Best knee pads

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  1. plumb_know

    plumb_know Plumber

    i was wondering if any one could recommend a quality pair of knee pads, as the company i work for only provide rubbish thin foam ones, so i went and bought some gel ones from b and q but these are still not providing sufficient support.

    suggestions would be great :)
  2. Keefy

    Keefy Plumber

    I was going to recommend gel ones but you don't seem to think they're any good, what exactly don't you like about them?
  3. gavinwilson

    gavinwilson Plumber

    skateboarding/paint balling type knee pads? thats what i use
  4. plumb_know

    plumb_know Plumber

    the gels i have are ok but was just wondering if there was anything better or if there was a particular make of gel pads that any one would recommend
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  5. gavinwilson

    gavinwilson Plumber

    my old man who was an asphalter used to make his own out of car tyres probably why his knees are knackered now lol
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  6. Mr Doberman

    Mr Doberman Guest

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  7. johnnyplumb

    johnnyplumb Plumber GSR

    i use these snickers kneepads Snickers Non-Slip Knee Pads Pair |

    there not the cheapest, but i have'nt found anything better.
    the redbacks shown above are also good kneepads, but i found them a shade on the heavy side.
  8. SimonG

    SimonG Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I use the snickers pads in the trousers, nice and comfy and in the right place. Had a pair of Irwin gel ones that were really comfy for 15 minutes and then the fastenings would dig into the back of my knees.
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  9. Barry98

    Barry98 Guest

    Can't do with the strap on ones , I like the ones that fit in the pockets
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  10. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    You lot need to get off your knees and get some work done! :hand:
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  11. PlumbBobBob

    PlumbBobBob Guest

    i've get some strap on kneepads somewhere in the shed. same problem as others the straps dig in.
  12. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    Two nappies tucked into the knee slot of your work trousers. The tabs don't slip. Plus if you use Pampers and you kneel on a wet floor, no problem.

    If it's good enough for my daughters bum, it's good enough for me.
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  13. Phil

    Phil Plumber

    Strap on for me everytime.
  14. PlumbBobBob

    PlumbBobBob Guest

    if you say so lol takes all sorts
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  15. Masood

    Masood Guest

    We're on our knees praying that our flexies don't leak...
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  16. Destroyer2813

    Destroyer2813 Plumber GSR

    I use the irwin strap on ones but dont use the strap either leave them in the pad or cut the tabs off
  17. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    Oh the images that are flying through my head at that one..
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  18. Destroyer2813

    Destroyer2813 Plumber GSR

    You disterbed man Col
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  19. plumb_know

    plumb_know Plumber

    cheers for all the replies, i will give those redbacks ago i think
  20. GrahamM

    GrahamM Plumber GSR

    Those redbacks look the business. Just ordered a pair.
    Been using the snickers ones for last few years, but the foam compresses and gives less cushioning after a while, so I am buying new pair every few months.

    Cheers for link Mr D.
  21. masterofnone

    masterofnone Guest

    I've been using snickers floor laying kneepads for 2 years now, same pair and still like new. You can leave them in your trousers when washed and are like kneeling on air. The best £20 I ever spent as I spend half my time tiling floors.
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  22. barronbathrooms

    barronbathrooms Guest

    Been using red backs for the last 2 months my knees feel like new. I should be on commission put all the lads onto them! Tile trader sell them sent out next day!
  23. Gray0689

    Gray0689 Trusted Plumber GSR

    Agree Snickers floorlayers knee pads
  24. Roger Welton

    Roger Welton Plumber GSR

    Just ordered some redbacks, they do look good.
  25. Rob Sale

    Rob Sale Plumber GSR

    Thats what my MRS says to me. lol:wink5:
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  26. Roger Welton

    Roger Welton Plumber GSR

    Quick review on the redbacks, been using them for a few days now, Not as soft as some but comfortable, I find they feel a little thick though I’m sure I’ll get used to them. It's a shame they don't make a kneeling mat also as would probably be good. 4/5 recomended
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  27. Barry98

    Barry98 Guest

    Same as you roger I've had mine about a week now , bit bulky bit heavy had to tighten the belt to hold them up. But great on the knees , see how long they last
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  28. rawr

    rawr Guest

    I can't wait to get me some floorlayer trousers and pads
  29. lame plumber

    lame plumber Plumber GSR

    the best knee pads are the ones the apprentice is using, saves on my own knees. Have to say this having been off work for several weeks with back/leg pain that was so acute me and the ambulance crews were on first name terms after 4 trips to A&E, and v large doses of morphine and entonox to cheer me up. Eventually after a very long needle in the hip ( they use the same needle for wide thighed woman as skinny plumbers) and yes it hurt pushing in all that cortisone, the leg no works a bit. Now after a visit to the consultant it's another smaller needle to the knee and maybe I can start installing systems again rather than only being able to repair wall mounted boilers!!!!!!!

    So to all of you out there, only 52 and they knees and hips are failing badly, moral don't play rugby, avoid joining the army or navy it hurts to much, I dont think the raf do anything too strenuous though, spend to much time on the floor on your knees unless working for a living (think about that one), dont lift 2 cement bags at once, it blows your cartilage very quickly, and always have apprentice or if you cann't afford one the very best knee pads available, they are replacable your knees arent
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  30. chris watkins

    chris watkins Plumber

    Now we know why you have started posting on here !!! & why name is lame. LOL
  31. Mr Doberman

    Mr Doberman Guest

    If anyone wants a chance of winning a pair of Redbacks and you are a member of the Tiling forums then head over and join swearing or abuse please
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  32. Zippymark

    Zippymark GSR

    I can second the Redbacks. They don't look like they will be comfortable at all but they are, and good support. I've dislocated my knee before, so don't really like kneeling on it at all but with these it is fine. They are a little on the heavy side i suppose
  33. Ermintrude

    Ermintrude Plumber GSR

    Snickers floor layers rip like a paper bag. Knee pads are brilliant but the pants ur supposed to buy cost a bomb and rip really easy. The rip stop just means instead of a flap you end up with a silt from arse to ankle.
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  34. Gray0689

    Gray0689 Trusted Plumber GSR

    wear them all time and best by far
  35. Ermintrude

    Ermintrude Plumber GSR

    Small tear caused by a boiler casing when removing old boiler last week. I bought 2 pairs about July 13. Last pair now in need of repair. The old heavy gauge ones are much better but now buying Strauss direct pants and snickers knee pads. [​IMG]
  36. Gray0689

    Gray0689 Trusted Plumber GSR

    There not the floorlayers trousers
    I only wear the old 5223
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  37. Ermintrude

    Ermintrude Plumber GSR

    Last edited: Sep 3, 2013
  38. Gray0689

    Gray0689 Trusted Plumber GSR

    New improved design is crap need old 5223 hard to get but still available if your persistent with searching
  39. plumb_know

    plumb_know Plumber

    I got the redbacks in the end, they are so much better than those foam ones employers give you. Only thing I would suggest is if they had a small gel pad where your knees rest on the inside to make it a bit more comfortable when kneeling for long periods. As after a while you start to feel the hexagon shapes they are made out of bedding into your knees a little. But still the best knee pads I have used so far. £18 of amazon and seem like they will last the year.
  40. WHPES

    WHPES Trusted Plumber GSR

    Gave up on kneepads and bought a gel kneeling mat. Not cheap but by far more comfortable and you can also use it to sit on when working in cramped conditions.
  41. Howsie

    Howsie Plumber

    Never had an issue before but after this housemaids knee crap I'm sawing them off next time.

  42. tamz

    tamz Guest

    I once worked with a guy who got that housemaids knee.
    He's not here now :sad:
  43. tamz

    tamz Guest

    Looks sore btw
  44. Howsie

    Howsie Plumber

    Apart from the 2nd degree burns I once had. Nothing more painful.

    Too much church I told the doc but she didn't believe me...
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  45. WHPES

    WHPES Trusted Plumber GSR

    I had that happen to me last year but it was after a fall playing squash.
  46. gastec

    gastec Plumber GSR

    I have been using Redbacks for over a year now and my knee pain has gone since using them. I got through loads of other types of knee pads, Redbacks don't seem to wear out.
  47. pipefitter

    pipefitter GSR

    snickers 9118 ,they are the best I've tried
  48. Gray0689

    Gray0689 Trusted Plumber GSR

    +1 best
  49. Koogatubac

    Koogatubac Plumber GSR

    Just ordered those new snickers kneepads. My snickers 9118 are goosed after 2 years
  50. PlumbBobBob

    PlumbBobBob Guest

    just ordered a set of redbacks