I'd like to have a pair of Crye precision pants, specifically the whole intergrated knee pads, but I can't afford, or even justify paying the price tag.

Interested in trying a DIY project, I was thinking how hard could it be to take an old pair of woodland bdus, grab some surplus knee pads off eBay. Trim off the excess, and maybe epoxy? them to the pants where your knees go?

 

Thoughts? Anybody attempt this or seen it done?

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If knee pads are your primary motivation for this, try the Arcteryx kneecaps over BDUs first. They are excellent, and inexpensive. They stay put fairly well. 

I would assume that adding channels to run kneepad straps to pants would be cheaper and more effective, if you still find it necessary. 

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Problem with putting pads just over the knee is that either they hang low when you stand, or ride up when you take a knee. the elastic part and height adjustemnet is important...

That being said, lots of guys does that with different level of success. Basic would be just to put the kneepads between layers of fabric on knees and cutting holes for plastic part. You can experiment with bungees for vertical adjustment, but it may/may not suck.

the new US army combat pants might be cheaper option to Crye, and still work good enough

Arcteryx kneecaps are awesome BTW

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The RIF issued combat pants use the same knee pads as Crye.  The problem with getting your hands on a set of surplus knee pads is that CIF wants them back when you ETS/retire.  I am sure they are out there somewhere.

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exSquid posted:

The RIF issued combat pants use the same knee pads as Crye.  The problem with getting your hands on a set of surplus knee pads is that CIF wants them back when you ETS/retire.  I am sure they are out there somewhere.

x/S

..all over ebay..

There's also the Vertx recon pants that have a universal or so slot for commercial pads.

The cheapest option even over DIY is a surplus US Army Combat pants you'll just have to do some searching although they can sometimes be plentiful on eBay depending on sizes..

 

 

I mean no disrespect, but why on earth do this when you can just buy the product in various styles for not that much?

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from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependency;
from dependency back again to bondage."

Kiko posted:
exSquid posted:

The RIF issued combat pants use the same knee pads as Crye.  The problem with getting your hands on a set of surplus knee pads is that CIF wants them back when you ETS/retire.  I am sure they are out there somewhere.

x/S

..all over ebay..

There's also the Vertx recon pants that have a universal or so slot for commercial pads.

The cheapest option even over DIY is a surplus US Army Combat pants you'll just have to do some searching although they can sometimes be plentiful on eBay depending on sizes..

Yep.  Look around on Ebay.  I got a set of new "Army Combat Pants" with used pads for around $80, new pants with new pads for a bit under $100.  Seems like $60-80 are what the pants alone are going for.  Used knee pads can be found for around $20 a set.  

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CCCSD posted:

I mean no disrespect, but why on earth do this when you can just buy the product in various styles for not that much?

None taken.  My unit did not start issuing the AOR2 until I retired, and since I could not buy the RIF, I figured I'd try and improve it. I now have both AOR2 and RIF pants now, but had fun working on it. 

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Oh heartily agreed. Can you post a pic?

Know thy enemies, but be aware of thy friends...

 

The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
from bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependency;
from dependency back again to bondage."

Check out my above post, it should have the link to the picture.  it's a cut pattern with name tape sewn  on the perimeter of the opening. You just allow for an inch smaller than the pattern when you sew it on the pants. Snug fit, but it is sized for the Crye knee pads to insert. 

 

Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.

Link doesn’t work for me. I don’t have an account. No biggie.

Know thy enemies, but be aware of thy friends...

 

The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
from bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependency;
from dependency back again to bondage."

I've been thinking about making light weight "pads" similar to my motorcycle leathers. For those of you who don't ride, it's a hard plastic insert with a closed foam cell or rubber backing next to your body. It's basically a non-ballistic body armor. It works very well for impact injuries. So my thoughts were going towards making shin, knee and forearm armor that can be taken out when washing. Still nothing but a concept in my brain though. 

BlackWillow posted:

I've been thinking about making light weight "pads" similar to my motorcycle leathers. For those of you who don't ride, it's a hard plastic insert with a closed foam cell or rubber backing next to your body. It's basically a non-ballistic body armor. It works very well for impact injuries. So my thoughts were going towards making shin, knee and forearm armor that can be taken out when washing. Still nothing but a concept in my brain though. 

You might want to look at a pair of football pants as a basis for design. The thigh and knee pads come out for washing. Just a thought. 

Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.

seabeebob posted:
BlackWillow posted:

I've been thinking about making light weight "pads" similar to my motorcycle leathers. For those of you who don't ride, it's a hard plastic insert with a closed foam cell or rubber backing next to your body. It's basically a non-ballistic body armor. It works very well for impact injuries. So my thoughts were going towards making shin, knee and forearm armor that can be taken out when washing. Still nothing but a concept in my brain though. 

You might want to look at a pair of football pants as a basis for design. The thigh and knee pads come out for washing. Just a thought. 

That's the basic concept. The race suits are made very similar and that's exactly where I was going with that. Just a velcro closure on a pocket.

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