Safety gear: kneepads

Safety gear: kneepads

Post by Lars Burgstahle » Fri, 02 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Hi,

after all this discussion and my bad experience last evening I'm
thinking about buying some kneepads. I've been in a sports shop after
lunch, but I wasn't sure what to buy.
There are cheap inline skater kneepads (as well as expensive ones), but
they seem to be somehow clumsy. On the other hand they are worn by
skaters who do amazing things while wearing them.
I thought about indoor pads, but they aren't easy to fix and might be
damaged quite fast.
So, what are you (those using already kneepads) using? I'm not so much
interested in brands, but mainly in type.

lars

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Safety gear: kneepads

Post by Seth Gol » Fri, 02 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> after all this discussion and my bad experience last evening I'm
> thinking about buying some kneepads.

I hate my kneepads.  They have two wide (~2 inch) padded non-elastic
velcro straps that meet and attach behind the leg.  These straps often
team up and pinch me.  They were the cheapest kneepads I could find,
but I haven't found anything better for sale at any price.

I've fallen on them a couple times, and though there's no hard
plastic, just padding, they've protected my knees pretty well.  They
do sometimes tend to slip down my leg though.  It's hard to get a good
fit without elastic.

A friend of mine has fantastic kneepads that he let me borrow once.

They have a padded front with hard plastic shields over the critical
area.  Around the back there's a wide elastic webbing, the same width
(or height, as you're wearing them while standing) as the padded
front.  In addition, there are two narrow (~1 inch) elastic bands that
go around the leg and velcro to the front.

Having both the webbing and the straps is nice.  The webbing doesn't
pinch, and the straps let you ignore the webbing and slap them on over
pants if you want to.

If I could find something like this for sale, I would buy them.
I admit I haven't looked very hard; I just checked local skate shops.

 
 
 

Safety gear: kneepads

Post by Sarah Mill » Fri, 02 Apr 1999 04:00:00

: after all this discussion and my bad experience last evening I'm
: thinking about buying some kneepads. I've been in a sports shop after
: lunch, but I wasn't sure what to buy.
: So, what are you (those using already kneepads) using? I'm not so much
: interested in brands, but mainly in type.

I use volley ball pads, soft and elasticated, they move with my knees and
give a fair bit of protection during face plants. I tried riding in skater
pads to start with for Muni but found them V sweaty and they rubbed
uncomfortably. Volley pads wash well too, just as well with my attraction
to mud.

See you at the BMW
Sarah

 
 
 

Safety gear: kneepads

Post by Alice » Mon, 05 Apr 1999 05:00:00

Hello!  I wear knee pads designed for volleyball players....so far I haven't
had to test them, but I just feel better with them on!
 
 
 

Safety gear: kneepads

Post by Foss, Joh » Thu, 08 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
> So, what are you (those using already kneepads) using? I'm not so much
> interested in brands, but mainly in type.

As with anything you wear on your body, brand is irrelevant (unless you're a
victim of the fashion game; which my friends know I'm not!)

The type of pad you should use depends on the type of falling you do, and
surfaces you're riding on. For rocks and offroad situations, a hard kneepad
is recommended. For indoors or less "punishing" activities, you can use
something less cumbersome. But this should depend on how much falling you do
as well. When learning new things, protect yourself and you can learn more,
because you won't be waiting for stuff to heal half the time.

Brett Bymaster wears hard platic rollerblading (don't know the brand)
kneepads. He's still ***man, but not as much as in the early days. I wear
a pair of cheap basketball/volleyball pads. I expose myself to less danger
when I ride (something to do with being over 30, Bruce Bundy and George Peck
excepted), and would rather avoid falling and not attempt certain trail
features. Brett is more willing to try stuff, so he protects himself
accordingly. I will admit that my pads are "Bike" brand. Not my choice, but
that's what the store had when I bought them. I drew a red circle with a
line thru it over the brand name, making for some nice uni pads. I made up
five sets of these for the USA Team that went to China in 1993 and I'm still
wearing mine. Guess it's time for a fresh pair...

Probably the most important factor of safety equipment is that it be
comfortable. If you can't stand wearing it you probably won't, and it's
money wasted and you still unprotected. You might have to try several things
to find what works for you.

You can see lots of examples of the stuff people wear by looking at MUni
Weekend riders. Click on the small images to see the big ones:
http://SportToday.org/

Stay on top,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
http://SportToday.org/