This is my 2nd paid of Storelli Leg Sleeves, my other is the full length version, which includes the ankle protection (the other pair have been used for years and are still in good condition).
I play indoor and outdoor soccer, on turf and grass, so I feel Iâ€™ve put them through a fair amount of wear. The fabric Storelli uses for these is great! My socks have ripped/torn from sliding, yet these hold up against all the abrasion, and have not gotten a hole or torn.
The sleeve is just tight enough to hold the shin guard in place, but not too tight as to cut off circulation (assuming you purchased the correct size sleeve). Normally I tape above and below the shin guards to hold them in place, but with these sleeves that step is not necessary.
The sleeves are held up by elastic bands on the top and bottom, and also by an additional rubber texture on the inside portion of the bands - these work!
Taking them off is as easy as rolling the sleeve from the top down; donâ€™t try pulling from the bottom, as the rubbery texture will grip your skin, and you might tear the stitching.
As for the additional padding on the outside rear, itâ€™s fairly thin, but durable and protective. Please donâ€™t think that padding is as protective as a shin guard, it is not; however, it absolutely helps your calf from a mildly grazing kick, or rough ground that might typically give you a turf burn.
Washing - just throw them in the washing machine..super easy! Storelli advises not to dry them in a dryer (Iâ€™ve followed these instructions, so I cannot say whether or not these will hold up in a dryer).
Do I recommend these? Absolutely Yes! Especially for younger kids who are playing competitively.