When it comes to picking the right shin gaurds, you should be looking at comfort, sizing, and flexibility. The most important thing to picking shin gaurds is flexibility. When I got these knee pads, I chose them because they lookeed very comfortable and they’d fit my style of play. I’ve made a lot of bad decisions buying gear, but with these I think I made a very good choice. They are very comfortable and very flexible which is so important. Also another thing when it comes to knee pads, these have held up amazingly well. After 3 seasons they still feel great and look new. One thing I don’t like about them is when my socks come down they like to catch and show that crease, but im sure if you don’t have a good tape job on your sock’s that’s just gonna happen with any shin gaurd. For the price, these are such good quality in my opinion and I truly believe Bauer under priced these things because they have the feel of quality unlike most products in this price range. If your just a beginner with bigger legs I very well reccomend picking up a pair of these bad boys.