Shin guards protect the shins from the occasional heel kick by the rear of the skate blade. A required item of safety equipment, they are available in sporting goods stores everywhere, and priced under $10.00.
The shin guards are simply sliped under the skin suit or tights, over the shin. While they come with straps, these are not necessary due to the tights holding them in place.
A pair of shin guards. Simple enough.
If you look very closely, you can just barely make out the shin guards inside the skinsuit on this pair of legs. This is a USA Team skin, which has pouches inside to hold the shin guards in place, even when not being worn.
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