If you’ve decided you want to become a catcher than one piece of equipment you will need is a pair of leg guards. This piece of equipment helps the catcher for a variety of reasons. With the amount of up and down motion that a catcher will make in the course of a game, they will need to protect themselves when making contact with the ground. They are also helpful protecting against foul balls and for blocking a runner at the plate when attempting to score.
This type of equipment is available from many different brands where they all feature different pros & cons and price points. Hence why this page was created – to help you choose the best ones! We take a closer look at three models in particular and break down the aspects on why we feel they are your best choices. For the most part we have tried to approach this page with value in mind so that we just aren’t presenting you with the 3 most expensive models. After all for most catchers, a middle of the road pair may suffice and be a better option than some of the really expensive ones normally reserved for competitive catchers.
For 2017, we feel that your best options in terms of protection come down to the following three models. In the sub-sections that follow we have provided a review of each to help you.
What to look for
The great thing about today’s leg protection for catchers is that they have been built to be very light in weight almost to the point of being unnoticeable. Many fasten into place very easily to provide a great fit. What separates the really good ones from the rest is their ability to protect all areas of the leg. For instance, some offer triple knee protection ensuring that no area surrounding the knee is left uncovered. Others even feature extra protection around the heel area making it very hard for the catcher to get hurt.
How to size
To measure the size you need take a piece of measuring tape and measure from the middle of your knee to the top of your ankle. Match the resulting length (in inches) to the nearest model available from the purchasing location. For instance, some retail locations size by single unit increments (i.e 12, 13, 14) whereas others use half inch increments (13.5, 14, 14.5, etc).
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