Category: pads


Knees Are Very Important In Life! (& For Roller Derby)

Posted on 30th November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Derby Skates, knee pads, pads, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. 2 Comments

So did we get to training last weekend??? Noooooooo is the sad sad answer.The floods were just too bad and it was touch and go whether we would make it back …..without a boat (or someone with a batman car) so ‘The Topsham Massive’ as we are collectively called in our car share, made a very grown up decision to stay in bed! Ha ha well not quite but we all were in out PJs I think when we were discussing it over the tinternet in the warm (I won’t tell you what time of day it was!)

As it happened it was the right thing to do as the rain came in hard just after training and my town was cut off from the rest of the world completely! Quite exciting really but it didn’t help matters though when I … Read More »



Scabs Knee Gaskets

Posted on 31st January, by Martin in pads, Review. No Comments

Scabs Knee Gaskets

As mentioned in my earlier post (Scabs Knee Pad Review) I think the size of my knees comes somewhere in the middle of Small/Medium and Large in the Scabs Elites so I needed a little extra padding underneath to keep them firmly in place. I shopped around and found some Scabs knee gaskets for £27.99. I went for a medium as I didn’t want them to cut off circulation but I also wanted them to give me firm protection and not move around. When they arrived they had Velcro on the top front and bottom front so that they stick to the knee pads. These bad boys weren’t going anywhere and I couldn’t be without them.

After a couple of weeks wear I found that the stitching was coming away from the seams. I have been very careful … Read More »


Scabs Knee Pads

Posted on 31st January, by Martin in knee pads, pads, Review, Roller Derby. No Comments

Scabs Knee Pads

After 5 months of wear the padding in my TSG knee pads was pretty worn down and they really weren’t fully protecting my knees anymore, I competed in my first mixed scrimmage and after a few falls and one severely damaged knee later I decided it was time to upgrade! So for my birthday I plumped for a set of Smiths Scabs Elites. The first set I got were small/medium but the Velcro wouldn’t even meet at the back, I don’t have particularly chunky legs but I think I must fall somewhere in between the small/medium and the large so after a quick exchange from the lovely people at Skate Britain I had my nice shiny new ones, the Velcro now overlaps at the back and can we tightened to fit. All I can say is wow, they … Read More »


Getting the Right Kit

Posted on 24th May, by Martin in pads, Roller Derby. No Comments

Ok , so to start with I wasn’t sure whether this was the sport for me. So I didn’t spend a massive amount on kit. I just got all of the bits that I needed to start the training sessions and reduce injury.

As I hadn’t been on skates before I thought it would be fair to assume that me and the floor would be spending a lot more time together. So I defiantly needed something.

Tip: Some teams will have spare kit that you can hire out from them but find out first or you may have to sit out on the training sessions.

So I managed to borrow a helmet which was ideal as I wasn’t too happy about trying to skate around without one on. It is always best to get your own helmet as they take the … Read More »


Pad Review – Karnage Protective Pad Set

Posted on 23rd May, by Martin in elbow pads, knee pads, pads, Roller Derby, wrist guards. No Comments

So for my first set of pads I didn’t spend a fortune. I found a cheapy Karnage Protective Pad Set at JJB for under £15

They were ideal to start with but I did find that the knee pads weren’t sufficient enough for all the times I kept falling over and needed a new pair of pads after a month.

The elbow pads were ok to begin with but I was finding that they weren’t big enough to cover the whole elbow, and I did incur a few bruises and burns but they were fine for starters just until I knew this was the sport for me.

The wrist guards were ideal to start with too but after a few months on me falling down and using my hands to stop myself the stitching soon came apart.

Review: Overall not bad for a starting … Read More »




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