Considering the risks, a proper mouth guard is imperative to a fighter. An ill fighting mouth guard can slip out a fighter’s mouth, increasing the risk of being dazed and knocked out. This can also lead to points being deducted if the guard keeps falling out such as when Andrew Selby lost in the Commonwealth games.
This brings me to the mouth guard in question. The Shock Doctor Gel Max can be bought for as little as £13.49 from Sports Direct:
Or £16.99 from the official Shock Doctor website:
The gel lining of the gum shield envelops the teeth ensuring no slippage from the mouth. For such an inexpensive product this really is impressive and strongly competes with the more expensive handmade dentist guards. There is no expertise needed to fit the guard, as it is a simple boil and fit like the cheapest versions. The product is very robust and thick, giving excellent protection to the jaw.
However its thickness is its main flaw. The stiff thick frame of the shield makes the lips protrude and compress against the guard. The hard texture and size of it can cause split lips when a punch compresses the lips against it.
However, overall this product is of exceptional quality and value for money. Because of the size of the guard it would perhaps be more suited to fighters with a bigger mouth.
Fit – 4/5
Comfort – 3/5
Protection – 3/5
Value for money – 5/5
Overall I give this product a 4 out of 5.