How to Inspect Your Knee Pads and Elbow Pads
Depending on your sport, your pads may take a lot of wear and tear. Roller derby knee pads, for instance, have a life span of maybe one season—sometimes less, depending on your style of play. Elbow pads may last a bit longer. Even hard-shell knee pads will eventually need to be replaced if you're consistently falling and sliding on them. A knee pad that's constantly slipping will not adequately protect your knee cap. Velcro that's decayed or dirty may not stay in place after a hard hit. And even if you clean your gear regularly (click here to learn how to clean your gear), after a while your pads may start to take on a funk that won't go away. No matter what your sport, it’s a good idea to inspect your pads on a regular basis to make sure they’re still capable of doing their job. Some things to consider:
- Do the Velcro straps still fit securely?
- If it’s a soft-shell pad, are there abrasions or tears in the material covering the shell?
- If it’s a hard-shell pad, is the shell still securely fastened to the sleeve?
- Is the hard shell cracked?
- Is the stitching coming apart?
- Is the sleeve material still intact?
- Does it feel loose? Are you constantly having to readjust or push the pads back into place?
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