Shock Doctor Ultra Knit Knee Support stays in place and does a better job than tradition knee pads.
I have several pairs of strap-on-style knee pads that I keep in my work van, but I rarely use them anymore. Instead, I’ve switched to Shock Doctor Ultra Knit Knee Supports, which are knee braces that I found on Amazon. Even though they’re really made to give support and prevent injury during sports and fitness pursuits, I wear them under my work pants, especially on kneel-heavy days such as when I’m installing flooring or baseboard. The gel patella pads do a good job protecting my knees, but the best part is that the sleeved shape doesn’t slide down my legs like ordinary knee pads. These knee supports aren’t cheap, but I believe the most important tool a carpenter has is his own body, so it’s a small price to pay to keep mine strong, fit, and feeling good.
Shock Doctor Ultra Knit Knee Support
- Comes in four sizes (S, M, L, XL)
- Woven fabric is breathable and wicks moisture
- $50 each (sold individually)
Grant Hoglund, a carpenter in St. Paul, Minn.
Photo: courtesy of Shock Doctor
From Fine Homebuilding #283