Time t-shirts are the perfect gift for all soccer fans, regardless of age or gender. Featuring soccer’s most iconic players and moments, these soft, lightweight t-shirts are made of 100% combed and ring-spun cotton and are available in a variety of different colors on etsy.com/shop/teesofalltime.IMG_0102Tech Specs

-100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)

-Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)

-Shoulder-to-shoulder taping

-Side-seamed

-Graphic on front

-Handmade item

-Made to order

The Lionel Messi Shirt is available in White, Black, Navy, or Deep Heather and in sizes Small through 2XL for $28.99 USD ($35.00 USD for 2XL) on etsy.com/shop/teesofalltime.IMG_0106IMG_0109The Verdict

Tees of All Time produces high quality t-shirts and hats for the diehard soccer fan. Their expansive range of players, teams, and iconic moments in soccer make this a great gift for a friend or a loved one, or even just a gift for yourself. For a relatively low price, you’re guaranteed a t-shirt that’s lightweight, soft, and with the right amount of stretch, as each shirt is made of 100% combed and ring-spun cotton. If you’re interested in purchasing, visit their Etsy page here and check them out on Facebook and Instagram.IMG_0105IMG_0112