By Steve Kopitz
A long time ago you would buy protective gear and find that they were hot, sticky and uncomfortable. Luckily, if you would fall they would keep your elbows protected. They seemed to be functional only. Things have changed, so when you’re in the market for a new pair of elbow pads here are a few features to look for.
Material – Since the fabric will be the one thing touching your body the most it’s best to invest in something comfortable. It’s best to go for materials that offer moisture control. A material like Coolmax Fabric will wick moisture and sweat from the body and keep you dry and comfortable.
Gels – Many pads are now equipped with a gel making the elbow pads more comfortable to wear. This takes the bulkiness out of the foam that’s usually between the hard-plastic on the exterior and the material on the interior.
Genders – They do make pads for different genders and a women’s elbow pad will be smaller than a general knee pad of men’s specific elbow pad; the material maybe thinner in the bicep and forearm areas as well for women’s elbow pads.
Aggressive – Aggressive Pads are designed for the hardcore skater. If you’re spending your time doing tricks or jumping on rails then these are the pads for you. They are bigger and thicker than a standard elbow pad and provide extra protection on and around the elbows.
There are many different elbow pads out there so whether you opt for a gel or foam elbow pad or Velcro versus an elbow pad you slip on, the most important thing is to remember to wear them. Although many people tend to fall forward, if you fall backwards, having that protection on the elbows will save you a lot of pain.