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Elbow/Knee pads.

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by Sweet17, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. What are your thoughts on elbow and knee pads for training? I have been loking at Blackhawk, but they are a little on the pricey side. Whats the poop on pads?
     
  2. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

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    Depends on the training. Miss a couple of relays in the class or a day of work because you slammed your knee onto a rock, and the pads start to look real attractive.

    No need for the operator gear if you're not going to operate (or at least train repeatedly). Look at the pads used in skateboarding. If you're really not worried about the gossip, look at what tile-layers are wearing. They run about $15. A coat of Krylon flat-black and you're tactical. :cool:

    Personally, I use Hatch knee pads, the soft shell variety. I don't like wobbling when I'm kneeling on a rock. About $25, and I've had the same set for years.
     

  3. I was curious about the Hatch pads. Makes sense to me not to be wobbling around on a rock. The price isn't bad either. I was looking at them on OMB's site. Sounds like they are durable to boot.
     
  4. Gallium

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    I got some years ago for when I was pulling data cabling (Home Depot), these are what I use. My mantra is function over form (looks), so whatever works for me is what I run 7 gun with.

    'Drew
     
  5. Marine8541

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    I'm of the school of thought that I don't want to wear anything in training that I might not be wearing when I'm walking around on a daily basis. That being said I don't think wearing pads during training will create any significant difference in action should you have to defend yourself.
     
  6. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

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    Me, too. That said, there's a difference between slamming yourself onto the concrete once when the adrenaline is flowing, and doing it for 10 hours of class.


    Oh, and I wear ear protection in class, too. :supergrin:





    (I know we're in agreement, just having some fun here.)
     
  7. To echo Sam, back in 1993 I bought a pair of kneepads and elbow pads made for skateboarding and they are still going strong. Not the prettiest or most high tech looking things but they have done a great job over the years.
     
  8. Or some spent brass when you take a knee on an outdoor grass range...it's a memorable event...:rofl:
     
  9. IIRC, at one time a major PD (NYPD??) was recommending officers not utilize the kneeling position due to the number of knee injuries that had occurred.
     
  10. PhoneCop

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    Whenever I was in the field or training in the Military or LE, I wore knew pads under my uniform. If you have Osgood-Slaughters you know why...
    :okie:
     
  11. luckyrxc

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    When I went to Thunder Ranch, all the students brought knee and elbow pads. We never used the elbow pads and if I recall correctly the only time we put on knee pads was at the end of the day to pick up brass. :rofl: