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    Which knee/elbowpads?

    I'm participating in one-on-one carbine training. we normally have sessions around two hours long, so i get alot of reps and alot of trigger time. all of the training is in an indoor range, so if i need to get on the floor, it's on concrete and it's pretty rough on my joints and clothes.

    What particular knee/elbowpads are best suited for this training environment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theJanitor View Post
    I'm participating in one-on-one carbine training. we normally have sessions around two hours long, so i get alot of reps and alot of trigger time. all of the training is in an indoor range, so if i need to get on the floor, it's on concrete and it's pretty rough on my joints and clothes.

    What particular knee/elbowpads are best suited for this training environment?


    On concrete I would recommend neoprene. Nice and stable on a concrete floor.

    BlackHawk Hell Storm Neoprene Knee Pads work for me. The straps are long enough and they have double strapped velcro per strap in other words pretty solid.
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    The regular old cheapo "bike" brand soccer style pads work great for elbows. You see USMC03 wearing them in pics here from time to time.

    For knees, I like the Altas.
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    demigod, the elbows that i'm using now are volleyball ones. they're thick enough and easy to roll up and throw in my training bag. i think i'm gonna have to order some kneepads, though. so i figured i might as well order a set of both.

    what are ALTAS pads?
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    http://www.altaindustries.com/tactical.shtml


    The altalock system seems to be the preferred set up. I'm happy with it in my set.
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    Piggy-backing on this thread since I'm looking for some too. Thanks for the good links.


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    Quote Originally Posted by demigod View Post
    http://www.altaindustries.com/tactical.shtml


    The altalock system seems to be the preferred set up. I'm happy with it in my set.
    I prefer the Altas or similar style knee/elbow pads. I prefer the quicker on of of the straps and I find I get less bunching, making them more comfortable, and I find them cooler too without all the extra material. I have used regular soft style in the past, but now stick to the hard ones. I also find them more durable. A piece of bullet jacket, gravel or other normal debris from the range can quickly tear or puncture a cloth faced pad, or possibly even the skin behind it. Lastly I find the hard faced pads, also help distribute the impact force of dropping to a knee and a hard surface or object.

    So for my bad knees hard are the only way to go, and for elbows I think the cloth style pads can be used, but prefer the hard ones for the quicker/easier on and off, cooler temps, and extra protection.

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    I have used a bunch of different knee and elbow pads, from Alta to Hatch, neoprene to the hinged things.

    I really like the Hatch XTAK kneepads. Have not used the elbow pads.

    I have heard good things from real users about the Arc'teryx Knee Pads as well, and are then next pair I am going to try out. They are a bit pricey at about $50, but I am willing to pay for a pair of kneepads that can be worn for longer than a couple of hours and not irritate me, feel like a heating blanket, or slip all over, they are worth it- to me at least.
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    +1 on the alta pads. i use the usmc issue type. forgot the model name.
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    Like F2S, I've been developing a strong interest in the Arc'Teryx kneecaps.

    MM recently did a great review on them, if you haven't seen it.

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