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Bauer’s 2016 Vapor protective line brings players their trademark tapered fit. This means that Vapor shin guards have a wider fit over the knees and a standard fit down through the lower portion of the shin. Vapor protective gear provides elite mobility without sacrificing protection or comfort. The X800 shin guards are Bauer’s mid-range model in the Vapor line and will provide players with better protection and more features than the entry-level X700 model.
The most notable feature that was not found in last generation’s mid-range Vapor shin guards (X80 model) is the PE insert in the calf guard. Medium density (MD) foams are placed throughout the shin guards – specifically in the calf guard, knee wing, and thigh protector – to increase protection.
Bauer Vapor X800 shin guards have a more traditional Free Flex shin cap and liner. While these aspects aren’t dynamic, like those on the X900 and 1X models, they still allow for good, natural movement. These shin guards also feature a traditional 2-strap Velcro attachment system. The two 1” Velcro straps wrap all the way around the lower shin and knee regions and attach in the front to keep the pads in place all game long.
The X800s have a soft, hydrophobic mesh liner that wicks away sweat, keeping the pads dryer and lighter during play.
Bauer Vapor X800 shin guards have the most comparable fit style to Easton’s mid-range Synergy 650 shin guards.
Thermoformed ribbed cap
Injected knee cap
Molded MD foam + PE insert
MD foam insert
Free Flex shin cap and liner
2-strap system featuring wraparound strap
Sizing Guidelines: Shin guards are measured best while the player is sitting. Using shin guards that are either too long or too short will result in the knee or instep being exposed and unprotected. Shin guards should be secured with shin guard straps or tape. To fit properly, first determine the level of play. Next, measure from the center of the kneecap to the top of the skate boot. Last, match the player’s shin size to the inches of shin guard.