i'm new to mma, been training for about 4 months now, and i'm tired of laying kicks into my heavybag and paying the price the next day. right now, i'm using cheapo $10 slip on shin/instep guards with thin foam padding in the front/top of foot. i'm not looking to spend $50+ on a set of guards but i was looking at a pair of top contender Top Contender Professional Shin/Instep Guards at Ringside.com
and a pair of title guards Vinyl Shin/Instep Guards from Title MMA
has anyone used either of these and what did/didn't you like about them. i wish i could go to a store and pick up some off of the shelf but there's not a martial arts supplier near me that has anything better than the crap i'm currently using in stock.
thanks for any advice you can give.