Fuse is a brand of protective gear made by We The People. Â I picked up these shin guards a few months ago at a local bike shop.
The first thing I noticed when I put these on was how comfortable they are. Â They are made of soft neoprene with a hard piece of nylon sewn into the front. Â The hard nylon is removable, but I found them perfectly comfortable with the nylon in. Â There is no stiff feeling to these shin guards; they mold perfectly to your legs. Â They are relatively cool and breathable too. Â I have never felt hot enough that I needed to take them off. Â They also feature an easy four-strapÂ Velcro system to make putting them on and taking them off effortless.
With the nylon inserts they offer great protection to the front of the shin. Â They are great protection from pedal bites as well as if you ever hit your shin on an object when riding trials. Â I have hit my shins extremely hard while wearing these, but I barely felt a thing. Â These shin guards also fully cover the back of the leg. Â This will protect you from scratches to the calves. Â There is no hard insert or padding on the back or sides though, so you can stillÂ bruise yourself through the shin guards. Â They do not offer knee or ankle protection, but Fuse also sells knee and ankle guards.
These shin guards seem quite tough, as they have held up to many hits. Â I have however made a small rip on the seam where the nylon insert is sewn in (mind you this was the result of doing a trick and having my leg come down on the side of a pedal which was broken and sharp) Â I will likely be able to sew this back together. Â I have seen no other serious signs of wear.
While these shin guards are not cheap (around $40), compared to other options, they are fairly reasonable. Â I feel they are completely worth the price. Â They have saved me from many pedal bites and maybe even broken shins. Â I mean, you can’t buy new shins after all. Â The incredible comfort also makes them worth the money. Â All in all, they are pretty reasonable.
Shin guards are a must for any serious unicyclist, and these are a good choice. Â With great comfort and protection, as well as reasonableÂ durability under normal conditions, these are perfect for the aspiring unicyclist. Â The priceÂ isn’t half bad either. Â Over all, I give these an 8/10.
Fuse Shin Guards
$39.99 at Albes.com