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Knee Pad Recommendation?
Doug Stroud, Photographer
Centreville | VA | USA | Posted: 10:18 AM on 08.16.14
->> I would like to purchase some knee pads. I like the idea of ones that would fit underneath pants. It would seem to me that these would wear better and allow for quicker moving around the field. But there may be a drawback of them creating more heat and perspiration. Anyone able to offer their advice?
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Ken Shelton, Photographer
Wyckoff / Sarasota | NJ / FL | USA | Posted: 10:29 AM on 08.16.14
->> All knee pads will slip after a while. Wearing them under your pants will make them impossible to adjust.

www.duluthtrading.com is a good source.
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Christian J. Stewart, Photographer
Victoria | BC | Canada | Posted: 4:28 PM on 08.16.14
->> I have a pair of very cheap black Wilson volleyball (I think) knee pads that have served me well and give enough protection for spending long games on knees. As an added bonus, on two occasions, they have saved my knee cap from injury by foul balls off bats! I usually wear them with shorts, but have worn them over and under loose jeans or all-weather pants as needed.

They do get loose and need some adjustment regularly and they can get sweaty and smelly on hot days, but I have thrown in wash, or left outside to air, and they are fine.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 8:33 PM on 08.16.14
->> After trying a pair of Patella-T's based on recommendations here and finding them rather painful, I got a pair from Lowe's with plastic caps that were much more comfortable. For me, at least, the high-tech route didn't help.
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Tom Ewart, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 11:46 PM on 08.16.14
->> I would recommend some of the large gel type knee pads that they sell at large box hardware stores. My Favorite brand is CLC. Those type knee pads are for guys who work installing flooring all day long, they are the best that I have found, but they are usually are worn on the outside of the pants... They attach quickly usually with a velcro type strap and a strap that clips. Not so much about being in fashionable, it's about comfort and function.
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David Minton, Photographer
Denton | TX | USA | Posted: 3:52 AM on 08.17.14
->> I'm in the market for some new ones. After the better part of a decade with the CLC Pro knee pads http://www.goclc.com/products/work-gear-kneepads-mats/345 I'm sick of them. Too heavy, the pad area absorbs sweat and becomes wet and then stinky, the band in back is too thick and hot for Week 1-5 in the Texas heat, and they bunch up badly when worn with pants. Once these get soaked with sweat, they start to rub my knee raw. I've also had the plain-jane white cap pads like these http://www.goclc.com/products/work-gear-kneepads-mats/v237 . These worked great when I worked at the airport and just needed protection but don't offer enough padding for long periods of kneeling. They also bounce around too much when running on the sideline.

I need something that's lighter, breathes better and fits better over pants.
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Erik Schelkun, Photographer, Photo Editor
Tipp City | OH | USA | Posted: 6:37 PM on 08.17.14
->> I tried the uniform pants from woodland workwear with a built in knee pad a couple of years ago and really like them. They totally eliminate the behind the knee issues and slipping. The downfall is they are pants and can get hot during some of the early football soccer games. For me the heat issues were overcome by all the positives.

I just thought I would throw them out as another option to knee pads with straps...

http://www.kneedz.com/products.php
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Larry Strumwasser, Photographer, Photo Editor
Las Vegas | NV | USA | Posted: 1:44 AM on 08.18.14
->> I like my Sears Craftsman Gell pads.....they have saved my knees and are really comfortable.
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Michael Chen, Photographer, Assistant
Saratoga | CA | USA | Posted: 10:12 PM on 08.18.14
->> Alta Lok from Alta Industries. These are the Cadillac of knee pads.

This thread has many recommendations:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=40564
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Ben Liebenberg, Photographer, Photo Editor
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 1:35 PM on 08.19.14
->> This company called Nado Products http://www.nadoproducts.com/ makes a product that helps keep your knee pads in place.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 9:16 AM on 09.08.14
->> It's football season...any new knee pads out there to look at?
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 3:25 PM on 09.08.14
->> These aren't new, but I recommend going to Lowe's and getting some of these non-marring hard shell AWP pads with the gel.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_121008-1492-1l-22383-1_0__?productid=3399660&ntt=kn...+pads&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNtt%3Dknee%2Bpads&facetInfo=

They are very light weight and don't slip. I carry them on my monopod wrapped together when walking to the stadium and back, or sometimes around a belt or strap. They even mark them left and right so you don't get your legs mixed up.

I've tried flexible pads and I'm always hurting after five minutes of kneeling and they soak up moisture from turf and get real slimy feeling.

I think wearing knee pads under your pants is a very bad idea. They would shift around or bunch up every time you kneel or stand up and would be very uncomfortable, as well as hot and sweaty with no ability to take them off. And any pads thin enough to wear under your pants probably wouldn't help much.
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David Minton, Photographer
Denton | TX | USA | Posted: 1:44 AM on 09.09.14
->> Haven't found a local seller for the Alta-Loks, so I'm ordering them. I'll report back when I've done a game or two with them.

For now, I'm gonna go scrape off some of the gunk growing on my current knee pads and send it off to a lab for testing and see if it's become self-aware yet.
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Nigel Farrow, Photographer
Suffolk | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 6:59 AM on 09.09.14
->> Some useful suggestions though for me there is another reason for wearing kneepads on the outside - they protect and keep clean the knees of your trousers. Important if you have either other shoots that day, need to go from the match to a sponsors event or simply try to dress at least reasonably smartly on all assignments.

Tom Ewart said "Not so much about being in fashionable, it's about comfort and function."

Agreed. Also reminds me of when I was heckled covering a university lacrosse match for wearing kneepads ...


... by a student wearing fluffy multicoloured earmuffs.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 10:40 PM on 09.09.14
->> Think like the athletes....there are several knee pads that are worn for protection for softball/baseball or even volleyball. Best part, they dont slip, are more comfy, and the newer ones are made w dri fit.

Here is one option

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b00cmqr47c/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?i...

as for pants... 501 tactical allows for knee pads to be inserted right into the pants and are very comfy
BB
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 10:51 PM on 09.09.14
->> Wrestling knee pads fit under the clothes well.

http://www.amazon.com/brute-torq-wrestling-knee-pad/dp/b0027l9zmy/ref=sr_1_...+keen+knee+pad

Chunkier if wearing shorts...

http://www.amazon.com/cliff-keen-impact-wrestling-knee/dp/b0000c47j6/ref=sr...+keen+kneepad
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 10:56 PM on 09.09.14
->> Sleeker look if wearing shorts...

http://www.amazon.com/brute-dome-flex-kneepad-black/dp/b00dezrk2e/ref=sr_1_...+dome+flex
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 2:50 AM on 09.10.14
->> Brad, the problem with athletic knee pads is that they not made for what photographers need them for most, which is kneeling in place for long periods of time. It requires a totally different design and concept. Knee pads made for things like roofing and floor work fit the bill much more adequately.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 10:01 AM on 09.10.14
->> Doug, thats just not the case. I've tried several, and unless you just want to sit in one spot all game (like several seem to do). They just are a pia and slip down and twist around. Athletic ones dont. And if you try the ones made to protect when sliding, you'll find they are just as comfy to kneel down on.
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 12:59 PM on 09.10.14
->> Brad, buy the ones I recommended above. No such problems with slipping or shifting, and they do the job. I tried the athletic types before and always left with sore knees. They are made for impact, not for bearing weight. They don't have the right kind of padding to protect against the natural compression of the knee under the weight of your body while you perform a task while kneeling, because they aren't designed to do so. There aren't a lot of kneeling sports. If your job requires you to kneel, get pads made for kneeling.

How often to you dive for a photo and skid on your knees?
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 3:15 PM on 09.10.14
->> already been there and done that...err...those. You can keep em :-) Mine are better for the way I shoot football. Like I said...maybe I'm just more active than most when I'm shooting...
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