Best Rugby Shoulder Pads 2019

Optimum ATOMIK_Rugby Shoulder Pads

We review the best rugby body armour 2019. This is the ultimate list of the top 5 best shoulder pads for rugby players.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a gruesome prop, tenacious hooker, giant lock, ferocious flanker, bashful number eight, skillful scrum half, controlling fly half, creative centre, flying wing or counter-attacking full back we’ve reviewed the best rugby shoulder pads to match your playing position.

 

1. Optimum Atomik rugby shoulder pads review

 

Optimum ATOMIK_Rugby Shoulder Pads

Optimum Atomik rugby body armour feature OPT-HEX protection, for optimal impact absorption and mouldability. The full length top is made from an all new antibacterial Lycra to manage perspiration and contains a total of 10 pads help reduce the effects of impact from all angles.

Pros

  • Lightweight lycra top
  • Extra long length body
  • 10mm Shoulder pads
  • 5mm bicep, sternum, ribs, kidneys and neck padding
  • Good range of available sizes

Cons 

  • Optimum name not popular with some players

Sizes

Mini, SB, LB, S, M, L, XL, XXL

9.2 SCORE
Summary
The Optimum Atomik rugby body armour offers exceptions value. Good range of padded areas protecting shoulders, arms, and back. It uses a very good standard of quality materials too. Launched in 2015 the Optimum Atomik rugby body armour is still good enough to be crowned our best rugby shoulder pads 2017-18.
Looks9
Price9
Protection9
Features9.5
Fit9.5

 

2. Gilbert Womens Triflex rugby shoulder pads review

Gilbert Ladies Triflex Shoulder Pads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gilbert Womens Triflex Body Armour feature Triflex technology – padding system containing closed-cell triangular foam padding, which moulds to shape of the wearer. Technical moisture-management: breathable base layer fabric, which stretches in multi-directions to provide an unrestricted fit. Duo mesh – stretchy, breathable, moisture-management polyester mesh.

Pros

  • Breathable base layer
  • Multiple pads (6)
  • Mesh moisture wicking

Cons

  • None

Sizes

S, M, L, XL

8.9 SCORE
Summary
If there was a category for best womens' shoulder pads 2017-18 the Gilbert Womens Triflex XP3 would win hands down. With one large padded area that contours to the curves of a womens chest it provides great levels of protection.
Looks9
Price8.5
Protection9
Features9
Fit9

3. Gilbert Xact 10 V3 Body Armour

 

Gilbert V10 Triflex

The Gilbert Xact 10 V3 Body Armour feature 10 protective pads for complete protection. Triflex Pro technology uses closed cell triangular foam which moulds to the body. Compression style for performance and unrestricted fit and DUOX Mesh panels for ventilation.

Pros

  • 10 pads for protection
  • Compression base layer
  • Triangular foam moulding
  • Mesh ventilation

Cons

  • Boring colour options

Sizes

SB, MB, S, M, L, XL

8.8 SCORE
Summary
The Gilbert Xact 10 V3 Body Armour is a great piece of rugby protection with a compression level fit. It has a good level of protection on front, back and arms. The colourways are a little boring for some player.
Looks9.5
Price8
Protection9.5
Features9
Fit8

4. Gilbert Chieftain V3 rugby shoulder pads review

Gilbert Chieftain V3 Rugby Body Armour

Gilbert Chieftain V3 Rugby Body Armour uses Triflex Pro Technology – Shoulder padding system with free floating interlinked closed cell triangular foam padding which moulds to shape of the wearer. Compression Base Layer technology – IPROX fabric increases muscle oxygenation to improve endurance. IPROX is a multi directional stretch to provide an unrestricted fit with flat seam for superior comfort. 12 strategically placed pads including shoulders, chest, back sternum and ribs.

Pros

  • 12 padded protection areas
  • Compression base layer
  • Triangular foam moulding
  • Huge range of available sizes

Cons

  • Boring colour options

Sizes

Mini, SB, MB, LB, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Summary
The Gilbert Chieftain V3 shoulder pads feature 12 padded areas, so you know you're getting the best possible protection coverage allowed by World Rugby. Gilbert designs have always been more traditional and the pricing is high. The only reasons why its not our best rugby shoulder pads 2017-18.
Looks8
Price7
Protection9.5
Features9.5
Fit9

5. Canterbury Vapodri Raze rugby shoulder pads review

Canterbury Vapodri Raze Kids Vest Body Armour

Canterbury Vapodri Raze Flex Shoulder Pads feature VapoDri, this is the quick drying technology which boosts the evaporation of sweat making the pads breathable. The Raze Flex provides protection to the chest, bicep and shoulders. The EVA moulded foam on the shoulders, biceps and chest give great protection.

Pros

  • VapoDri polyester
  • Flex pattern moulds to body
  • Protects chest, arms and shoulders

Cons

  • Not usual Canterbury quality

Sizes

SB, MB, LB, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Summary
Canterbury is a great rugby company but when it comes to shoulder pads it has been beaten by lesser brands for the last few years. The Vapodri Raze Flex is not going to change that. The design is basic and the quality is average.
Looks6.5
Price8
Protection7
Features7
Fit7

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