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What knee pads do you use?

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Mar 22, 2008 15:47 |  #1

For the sports photographers out there I am wondering what kind of knee pads do you use while at your events. I am asking because I am learning that it is quite painful to go through a whole game while on my knees. When ever I get up I have to use something to pull myself up. I have looked around at places like Academy for volleyball pads but they are kind of strange.

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Mar 22, 2008 16:27 |  #2

I have yet to use them for shooting but I do take along my roller blading knee pads, just in case, whenever I go shoot motorsport races.


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Mar 22, 2008 16:53 |  #3

Go to a sporting goods store and look for the basic kind of soft knee pads, the kind that have the elastic ace bandage type of backing material. These will offer enough protection to save your knees, and are small enough that they can be worn underneath your pants.

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Mar 22, 2008 16:56 |  #4

You might also consider the style worn by the guys who trowel concrete for a living. They're more substantial than the kind sold at sporting goods stores.

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Mar 22, 2008 17:27 as a reply to  @ FlyingPhotog's post |  #5

Arc'Teryx telemark kneepads for shooting and... wait what? :oops:

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Mar 22, 2008 17:51 |  #6

I have a cheap pair that I bought at Home Depot in my lighting bag. For macro work, they are a must. I have a much better pair that I use for carpentry, but couldn't justify *losing* them to photography, they were also bought at Home Depot.

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Mar 22, 2008 20:46 |  #7

I've used those cheap foam ones from Home Deopot but they eventually get worn out and don't offer any help as time goes by.

Since then I've picked up some 661 veggies. They fit under baggy pants, and I wear them when I know I'll be shooting on my knees for extended periods, riding 4X, and any other time I'll be working on hard surfaces with my knees.

They aren't cheap, and technically they're made for bikes... but they offer good padding, and dont limit your movement as much as those cheap pads with plastic caps on the outside. I forget I'm wearing them half the time.

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Mar 22, 2008 22:55 |  #8

How much do you weigh? Losing helps the knees! I am way too heavy and my knees are really hurting me now--but I have hurt them dirt biking and alpine skiing alot! Glucosomine Chondrointen with MSM helps alot as do the knee pads mentioned above. You might also look into some small stools or hunting chairs so you don't have to kneel.

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