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Knee Pads
Pedro Diaz, Photographer
Miami Beach | FL | United States | Posted: 11:11 AM on 07.23.07
->> Hi guys, can you recomend a good knee pads, im mean a real good ones, thanks
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 11:16 AM on 07.23.07
->> Hanashiro wrote about knee pads here:

http://www.sportsshooter.com/news/996
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Vasiliy Baziuk, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 11:22 AM on 07.23.07
->> Hummmmmm, i don't about that... what for do you need knee pads??? lol (just kidding)

just stop by any hardware store and you'll be able to find them... the ones i got are multi purpose and have a strong plastic/rubber bottom cup almost like a horse huff that grips anything and won't get wet. that makes them good for indoor/outdoor and the padding inside is really comfortable too. good luck!
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Rodrigo Pena, Photographer
Palm Desert | CA | USA | Posted: 11:34 AM on 07.23.07
->> Hey Pedro, here's an alternative. I used to buy regular knee pads, but after a few uses found that they didn't protect my knees any more. I went to Big 5 and looked for some padded knee pads. The heavy duty volleyball pads. This is what I ended up buying:

http://www.weplay.com/Asics/volleyball/knee/pads/zd09.html

I've had them now for 4 years and they still work great. I will caution you though. If you have thick legs, these can be uncomfortable. If you wear pants, these can be uncomfortable. Best used with shorts and medium to thin legs. I've heard good things about the $5 knee pads at Home Depot, but I've never bought any of those.
Good luck, Rodrigo Pena
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Greg Francis, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 11:46 AM on 07.23.07
->> If you're looking for the best, padding and cushion, look into skateboard specific Pro Designed pads and Rector Fat Boys.
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Greg Francis, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 11:48 AM on 07.23.07
->> Ballpark prices for the Pro Designed is $65-100, Rector Fat Boys $45-$60.
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Paul Nelson, Photographer
Temperance | MI | USA | Posted: 12:53 PM on 07.23.07
->> Depending on the situation, I can second volleyball pads. They are easy to wear underneath pants, if that is necessary, like where you want to blend in more with people around you - minus the camera anyways...

However, I would recommend something more heavy duty that just foam if working on lots of outdoor assignments, especially if working on concrete or rock.
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Rich Pilling, Photographer
New York | NY | U.S.A. | Posted: 1:06 PM on 07.23.07
->> The most comfortable knee pads that I ever worn were purchased at a supply house for carpet installers. They are well protected; with foam inserts and a hard durable outer shell. The best part is that they attached to my legs with velcro strips; one on the top, the other on the bottom of the pads. This way, if you are wearing long pants, they would not bunch up behind your knees, which would create a little discomfort. Oh yes, they were very inexpensive as well. There is no need to spend a lot of money on knee pads. Ar Pee
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Ken Shelton, Photographer
Wyckoff | NJ | USA | Posted: 2:42 PM on 07.23.07
->> Take a look @ http://www.duluthtrading.com they have a number of models for different types of craftspeople: Tile setters, plumbers, etc.

I spend a lot of time on my knees on pavement at the finish lines of running races & triathlons; Knee pads are a must.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 6:33 PM on 07.23.07
->> I kneel for no one. (too old) 8))
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Jim Bounds, Photographer
Raleigh | NC | usa | Posted: 6:47 PM on 07.23.07
->> chuck....its because your are short.... :)
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Jeff Kowalsky, Photographer
West Bloomfield | MI | United States | Posted: 6:48 PM on 07.23.07
->> ahhh, this thread brings back fond memories of Tiger Stadium.

I noticed last week at Home Depot they had a decent selection of knee pads at reasonable prices.
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Joel Kowsky, Student/Intern, Photographer
Morris | IL | United States | Posted: 8:29 PM on 07.23.07
->> I picked up a pair last season through US Cav. They are tactical knee pads that are marketed towards military and law enforcement and work quite nicely.

http://search.uscav.com/search?p=Q&ts=custom&w=kneepads&TabID=1&os=1&CatID=...
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G.J. McCarthy, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 9:07 PM on 07.23.07
->> Joel:

Thanks for the link, man. My old Lowe's tiling knee pads finally gave up the ghost after three seasons of Tiger football; the Hellstorm Advanced ones look perfect.

Cool site, too. I was finally able to find that bomber jacket I've always wanted ...

http://www.uscav.com/Productinfo.aspx?productID=5426&TabID=1&CatID=25

That's gonna look so sweet under my red vest at Cowboys games this winter.

- g -
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Joel Kowsky, Student/Intern, Photographer
Morris | IL | United States | Posted: 9:49 PM on 07.23.07
->> Gerry:

No problem!

That bomber jacket will look pretty sweet under those new red vests...


joel
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 10:04 PM on 07.23.07
->> bounds.....don't make me call ABC on your sorry butt (sorry for all who don't know the back story on this)
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Pedro Diaz, Photographer
Miami Beach | FL | United States | Posted: 10:27 PM on 07.23.07
->> thanks for your help guys, i bought a pair in lowe's, let's see what happen, thanks again...
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Hazrin Yeob Men Shah, Photographer
Selangor | Malaysia | Malaysia | Posted: 3:13 AM on 07.24.07
->> i'm using Mechanic Wear Knee Pad which commonly use by the NASCAR/F1/IRL pit-crew.

So far no issue, it give excellent protection for my knee.
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Mike Morelock, Photographer
Greenwood | AR | USA | Posted: 9:00 AM on 07.24.07
->> Anyone use the Patella T's longterm? The reviews on Amazon for them are mostly bad, with people saying the gel squeezes away from where you need it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/B00002253V/sr=8-1/qid=118...
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Max Gersh, Student/Intern, Photo Editor
St. Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 9:34 AM on 07.24.07
->> I use the kneepads that wrestlers use. I think they are similar to the vollyball ones. They are nice because you can wear them under your clothes. I think mine are made by asics. They have a gel cusioning pad and it has lasted me for a long time. Very comfy too.

-Max-
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Pedro Diaz, Photographer
Miami Beach | FL | United States | Posted: 10:33 AM on 07.24.07
->> Hazrin, i was looking for those kind of knee pads, where can i found those knee pads?
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Trevor Walker, Photographer
Powell | OH | USA | Posted: 11:43 AM on 07.24.07
->> Pedro,
I will second Hazrin rec. I used a pair of those for 3 years of racing.
http://www.mechanix.com/us/ You can buy them on line.
Trevor
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Mike Morelock, Photographer
Greenwood | AR | USA | Posted: 11:43 AM on 07.24.07
->> Pedro search for "mechanix wear" knee pad and you'll find lots of places selling them.
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Pedro Diaz, Photographer
Miami Beach | FL | United States | Posted: 10:21 AM on 07.26.07
->> Thanks guys, you r the best......
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Hazrin Yeob Men Shah, Photographer
Selangor | Malaysia | Malaysia | Posted: 11:23 AM on 07.26.07
->> Pedro,
I bought it from RACE CITY RACE PARTS at ebay.com for USD19.95.

I believe they still have 2 more pair on sale.

Quick grab it.
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David Eulitt, Photographer
Kansas City | MO | USA | Posted: 7:58 PM on 08.30.10
->> I thought I'd start this thread up again, see if anyone has any new recommendations....I have the Patella-T's and I've worn them out. Before investing in a new pair, I wanted to do some research....thanks for your input.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 8:07 PM on 08.30.10
->> official zombie thread.....back from the dead after over THREE years!!!
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David Eulitt, Photographer
Kansas City | MO | USA | Posted: 8:41 PM on 08.30.10
->> I need the iKneePad.
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Ken Shelton, Photographer
Wyckoff | NJ | USA | Posted: 10:47 PM on 08.30.10
->> Contractor and tile setter kit. Also great for cold weather gloves, lined pants, etc.

http://www.duluthtrading.com
search on 'kneepads'
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 10:52 PM on 08.30.10
->> Chuck, for his next trick David will resurrect the seasons of the Royals and Chiefs. Wait, he's talented, but not quite that talented.
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Arthur Spragg, Photographer
San Angelo | TX | USA | Posted: 11:43 PM on 08.30.10
->> If you buy Patella-T's, buy the beaded model, not the gel. Used a pair of the beaded wedges for four years and the only reason I gave them up was they began to leak on wet grass, turf or pavement when "moist conditions" prevailed. Very durable and still protected my knee through it all, wet or not. They were worth every penny I sacrificed to purchase them with. Still wear them for (dry) jobs around the house. Eight years is pretty damn good, and I got to the point where I was shooting assignments (not just sports) in them just about every day too. Saw them offered by Duluth Trading Co. recently. No better knee pad made for my $$... IMHO
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 6:20 AM on 08.31.10
->> As long as the zombie is walking around, I'll add +1 on the Patella-T's. Mine have survived 5+ years of hard use in all kinds of conditions. The only problem I have is the straps can be very uncomfortable on the back of the knees. While they appear to be pretty wide, in use they "scrunch" up and can cut into your skin, especially when worn often (and this is with long pants on). Last season I thought of making foam pads for the straps to reduce this problem but haven't gotten to it yet.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
| | | Posted: 8:27 AM on 08.31.10
->> I'd been happy with the Mechanix knee pads - http://www.mechanix.com/accessories/mechanix-knee-pad

They lasted a long time, were easy to get on & off over clothing and absorbed a lot of the sting of kneeling on frozen surfaces
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Jeff Brehm, Photographer, Photo Editor
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 9:02 AM on 08.31.10
->> Another vote for contractor pads. I found mine in an industrial safety catalog. Very comfortable and durable, and I think they were less than $30. They've lasted me about four years so far.
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Crystal Chatham, Photographer, Assistant
La Quinta | CA | USA | Posted: 11:52 AM on 08.31.10
->> Check out 5.11 Tactical's line of TDU pants. They are excellent pants with multiple side pockets designed for public safety and outdoorsy folks. The TDU pants come standard with concealed removable neoprene knee pads. They make these pants for men and women, by the way, which is rare for tactical companies.

I have other 5.11 gear (the 24/hr pack and molle system) for some volunteer work. Their products hold up very well.

www.511tactical.com
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William Hauser, Photographer
Westfield | NJ | USA | Posted: 1:15 PM on 08.31.10
->> also for pants with built in knee pads check out cryeprecision here is the link http://www.cryeprecision.com/P-APRCP40232R/Combat-Pants-Ac these pants are not cheep but they have more pockets then the 511's the knee pads are great
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 2:37 PM on 08.31.10
->> I have the Patella Knee pads and there great. I actually have bought a new set for this football season. But I also will Crystals choice of new pads. The ones that insert into the pants are great if you have to kneel alot and dont want to be so noticeable. LA Police Gear has the pants on sale right now for 15.99 and 19.99 . They are also alot cooler than jeans and they really last well.
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Jerry Foss, Photographer
Rancho Cucamonga | CA | USA | Posted: 7:55 PM on 08.31.10
->> I've been using the 5.11 Tactical pants at the drag races for a couple of months now and really like them. The knee pads are a little thin, but I like them a lot more than conventional knee pads; plus no one can tell you are using knee pads so you look a lot tougher kneeling on the ground for a long time.
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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 11:01 PM on 08.31.10
->> Duluth Trading, the home of comfortable knee pads and a whole bunch of other manly s**t...

http://tinyurl.com/22ve7ak
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Hazrin Yeob Men Shah, Photographer
Kuala Lumpur | MYS | Malaysia | Posted: 5:03 AM on 09.05.10
->> after three years, my Mechanix knee pads still works perfectly
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David Campbell, Photographer
Shorter | Al | USA | Posted: 4:48 PM on 09.08.10
->> I don't wear knee pads a whole lot when shooting, but I have these things I like a lot:

http://socalskateshop.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2285

They are designed for skateboarding, not as a knee pad but an extra pad to wear under a vert skater's knee pad. Comfortable to wear around and provides a little support for the knee and a round pad that keeps your patella comfy when you sit on your knees.
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Jason Heffran, Photographer
Natrona Heights | PA | USA | Posted: 9:48 PM on 09.08.10
->> Not sure if these have been mentioned, but these are awesome on turf/grass/cement. I have a very bad knee problem (MCL/meniscus) and the way these allow you to kneel on just one knee with stability from rolling side-to-side and the fact that they don't feel like a tourniquet around the knee is unreal.

Instead of a flat, smooth or rounded surface - there is boot sole. By far the best I've used for comfort and stability. Especially with an MCL/meniscus issue.

$30 a pair... affordable in my mind.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_121005-1492-2L-22380-2_4294857457_4294937087?produc...
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David Eulitt, Photographer
Kansas City | MO | USA | Posted: 9:34 PM on 09.09.10
->> I've really loved the Patella-T knee pads but after 5 years and several gel insert replacements, I was in the market for a new set.

I contacted Steve at Fluid Forms (the maker of Patella-T's) and told him I was a sports photographer, etc., and that I was looking for a new set but that the gel seems to spread away from the knee within a few months of weekly kneeling.

Steve was incredibly nice and helpful, saying that photographers have become a good niche for his business and that Fluid Forms had added another gel layer inside the kneeling area. (This is in addition to the gel insert). He said this layer would help the gel from spreading out to the edges. I received them today and kneeling on them was really fantastic just in my kitchen on tile. I have a football game Monday night, so I'll let you know how they work, but I'd be surprised if they weren't fantastic. If you want to make sure you have the newest version with the additional gel layer, contact Steve at:

http://fluidforms.com/patella_t/company/contact.html

I look at good kneepads as an investment in my body and health.
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Adam Bettcher, Photographer
Bloomington | MN | USA | Posted: 11:07 PM on 09.14.10
->> I second the 5.11 gear. I use the TDU's and the taclite pro cargos (when it's hot out) Highly recommend them. Durable, inexpensive and extremely stain and wrinkle resistant. You can get them at www.Streichers.com
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