Knee Pads for Chicken Legs


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Momoface · · Arvada, CO · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 0

Looking to finally pick up my own set of knee pads. I have pretty small girly legs, which ones do y'all like for a smaller fit?

tsouth · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 0

Take a look at the send knee bar pads. They are by far the best available. A bit more expensive than others but the most comfortable and adjustable. I own two.

Chad Volk · · Arvada, CO · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 28

Send pads or Rock n Resole pads.

The Send pads will tighten up to whatever skeleton legs you have but are bulkier/heavier/more expensive than the RnR pads.

The RnR pads aren't as adjustable but are more than half the price of the Send. Go try on the small RnR pad and see how it fits. They'll also sew rubber on to whatever pad you bring to them.

Momoface · · Arvada, CO · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 0

Today I learned that you only buy one at a time - I assumed they'd be like socks, sold in pairs!

Paul Deger · · Colorado · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 20

Please describe a move that involves weight bearing on knees.

Luc Ried · · Batesville, AR · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 340
Paul Deger wrote:Please describe a move that involves weight bearing on knees.
As someone who climbs on a bunch of overhanging southern sandstone, about 3/4 of the sport routes I do I can either knee scum or knee bar to get a rest position if I'm on a hard or long route. There are plenty of places where knee bar pads are nice to have, not necessary at all, but nice.
BrianWS · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 770
Paul Deger wrote:Please describe a move that involves weight bearing on knees.
The discussion is about Knee pads, not knee braces.

They're used to allow for easier jamming or camming of the knee or thigh on routes. Critical for certain areas (Rifle) and very useful for harder grades at many steep or overhanging crags.
Paul Deger · · Colorado · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 20

Ah, OK, can now picture on overhang - thanks!

Momoface · · Arvada, CO · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 0

Yup, for me it's actually to protect the mid thigh on this particular route I'll be working on. It didn't hurt crazy bad, but the bruising that formed after suggested otherwise!

Luc Ried · · Batesville, AR · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 340
Momoface wrote:Yup, for me it's actually to protect the mid thigh on this particular route I'll be working on. It didn't hurt crazy bad, but the bruising that formed after suggested otherwise!
I've been using the Send Downgrader Mini for about a year or so and I love it. I use it nearly every route, so it was worth the extra money for an easier and better fit.
Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 234

Maybe this is the sort of thing you are looking for-

I went to the sporting goods store and bought an elbow strap. At least I think that's what it was. I just looked around to find the size/shape I wanted. About 3 inches wide and just velcros to itself.

Took it to Colby at Rock and Resole and he put sticky rubber on it.
It's perfect for a couple of key knee bars I've been using, where I jam my knee against a sharp, narrow edge. Not as bulky/annoying as the full size pads.

Admittedly would't be the choice for full on rifle-esque knee bars.

Momoface · · Arvada, CO · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 0

Mark, that's a thought! I'm not climbing anything hard enough at rifle for a knee bar, this is for one really pokey move in Clear Creek. Would love to not spend loads of dough...though the Send pads are getting ringing endorsements.

Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 234

Do you just want to borrow mine? My knee bar project is too shady for winter.

Which route?

Momoface · · Arvada, CO · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 0

Oh that would be swell. I'm working on Hot Dog at dog house...by 'working' I gave it a few attempts last week and it should hopefully go after a few more, it's got some burly moves for me! I just need to pound some muscle milk then I'll be good to go.

Nivel Egres · · New York, NY · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 50
Luc Ried wrote: I've been using the Send Downgrader Mini for about a year or so and I love it. I use it nearly every route, so it was worth the extra money for an easier and better fit.
Since my 5.10 pad got recently stolen, I am considering this one too. Do you find that it stays in place under load? I am a bit skeptical about the closure system, especially for a situation where I am friction-loading it.
Luc Ried · · Batesville, AR · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 340
Nivel Egres wrote: Since my 5.10 pad got recently stolen, I am considering this one too. Do you find that it stays in place under load? I am a bit skeptical about the closure system, especially for a situation where I am friction-loading it.
I've used it on everything from complete weight bearing one leg bat hangs to scums on sloping ledges and I've had no problem. The neoprene that they use combined with the cinch system keep it locked tight to your leg. I don't really have any gripes with it, they even make a less bulky version now. So, long story short, yes, it stays in place and as long as you're okay with a sweaty knee, it's pretty great.
Nivel Egres · · New York, NY · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 50

Thanks! Gonna order one!

PS. oh my God, you can wear it over pants! that's so awesome, cause my project would only go in the dead of the winter when I can hold on to those micro-crimps

Billcoe · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 630

Never heard of Send. Stuff looks good. Pretty bold advertisements on the womans shirt for the strap on kneepads though.



http://www.sendclimbing.com/collections/all-products/products/i-heart-my-strap-on-logo-tee-womens http://www.sendclimbing.com/collections/all-products/products/i-heart-my-strap-on-logo-tee-womens

of interest, none of the knee pads appear to be shaped for the knee. They all seem to be shaped for the thigh. Does no one climb offwidths?

Momoface · · Arvada, CO · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 0

There's a t shirt I never knew I needed in my life...

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 1,865
Ana Tine wrote:Anything for frog legs??? I have small knees & muscular/fat thighs ie legs in a short triangular shape and inevitably the knee pad, seeking the path of least resistance, makes its way off my thigh/knee & slips down onto my calf. Would the send downgrader mini work for frog legs? The 5.10 one is too tight & slips down because the top is stretched to max & bottom isn't.... plus it's too long for my knees.
The current (Dec/Jan) issue of Climbing has an article all about knee bars. The author suggests duct tape to hold it in place.
Luc Ried · · Batesville, AR · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 340
Ana Tine wrote:Anything for frog legs??? I have small knees & muscular/fat thighs ie legs in a short triangular shape and inevitably the knee pad, seeking the path of least resistance, makes its way off my thigh/knee & slips down onto my calf. Would the send downgrader mini work for frog legs? The 5.10 one is too tight & slips down because the top is stretched to max & bottom isn't.... plus it's too long for my knees.
I believe that sends pads will be the best for any shape legs honestly. Hopefully the neoprene will keep it in place, it always has for me. Good luck!
It shouldn't be too small as it is very adjustable from small to large legs.
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