Thursday, August 7, 2008

HSS gear desert storm knee pads

These knee pads were created by HSS gear and named the desert shield knee pads. When I first saw them I thought 'Wow...these things are big'. And the first time you try them on you think that they're way too bulky. They seem more like a skateboard kneepad than a tactical kneepad. When you first take a knee they seem too bulky in the back, however, after wearing them for a few minutes, this feeling goes away. I've knelt with them on for quite a while once they're broke in and it didn't bother me at all.

These pads have a removable inner foam padding and a hard shell knee cap. This knee cap isn't real thick, but it serves it's purpose, and by being thinner it flexes more to add more comfort. The nylon seems to be 1000D nylon.

The pads are held to your leg 2 ways. The actual knee pad has a velcro area at the top and bottom that attaches together and there are also 2 straps, one on top and one on bottom that are elastic and connect using velcro. They pass
through a D ring and then can be pulled tight to the proper fit. If this seems too bulky behind the knee for kneeling I've found that with some use it isn't. But if it is, you can just tuck away the piece of the kneepad that velcros together and just use the straps.

On the inner part of the knee pad there is some grip material on top and bottom to help keep the kneepads in place. There is also a mesh material on the inside that helps with breathability.

I have been using these kneepads for several months and they're still in excellent condition.
Durability seems to be great and comfort is good as well. One thing I notice about these kneepads is that they do stay in place so they're where you need them when you need them.

Available in foliage and coyote.

MSRP: $35.00

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with this review. My HSS pads are by far the most comfortable compared with those such as Alta or ACM brands. The extra padding really takes away that digging feeling you get after a while.