Mercian Elite Legguards
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ELITE GOALKEEPING KIT SIZING HAS CHANGED.
When we launched the kit in 2019 it was designed for bigger ‘keepers. But, the protection and rebound characteristics mean that demand for a smaller size has developed that we want to satisfy. So, in 2019 the largest size was classified as large and the next size down was a medium. BUT those sizes were equivalent to XL and L in the Pro range.
For 2020 we will be running X-Large, Large and Medium. The 2020 X-Large is the same as the 2019 Large size and the 2020 Large size is the same as the 2019 Medium. We have then introduced a new size – actual Medium. These sizes are now the same as all the other GK kit ranges that we run.
Legguards – X-Large – 6’3”+, Large 5’10” – 6’2”, Medium 5’6” - 5’10”
Kickers – X-Large UK size 12+, Large UK 8 – 11, Medium UK 5 - 8
The open cell foam is heat bonded together under over a metric tonne (1000kg) of pressure to essentially create a one piece Mercian pad. This process removes any glue that can harden and shatter over time, this reducing the foam de-lamination that can be seen in other pads. The outer layer of foam has a skin or crust, reducing the friction that occurs between pad and pitch, aiding sliding and smothering. The internal shape has been modified to fit a longer leg with the two straps positioned to fit around the calf and below the knee. The legguards have been shaped to give the maximum legal (under FIH regulations) saving surface from the front but have also been lengthened on the inside of the leg to extended the calf protection and give another increased saving surface. The inner cell has been shaped to fit the leg but is made from heat sensitive foam which moulds under pressure and will fit the shape of the individual GK within the first couple of weeks of use. Finally the new strapping system has fully replaceable buckles (both male and female parts) and comfort pads to again enhance fit and reduce twisting.
The gloves also feature increased protection whilst keeping their weight below the other international level pads in the market. The four layer front pad on the left hand gives incredible protection with the internal shaping offering specific grippoints to enhance fit, but also ensuring the glove is positioned correctly to maximise the rebound created. A harder foam layer is sandwiched between softer foam to utilise the natural characteristics of an open cell foam, the microscopic air pockets are compressed under force (ball impact) and then return to shape, propelling the ball away after impact (returning energy). The righthand is shaped to give a maximum size saving surface. The wrist area is sculpted to offer flexibility to ensure that the forearm is protected in general play, but the angles required for ground saves and use of the stick are also maintained. The internal shaping of the right hand offers high levels of protection at specific stress points and anchor points to ensure that the stick and glove fit and function well together.
We do our best to make sure that every order is processed quickly and efficiently after it has been placed. There may be times that this is not possible, and we will then call you and/or email you. It is therefore best if you provide us with all contact information when placing your order.
DELIVERIES AND SHIPPINGOur couriers:Globecast South Africa.
We ship out orders Monday to Friday, we do not ship on a Saturday and Sunday, orders placed on a weekend will go out on the first available business day (Monday unless it is a Public Holiday). We do not ship on SA Public Holidays.
Free shipping is now only on orders over R1,000 with the discounts currently offered on products free shipping cannot be offered below this threshold. This can change from time to time with offers and restrictions, but any changes will be displayed on the front end of our website at again at check-out.
We have an option when checking out that allows you to select an in-store collection. This method is free of charge and allows you to come to the shop to collect your order. Please note that if you have incorrectly or accidentally selected this method then you will be required to pay for the delivery of the order.