Michael George S., Salem, OR
If you routinely work a 4-man crew (never have to run/hustle up to 3rd or up the line), and you want heavy huge bulletproof shin guards with maximum coverage, then these get 5 stars. However, if you don't want to look like Gumby, hate hook straps that rust (vs. snap-clips), don't need a metatarsal plate because you have plate shoes, need to be able to run and hustle, then there are much better options. Personally, I'd give the Force 3 shin guards 6 stars, the Wilson Platinums 3.5, and haven't used any of the others available for sale. I originally bought these my 1st year, thinking I needed the absolute best protection for LL--and I was afraid :-) 10 years later, I wish someone had steered me in a different direction starting out. I've taken 85-90 mph+ shots off the Force 3 shin guards and never felt a thing. Those, you don't even know you have them on. These, you can't ever forget you have them on.