I must admit that I own a few pairs of elbow pads but as yet have never used them whilst kayaking. They have been worn and fully tested on many occasions whilst I’ve been biking/flying through the air.
As “creeking” has become more and more popular you now see more and more people wearing elbow pads whilst on the water and I can can see why. Banging your elbow usually hurts pretty badly, but banging your elbow whilst running white water could mean that you are unable to continue paddling on, fail a roll or put a nice big hole in your dry top/ dry suit.
I know that a number of paddlers see elbow pads as a no-no as it’s not the done thing. However I would have no problem wearing a set of pads whilst boating if it meant I was better protected from possible damage and therefore was still able to work the next day after my paddling trip.
661 make some really good pads and are popular with kayakers.
The Comp elbow pads from 661 seem to be highly regarded and hold up well to being used in water.
Sweet protection also do a range a elbow pads that many of the top paddlers use for creeking. I have a set here that I have been testing on and off the water (MTB). They are as you would expect excellent pieces of kit.
What are your thought on the use of elbow pads in kayaking?
Photographs: Martyn Butler
Paddler: Simon Jackson