Questions about our shin guards

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Which size suits me?

We offer the following sizes:


Ideal for unrestricted freedom and agile mobility
Length: 13.5cm
Weight: 42g


Larger protection zone while remaining light in contested situations
Length: 16.5cm
Weight: 64g

Of course, every player can choose their preferred size. It's best to compare the INIT NEXT with your current shin guards. Depending on whether you are happy with your current size or not, choose a similar or different size.

How do I adjust my protector?

You can find the fitting process in our video at the following link or on the inside of the packaging.

Link to instructions

These are the individual steps:

  1. Fill the included spray bottle with water.
  2. Hold the cover in the position you want and mark the top edge on your shin.
  3. Pick a side and start with one leg. Pay attention to the markings on the left and right of the cover and pad for the correct arrangement.
  4. Remove the white protective film from the cover and pad.
  5. Using the spray bottle, spray your shin with a little water (approx. 5-10 sprays).
  6. Put on the gloves provided to avoid staining the cast.
  7. Take the cast out of the vacuum bag.
  8. Place the layers appropriately on top of each other. The pad comes down with the care foil and the cast is placed on it. Now spray the cast with 5-10 sprays of water and place the INIT cover on the cast.
  9. Remove the care film from the back. IMPORTANT: The care film must not be thrown away as it will still be needed!
  10. Position the protector on your shin according to your marking and press it firmly.
  11. The hardening process takes approximately 10 minutes. Meanwhile, regularly smooth your protector on your leg.
  12. A few more sprays of water are needed for the first release from the shinbone. Apply the sprays onto the adhesive surface while slowly and carefully removing the protector. In everyday use, it is not necessary to use water when removing the shin, as the protector can be easily removed through sweat.
  13. Place the care film back on the adhesive surface to keep the pad fresh and protected.
    Repeat the process with the other leg.

For storage, you can pack your protectors in the included INIT mesh bag. The mesh pocket is also the ideal place to store the care film while the protectors are in use. After use, the care film is reapplied to the adhesive surface. To optimally care for your protector, follow the care instructions provided.

What do I have to pay attention to when adjusting?

The skin should be cleansed before applying creams, lotions, etc.
Ideally, mark the place where you want your shin guards to be attached beforehand.
Please use the gloves provided for the cast. As soon as the cast vacuum bag is opened, the hardening process begins. The more water gets on the cast, the faster it hardens.

During the adjustment process, you should press the protector firmly and smooth it regularly for 10 minutes. If the protector sticks too strongly when you remove it, spray the inside with a little water.

Make sure you don't mix up the protectors (L for left and R for right).

How long can I use the pad (adhesive surface)?

According to our manufacturer, you can complete approx. 30 units (game/training) with the pad.

Proper care of the pad is very crucial and can significantly affect its adhesion ability. The better you look after your shin guards, the longer you will have on your pad. Please note the care instructions provided.

Is the pad (adhesive surface) skin-friendly?

Yes, only dermatologically tested material comes into contact with the shinbone.

If I have leg hair, do I have to worry about having the hair removed?

No. The adhesive surface of the pad can be easily removed from the shin without pulling out hair, even if there is leg hair, so there is no need to worry about waxing.

How long does the protector take to harden?

As a rule, the shin guard needs around 30 - 45 minutes to harden (of which it should be on the shin for a maximum of 10 minutes).

It always depends on how much water you spray the protector. The more water the faster it hardens.

Can I use the protector immediately afterwards?

Theoretically yes. However, we recommend waiting approx. 2-3 hours.
This means you can be sure that the protector has really hardened completely.

Can I undo the adjustment of the protector?

Because the material hardens once, it is no longer possible to change the shin guard later.

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Can the shape of the protector be changed again later?

By using a thermoset material, it is no longer possible to change the shape of the shin guard later.

After the adjustment I discovered defects in the protector. Can I still exchange it?

It is best to contact our customer service directly:

I have adjusted my protector incorrectly, what can I do?

It is best to contact our customer service directly:

What is the best way to store the protector?

The best thing to do after the football game is to place the protective film provided on the adhesive surface and transport the INIT NEXT in the included INIT mesh bag.
This protects your shin guards from dirt such as grass, granules or grass.
You can later remove the protective film from the adhesive surface and store your protector at room temperature.
Removing the protective film is the best way for the material to regenerate and regain its adhesion.

What should I pay attention to when using it?

Before the football game, you should not have treated your shin with any cream, lotion or similar. By applying a cream, the adhesive surface can no longer adhere properly to the skin.
After warming up, it's best to rub your shins dry.
After playing, please place the protective film directly on the adhesive surface.
To regenerate the material, please remove the film and store it at room temperature until the next game/training.

What advantages does INIT NEXT offer me?

In contrast to conventional shin guards, you no longer need a holder with the INIT NEXT.
You have a perfect fit, optimal adhesion to the shin and the protector remains absolutely non-slip.
By eliminating the brackets, your calf muscles can work better and are not affected by elastic bands or stockings that are too tight, gauze bandages or tape.

How do I clean the INIT NEXT after the game/training?

The shin guards are not machine washable.
If there is cream on the adhesive surface, you can wash the cream off with a little water with your fingers.
You can clean light dirt on your finger with clear water. The best way to remove dirt such as grass, grass or granules is with your fingertips after the game/training.

The adhesive surface of my protector is already very worn, what can I do?

You can separate the pad (adhesive surface) from the cover of the shin guard using a Velcro fastener and replace it with a new one.


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How long does shipping take in Germany?

Shipping usually takes 2-4 business days.

How long does shipping to Austria / Switzerland take?

Shipping usually takes 4-8 business days.

How much does shipping cost within Germany?

Shipping within Germany (mainland) with DHL costs €4.99 including VAT.
Shipping to an island region may incur additional costs.
Please inquire via before ordering.

How much does shipping cost outside of Germany?

Shipping outside of Germany costs (including VAT):
European Union €10.99
Switzerland €13.99
rest of the world €19.99


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What payment options are there?

You can pay with us via Paypal, ApplePay, Klarna, Sofortüberweisung and credit card.

Can I exchange the clothing?

You can send the clothing back to us within 14 days of receipt - we will of course refund you the full purchase price.

You can find the cancellation form here. You can download it, print it out, fill it out and send it back to us together with the goods. It is best to pack them carefully in the original packaging. Thank you!

Return address:

init-sports UG
Altenkessler Strasse 17
66115 Saarbrücken

If you have any further questions, just contact us.

Can I exchange the protector?

Since this is an individual product, you can only exchange the protector as long as it has not yet been used. This means that the vacuum bag must be closed and the adhesive surface must also be unused.

You can find the cancellation form here. You can download it, print it out, fill it out and send it back to us together with the goods. It is best to pack them carefully in the original packaging. Thank you!

Return address:

init-sports UG
Altenkessler Strasse 17
66115 Saarbrücken

If you have any further questions, just contact us.

Customization video instructions

Any further questions?

Just send us an email to, we will be happy to answer your questions.