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Nike Mercurial Lite Shin Guards Review

Ian Ebbs

We asked an academy footballer to try out the Nike Mercurial Lite shin guards, and here is what they had to say.

I must say they have been an excellent addition to my football gear. Here’s a detailed review based on the key factors to consider when purchasing shin guards:

The Nike Mercurial Lite shin guards meet the regulations of most football leagues and competitions. They have a sleek and professional design that complies with the requirements of academy-level play. Rest assured, these guards will meet the necessary standards, allowing you to focus on your game.

How Do They Fit?

The Nike Mercurial Lite shin guards are available in various sizes, and I found the sizing to be accurate. They fit me perfectly, covering my shin area from just below the knee to above the ankle without feeling restrictive. The sleeve means they stay in place well on my leg without the need for tape, worn under my standard football socks throughout training sessions and matches.

Mercurial Lite Shinpads

What Are The Pads Made Of?

These shin guards are constructed with a lightweight and durable shell. The outer surface is made from sturdy plastic, which has proven to withstand significant impacts without cracking or losing its shape. The inner side features a soft foam padding that provides both comfort and shock absorption. They have an interesting texture to the foam side which aides breathability but also combined with the sleeve stop them moving around on your leg.

Guard Protection

The Mercurial Lite shin guards offer reliable protection for academy footballers. The foam padding on the inner side provides excellent cushioning against tackles and impacts, reducing the risk of bruises or injuries. Although they don’t have additional ankle protection, the guards’ coverage is sufficient to safeguard the shinbone, the main job of shinpads.

Mercurial Lite Shin Guards


Comfort is a priority during long training sessions and matches, and these shin guards excel in that aspect. The foam padding on the inside feels comfortable against the skin, and it also wicks away moisture, keeping my legs cool and dry. The guards are lightweight, allowing for unrestricted movement and agility on the field.


The Nike Mercurial Lite shin guards have a streamlined design that doesn’t hinder my movement at all. They are lightweight and provide a low-profile fit, allowing me to run, kick, and change directions without feeling restricted. The guards’ shape and flexibility conform well to the contour of my legs, ensuring a natural range of motion.


I have been using these shin guards for a few months now, and they have shown impressive durability. The outer shell has proven to be resilient, showing minimal signs of wear and tear despite intense use. The sleeves have stretched a little over time, but still hold the guards in place well under the socks, so much that I don’t use guard tape with them.

What Colours Are Available?

Currently black & pink but they tend to update to match Mercurial boot releases, which means you can find new colours about every three months.

Mercurial Lite Shin Pad Review

As an academy footballer, I highly recommend the Nike Mercurial Lite shin guards. They provide a perfect combination of size, fit, protection, comfort, mobility, and durability. Whether you’re a forward, midfielder, or defender, these shin guards offer the necessary protection without sacrificing performance. Invest in the Nike Mercurial Lite shin guards and enjoy both the peace of mind and the freedom to perform at your best on the football field.


Ian Ebbs

Founder of back in 2010, Ian went on to create and host their YouTube channel which now has 1.5million subscribers and over 300 million views, he also hosts their podcast which you can find on Spotify. Taking his over fifteen year experience in the football industry, Ian wrote the book: How To Choose Your Boots (find it on Amazon) where he looks to help footballers of all levels find their perfect pair.