Your knee is one of your most important, yet also most vulnerable, body parts. A well placed kick can do untold damage to your knees, as can falling or roughing them up. An injury to the delicate.
An injury to the delicate tissue here may well be the difference between life and death in a survival situation, and the difference between comfort and long term injury otherwise. Below, we look at some of the best tactical knee pads on the market.
What You Need To Know about Tactical Kneepads?
There’s nothing sexy about knee pads. While you‘ll hear plenty of arguing over other, more glamorous pieces of kit, the humble knee pad is often neglected. Yet, as we stated above, without adequate knee protection you will soon pay the price with your joints and your health, and no one wants that.
Protection is the most important facet of a tactical knee pad. This does mean that the pad has to be well constructed of durable fabric. Skid patches are advised to prevent excessive wear and tear in the centre of the pad. Stitching must be robust and the fabrics able to stand up to a beating.
There should also be a shock absorbing lining to ensure the impact on the joint is minimal. A wicking lining here is a great added extra for the sake of comfort, to prevent moisture build-up.
The straps must be well placed to hold the pad secure, but must also be comfortable to wear in place for extended periods of time.
Glamorous they may not be, but good tactical knee pads are an essential piece of kit. Below, we look at some of the ways companies have got the design of these simple, yet essential piece of equipment just right.
Best Tactical Kneepad Reviews 2017/2018
AltaFlex Knee Protector Pad
- Dimension: 7.4” x 0.9” x 12.3”
- Weight: 5.6 Ounces
- Material: Rubber cap with Dupont nylon
The rubber cap to these makes sure that you have grip while sliding, whilst protecting the delicate kneecap from damage. The buckle and strap arrangement used are comfortable for long periods of wear without adjustment, and the strap keeper system ensures they don’t flap loose. Robust nylon ensures a long-lasting knee companion.
Alta Tactical Superflex Knee Pad
- Dimension: 7.4” x 0.9” x 12.3”
- Weight: 13.6 Ounces
- Material: Rubber cap with Dupont nylon and brushed tricot liner, neoprene foam
An upgrade on the tactical kneepads above, there’s a few extra features to these that you may want to consider. Neoprene foam ensures that impact is distributed minimally and evenly to the knee, with the same rubber cap ensuring you have grip when you skid.
The tricot liner makes for extra comfort whilst wearing as well as wicking away moisture, while an easy on and off fastening system take the hassle out of getting them on. The same strap keeper system ensures no messy and dangerous ends left flapping.
Voodoo Tactical Kneepad
- Dimension: not listed
- Weight: 10.6 Ounces
- Material: Rubber cap with foam lining
Using a two strap system for maximum coverage and comfort, the Voodoo tactical kneepad is a great choice. The soft inner sleeve makes for long-wear comfort with flexible foam and rubber caps cushioning the knee while allowing flexibility and skid control.
Damascus Neoprene Elbow Pad
- Dimension: 8.2” x 6.5” x 3.1”
- Weight: 4.8 Ounces
- Material: Neoprene and foam with rubber caps
Using insulating, lightweight neoprene throughout, these pads also offer soft 10mm AND polyurethane foam to cushion the joint and minimise impact. The strap system is a little fiddly but offers a wide range of adjustability to make up for it. They offer rubberised caps for extra grip and protection.
Hatch XTAC Knee Pads
- Dimension: 7.8” x 6.4”
- Weight: 1lbs
- Material: TPU shell, Cordure Nylon, EVA high density foam, CoolMax liner
Super light and strong, these pads feature a wicking lining to ensure moisture is quickly dealt with. They provide excellent shock absorption whilst still staying secure with an anti-skid neoprene patch in the centre of the pad. The unique X shape helps contribute to the sturdy design.
While a knee pad may seem a simple thing, any of these fabulous tactical knee pads will raise the bar on protection far beyond the capabilities of the competition.