Best Welding Knee Pads 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

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When one thinks about safety gear for welding, knee pads aren’t the first thing to come to mind, since a good majority of welding is done while standing. There are times, though, that kneeling will be required, so what are the best knee pads to use while welding?

We have reviewed many different knee pads for you and made a list of six that we believe you may like. We have listed some upsides and downsides of each to give you a thorough look at each one.

Comparison Table

ModelPriceEditor Rating
Toughbuilt KP-G3 Gelfit Knee Pads
Toughbuilt KP-G3 Gelfit Knee Pads(Top Pick)

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4.7/5
K-P Industries Knee Pro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads
K-P Industries Knee Pro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads(Best for the Money)

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4.5/5
CLC Custom Leathercraft 313 Heavy Duty Leather Kneepads
CLC Custom Leathercraft 313 Heavy Duty Leather Kneepads

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4.3/5
NoCry Professional Knee Pads
NoCry Professional Knee Pads

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4.2/5
Sellstrom S96110 KneePro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads
Sellstrom S96110 KneePro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads

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4.0/5

6 Best Welding Knee Pads – Reviewed in 2019

1. Toughbuilt KP-G3 Gelfit Welder’s Knee Pads – Top Pick

Toughbuilt KP-G3 Gelfit Knee Pads

The Toughbuilt KP-G3 Gelfit Knee Pads have gel cushions that combine with foam to give your knees the comfort that’s needed while kneeling. They have comfortable leg straps that will keep the knee pads from slipping down your legs without cutting off your blood circulation. They also have high side walls to help minimize any twisting of your knees.

These knee pads are built to distribute the pressure on your knees evenly, so they are comfortable to wear all day. They are also very durable and made to last. The only real issue we found with them is that they tend to dig into your shins when you are standing.

Pros
  • Gel cushion
  • Durable
  • Comfortable leg straps
  • High side wall
  • Distribute pressure evenly
Cons
  • Dig into your shins when standing

2. K-P Industries Knee Pro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads – Best for the Money

K-P Industries Knee Pro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads

The K-P Industries Knee Pro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads have hard plastic outer shells with grip strips on the front to help hold firmly to whatever you are kneeling on and not leave any marks. They have half-inch inner foam pads to keep your knees comfortable while kneeling and are hinged to make them easier to walk in. They are held in place with quick snap-on elastic straps that are high enough, and low enough, to not get all bunched up behind your knee.

These knee pads are slippery when they are wet, even with the grip strip. You’ll want to wear these knee pads with pants only. If you wear shorts, the plastic rubs on your legs, making it very uncomfortable. If you sweat at all, it will collect on the pads, allowing them to slide around on your knees.

Pros
  • Hard plastic outer shell
  • Grip strip
  • ½-inch inner foam pad
  • Hinged
  • Snap-on elastic straps
Cons
  • Slippery when wet
  • Need to wear with pants

3. CLC Custom Leathercraft 313 Heavy Duty Welding Leather Kneepads

CLC Custom Leathercraft 313 Heavy Duty Leather Kneepads

The CLC Custom Leathercraft 313 Heavy Duty Leather Kneepads offer a double layer of half-inch water-repellant felt-lined padding to keep your knees comfortable when kneeling. They have adjustable leather straps to hold them in place that are sewn together with heavy-duty stitching and are riveted to make them last longer. The leather is a little stiff, though, and that can make getting them on tightly challenging and uncomfortable.

We found that these knee pads run pretty small. If you are a larger person, these are not the knee pads for you. They also don’t stay in place very well, so you will find yourself adjusting them frequently.

These pads do offer some padding for your knees, but if you’re going to be kneeling for an extended period, they’re not as effective. We recommend having a small foam pad that you can take with you to kneel on for prolonged comfort.

Pros
  • Double layers of ½-inch felt-lined pads
  • Adjustable leather straps
  • Heavy-duty stitching on straps
  • Riveted for extra strength
Cons
  • Leather straps are stiff
  • Run small
  • Need constant adjustment
  • Not as effective for prolonged use

4. NoCry Professional Knee Pads

NoCry Professional Knee Pads

The NoCry Professional Knee Pads are built to be durable enough to withstand heavy use, so they’re great for on-the-job situations. They have padding that is made of soft gel, as well as durable foam, to give your knees the most comfort possible. They are held in place by flexible neoprene straps, with quick release slip buckle clips to make them easy to put on and take off.

These knee pads offer decent padding, but they don’t stay in place. They slip down your legs, even if you have the straps so tight that they are uncomfortable or digging into your legs. They also slip to the side if you do much moving around on your knees. The curve of the plastic just above the knee is angled too sharply and pushes the padding out from your legs, so the plastic rubs on your legs instead.

Pros
  • Flexible neoprene straps
  • Soft gel and durable foam padding
  • Built for heavy use
Cons
  • Slip down
  • Must be tightened to the point of discomfort
  • Slip to sides of the knees
  • Curve of plastic above knee cap pushes pads out

5. Sellstrom S96110 KneePro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads

Sellstrom S96110 KneePro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads

The Sellstrom S96110 KneePro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads have hard, yet flexible, plastic outer shells for extra durability. For your comfort, they have extra-wide soft straps that stay where you put them on your legs instead of bunching up behind your knees.

These knee pads run small and are bulky and uncomfortable to wear. The padding in these is okay if you’re using them for a small job, but too thin if you’re going to be wearing them for an extended time frame. The pads also move when you kneel, and they don’t snap back into place when you stand up, so you will find yourself needing to adjust them often.

Pros
  • Extra-wide, soft straps
  • Straps stay where they’re placed
  • Hard yet flexible plastic outer shells
Cons
  • Run small
  • Bulky and uncomfortable
  • Padding too thin
  • Don’t snap back into place when you stand up

6. Allegro Industries 6991-01Q Welding Knee Pad

Allegro Industries 6991-01Q Welding Knee Pad

The Allegro Industries 6991-01Q Welding Knee Pad is made of sturdy suede leather to give your knees adequate protection from sparks, and make them resistant against water and oil. They have nylon-covered foam padding, so your knees should be comfortable for the lifetime of the pads.

The padding on these knee pads gets condensed rather quickly, so they only last so long before you lose the cushion and just have hardened foam. They are not good if you need to be using them for any extended periods of time.

We also found that these knee pads don’t stay in place. The design of the pads needs to be wider to fit knees better, and the 1 ½-inch elastic straps need to be longer and wider to get a better hold on your legs.

Pros
  • Suede leather with nylon covered foam
  • 1 ½-inch elastic straps
  • Water- and oil-resistant
Cons
  • Not good for prolonged use
  • Pad shape is too narrow
  • Slips

Buyer’s Guide

Why do you need knee pads?

A good deal of welding is done while standing, but some jobs require you to kneel to get the proper weld. Depending on where you’re working, you could be kneeling on many different types of surfaces. Knee pads that are made of material to protect against sparks, are flexible, and stay in place are as important as wearing a welding jacket or helmet.

Types of Knee Pads

1. Hard-cap:

Hard-cap pads are great for twisting and sliding around while on your knees. They can be slippery, though.

2. Curved soft:

Curved soft pads usually have a rubber surface that grips the ground well, but also allows for the natural rocking motion that you make while kneeling.

3. Flat-cap

Flat-cap pads have a flat surface that is great when you need to remain stationary and not rock.

4. Strap-on:

Strap-on pads do just what they say: they’re attached to your legs by straps. Welders will want to find some with hard plastic shells and a decent amount of padding for the comfort of your knees. The straps need to be broad and long enough to secure the pads to your legs adequately.

5. Built-in:

Some pants have pockets sewn into them around the knees that allow you to slip pads in when you need a little extra protection.

6. Kneeling pad:

Kneeling pads don’t strap onto your legs at all. These are merely small pads that you can take with you and throw under your knees when you need it. These pads are nice because they can be useful in any situation where you would like a little extra padding. They aren’t strictly for kneeling.

Here’s some other welding equipment you may need:

Conclusion

Now that we have told you about the different kinds of knee pads that are available, consider six of our favorites from all the ones we reviewed.

1. Toughbuilt KP-G3 Gelfit Knee Pads – Top Pick
2. K-P Industries Knee Pro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads – Best for the Money
3. CLC Custom Leathercraft 313 Heavy Duty Leather Kneepads
4. NoCry Professional Knee Pads
5. Sellstrom S96110 KneePro Ultra Flex III Knee Pads
6. Allegro Industries 6991-01Q Welding Knee Pad

With this information, you should now be able to make the best choice to meet your welding needs.

Jacob Mills
 

Jacob's an experienced fitter and tuner/welder who's passionate about helping others develop in life through new skills and opportunities. He's found writing on numerous sites like weldingchamps.com about his passions including his website tinyhomeskingdom.com

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