Are Knee Pads Important?
Knee pads is the most
important type of protection used on your legs. Knees is the most
common area that people fall on when falling of their bike,
skateboard, scooter or when they simply lose control on a set of roller blades. Therefore it is very important to protect your knees
from any unnecessary cuts, bruises and injuries that will keep you
away from shredding.
Hard VS Soft Knee Pads
There are two main
types of knee pads. Hard and Soft.. The type of knee pads that you
choose depends soly on your preference.
If you decide to go with a hard set of pads, your knees will be fully protected and the falls will not affect your knees in any major way thanks to it's extremely durable construction. Hard knee pads are made from a layer of breathable cushion with a plastic plate attached to the top of it. In most cases, the plastic plate is replaceable therefore once it's worn out, you can simply buy a replacement plate instead of a brand new set of pads. Hard pads are usually strapped around your leg using Velcro straps so it is important to have them tight enough so that the pad has a snug fit but not too tight so that it doesn't prevent you from bending your legs.
When it comes to the
soft knee pads on the other hand.. These are usually used by the
riders that enjoy having more freedom and less pad feeling on their
legs. Soft foam-like material placed on the knee area allows these
pads to protect your knees while being extremely comfortable however,
they offer less protection. They tend to come as sleeves so in order
to put them on, you need to slide them onto your legs. Soft pads can
also be worn underneath your clothes unlike the hard knee pads.