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Hey Oldkook!

All those pads you mentioned will give you protection, however, some will give you more protection than others.  My vote is for the Pro-Designed pads. You get your choice of beefy padding(vert pad) or less padding(mini-ramp or street pads), you can customize the pads so they are cup-shaped, or you can add extra padding under the cap area. You can also send in your own fabric..whether it's nylon, silk, cotton-crochet, Victoria's Secret, jeans material, or use Wild Bill's custom fabrics. You choose open-back or not, buckles, etc. You can also select  1 and a thid caps, double caps, regular caps, Pyramid caps,etc...it's your choice with PDs. Right now, just like Rey mentioned, there is a group order under the name TeamFun that anybody on this forum and their friends may use. The discount expires on July 31st. The discount applies to the base pad price only, any customizations and accessories are still regular price, nevertheless, the discount is worth it and so are your knees. This is America so you don't have to buy PDs.....but because this is America you have a choice of whether or not to buy PDs. I think that even without the discount, the PD pads are worth the extra cost, plus PDs are made in America and helps to keep Americans working. Whichever pads you choose, your knees will be happier next time you go down. It's when one doesn't wear knee pads and goes down that one wishes one had any type of knee pads. All of today's knee pads are better than the volley ball pads, Cooper 'hockey' pads and Rector knee pads I wore out back in the 70s and 80s. A skater with knee pads is a wise skater!

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Brian,  I first wore the gaskets while breaking in new Scabs.  It was a very stiff limited feeling at first.  Mostly because I never wore anything but wimpy rectors or protecs in the past.  But after a few sessions....they felt a lot better.  You do have a more dampened feel with them.  But for me, it was ok because im 41 and have bad knees from so many years of snowboarding.....and 10 too many jumps off cliffs.   So the fact that they hold my knee socket together feels nice.

 

Then when I first put my PC's on with the gaskets...I laughed.  The protection was almost too much.  But then I fell off a 7 foot section of my crete bowl to the flat bottom.....and was highly happy.  I fell off that wall before to the flat with my Scabs....it hurt for an hour.   I actually use my Scabs most of the time...but if I need to....I have full protection with the PC's....my only complaint about the PC's is that they need to be a couple of inches longer on the bottom below the cap.  That is why I like the Scabs, but I wish the Scabs had thicker padding.....ala the TSG's!!!

 

The other thing I really love about wearing the gaskets......I never get any rashes do to sweat or from the knee pad material rubbing the back of the knee. This was so uncomfortable for me to deal with. Some pads I used to wear without gaskets...felt like the material around the back of the knee..was ripping my skin slowly.  So the soft dampened feeling of the gasket on my skin, made if feel so nice...the knee pad straps are barely noticeable now.  And the velcro on the gasket keeps the knee pad from falling down!   You also need to keep the lower strap on a kneepad tighter than the top so it wont fall down your leg when sliding.

 

So ya...they dampen the movement of the knee....and it's something you get used to....but for me...the benefits of the gaskets out weigh this small aspect.

 

One last thing.   GET A EXTRA SET OF CAPS !!!! PUT THEM ON RIGHT AWAY!

The Scabs come with some double sided stick that works great. Plus the recap you get from them is thicker than the stock one on the pad.  That is the one part of the TSG's that I didnt like...the caps are kind of wimpy in comparison to others...so if I had TSG's....I would have to have a double layer of caps!!!!  

 


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I know this is a little late Frank, but it's TSG's all the way for me. Merlin hooked me up with them and I wouldn't use anything else.  Nice padding, easy on/off, velcroed caps.  Way nice IMO.


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Ya, Scabs won the vote. Thanks again, everybody!


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Boneless Pros!

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@BillyBoneBreak, I think I remember a pic of you skating Milford and you had what looked like holes drilled in the plastic caps on your Boneless Pads. What's the deal? Does that help them slide better?


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Skippy

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Another vote for Smith Scabs...  Great value/protection ratio, methinks

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I haven't felt a thing since I've started wearing my Protec ramps ... they have to be the Ramp models as the rest are pretty thin.  They have double caps, lots of ways to adjust them, and they haven't slid much at all. I was going for realtively cheap with these, but I'd buy them again.  I have definitely tested them, and I look at the scrapes on the caps and just wonder when it was I hit that hard. (and how much it might have hurt)  



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 Yeah, I shouted out about ProTecs at the beginning of this thread,BUT...My bottom strap of my wonderful kneepads ripped after maybe 8 sessions, and I'm just getting the hang of hittng my knees on a bail. Sliding out is so much better than tucking the shoulder and rolling.

 Then I tried to find the Pro-Tec website but, no luck there either, can't find it?!

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Hey Konarider,

 

Here is the website. There is a link to it right on vans.com:

 

http://www.pro-tec.net/

 

 


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I like Pro Designed
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Hey Gorilla - I drilled holes in the caps because after repeated washings (these pads are 3 years old) the velcro connecting the caps to the pads started to crap out.  So I permanently shoegoo-ed the caps onto the pads thinking the holes would help them dry better after subsequent washes.  And yes, I am a kook.

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