Aug 03 , 2017
If you’re on the hunt for the best knee pads, you already know that most knee pads are terrible.
They flop all around, slip out from under your knee, and end up turning into ankle pads two minutes after you put em’ on.
It’s surprisingly difficult to find a good pair that stay in place and don’t annoy the hell out of you while you’re working.
But, there are good knee pads out there. And in this video, I’m going to share the best of the best so you can work comfortably and efficiently.
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What are the best knee pads?
Well, that depends on the situation. I’m actually going to share a few different pairs that are better for different situations.
Let’s start with the…
Best Overall Knee Pads
Here they are. Simple, basic foam knee pads with a single velcro strap. Not only are they the best in my opinion, they’re also the least expensive.
So why are these the best? They are the cheapest after all.
Because they stay in place better than anything I’ve found, they’re super light weight, and when you put them on you’ll probably forget you’re even wearing them. They’re also really quick to put on and take off unlike everything else out there.
Sure, they don’t last forever and they’re not going to protect your knees if you kneel down on a nail, but that’s a small tradeoff for the comfort and convenience. Just watch out for nails and have a backup pair on hand.
If you don’t have a pair of these, go get some right now. You can thank me later.
Best Knee Pad (Runner Up)
Ok, let me share my second favorite, which offer just a little bit more protection.
These are made my KP Industries. They have padding on the inside and a hard plastic shell. They have two straps – one for below the knee and one for above the knee.
These are nice because they’re lightweight, they stay in place, and they’ll protect your knees a little better from nails, rocks, or other sharp objects.
The downside is that they’re a little bulkier, they take longer to put on, and they make noise when you walk.
These are really nice if you’re working in a crawl space or really rocky soil.
Now, I still prefer the foam ones over these, but these are good, too, so I wanted to mention them.
Ok, now let’s talk about the third pair that I recommend, especially if you do a lot of flooring or tile work.
Best Heavy Use Knee Pads (Flooring or Tile)
These are custom fit knee pads by a company called ProKnee. They aren’t cheap (I paid $250 for these), but if you’re on your knees all day for flooring or tile work, they can be a life saver.
As you can see, these things aren’t messing around.
They’ve got a ton of padding that goes all the way down to your ankle, and they’re designed for flooring contractors who spend 8 hours plus per day on their knees.
I actually just replaced the floors in my house, and these things were essential.
The downside is that they’re big and bulky. They weigh several pounds a piece. And, if you have skinny legs like I do, they tend to flop around when you walk, which can get annoying real fast.
Lots of contractors swear by these things, but I would only recommend these if your’e going to spend a lot of time on your knees, like more than 2 hours at a time.
But, unless you are spending a LOT of time on your knees, the foam ones listed above are probably your best bet.
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