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I do foredeck on a J24 and my knees are getting absolutely battered. Good job we have 2 weeks between race days as it takes me that long for the bruising to go down to the point where my knees work properly again. I don't really fancy not being able to walk by the time I'm 45 so I'm looking for some recommendations around knee protection.
Seems that you can spend anything from $10 in a hardware store, up to $80+ for special fancy schmancy sail racing ones. I don't mind paying the bucks for something that is really going to be perfect, but if there is a non-marine alternative that works then obviously I'd rather do that and spend the left over cash on liquid refreshments of the beer variety.
I need comfortable and flexible, but with good protection from impact. If they are something that would be equally at home under a set of foulies when it's pissing with rain and blowing a gale, or on a warm summer evening (which up here is usually then also pissing with rain and blowing a gale, just without the wet weather gear on), then that's a bonus. Chicks love bruises and all that, but they aren't so keen on guys hobbling round like they shat themselves.

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Re: Knee pads

When i did fordeck i generally wore pads. at the time i used rollerblading kneepads, but i wouldnt recommend them. Check APS (Annapolis performance sailing), there are some sailing specific ones for more like $45.

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One of the old boats I crewed on had that abrasive non skid, felt like sand paper and the affects on bare skin always produced blood.
To save some skin, I got a pair of Gills that were not overly expensive. Probably around $40.00 if I remember, but worth it.

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Try a pair of soft knee pads you can get at a Home Depot or Lowes type store. They attach above and below the knee with Velcro straps and are cheap.
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Re: Knee pads

The problem I've found with knee pads is that they don't stay in place and quickly become shin or ankle pads. If you find a set that stay on the knees and are comfortable enough to tolerate, please let me know.

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Try a pair of soft knee pads you can get at a Home Depot or Lowes type store. They attach above and below the knee with Velcro straps and are cheap.
That's what I use. I did not even know there are 'marine editions' of the kneepad but then again I am not a racer.

What is the difference between the Home Depot/Harbor Freight and the Gill/West Marine versions?
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Re: Knee pads

I got these at Harbor Freight...
Super Flexible Knee Pads

They work great. Don't expect them to last long, but at the price I can pay for nearly a dozen pairs before I've spent as much as one pair from the sailing specialty shops.
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Re: Knee pads

Carhart's Double Knee Work Pants have pockets for padded inserts. I'm going to give them a try. My foredeck is so small, I have to literally crawl forward every time I have to deal with the sails. My knees are paying dearly.

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Just about any sporting goods store will have knee pads for volleyball players. They don't cost very much, are designed to stay in place and don't cut into the backside of your knees.

They cost between $15-$30 dollars.

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I use these, comfortable to use - stays in place.

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