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But I'm going on a bushwhack this weekend that will consist of long sections through cripplebrush, and would like some form of protection from all the blowdown, branches, and rocks that will fling themselves towards my shins. I swear that there are pixies in there that whallop shins with tiny baseball bats.

I used to wear soccer shin guards, but they're overkill and kept slipping.

I'm not a big fan of gaiters, as I find them to be too hot. But this may be my best option.

I'm going to look at knee-high football socks this afternoon. They might be OK if they're relatively thick yet breathe well... but those features typically don't go together.

Do any of y'all wear another form of shin protection, or want to weigh in with any additional thoughts?

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Not sure what type of soccer shinguards you have, but most adult players wear pretty lightweight shinguards that are held up by a highly breathable mesh sleeve that fits snugly around the calves. Seems like it could work without being *too* hot.
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I use OR low gaiters to keep the scree out. In regards to my shins in summer, if it gets real bad, I'll put on my military rainshell...or I just bleed. I haven't worn shin guards but that's not a bad idea.

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Not sure what type of soccer shinguards you have, but most adult players wear pretty lightweight shinguards that are held up by a highly breathable mesh sleeve that fits snugly around the calves. Seems like it could work without being *too* hot.

I have the kind that has straps on the top and bottom. After reading your post, I looked online and see that the name brands make shin guards that slip into a sleeve. That would allow me to insert the guard when the brush gets thick, and remove when the brush relents. I'll check them out. Thanks!

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Some of us in search and rescue get knee pads ala the hardware store. They make them in different sizes and shapes and out of different materials. Also packcloth gaiters. The gaiter collection continues to bloom - packcloth for brush, waterproof mountaineering gaiters for snow, shortie gaiters for scree....

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Scars from former adventures :)  

When caving I wear full length knee pads which help protect the shins.  Similar to paintball pads that might be easier to find and less expensive.
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I know this pain! I wouldn't bushwack without pants, so usually I avoid scratches or cuts unless the piercing is quite sharp (which happens of course, especially on from fallen hemlock trees). If I am wearing my chainsaw boots then they offer a lot of shin protection, but weigh about 4 lbs per piece so not ideal.

Shin-guards sound like they'd help a lot. But I don't really find it necessary to add extra protection where I am at, but I guess it depends.
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I wear the Mountain Hardwear Ascent Stretch Air Permeable Gaiters for heavy brush with a kilt.  They are lighter than winter gaiters and breath well at the back panel.

I've also used just a pair of knee high compression socks like the Injnji Performance Compression Toesocks because they are thicker than most socks but also breath well, and then I bring some knee wraps (walmart thigh neopren wraps) to protect my knees.
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Used to wear these to protect from devil's club

http://www.filson.com/product....ct=1014


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I don't even worry about it anymore.  Like Tigger, I just bleed.  (It's only a flesh wound...) My shins are so incredibly scarred now that a few more won't be noticible.  Really.

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How bout jeans? I know there was the whole "cotton kills" thing, but I always wear heavy cotton pants bushwhacking, and I do a lot of bushwhacking & trail work. Usually Wrangler camo or carpenter pants from WalMart.
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How bout jeans? I know there was the whole "cotton kills" thing, but I always wear heavy cotton pants bushwhacking, and I do a lot of bushwhacking & trail work. Usually Wrangler camo or carpenter pants from WalMart.

I'm not quite of the 'cotton kills' school, but I am of the 'denim kills' school. After a quick check, one pair of jeans weighs more than all of the clothes in my summer pack.

How about taking another pair of sox, folding them in half and using them on your shins and under the sox you're wearing? No extra weight, and you can swap them out when they get dirty.


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Something like these would be light, and versatile.
http://www.soccer.com/IWCatPr....dHxcA7Q

But I wonder if they would quickly get shredded too.
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I picked up these at Dick's for $20. They worked GREAT, and I barely even noticed I was wearing them. During an 18-hour bushwhack, I adjusted them 3 times. Now, does anyone have an extra MSR snowshoe to replace the one that the pixies stole from me?



http://www.mcdavidusa.com/Product....ds.aspx


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WWBF,

I know I can walk over to Dicks myself but how much coverage did you have from those??

Knee to boot top??

I just did a fun little bushwhack last weekend up at John's Pond, it was pretty thick in most parts...I use gaiters but these look good


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WWBF,

I know I can walk over to Dicks myself but how much coverage did you have from those??

Knee to boot top??

I just did a fun little bushwhack last weekend up at John's Pond, it was pretty thick in most parts...I use gaiters but these look good

Basically, it covered an area the length of my calf muscle. It would provide "full" coverage if used with a boot.

They're in the football section of Dick's.


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Thanks,

My wife will have another reason to roll the eyes.

Beats the snot out of Skurkas' duct tape on the shins huh??


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