Why Bigger Knee Pads Are Not Always Better
January 14, 2009 at 18:40
A common misconception people make when purchasing knee pads is they
think the bigger the pad the better the protection. In reality you only
need to protect your patella from getting injured, the surrounding area
is naturally padded. Anyone who has ever injured their knee cap can
testify how debilitating the pain can be.
While it is
extremely important to have good knee protection it is also important
that the knee pads allow you to conduct your maneuvers without
hindering your movement. A good knee pad is lightweight and flexible
allowing you to move quickly while staying in-place. After all what
good is a knee pad when you go to take a knee and the pad is ridden
around to the side of you knee or is around your ankle. Remember the
job of a knee pad is to protect your knee cap. Here are a few easy
questions to consider when purchasing your next set of knee pads:
the pads lightweight? If the pads are heavy in your hand think about
how uncomfortable they would be to wear strapped to your leg.
Are they flexible, easily bending like your knee or are they shaped like a
big dinner plate? Unlike other gear knee pads will not break-in over
time. If they are stiff in the retail store they will be stiff on your
Will the pads be quick to don and off? Remember when you
are in the field you won’t have a lot of time to fiddle with your gear.
Look for a Rapid Deployment Clip system
When you put the knee
pads on and move around will the pads stay in-place? You don’t want a
knee pad that moves around your leg while you are running. Good fitting
knee pads with a built-in gripping system will solve this problem.
the pads comfortable on you knee? Depending upon your job you might
have to wear the knee pads for a prolonged period of time and you don’t
want to have a strap pinching the back of your leg. Look for a knee pad
that has a soft strap that is strategically angled to prevent bunching
in the back of your knee.
There are many different style
knee pads available in the marketplace and it is of the utmost
importance that you are comfortable with your selection and the pads
provide the best protection for your patella. You should checkout the
Hatch XTAK knee pads. Extremely light and flexible, yet this innovative
design provides superior protection and shock absorption with the
flexibility to move the way your body moves. Hatch XTAK is the
lightest, strongest protect of its kind ever created. Hatch XTAK is
also available in an elbow pad design.