What are the best type of knee pads to buy for grappling?

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  1. ThaiFighter_83

    ThaiFighter_83 Yellow Belt

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    I just started grappling, and I want to protect my knees for the long run. I bought some volleyball knee pads, and I like them, but someone told me about Asiics brand and how they have gel and certain material that keeps the joint warmer. What's exactly should I buy? A link to a specific brand would be much appreciated.
     
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    You can do a search for knee pads. Most people I see wear the neoprene knee pads. Asics andd Brute make good ones.
     
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    I have a pair of asics kneed pads with the gel patches. I've never had another pair of knee pads so I can't say they're the best, but so far they've done a good job at preventing my knees from getting bruised (before wearing them I would bruise pretty bad).

    they're very comfortable - they do slip off a little when you start grappling harder and when you get sweaty.
     
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    i've found asics is usually very good for anything wrestling related
     
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    brute are by far the best just got a pair and they are great depends what you use them for, some offer more protection but are more bulky when you are working for subs so best to get a balance go for burte lycra knee pad.
     
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    If you have the volleyball ones that are like a cloth material, those are the best IMO. The gel/neoprene crap always slid off of my knee when it got sweaty and I sprawled, took a low shot, sprawled, etc. I hardly know I'm wearing the vball ones.
     
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    I wear the volleyball ones and im cool with them. The mizuno ones are sweet. The neoprene seems like it might be too snug, and not have enough impact cushioning. The volleyball ones slide down alot as well, but it takes like 2 seconds to pull em up so whatever.
     
  8. mackz

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    Brute..... i use em' and i love them!

    second would have to be asics
     
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    mcdonald knee pads. get the neoprene one with gel. stays on for the most part
     
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    I've got some experience with different kinds of new pads. I think all have been asics, and I used them all for heavy wrestling/grappling.

    1. neoprene with gel
    2. neoprene without gel
    3. Volleyball type with big padding

    The ones I recommend most are the neoprene ones with the gel pad over the knee. They give the best mixture of mobility and protection. The also keep your knees nice and warm which is actually REALLY important for your joints. Neoprene knee sleeve/pads have a tendency to slip a little once you get really sweaty but it really isn't that much of a problem. Also, asics has a new design that is tapered to cut down on the pads slipping down your leg... those are the ones I want to try next.

    I don't recommend volleyball type because they don't slide as well and the extra padding is unneccesary because you shouldn't be crashing down on your knee when grappling... that's just simply bad technique. I tried them because one of the best wrestling teams in my state (CA) had several of their guys using them and though they might help a bit for shooting doubles and hi c's they'll definitately get in the way when you're in other positions.

    I know brute also makes some good pads, I just never tried them.
     
  11. Love the level of protection from my Cliff Kleen Wraptors, no problems staying on either.
     
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    I agree that crashing on your knees is bad technique, but while training shit happens. I got some wicked bruised knees from botched judo throws, and the mizunos work fine. I'm thinking about getting a neoprene kneesleeve for rugby though, go or no go?
     
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    I have used Asics and they work well Ive had no problems with them
     
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    The best ones are the Brute lycra or nylon with the durasorb pad (and only those particular models) because they are made in Pennsylvania....the worst is Cliff Keen because they will tell you their Airbrace is made in the USA- then it will arrive with a nice made in China sticker and you'll have to go through the pain of sending it back (luckily at their expense)....
     
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    I don't know man, I've never really played rugby, but the ones that "black koala" posted do look pretty nice. I imagine it might be hard to spring in some knee pads hought
     
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  18. aasics are ok the best ones I ever bought were form zellars they seem to stay on the best.
     

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