Best Leg Guards for Kids & Youth [2018 Season]

Kids and youth-aged Catchers need Leg Guards that will keep them safe and comfortable behind the plate, and our top pick meets these requirements (and more). We chose the All-Star System 7 as the best Youth Catchers Leg Guards currently on the market. Keep reading to learn more about these and our other top-rated options...

Best Youth Catchers Leg Guards

There's only a handful of pieces of catchers gear that a Catcher must wear, and Leg Guards fall into that category.

Leg Guards are a required piece of catchers gear, built to protect the Catcher's knees, shins and ankles from things like wild pitches, cleats, and foul tips.

Measuring Your Catcher

Don't be afraid to buy Leg Guards directly online without first trying them on in the store. It's very simple to find the size you need.

To find the right size Leg Guards, all you need to do is measure from the center of the knee down to the bend in the foot. The size you get in inches is the size of Leg Guard that you should purchase. If your measurement is in between two sizes, then choose the higher number.

Leg Guard Sizes

We know that many people, especially parents of young Catchers, get confused when trying to pick out the correct size of Leg Guards.

While your best bet is to measure your Catcher (as instructed above), it can be helpful to know general size guidelines by age. Details can differ by brand or manufacturer; however, generally speaking, sizes are as follows:

Age RangeNameLeg Guard Size (inches)
6 - 8Jr. Youth11.5
9 - 12Youth12.75 - 13
13 - 15Intermediate14 - 14.5
16 +Adult16 - 16.5

Again, we strongly urge you to measure your Catcher before buying Leg Guards, that way you know the exact size to get.

One last point of clarification before we go on. Unless told specifically otherwise, all Leg Guards being sold online from established marketplaces (think Amazon, Baseball Rampage, Easton, etc) are sold as pairs - not as a single Leg Guard. 

Now, on to the reviews!

First Place

system 7 leg guards

#1. All-Star System 7 Youth Series

Premium Leg Guards for serious young Catchers

After many hours of research, our conclusion is that All-Star makes the best Leg Guards on the market right now. This rings true not only for adult Baseball and Fastpitch Softball but at the youth level as well. 

The System 7 model is arguably the best known line of catchers gear in the All-Star collection. The System 7 Leg Guards have a lot of great features built-in, such as the gel-enclosed D30® "Patella Plus" knee pad technology, which gives excellent protection and comfort to the knee. 

The DeltaFlex™ harness system does a great job of keeping the Leg Guards firmly in place throughout the game.  The padding and exterior plastic are vented which allows air to circulate, helping keep Catchers cool behind the plate. 

In short, System 7 Leg Guards were designed to take a beating while keeping the wearer safe and comfortable. In our view, it's the top choice for young Catchers.

Pros

  • Made with proprietary hinge system, preventing excess shifting
  • Superior ventilation via perforated padding and shell
  • Triple knee protection and knee pads with D30®
  • Moldable plastic, which allows the Leg Guards to conform to your legs with use


Cons

  • Premium product, so cost is higher than average
 

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Second Place

#2. Easton Mako

A top choice with a great design

Easton's Mako Leg Guards are well built and are a popular choice among many Catchers.

These Leg Guards have a unique design, in that they are very close-fitting and they match the distinct shape of the left and the right legs. 

The Mako Leg Guards also stand out for having great knee protection and being very lightweight, making them really comfortable to wear. We also think they look great, particularly with the contrast in colors.

Pros

  • Built with a "ventilation channel" for air flow
  • Design matches unique shape of each leg
  • Extra padding around knee with a cushioned knee pad
  • Lightweight and durable


Cons

  • Some reports of harness straps loosening up after sustained use
 

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Third Place

easton m10

#3. Easton M10 

Another excellent option from Easton

The M10 is a high-quality Leg Guard made by Easton. Like the Mako series, the M10 also has an "asymmetric" design, meaning that the Leg Guards fit the specific shape of each leg. 

The knee protection provided in the M10 is top notch, with shock absorbing memory foam which Easton calls its Inner Knee Protection (IKP) system. Additionally, the knee pad is adjustable so you can have a customized fit over the knee, which is nice.

These Leg Guards also have what Easton terms the TRUBLOCK™ design, which is a proprietary design-approach that helps Catchers with stability and balance when moving in and out of a blocking position.

Pros

  • Designed specifically for the contours of the left and right legs
  • Impressive memory foam-based knee protection system
  • Knee pad can be adjusted based on size/preference
  • Allows for the quick movements needed to block
  • Very good ventilation


Cons

  • Shin padding could be thicker
 

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Budget Pick

Budget Pick: Easton M7

Our budget pick for youth Leg Guards is the Easton M7.

For reference, our budget pick is what we consider to be the best product in terms of things like quality and comfort available at an affordable price. The goal is to provide helpful information to someone who is on a budget and is concerned primarily about cost.

There are a few things that stand out about the M7. Like the other Easton Leg Guards mentioned in this post, the M7 comes with really good knee protection, equipped with Easton's Inner Knee Protection system. Additionally, it comes with a triple knee cup, which provides extra layers of protection and shock absorption over the knee.

These Leg Guards also come in multiple colors, all at a competitive price.

Pros

  • Very affordable - great value for the quality you get
  • Solid knee protection and comfort
  • Durable - built to take abuse behind the plate
  • It's an Easton product
  • Variety of colors available


Cons

  • They don't look quite as flashy as some other Leg Guards
 

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Tee Ball Pick

Tee Ball Pick: Rawlings Renegade

Our pick for the best Leg Guards for tee-ball Catchers are the Rawlings Renegade. This pick is based on our assessment of tee-ball Leg Guards having the best current combination of cost, quality, and attractive design.

We like that the Renegade comes with a good amount of internal padding while still remaining lightweight. They have good knee protection and they were built to allow air to circulate pretty easily. We also really like how the Renegade's look - the contrasting colors really stand out in a good way, in our opinion. 

Pros

  • Good padding and cushioning, especially around the knee
  • Very attractive design/look with multiple colors available
  • Lightweight and well-ventilated
  • Priced competitively


Cons

  • Doesn't have all the new features and technology built in like some other "premium" models have. However, you don't necessarily need all of those premium features for tee-ball.
 

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We hope this review was helpful to you. If you have any questions for us, don't hesitate to reach out by heading over to the Contact Us page.

Thanks for reading!

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