By Lee Richards, president of ProKnee Corp.
After 33 years of customer feedback, Pro Knee Corporation’s newest full length model kneepad is the 0714/0714E. This custom made, custom fit kneepad comes in 18 lengths to ensure the right fit to your personal shin length; two knee seat widths in standard and wide to best match your knee circumference; and 2 cushion thicknesses in 5/8” and 1” for your choice of desired comfort level.
Ensuring proper fit is crucial to delivering optimal comfort and performance, so that you can receive all the benefits ProKnee pads have to offer. Finding your personal measurements can be achieved in 3 simple steps.
1. Remove your shoe.
2. While standing, measure from the floor (Figure 1: A) to the top of the kneecap (Figure 1: B).
3. Measure around the widest part of your calf muscle (Figure 1: C) with work pants on.
The kneepad model (Figure 2: 0714 Standard vs. 0714E Wide) is related to your knee width and determined by the C measurement. A measurement of 17.5” or larger defaults to a Model 0714E Wide. In some rare cases, a person may have a wider calf, but narrow knee width and will require our Standard model. This is why it is important to try on your pads to ensure you have the correct size AND width before putting them to work!
There are right and wrong ways to measure for ProKnee kneepads. The perfect fit has the top of the kneepad coming to the top of the kneecap, +/- ¼”. One of the most common things people do wrong is measure with their shoes on; this results in the kneepad fitting too high. Another common mistake is when people measure to the bottom of the kneecap, which results in the kneepad fitting too short. Do not measure from the top of the foot. Do ensure that your tape measure is not slanting or buckling. Do not sit while being measured as this will also result in the kneepad fitting too short. Most importantly do not measure with your legs in a slanted position. (Figure 1: see “incorrect” photos)
This custom fit creates even weight distribution with Pro Knee’s patented shin support system by taking weight off the joints and spreading it out over the length of the shins. This reduces direct pressure on the knees and forces the user to use proper kneeling techniques that can preserve knee health and aid current knee conditions.
ProKnee also offers you a choice of cushion thickness (top image: 5/8” vs. 1” cushion thickness), so determining which one is right for you ultimately comes down to preference. Over 75% of our customers prefer 1″ cushion inserts and we recommend them if you work on your knees 8+ hours a day, have had any knee problems or surgery, if you weigh 200+ lbs. or if you prefer the maximum protection we offer. However, some of our customers that have thinner legs or smaller builds (men & women alike) prefer the 5/8″ when it comes to getting a better knee cup fit. You can see from the photo that the 5/8″ does provide a deeper knee cup shape, but less cushioning. Unsure of what you’ll prefer? Pop by one of our 460 distributor locations to try them on in person.
Once you have the correct size kneepad, accurately adjusting your straps is the next crucial step to ensuring proper fit and optimal comfort. ProKnee’s straps are located well below the knee joint to help eliminate uncomfortable pinching and circulation issues, so it is important to place the straps around your calf and ankle, not behind your knee joint. The best way to initially fix the pads to your personal fit is to loosen ALL the straps. Click in the ankle strap first and pull it as tight as comfortably possible. To make it tighter, unclick and manually tighten the bottom strap 1-2 more inches by hand. This will essentially overtighten the bottom strap and prevent excessive twisting. Next, click in the calf strap and pull the strap until the kneepad is pulled up (the kneepad should NOT be pushing against your kneecap). Overtightening calf strap will create undue pressure on your kneecap. Once you have the straps fit to your liking, push the tab into the strap to secure the lock in position. You are now properly fitted for ProKnee custom fit kneepads!
Learn More: www.proknee.com or call toll free 1.800.549.5018.