With over a decade of experience making the best kneepads, we've made them better than ever!
How do you make a better knee pad? Comfort, fit, functionality.
We are redefining how knee pads are worn with a wrap-around design and secure buckling straps. Our knee pads are the easiest and fastest to put on and take off. They don't need duct tape or spray adhesive to stay on. Our kneepads fit most all people and stay on comfortably.
SEND knee pads feature breathable, stretch mesh panels that provide critical comfort for your leg as you move. Other knee pads are often too restrictive and painful and have either poor or no rubber. We found there's a better way!
High performance sticky rubber with maximum friction allows the Strap-On to grab onto all kinds of rock and textures far exceeding that of any other kneepad.
The Downgrader STRAP-ON features high performance, one-sided, sticky, perforated neoprene to maximize adhesion, breathability and comfort for your leg.
The Strap-On has sturdy 1 inch straps with exclusive 2-piece Cinch-Lock buckles that never slip allowing you to tighten it as much as you like. The tighter it gets the more it grips.
HOW TO PUT ON: STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS
NOTE: Kneepads will work great on your pants, but for best performance place directly on the skin.
NOTE: 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 for your leg.
The Downgrader 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.
Our kneepads have ultra-high performance, super soft, sticky, breathable neoprene to provide maximum grip and maximum comfort on your leg. However this performance comes at a price, neoprene lifespan. If you tend to do very hard, technical kneebars often, your neoprene may begin to show signs of wear, this is normal. Unlike climbing shoes, the rubber is generally the last thing to wear out. So take care of your neoprene and enjoy the tremendous stick that it provides and SEND!
HOW TO PUT ON THE DOWNGRADER STRAP-ON KNEEPAD
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.
Kneebar n, v : is a rock climbing maneuver in which a leg “hold” is created by camming your knee/lower thigh up under or against some blocky, cracky, or roofy feature in opposition to your foot. A solid kneebar might let you take off both hands and de-pump, even on overhanging stone; however, it also requires calf flexion and core tension.
A kneebar can do multiple things to help improve your climbing ability.
It can allow you to increase your reach. Placing a strategic kneebar connects you to the rock, thus freeing up your hands that would have been used to hold you onto the rock; allowing you to reach much farther to holds you would have had to throw to, or could never reach at all.
A kneebar can also give you a much needed rest, a one-handed or no-hands rest.
Using a kneepad allows you to place kneebars comfortably because without one they can be quite painful and cause bruising. Our unique sticky rubber allows adhesion to rock where a bare leg could never stick thus opening up new kneebar possibilities. Knowing how to kneebar is a valuable technique to add to your climbing repertoire!
Kneebars can be done almost anywhere you climb – you just have to know where to look for them if you know your “Shindex”…
Your “Shindex” is the distance between your big toe and the top of your knee. It is actually a range between as short as you can make your foot to as far as you can extend your toe. Once you have an idea of this length you can start to picture your knee going in places no one else thought to put it. The more you kneebar the more you'll inevitably keep an eye out for where they might come in handy on any climb!
Not all kneebars fit everyone. Sometimes you must get creative if your shindex is too short or too long for a particular kneebar location. Try different foot holds, positions, or knee locations till you can make it work, if it is to be.
Now get out there, kneebar it up and SEND!