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Off width/knee bar kneepads and elbowpads--any recs?


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Anfarwal Vr · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 226

Hi all,

So my poor knees and elbows can't take the pain anymore during my battles with vedauwoo offwidths. Does anyone out there have any recommendations for knee and elbow protection that they use while grappling with these climbs? Or some sort of magic padding/taping strategy? Thanks MP!

Dallas R · · Traveling the USA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 181

Sorry dude, nothing but pain.  You can mitigate the pain somewhat by following cavers protocols, but that also limits you movements and friction.  Any old cloth based knee pad, the ones with the plastic covers are slick, ditto elbow covers for skateboarding.  Look at Ocun crack gloves.  Long sleeve shirts and long pants help some.  I totally choked at the Voo, off widths are not for me.

I had a good time on the Beehive Buttress.

Kent Pease · · Littleton, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 725

First, blue jeans work well. I like them a bit wider than usual and the ones from thrift stores are already broken in.
Second, use neoprene pads under the blue jeans. These are not really knee pads (as in from an athletic store) but rather joint support/warmers you can get from a drug store/supermarket/Walmart/etc.

Others use thin stretchy pads outside their pants, so you may want to try that too.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275
David Kerkeslager · · New Paltz, NY · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 137

I can't recommend since I've never tried these, but:

Rock and Resole has a knee bar pad which is specifically for climbing and is seemingly their own brand.

Five Ten has a these which seem to be covered with Stealth rubber.

Send Climbing has a much pricier strap on pad which claims to not slip and also has rubber.

Dallas R · · Traveling the USA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 181

Ok, I'm cheap....

Walmart shit​​​

Christopher Smith · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0

I use Mueller neoprene elbow pads and I have some random knee pads from the drug store that work decent although I wish they were a bit tighter fitting.  Def want something that's somewhat tight otherwise they will roll off in the course of offwidthing.  Basically just look at what Pam Shanti Pack uses.

rkrum · · Here and there · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 75

McDavid neoprene knee sleeve. And I forget the name but whatever their stretchy woven elbow sleeve is (not neoprene like the knee pad). Size elbow pads large to fit over triceps. Size knee pads small to avoid rolling and bunching up. Tape spray helps everything stay put, esp elbow pads. Knee pads you can tape down.

Warrior · · Rock City, GA · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 310

Check your pms

AaronJ · · Saint Louis, MO · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 231

McDavid knee sleeves. Pretty sure that's what Pamela Shanti Pack uses. They're pretty low profile, but provide a decent bit of extra protection for your elbows and knees.

Anfarwal Vr · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 226

This was super helpful-- looks like I'll be picking up a pair of McDavid knee and elbow sleeves and taping everything down (or using tape spray). Thanks for spreading the kindness, my elbows and knees appreciate you!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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