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Number of Reviews: 16
Average Rating: 8.5 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $35

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Renegade Knee/Shin guards are designed for Paintball! Designed to protect without sacrificing comfort. Pads don't slide down and turn like other brands.
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The Smart Parts Renegade Knee/Shin Guards are older, so while they may be available used and in a few cases new, they are not commonly available anymore.
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Unregistered User Sunday, December 16th, 2001
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Similar
Products Used:
None
Marker Setup: Spyder Xtra (Steel Blue), 20oz. Co2, Smart Parts Progressive 14" barrel, and custom camouflage to cover up blue anonization.
Strengths: Great selection of camo patterns, a fair price around $35, and the high-density foam padding is perfect for deep-woods play. I was able to kneel with comfort. I focused more on my opponents than on the rough terrain. By the way, I purchased these after driving my left shin into a log while sliding in the woods. How can I explain this? "Like being cracked across your shin with a baseball bat" OUCH! I "dented" my tibia, tore a muscle and split the skin wide open. Uhh, if you don't buy these, get something...anything to protect your knee's and shins!
Weaknesses: Okay, I used these shin guards once and the top Velcro strap ripped off at the seam! No matter how well they protect the legs, there’re no damn good if they fall apart while your playing. Maybe a manufactures defect? I'll try to sew the strap back on. A trick I learned, sewing with dental floss. Really strong stuff. I'll let you know how is works. They were a little stiff, but I'm sure they'll break in with use.
Conclusion: Besides the strap ripping off, a good product at a fair price. I would have given them an 8, but b/c of the strap, a 6 is a more accurate rating. Sometimes I think paintball gear is made cheep to keep you coming back for more. What a great idea!
Rating:
6 out of 10
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PsychoAK47 Monday, August 20th, 2001
Strengths: These will save your knees if you are a front player. I cannot think of all the times I have dove behind a bunker and paid for it the rest of the day. Also they are completely adjustable and can be taken off in a few seconds. Shin guards are also a great thing to have since your shin will take a beating if you play on wooded fields and there are things like roots and knots in the ground. Also you can "walk" on your knees without ripping up your pants and your knees.
Weaknesses: These get VERY HOT. They insulate heat way too much. Although I have found a quick fix for that. Between games if you unstrap the top strap and then push the kneepads down it will let you legs breath. Then when its gametime just pull em up and strap em down.
Conclusion: The only real part I can think of to give it a 9 would be the heat. But pretty much all kneepads would do that so I can't count it against them. If you are constantly on your knees,(boy that sounded wrong) then get these kneepads.
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10 out of 10
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tsr Sunday, May 20th, 2001
Strengths: They fit properly, it doesn't twist or move out of place if running, sliding, crawling.
Weaknesses: Don't wear these on jeans! Especially with the JT cargo pants on a hot day!!! (75+ farenheit) --- Unless it's under 60 degrees.. wear jeans as they will be more comfortable in cooler weather. Use sweat pants while wearing shorts too (to provide an extra small amount of protection for your groinal area) If you're wearing shorts... you should get some extra protection in whatever way for your groinal area if you are afraid of getting shot at that area like me!) These are not negative things to say about the knee/shin pads at all...
Conclusion: Don't go for more expensive options like getting JT sliding pants ($100) or JT sliding knee-shin pads ($50-60) those prices are ridiculous when you can get pretty much the comfort and safety aspects of these knee-shin pads for about 30-40 bucks. And about the JT cargo pants.. the price was not bad.. it was 30-40 bucks.. about the same if you were to buy ANY baggy denim pants... I would advise on wearing these ONLY if the temps will be under 60 degrees since it provides more heat than sweat pants which you should be wearing if the temps start going past 68 and then wearing the baggy jeans becomes too stuffy ... and the extra knee/shin pads makes it much worse...
Rating:
9 out of 10
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Unregistered User Saturday, May 5th, 2001
Strengths: They're comfortable, don't shift on you, and offer good protection for your knees and shins. It's a good idea to wear knee pads of some sort to protect your knees in case you land on something other than the soft dirt or grass you thought was there. The same goes for the shins, actually... but whereas your shins will just bruise, you can actually damage your knees if you don't take care of them.
Weaknesses: They insulate heat pretty well, so they certainly won't make hot days any more comfortable heat-wise. Other than that... well, they're one more thing to wash after a day of paintball, but since you can just spray them off with a garden hose and then toss them in the washing machine it's not a big deal.
Conclusion: Some things in life are priceless or pretty darned close. Your knees rank amongst those things -- just ask anyone with knee problems from injuries from years ago. It's a good idea to protect your knees, and the Renegade pads do a good job at protecting your joints. They'll also save you from a number of shin bruises. As an added bonus, they can look kinda stylish.

The pads are thick enough to protect from normal play -- eg. don't deliberately land on your knees with your full body weight, but normal sliding or controlled drop to your knees behind cover is good. The four straps are easy to adjust and will give you a snug enough fit to prevent the pads from shifting around to any significant degree. I've used my pads for a few months now and they seem pretty durable. I just wonder how long velcro straps will last before the velcro loops all go kaput -- but that's a problem with velcro in general and I think all knee-shin pads use velcro to give you a fast but perfect fit.
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9 out of 10
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Unregistered User Sunday, February 25th, 2001
Strengths: Comfy for the better part of the day, never shifted.
Made crawling through bush much more comfortable. Soft material, so balls may bounce off. Many straps insure tight fit. Pads cover all of shin and knee, flex pretty well too.
Weaknesses: After wearing for several hours straight, the straps began to chafe on bare skin. Wearing over pants or (ohgod-no)knee-high socks will prevent this.
Conclusion: I didn't notice I had them on till they started to chafe, and this was after hours of running, crawling, crouching, sneaking, and sliding. And I only noticed them because they were on bare skin. I recommend them to anyone looking for good pads at a good price. Get the large size if you're over 5'5", so you can be sure they will fit over pants.
Rating:
8 out of 10
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Unregistered User Friday, October 6th, 2000
Strengths: Straps are easily adjusted and all four are now Velcro. Dirt washes out well, and they can be thrown in the washing machine and then air dried. Good fit, any strap can be tightened in a matter of seconds. You will get the occassional bounce of them. Offer good protection for most objects you'll encounter, and they will slide well on grass or dirt. Can be had in a variety of camouflage patterns as well as basic black. I've had a pair of the older style in a camouflage pattern for three years and they are quite durable. My newer, year old, black ones are almost as good as new to spite mixed speedball and wooded play.
Weaknesses: They will twist a little on the legs during play. Your legs will also get warm behind them in the summer and sweat some or alot depending on the individual, in other words, they don't breathe. Dirt will get ground into them rather quickly, and may require some scrubbing to get the worst of it out.
Conclusion: They are comfortable to wear, and worth the asking price. I would have no problem reccommending them to anyone.
Rating:
8 out of 10
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