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    Posted: Dec/06/2009 at 10:08pm
Last season, I was going down an icy hill and fell hard on my knees. There were nice big bruises on both knees, and my right knee still isn't feeling 100%. I was wondering what you people thought about knee pads. If you like/use knee pads, what do you recommend?

I also heard that knee pads inhibit bending ability and are cause more falls. What do you think?



On a side note: I got a pair of hip pads, and they are invaluable. Not only do they provide a little bit of insulation from the snow when I sit down to strap in, but I have more confidence and am not afraid to fall (and hurts less when I do). I use Pro-tec hip pads.
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  Quote CLEE1013 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2009 at 10:17pm
Only way i know how to answer this question is......
if you know you need knee pads, buy it and use it
because if you know you fall alot or somehow you smash your knee while you snowboard then you should get it and use it til you dont fall on your knees.. and about bending ability, unless you get super stiff/hard knee pads it shouldn't be a problem,
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  Quote gsrrr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2009 at 10:19pm
i use knee pads for volley ball that you can find at k-mart/target/walmart/big 5.  i do not think they cause me to fall more. 
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  Quote CLEE1013 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2009 at 10:23pm
Originally posted by gsrrr

i use knee pads for volley ball that you can find at k-mart/target/walmart/big 5.  i do not think they cause me to fall more. 


For some reason i hear this alot
people using vallyball pads? they said it works pretty good
and from looks of it they are pretty beefy padding ( i wanted to hit their knees with basball bat to see if it works lol )
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  Quote anonymous Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2009 at 10:58pm
I usually don't fall, and when I do it usually isn't that hard. But I hit a super icy patch, and it was real hard ice where my knees landed. I also want to start riding park and think pads might be useful for rails (I think I'll fall a lot here ).

What about pads with a hard outer shell over soft padding vs. just soft padding?
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  Quote gsrrr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2009 at 11:01pm
for rails i would recommend you look at the ones with the knee/shin combo. 
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  Quote ippollite Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2009 at 11:30pm
christ, this brings back terrible memories of my first attempt at trying to do ground tricks during a night skiing session. Solid ice, gave up after the first wipe, its a bitch on your knees so it is!

Actually now i think about it, i twisted my knee something fierce last year (bailed on the ramp of a jump, but was going too fast in almost zero visibility and didnt realise it was a vertical drop. The top of the board got wedged in the snow and my knee got shot to hell - couldnt walk for almost 2 weeks).

Best get me some knee pads this year i reckons :)
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  Quote BunnySloper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2009 at 7:22am
I also use the volleyball knee pads. Heck of a lot cheaper than those "snowboard knee pads" and way beefier. I feel no difference in performance wearing them and not wearing.
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I had volleyball pads.  I don't wear them any more, but I would definitely go with them over hard cap ones.
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  Quote 360faceplant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2009 at 7:42am
I use them and don't think they inhibit knee bending at all.

This place has a ton of different ones.  I have the Triple 8 ones.
 
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Ialso use volleyball knee pads.  Mizuno brand, i picked them up for a 15 bucks at sports basement i think.  Totally worth it, doesn't prevent movement, you can't even tell when i'm wearing under my pants... i would suggest buying wrist guards too if you buy knee pads because if you fall forward you will want to fall on your wrists.
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  Quote myach Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/21/2009 at 1:06pm
I use volleyball knee pads too... (is it an asian thing? LOL)
I forget I have them...
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  Quote inksofmemories Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2010 at 8:40am
i use volleyball knee pads also lol.

i've been using them for 2 seasons and they protected me really well!  never gotten bruises on my knees up until last weekend. i fell HARD on my left knee twice Cry but without it, i dont think i wouldve been able to walk.
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  Quote working Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2010 at 9:15am
my favorite protection company makes knee pads also. Wink i sound like a darn rep.

tpro knee pads or knee tubes.

available in 50 Joules or 100 Joules rated protection. hard or soft questions? you need to read up on the back protection threads.
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  Quote deepakhj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2010 at 9:28am
Sessions makes the best knee pads. Check out their D3O thermals. The pants have padding on the knees, hips, and tailbone. The shirt has padding on the elbows. D3O is flexible padding that becomes hard on impact. I wish they padded the shoulders/shins though.. that's the only thing missing.
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  Quote SunFish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/16/2010 at 12:28pm
After going over a small jump sideways and landing hard on both knees, pain for 3 months but at least I could walk, I bought a pair of Black Diamond knee pads. They are hard shell, but attach with straps, not slide on, and they are comfortable enough you dont even know they are there and they dont impair your movement.  
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/21/2010 at 1:14pm
I just bought the protec knee pad with removable guards and it doesn't feel bad at all and it overs my knees and my shin.  I'm thinking of buying hip guard but are they even comfy?  Also, are elbow pads even worth it?
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Originally posted by Angry Midget Yo

I just bought the protec knee pad with removable guards and it doesn't feel bad at all and it overs my knees and my shin.  I'm thinking of buying hip guard but are they even comfy?  Also, are elbow pads even worth it?

Elbow pads probably not worth it unless you fall backwards and throw your elbows out as a brace (really, don't do that... you're asking for a broken collarbone).

I'm all for knee pads and wear some low profile Mizuno volleyball pads that have padding wrapped around the medial and lateral sides of the knee.

If you're going to be doing a lot of rails/boxes/pipe and want some hip and butt protection, I'd recommend Skeletools Impact Shorts. I got some for my wife and she really likes them. Thick, solid quality padding, but in a reasonably slim and comfortable design. All of the pads are removable too, so you can adjust where you want to be protected.
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  Quote Attrox Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/31/2010 at 11:07pm
Originally posted by CoopersTroopers

Originally posted by Angry Midget Yo

I just bought the protec knee pad with removable guards and it doesn't feel bad at all and it overs my knees and my shin.  I'm thinking of buying hip guard but are they even comfy?  Also, are elbow pads even worth it?

Elbow pads probably not worth it unless you fall backwards and throw your elbows out as a brace (really, don't do that... you're asking for a broken collarbone).


Your elbow is pretty strong, it's better to put your elbow out there to brace for a fall than break the fall with your palm/wrist.
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  Quote froop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/06/2010 at 2:10am
I have RED knee pads. They are not too bad, not that I've tried other ones so I've got nothing to compare to.

They did however come with rail guards (shin pads) which are absolute rubbish. They are soooo poop it's unbelievable and I cannot even become to fathom why on earth they would release such a crap design.

Basically, the 'shin guard' is a like a series of chevron's down the front of your shin. If you hit something with it, the angle of the chevron, which is not attached to the other ones or anything else, just digs into your shin.
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  Quote JonZap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/06/2010 at 2:22am
I have a set of RED knee, shin guards and protective pants, however I only use the knee ones.
I make sure I wear the knee guards and coccyx guard on icey days due to learning a lesson the hard way, 1 month out of action during peak season.
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  Quote Kenmanh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/06/2010 at 2:41am
I use a generic hard shell skating knee pads and I've personnally tested it on ice and hard-packed.  I didn't feel a thing but now I'm more worried about damaging my poor waterproof pants and no longer worrying about my knees.
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  Quote baldclimber Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/06/2010 at 2:05pm
Originally posted by SunFish

After going over a small jump sideways and landing hard on both knees, pain for 3 months but at least I could walk, I bought a pair of Black Diamond knee pads. They are hard shell, but attach with straps, not slide on, and they are comfortable enough you dont even know they are there and they dont impair your movement.


+1 on Black Diamond Telekneesis kneepads. I bought them a few years ago while on a trip out west and absolutely love them. So light and comfortable that I don't even notice that I'm wearing them. I have not had any crash-induced knee pain since I started wearing them.
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  Quote Brandysl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/07/2010 at 9:06pm
I use Sessions Diffusion d30 Pant 2010  also lol.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  Quote Epicentre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/07/2010 at 9:12pm
I use volleyball kneepads as well. And I was just reading the posts about a shin knee combo for rails and stuff... I was thinking what about soccer shin guards? Seems like that might work well. They're hard and won't restrict any movement that's for sure. My brother also does kickboxing and he has these long shin guards... those might work too. But I'm not sure that thye would fit into the boot... maybe.
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I use a knee brace on both knees... These keeps my knees stable and protects them... cant afford to miss out on another season...
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  Quote Yakandu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 12:15am
I use skate kneepads, and hipd protector too. i think they are very useful. I have more confidence and it isnt uncomfortable
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  Quote ratasuka Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 12:17am
Get the soft shell one coz da hard one might hurt u badly if ur knee hit really hard.
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  Quote ratasuka Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 12:18am
get the one with thick cusion and cover the whole knee.
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  Quote strdr0 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 12:31am
ive used knee pads alot, use some old roller skate pads without hardshell. act like vollyball pads.
don't like to use the hard shell ones because of the reverberation and i dont want to erode my board pants. ive hit it on hardpack and ice no problem.
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Yes I agree that the one without hard shell is better.
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I'm pretty strong on my toe edge and rarely fall on my knees, so I've never wanted or needed knee pads. I can see that they'd help if you did fall on your knees alot, especially in icy conditions. I tend to fall on my backside, so I use padding back there to save my tailbone. Use what works for you.
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Last season I repeatedly smashed my knees on ice/boxes/rails and ended up w/fluid on both knees. I ended up purchasing a set of these:



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Demon Knee Pads
Slim enough to fit underneath your snowboarding pants, the Demon Knee Pads are low profile so no one will know you're wearing knee protection.

FEATURES:
- Elasticated Strapping
- Flexible
- Impact padding
- Light weight
- Fit well underneath your snowboard pants
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  Quote sheeshgosh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/09/2010 at 6:52pm
those demon knee pads doesnt seem like theres enough padding to really cushion your falls..
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Originally posted by sheeshgosh

those demon knee pads doesnt seem like theres enough padding to really cushion your falls..


i got a pair of those and it hold up quite well even though they look kinda thin. they are quite firm compare to pro-tec knee pads (double the thickness but soft like a pillow). love the demon snow gears.
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Wow, the Skeletools pad is so expensive!  :S
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I have those demon knee pads, and they are indeed pretty hard on both sides. The side against your knees and the side facing outward. I would just use some volleyball pads instead of spending the $15.
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  Quote grunge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/10/2010 at 4:33am
Hmm.. sounds like volleyball pads are the way to go....

I would actually think that kneepads with plastic on it would help spread the impact better than ones without a plastic shell... unless they have some soft of... diffuser for the point of impact....
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people really wear kneepads on the mountain?  never seen it once.

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  Quote HAVEN2135 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/10/2010 at 5:48am

Wearing knee pads when you are just learning is a great idea as you are falling all the time. Plus if you wear just volleyball knee pads under your snow pants no one can even tell you have them on.

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  Quote Dave Legacy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/10/2010 at 6:54am
Originally posted by HAVEN2135

Wearing knee pads when you are just learning is a great idea as you are falling all the time. Plus if you wear just volleyball knee pads under your snow pants no one can even tell you have them on.



How would you know? They're worn under your pants. I could see them being an issue for those who wear tight pants though. =)
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Where can I get the Demon knee pads at??
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I use paintball knee pads, only because I already have paintball knee pads. If I didn't, I would definitely get some knee pads that have some kind of shin protection because those jibs get painful when you mess up. They hinder knee flex a little and that little bit of flex you lose is worth the protection you get, especially in the park.
I don't find that I need knee pads on anywhere else on the mountain though. The park is a knee killer.
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i wear volleyball knee pads and they are awesome. they are thin light and unrestrictive. 
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I use old school rollerblade knee pads.
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i don't use knee pads.... i think i should soon....
both are knees are messed up.... i've been limping for several weeks after season is over lol.... and yes i was still riding and hitting jumps when my knees were hurting... i am so stupid....the last time i went... my knees started to hurt when i was doing heel stops...
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