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Old October 21st, 2015, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Effective light weight knee pads?

I seem to be in that place again. Good pads are so hard to find.

What I know now:

1) Lizard Skins Softcell: very comfortable and non-restrictive. Unfortunately, the elastic stretches out rather quickly and they are no longer in manufacture.
2) Triple-8 Street: cheap, effective, and available. Unfortunately, the elastic stretches out very very quickly and they don't match the shape of my knees all that well. They tend to shift around even when the elastic is new and a lot more when it is stretched out.

What else is available in the way of light weight pads? They need to stay on during a high speed fall. They don't need to withstand large vertical drops. They do need to be light, cool, and minimally restrictive. I skate long distances.

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Old October 22nd, 2015, 08:37 AM   #2
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Sounds to me like you have a perfectly good set of pads (or two) with some bad elastic straps. Why not look up a local seamst(er/ress)? I can't imagine it will cost that much for what is probably at most 30 minutes of work, and someone who works in that profession might have some insights on a better elastic that will last for you. Plus then you can feel good about supporting local business and reducing your waste footprint if you care about those things.
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Old October 24th, 2015, 01:38 AM   #3
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Sounds to me like you have a perfectly good set of pads (or two) with some bad elastic straps. Why not look up a local seamst(er/ress)? I can't imagine it will cost that much for what is probably at most 30 minutes of work, and someone who works in that profession might have some insights on a better elastic that will last for you. Plus then you can feel good about supporting local business and reducing your waste footprint if you care about those things.
Maybe. The outside covering also tears on the Lizard Skins so fixing them is more involved then simply replacing a couple of straps. It would require substantial new material they may not be readily available and more robust stitching than they are likely accustomed to doing.

I've had a leather repair shop make additions to my boots and a luggage repair shop fix the velcro on my wrist guards. In both cases, the results were functional but not quite right. Even when skilled at similar looking operations, you can't expect perfect results if they are not familiar with the application.
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Old October 24th, 2015, 06:48 PM   #4
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I've been using Triple 8 Coverts for the last year and a half.

Pros:
20 bucks at IW
Conforms to knees
Light
Comfortable and non-restrictive, I don't even know that they're there.
Elastic hasn't stretched at all.

Con:
Minimal protection. There is no hard plastic cap, only foam.

Even though I have yet to take my first fall with these pads, I believe that they would not slip off during a fall and would keep my skin from coming off. I also believe that I better not do a hard vertical drop on those pads because knee cap cracking prevention would be minimal.

So in light of all that, I really do think they would be the perfect choice for all those speedskaters who aren't wearing any knee pads at all.
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Old November 1st, 2015, 03:59 AM   #5
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I've been using Triple 8 Coverts for the last year and a half.

Pros:
20 bucks at IW
Conforms to knees
Light
Comfortable and non-restrictive, I don't even know that they're there.
Elastic hasn't stretched at all.

Con:
Minimal protection. There is no hard plastic cap, only foam.

Even though I have yet to take my first fall with these pads, I believe that they would not slip off during a fall and would keep my skin from coming off. I also believe that I better not do a hard vertical drop on those pads because knee cap cracking prevention would be minimal.

So in light of all that, I really do think they would be the perfect choice for all those speedskaters who aren't wearing any knee pads at all.
Unless your idea is to hit the pads and immediately roll, I don't think these will work for speed. The plastic cap is what gives a knee pad a low friction sliding surface needed to skid to stop without transmitting forward momentum to the knee. Without it the pad will dig in and probably slide off no matter how tightly strapped on. Either that or the straps themselves dig in and cut the skin.

Capless knee pads are meant for aggressive skating where thye are worn underneath baggy jeans. The cap wouldn't work anyway because it would not be in direct contact with the ground.
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Old March 21st, 2016, 07:55 PM   #6
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I suggest G Form Pro X pads.

http://g-form.com/en/pro-xc-knee-pads.html

They are a bit costly but soooo worth it.
I'm 37 and the last 20 of that was aggressive skating, (in addition to Urban and distance skating) most of that without knee pads. So I banged around my knees more than any sane person should.

I got some g forms over the winder and I have nothing bad to say about them.
I took them out on a 10 mile skate and I forgot I had them on. Thin, light and do not slip.

I did wear them to the skatepark the other day and I took many spills to my knees. the stuff they use for the foam is amazing. totally works.

If you look around online you can get them cheaper, I got mine this past winter for like $45.

Good luck, lmk if you have any questions.
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