Skateboard Knee Pads
Skateboard knee pads—don’t get air without themSkateboarding pads may not be glamorous, but they get the job done: they help prevent or minimize injury. Two things to remember about knee injuries: they really hurt and they take a long time to heal. No matter if you’re a novice or a pro, XSportsProtective has the right pair of skateboard knee pads for you. Choose from our most popular skateboard knee pads, like the ProTec Street skateboard knee pads, Triple Eight KP Pro skateboard knee pads, or the 187 Pro Knee Pads. Learn more about skateboard knee pads and skateboard knee injuries below.
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The most common skateboard knee injuries are to the anterior cruciate ligament and the meniscus. These injuries happen most frequently when you land after an aerial maneuver or when you change direction quickly. The impact when you land on the skateboard and the twisting motion when you change direction can cause ligaments and cartilage to tear away from the bone. The second most common parts of the knee injured by skateboarders are the posterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral. These injuries typically occur when you land on your knees during a fall or hit them against an obstacle, like a grinding ledge or metal coping. In extreme cases, an unusually hard impact could even cause a fracture of one of the bones in the knee or the thigh. At best, a serious skateboard knee injury can keep you off the skateboard for a few weeks; at worst, it could require surgery, which will keep you off the skateboard even longer.
What kind of skateboard knee pads do I need?Skateboard knee pads are kind of like tacos, you can get hard shell or soft shell. Both types of skateboard pads have some sort of Neoprene or other soft, flexible sleeve and EVA foam padding to protect the kneecap and the area surrounding it. Hard shell skateboard knee pads are more popular with skateboarders. If you’re doing vert ramps or bowls, you absolutely need hard shell skateboard pads.
A hard shell skateboard knee pad:
How do you want to put them on?One of the things to consider before you purchase skateboard knee pads is whether you want to be able to put them on without removing your shoes or not. There are two basic designs: skateboard knee pads that slip on or those that close in the back (often called a butterfly closure). Slip-on knee pads slide up your leg to your knee. This design is more commonly found in soft-shell guards, less expensive knee pads, knee (or elbow) gaskets, and youth-sized pads. Skateboard knee pads with a butterfly closure wrap around your knee so you can put them on and take them off without removing your shoes. The butterfly closure design is typically found in hard shell knee pads and more robust and/or more expensive knee pads.
XSportsProtective staff picks for skateboard knee padsOne of the best skateboard knee pads we’ve ever seen are the 187 Pro knee pads (sometimes known as “Killer Pads”). The 187 Pro knee pad was designed specifically for vert skateboarding and pools. These skateboard knee pads offer substantial orthopedic padding with Pro-core impact absorption to take the force of the spill rather than your knees. The easy on/easy off design wraps the 187 Pro skateboard knee pads high on your leg and over the knee so there is no way for the pads to slip down.
We also love ProTec Street knee pads because they’re durable, multi-purpose and affordable, which makes them ideal for entry level and/or casual skateboarders. Flexible and lightweight with hard exterior cups and interior EVA cup foam, ProTec Street skateboard kneepads are designed for both comfort and protection.
Do you still have questions about which skateboard knee pads are right for you?Check out our Skateboard Learning Center article on How to choose skateboard knee and elbow pads to learn more.