Safety Is Sexy?
Well maybe but looking after your body & protecting yourself from injury is definitely sensible. Plus if your broken you cant really skate which is definitely no fun! We’ve answered some common questions when it comes to buying & fitting pads.
Do skaters really wear this stuff, won’t I look stupid?
Nah, most people wear pads these days, with the rise of roller derby its become second nature for many skaters to wear pads all the time, you become braver when you’re wearing them so it’s easier to chuck yourself into learning new skills. You have to think long term also, do you want to be active when you’re older? Looking after your body now will make life easier when you get there. Humans aren’t made very well, we break & bruise & we have a tendency to malfunction quite often, so look after your body before shit happens to it. Let’s face it, self preservation is a thing & it just makes sense to look after yourself.
Ok so do I have to spend a fortune & are the pricey ones worth it?
In a nutshell no you don’t have to spend a fortune, any pads are better than no pads, but if you invest in good pads they are definitely worth it. The more expensive ones have better padding & technology to make them which ultimately protects you better when you fall.
Triple pad sets are ok for the money but don’t offer a very good level of protection & rarely fit properly too. People are rarely the same size throughout the body so you often find some of the pads don’t fit very well.
Which pads should I avoid?
Thats an easy one, the super basic pads that come from sports chain stores, they fit terribly & don’t have good padding, also the ones that have kids tv characters on, they’re usually incredibly thin & no better than a bit of cardboard with a plastic cap on them, they might protect you from grazes - if by some miracle they stay in place, but won’t protect from serious internal join injuries & your never too young to do serious damage.
Ok so I’ve got knee pads, elbow pads & wrist guards, which are the most important pads?
To be honest its fairly close between your knees & wrists. You don’t tend to go down on your elbows so much but thats not to say it doesn’t happen. Your wrists & knees tend to be what makes the most contact with the floor when you fall & will certainly take the most weight of any impact, so its really important to wear good pads to protect them well.
How should they fit when I first get them?
Pads should feel tight/snug when they’re new & probably stiff for a while too. As you sweat in them they will loosen up so its important they fit tight enough so that they don’t end up too big once they have broken in.
Won’t the bulky knee pads hinder my skating?
No, but they will protect your knees amazingly. Newer skaters worry that they won’t be able to do crossovers with July pads but it’s unlikely. As you crossover the back leg does the under push so you have plenty of room no matter your pad size to crossover well. If anything they might encourage you to do wider crossovers which will give you more power & speed.