Which size knee pad to choose? And how many?
Either size fits most all people. Whether you are tiny/scrawny/spindly 'little guy' or a tree trunk legged big kahuna either will usually fit. That being said, often those two extremes will choose the Mini and the Large respectively, but not always. Plenty of big people wear the Mini, and lots of smaller folks choose the Large. For everyone in between it's really more of a preference.
The knee pads are a wrap around design - thus they are adjustable. You can wrap them tight to your leg and cinch it down, therefore they will fit most sized legs. The size difference is mainly in rubber coverage and number of straps. People who choose the Mini enjoy its unobtrusive, minimal design, with its shorter rubber and faster 2-buckle closure. People who choose the Large enjoy its large rubber coverage, and very secure 3-buckle attachment to the leg.
As far as how many, often people buy one, sometimes one of each size, or a pair! It depends entirely on your use. For sport climbing two are typically bought as you don't always know all the kneebars on a particular climb until you get to it. Many boulderers are also now choosing 2 because more and more kneebars are being found on problems.
Which THICKNESS of knee pad do I choose? (SLIM or CLASSIC?)
Our new SLIM knee pads are exactly like the Classic except it is made with thinner rubber and thinner neoprene. People who choose the SLIM enjoy the increased sensitivity they get with less bulk between you and the rock. They like to 'feel' the kneebar a little more while still depending on the same extremely sticky rubber we use on the Classic.
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Our policy is 30 days from the date of purchase. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange. To be eligible for a return, your item must be in NEW and UNUSED condition that you received it. Upon receipt of the item(s), a refund will be issued for the cost of the product excluding shipping. Please contact us for further information if you need to return an item.
Note: Return policy only applies to products purchased directly from Send Climbing, LLC. All sales final on custom orders.
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NOTE: Kneepads will work great on your pants, but for best performance place directly on the skin.
NOTE: With knee bent, neoprene edging should be just covering your kneecap.
The Downgrader STRAP-ON features high performance, one-sided, sticky, perforated neoprene to maximize adhesion, breathability and comfort for your leg. Therefore, you must place it on your leg exactly where you want it BEFORE you tighten it down. Once you cinch it down, IT WILL NOT MOVE, so if you want to reposition it you MUST loosen it first. Tugging or pulling on the kneepad to reposition it when tightened may result in damage to the neoprene and falls under improper use. TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEOPRENE
Correct kneepad placement
- Just covering kneecap
- Tightly wrapped
- Tightly cinched
Incorrect kneepad placement
- Placed too high
- Not wrapped tight
- Not cinched tight
You should treat your knee pad like a climbing shoe. However, unlike a climbing shoe, the rubber is the most durable part. The neoprene must be treated with care, as it is designed to be extremely sticky, breathable, and sensitive, and can be damaged if you attempt to pull on it or move it after it has been cinched down. Always loosen it first before attempting to move it or adjust it.
DO NOT USE Spray Adhesive/Duct Tape
Send Strap-On kneepads are designed and intended to be used without spray adhesives or duct tape, and the use of those products may cause damage to the inside of the neoprene. The neoprene is intended to be soft and tacky so it adheres to the skin comfortably on its own.
Unlike shoes, knee pads aren't needed on every climb, and when they are needed you may only need it on one leg. Forcing you to buy 2 when you may only need one isn't fair, so we give you the option to buy 1 or 2 or as many as you want. Many people do choose to buy two.