Why do we need a climbing kneepad?
Why climbers need a climbing kneepad? Imagine this – you climb a really difficult route. Then, at the crux, you invent a good kneebar. You realize that you can do it! Unfortunately, having made many tries, your knee is all bruised and scratched; your pant leg will tear any moment. Next try the kneebar is no good and you fall again. You are lowered, you try to protect your skin with some elastic bandages, you put some medical kneepad…
This happened to me all too often. I began looking for a way to avoid this painfully familiar scenario. I searched for and designed different types of kneepads until I found the variant I consider the best at the moment. The process of searching never stops, that’s why the knee bar pads have little changes permanently.
What the climbing kneepad is?
Go Climbing kneepad is specially designed to meet the complex requirements of sports climbers.
The most significant part of the climbing kneepad is the rubber. The rubber must be soft enough to enable you to feel the rock surface but thick enough to avoid pain when you rest your leg against it. It’s very important, that the rubber ensure good friction and can be relied on even for the most precise kneebars. After persistent searching, I found the rubber that possesses these qualities – Vibram, 3 mm. thick. The fabric, which is used is strong enough to withstand continuous friction in abrasive rocks. It stretches enough and does not hamper the movements of the leg. And the most important – the fabric is as light as possible because everyone knows that in the fight against gravity every gram is crucial. The buckles which serve to tighten and fixing the kneepad are one of the best in the market – Duraflex.
For now, we have three models of climbing kneepads Go Climbing, designed for different purposes.
Danaë model is suitable for rough kneebars, where the major problem is the pain. The kneepad is hard enough and the climber can’t feel the rock.
Acrisius model is suitable for precise kneebars and at the same time, you can use it for painful kneebars, due to his pocket. In this pocket, the climber can put a piece of neoprene and the Acrisius knee pad become a perfect weapon against the pain.
Perseus model was developed for precise kneebars where the most important is where exactly the leg is. The knee pad is lighter, and the rubber is more elastic and ensures very good friction with the small crimps.