Recommended for ages 5-10. Comes in youth small or medium. Includes pair of knee pads, pair of elbow pads and pair of wrist guards. Metal-reinforced wrist guards to prevent scrapes. Great protection. Look cool. Minimal slipping.
Not as comfortable as other sets, but it's because they have more substance and structure.
Includes one pair of knee pads, one pair of elbow pads, and one pair of wrist guards. Made of durable, soft EVA padded material with tough plastic plates. Multiple adjustable elastic straps and hook-and-loop closures for secure fit for various knee widths. Comes in a variety of colors. Breathable elastic. Stays in place on the body.
Best for recreational use; not aggressive skate tricks.
Includes one pair of knee pads and one pair of elbow pads. Cushioned with hard plastic outer shell. Designed for kids ages 18 months to 5 years. Hook-and-loop closure straps are easy for kids to fasten. Washable, but follow manufacturer's instructions. Fits children of average size and weight well. Protects well against typical toddler and preschooler injuries.
Fastening straps must be threaded through an eyelet, which is difficult for kids in the intended age group.
Includes one pair of pink knee pads, one pair of elbow pads, and one pair of wrist guards. Made of durable, soft EVA padded material with plastic plates. Bio-Foam padding for comfort and cooling. Have a little give compared to hard plastic shell style. Easy for children to put on themselves.
Wrist guards may seem large compared to the sizing for the rest of the set.
Includes one pair of knee pads, one pair of elbow pads, and one pair of wrist guards. Black or pink. Small or medium. Durable 4mm plastic plates with soft EVA padded, adjustable elastic band. Best for children ages 9 and younger. Good for beginner skaters. Children can put on themselves.
May run small, so consider sizing up when ordering.
Skating is a fun activity for kids, but taking a tumble is more or less inevitable, so it's important your child has the right safety gear. Kids' skating knee pads help prevent skinned knees and far more serious knee injuries when your child falls, so they’re a must for any young skater. Knee pads also help give kids the confidence to get up and keep going after a fall.
You'll need to consider a range of factors when choosing a set of kids' skating knee pads, including fastening type, the amount of padding, and the size and quality of the shell.
Read our shopping guide to learn more or take a look at our recommended models.
Decide whether you just want a pair of kids' skating knee pads or you'd like a set that contains other protective gear, too. In addition to the knee pads, sets can also contain wrist guards, elbow pads, and a helmet. It's surprisingly difficult to buy a pair of kids' knee pads on their own. Most are part of a set aimed at beginning skaters, which can be frustrating if you already own other protective gear or if your child needs better-quality knee pads. You can find individual pairs of knee pads on the market if you shop around a little.
The hard shell on the outside of each knee pad is vital when it comes to protecting a child’s knees. It needs to be large enough to cover the whole kneecap, whether the knee is bent or not. If the shell isn't large enough, the edge will bang into the knee when your child falls, causing discomfort.
Inside the shell, there needs to be plenty of padding to absorb shock and give your child a soft landing. Although the amount of padding in a kids' skating knee pad is important, the quality of the padding also matters. High-end knee pads contain advanced types of foam that offer better protection than the foam in cheap knee pads.
Fastener: You can choose between knee pads that simply pull on and those that fasten with hook-and-loop straps. Pull-on knee pads can be easier for kids to put on alone, but they are more prone to slipping.
Comfort: Some kids' skate knee pads have a totally seamless interior, which makes them more comfortable to wear and helps avoid chafing.
Color: Although black is the most common color for kids' knee pads, you'll occasionally find pads featuring bright colors or bold prints.
Price: You can find basic kids' skating knee pads that don’t offer a huge amount of protection for around $10 to $15. They're fine for beginners or occasional casual use. For more active skaters, you'll need to spend between $20 and $50. If your child is serious about skating, high-end knee pads usually cost between $50 and $100.
Insist that your child wear knee pads while skating. Some children will resist, but it must be mandatory for the sake of your kid's safety — no knee pads, no skating.
Check the size. Some types of knee pads come in various sizes. Others are one size only and are unlikely to fit all children, so check the measurements before buying.
Fasten the knee pads correctly. The knee pads need to be fastened securely enough that they won't slip down but not so tightly that they restrict blood flow.
Q. How do I clean kids' skating knee pads?
A. The majority of them are machine washable, but washing instructions vary. Always check the manufacturer's instructions before you take the plunge.
Q. Do kids' knee pads fit under clothing?
A. Many highly padded knee pads are too bulky to fit under pants, so they'll need to be worn on top of pants or with shorts or skirts. Some slimmer knee pads will fit under relaxed-fit pants, but they won't offer quite as much protection.
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