I've only ever used Fairtex gloves once because they burst at the seams after a year. Word around the gym is that Twins is of the same quality for a more reasonable price. My shin guards are by Windy and have protected my shins from kicks for months.
I like the TWINS myself. I was lucky enough to pick mine up at none other than Lumpinee Stadium a few years back. Cheap! Fairtex is good stuff too, but it is the fad to get the gear that is hyped on ultimate fighter etc... Get a hold of shin guards where-ever you have access. Your first pair will eventually get trashed anyways so get what you can. PEACE
We have Fairtex but we are sponsored by them lol! to be fair though my shin guards are very good.
If you train at Fairtex in Thailand you can buy their stuff cheap at the factory shop there. Long way to go though worth it for the training
I've had a set of Fairtex shin pads for about 5 years now and they're still in decent shape. Though my using them isn't as constant as others probably are (about two sessions a month) they've still held up well.
How much do you want to spend? Twins and Windy are great but can be pricey. Combat Sports Int., Ringside and Top Contender make good guards for reasonable prices. Get the ones with the instep protection.