Why Carbon Fiber Shin Pads?
With the rising popularity of carbon fiber shin pads, it is sometimes asked what the significance of using carbon fiber in the manufacturing is.
Carbon fiber is a super strong material that’s also extremely lightweight. Engineers and designers love it because it’s five times as strong as steel, two times as stiff, yet weighs about two-thirds less.
Carbon fiber is basically very thin strands of carbon – even thinner than human hair. The strands can be twisted together, like yarn. The yarns can be woven together, like cloth.
To make carbon fiber take on a permanent shape, it can be laid over a mold, then coated with a stiff resin or plastic (kind of like how you would make something out of papier-mâché by putting newspaper strips over a mold, then adding paste to force it to hold the shape).
So in this very brief summary, carbon fiber is lightweight, durable and safe – ideal characteristics for shin pads!