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Construction type knee pads = PITA. Won't stay in place; always slipping up or down or sideways. The straps cut off circulation if cinched too tight.
Pads into knee pockets in pants = PITA. If you shift positions in the canoe & you do; the pads will rotate with the pants & the pads will not line up in an ideal contact position with the hull. The pads can & do wrinkle when wet & become uncomfortable, or painful.
The orthopedic/elastic supports will either cut off circulation if too tight, or roam about if too loose.
Tried all those things when I was into caving; they were more trouble than they were worth. Also tried ACE bandages. Also a PITA.
Anything that fits together like a jigsaw puzzle will come apart like a jigsaw puzzle; unless you make some special adaptations to the jigsaw parts, so they'll adhere to the hull instead of coming apart & roaming about. Might just as well put in permanently mounted kneeling pads, or kneeling cups.
Check out Cooke Custom Sewing; look at their small knee pad; as opposed to the large size model that extends back under the seat.
I think Mohawk has some small (1'x 1' squares) that are in their outfitting section that work ok, and are't overkill if they're permanently mounted.
Or, just do without & "endeavour to perservere".
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Touring Kayak Paddles
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