Choosing Knee Protection

How to choose the best knee pads for your job.

Getting the right knee pads or protection was a subject of a review here recently and I got asked to further explain the ‘how to chose’ section!

Basically I said…..

  1. How often will you need to kneel down?
  2. Is kneeling down going to be planned or spontaneous?
  3. What kind of surface are you going to be kneeling on?
  4. How long are you likely to be down on your knees?

Lets look at these in more detail.

  1. How often will you need to kneel down?
  2. If you only kneel down for small amounts of time occasionally, then a strap on style (oh err!) knee pad may be suitable. The type you need depends on how long you need to kneel down and the surface that you are kneeling on (see 3 and 4). However, for occasional kneeling you should also consider wearing work trousers with lightweight knee pads.

  3. Is kneeling down going to be planned or spontaneous?
  4. If you kneel down is likely to be unplanned, quick or spontaneous then possibly a kneepad insert that fits into a pair of work trousers might suit. These are ‘always on’ thus avoiding the temptation to kneel down with no knee protection (I know, we all do it!). Or, are you planning to fit skirting boards all day?

  5. How long are you likely to be down on your knees?
  6. If only for a few minutes then work trousers with knee pads or the cheap standard, lightweight rubber knee pad may be best for you. But if you are planning to be on your knees all day, then tougher knee protection like gel pads or even memory foam knee pads are best.

  7. What kind of surface are you going to be kneeling on?
  8. If you are going to kneel on hard surfaces like concrete or even gravel etc, then you will need the best quality knee pads. Common sense tells us that the tougher the environment, the tougher the knee pads need to be to protect your knees.

Ok, I know what you are thinking……..”but they are so bl**dy uncomfortable after a while”, and do you know what, I am not going to lie to you, most knee pads are uncomfortable after a while. Deal with it! The damage done to a knee if you go down onto a tiny piece of pea gravel without any protection can throw you into a world of pain that you don’t want; trust me on that…….

If you want comfort go for the work trouser route into half decent knee protection, but remember one thing change the removable kneepad insert once in a while, at least a couple of times a year as they do go ‘flat’ on the high pressure point.

Otherwise, go to the Knee Pads page up the top and follow the links to the suppliers and have a look, there are loads more to choose from than down at your local builders merchant, that I can assure you!
Stay well

About Ian

Handyman, humanitarian, inventor, blogger and finally a house husband looking after Cecilia, Julia, William near Hvalstrand in Asker, Norway.
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