How to Choose the Best Knee Pads

So that you get the best knee protection…..

knee pads

Nailers G1 Gel Knee Pads

I know, I know, everybody says that you’re not supposed to kneel down, but lets be honest, you know that you do!

And while we are being honest, I don’t see how you can avoid kneeling in the building game either. Choosing the right knee pads will at least enable you to kneel down comfortably and get some protection.

For years I wore jeans to work and suffer today as a result of those years kneeling down without knee pads. Now, my protection choice is to wear trousers with knee pads from Snickers Clothing, but Dickies, Scruffs, Cat, Mascot, Regatta and even Makita the tool guys, are also making decent work trousers with kneepads in them these days.

What should you look for when deciding what pads to get?

Take a minute to think about…..

  1. How often do you need to kneel down?
  2. When you kneel down, is it 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?

Pondering the above, will help you decide what level of protection you need, from a slip in pad for occasional kneeling, to strap on Nailers G2 knee pads for some serious protection.

Trouble is, there are a lot of products in between! But your a big boy now and will have some idea of what you need after following the questions above. So, feel free to follow any of the blue links here to take a look at some of the knee pads I hear good things about.

knee saver mat, or knee pads

Anti Piles Protection?

Your other options for knee protection, include a knee saver mat which might be ideal for some of you as it could double up as arse protection when sitting on a concrete block at snap time! You don’t wants piles, trust me on that at least……. :-(

As a builder I am not that often on my knees, but I do kneel down for odds and ends several time a day. I am also likely to kneel on poor surfaces like rubble or concrete. So, like I said, for me worktrousers with knee pads are best for ‘always on’ knee protection.

However, a mate of mine fits wooden flooring most days and tells me that his thin pads soon give up the ghost. He prefers knee pads with gel in them as they are better suited for all day use.

What do you guys think, are knee pads in work trousers the way to go or are kneepads with gel or memory protection better on the old knees? Come on in and drop me a comment, I’ll go and put the kettle on……

Stay well

P.S. you can find lots of kneepads at amazon.co.uk, over 120 different knee pads and knee related items. There are even books about knees and how to look after them, awesome!

Or, screwfix have lots of knee pads too.

P.P.S. I just wrote a new lens about how to chose new knee pads and you can find it at www.squidoo.com/knee-pads. Let me know what you think!

4 Responses to How to Choose the Best Knee Pads

  1. Ian says:

    I find exactly the same Rob. Plus its so easy to wear foam inserts in your trousers for ‘always on’ protection. And lets face it, you never know exactly when you’re going to kneel down. Might be never or it might be ten times on any given day.
    Good on you to taking part in a study, manufacturers need all the real world advice they can get!
    Thanks for stopping by Rob!
    Stay well
    Ian

  2. Rob Elliott says:

    I participated in a study with hard strap type knee pads, among which were the rounded plastic style, and the pocket type foam knee pads. I wasn’t kneeling for a very long time (maybe 10 minutes) but I liked the cheaper foam ones best! The hard round ones seemed to be unstable and the straps hurt the backs of my knees.

  3. Ian says:

    Hi Tony,
    Sorry to hear about the surgery mate, must have been worrying or even frightening.

    Re pads, yup all the time on is what I found worked for me, using the snickers type and get some spare pads so that you can have a fresh set every month or so. The pads do hold up quite well but they are bound to be a little compressed after a lot of use so I replace mine from time to time.

    Regarding ‘doubling up’ with another set on top….not sure if you will be able to do that, it might be a little bulky. But you could always whip out the slip in pads and put a gel type pad on if you know you are going to be down for a while.

    Personally I have always found that the straps dig into the back of my knees with some types of strap ons. But using the theory of getting what you pay for I would definitely get the G2 Nailers Knee Pads with Memory Gel.

    You can see them here The gel type G2 knee pads. They are easy to get on and off and are more comfortable than most.

    One caveat though, I reckon that I kneel down more than I need to because I always have pads on. I have worked in countries where guys never kneel down. They look like blooming contortionists, but they can bend double with ease as they have always done it. They used to laugh at me scrabbling around on the floor! Maybe we need to strengthen some of our other muscles in our back!

    I hope it goes well once you are back on the tools, and stay off those knees!
    Thanks for calling in Tony
    Stay well

  4. Tony says:

    Hi Ian, just found your search via Google, Ive been off work after Knee surgery for 5 weeks so far, 1 more week then back i go, I work for a property maintainace company, do mainly bathroom and kitchen refurbs, but cover everything really, so as you know always on my kness, which cause my inflamation, and infection which needed surgery, very worried about going back as i know what awaits me, I certainally cant knee on my operated knee at the mo, but I have been told by the drs Pads are a must especially now, I will buy trousers with pads i think, but also will wear knee pads too, cant take that risk anymore, and beleive me Id rather be over cautious than suffer the pain i went through, ive looked on ebay and theres so many types, I already have a pair but i dont think they are much cop, and when i have worn them in the past they have hurt, im leaning towards the Gel ones, what would you advise? Any info would be greatly appreciated, Thanks mate.
    Tony

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