Elbow pads-recommendations/what to look for

Even though elbow pads are not mandatory for my upcoming EAG class, I'd like to get a set and try them out.  I have knee pads (which are required).  They are made by Alta and are sturdy and comfortable (and most importantly Multicam).  I see Alta makes several different types of elbow pads so if anyone can explain the difference, I'm all ears.  Also, where the preferred place to purchase would be.  Thanks!

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I looked far and wide before going with the Alta. I believe all of their models are moisture wicking- which I didn't think was an issue until I started wearing them. They are also skid resistant, another plus (unless you are planning on some type of SEAL elbow slide maneuver).

In terms of fastening differences, there is the AltaLOK and Alta GRIP.  GRIP is a traditional strapping system and LOK is their loop fastening system. YMMV. These are available on all models.

Next in terms of models there is AltaFLEX, ALTA CONTOUR and AltaPROTECTOR. FLEX is their standard elbow pad. CONTOUR has less padding and surface area for better mobility. PROTECTOR is a pull on sleeve, plus fastening system. More surface fabric and much more secure in place. Very heavy-duty.

I'll wait for someone else who has experience with heavier use to wander in and make a recommendation.

Hope this helps.

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From using Alta pads 1996 through 2008, avoid the velcro models, they come loose under use ie movement quite a bit. The post and notch setup does not.

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Dux- if I do some SEAL type elbow slide maneuver, it will be unintentional, painful and certainly hilarious for all observing me.

I have the post and notch Alta knee pads .  I'll get the same for the elbow pads.

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I have heard excellent things about the newer Hatch pads and a few others, but Altas, while old school, definitely work. They saved my knees quite a few times.

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lowlight posted:

http://ctoms.ca/Mission-Essent...Sale/Elbow-Pads.html I got a set of these off of ebay in black. They have held up and are super comfy.

Excellent.

I was wondering if there was anything out there similar to the Arc or BD knee pads. I have the BD ones and they rock.

 

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AltaPROTECTOR

http://www.amazon.com/53008-Al...;keywords=alta+elbow

My arms aren't HUGE, but they're not small either. On me, the spandex or whatever sleeves keep them locked the fuck in place without the velcro. While my beloved Alta knee pads were pretty awful last time, likely due to my weight gain, the elbow pads are still awesome.

Two issues: They basically aren't going on me over any sort of sleeve on me, and they only come in Scorched Earth Black.

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I have yet to find elbow pads that do it all. They either stay in place and wobble or they are stable and slide off the elbow. I am seriously looking at some of the mountain bike elbow pads and may give them a try.

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Casey posted:
I've been using the Hatch XTAK elbow pads for about six years now.  They're relatively comfortable and stay in place well.

I have the HWI pads that are similar to the XTAK, because I believe HWI is, Hatch, William, Inc.  I'm pretty sure he either has a stake in the company or at least the designs are his.

The HWI pads have a neoprene pad right on the point of the elbow to keep them from slipping around.  Works well for me.  The Knee pads are pretty much the same.  They are both very low profile and very inexpensive at about $15 to $20/pair. And available in the required Multicam.

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