here is the knee gasket post from roller_girls. it looks like a pair of knee gaskets will run about $25 to $30- definitely a worthwhile investment if you have bunk knees. cheaper than an emergency room copay!
i know the subject of knee gaskets has come up a couple of times on
this list, but i'd like to re-address it. in a search for better
protection for the girls in my league, i trolled a bunch of
skateboarding forums and there was not a single vert skateboarder who
didn't recommend wearing knee gaskets under their pads. not only does
the neoprene sleeve help retain warmth around the joint to prevent
injury, the extra padding makes a HUGE difference, especially under
crappy pads like Pro-Tecs or well-worn pads in which the padding has
started to compress. in addition, they have velcro on the front that
attaches to the inside of your pad to prevent slipping, and it really
does work. i highly recommend Gladiators, but other brands include
Smith Scabs and TSG.
there are also a bunch of brands of pads that are much higher quality
than Pro-Tecs are Triple 8s, that come highly recommended in vert
Pain Cheaters - agreed to be the all-around best kneepad ever, but
Smith Scabs - highly recommended. i have these and i love them. can be
put on after skates and provide some upper-shin protection as well.
straps don't bind and these pads don't slide.
Boneless - good pads, but hard to find. http://www.bonelesspads.com
TSG Force II or Force III - http://www.ridetsg.com
the 187 Pro - gel pad. quite hard to find. http://www.the187.com
compared to Pro-tecs, most of these pads will seem bulky. i have the
Smith Scabs and i LOVE them, and i have not found them to interfere
with my skating at all.
also, seriously think about putting the recaps on your pads when you
first get them. the heavy, double layer of plastic cap will help
protect your knees and will help your pads last longer. the recaps are
often sturdier than the original caps that come on pads.
i highly recommend http://www.socalskateshop.com
for pad purchases.
kitty twiser, boston derby dames"