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    Knee Pads

    I'm doing my EMR course in a couple weeks. There's lots of kneeling involved with first aid and since the course is 2 weeks long, my knees will take a beating. I'm planning on ordering a pair of pads tomorrow so hopefully they arrive in time.

    I don't buy crappy gear and subscribe to the buy once, cry once theory. I'll also likely end up using these pads for other things, such as shooting and home renos so I don't mind paying for quality. I'm not going to Cambodian Tire and buying a pair, as I've tried most of their offerings and found them if not only sadly lacking, downright worse than kneeling without pads.

    The two pads I've found are the Arcteryx knee caps and the Alta knee pads, both from DS Tactical. I'm leaning heavily towards the Arcteryx as they appear to be better designed and Arcteryx gear is among the best I've ever owned and used.

    Any other suggestions or thoughts?

    Arcteryx:

    http://www.dstactical.com/product_in...oducts_id=1330

    Alta:

    http://www.dstactical.com/product_in...roducts_id=201
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    I'm intrigued by the first pair. They look a little different from anything I've tried at work. I always end up going back to my leather and felt pads. Not the best cushion, but the single lower strap without any sort of elastic doesn't chew the f##k out of the back of my leg. Good enough for plumber's work....

    Princess Auto is hawking a little different setup from anything I've seen too. Modular pads, start by choosing from a couple different harness systems, different cushion inserts and then various interchangeable knee caps. Big squared off lugs for rough terrain, standard rounded cap for general purpose, a no mar cap for finishing work on nice floors, etc.... Haven't seen anyone use a pair yet though....
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    Thanks to RobertMcC, I'll have a pair of the Alta pads. I may order the Arcteryx at some point as well and do a side by side comparison. Naturally I'll post here if I do.
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    I use 1/4" neoprene doubled up in my work pants knee pad pockets...can't stand the straps on conventional knee pads plus get the neoprene for free.

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    Tagged for interest. Fixing forklifts involves a lot of kneeling. I've tried many kinds over the years, but they all drove me nuts because the straps would wind up bunched up behind my knees. I've tried everything that Crappy Tire, Home Depot, and the various other big box stores have to offer, and have eventually thrown them behind the seat of the service truck and forgotten about them until I change trucks...then they all hit the garbage can. A buddy of mine who does hardwood flooring told me about some padded leather ones that he had that basically just hung in front of your knee. One strap around your leg above the knee, and a strap going up to your belt to hold them up. I never did find out where he got them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksmithden View Post
    Tagged for interest. Fixing forklifts involves a lot of kneeling. I've tried many kinds over the years, but they all drove me nuts because the straps would wind up bunched up behind my knees. I've tried everything that Crappy Tire, Home Depot, and the various other big box stores have to offer, and have eventually thrown them behind the seat of the service truck and forgotten about them until I change trucks...then they all hit the garbage can. A buddy of mine who does hardwood flooring told me about some padded leather ones that he had that basically just hung in front of your knee. One strap around your leg above the knee, and a strap going up to your belt to hold them up. I never did find out where he got them.
    Neighbour does tile setting. He gets his custom made from some mail order place, and I'd go that route if I was on my knees all day. You send in a few measurements of your leg circumference at different points, and some specific distances from ankle to kneecap and stuff like that... A few weeks and $150 later your custom fitted leather knee pads from heaven arrive. Leather knee, squared off so you don't roll side to side, and they run about 2/3 of the way down your shin. At the bottom end there's a brace sticking out to take the weight off your toes, makes all the difference in the world if you're going to be in that position for a few hours at a time apparently....

    I'm up and down ladders too much for that though... Those single strap jobbies still seem to be the best compromise....

    I've been considering getting a pair of work pants that take the foam inserts in the double knee though....anyone using them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kennymo View Post

    I've been considering getting a pair of work pants that take the foam inserts in the double knee though....anyone using them?
    I'm using them,current work pants are the Helly Hansen which I like much better then my Carhartts. I make my own inserts out of neoprene,don't notice I have as I walk around.I'm up and down ladders,kneeling on cat walks,concrete etc. I'm doing industrial/HV and commercial electrical.

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