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Jello78 10-08-2012 01:01 AM

knee pads?
i have a pair of Dye C3 Pants with a nice little rip in the one knee and that its starting to get bigger every time i go out and play. what are my options? can i get my pants repaired by a tailor? or should i buy a set of knee pads or just buy a new pair of Pb pants. and if i were to go out and get new pants, i was thinking a nice set of BDU's with some type of high quality reinforce knee padding. I dont want to spend a lot of money but i want to see what is the best option for my money. im 6'1'' and weight about 200lbs, so yes, there's a lot of weight above my knees when i slide. any suggestions would be awesome.

Crimson Death 10-08-2012 01:58 AM

black duct tape and buy volleyball knee pads to wear under your pants.

Jello78 10-08-2012 09:52 AM

will that really hold up? even with turf?

Jaccen 10-08-2012 12:01 PM

How long have you had the pants? If they're as old as I think they are, it may just be time to bite the bullet.

Otherwise, kevlar patches with matching fabric over-top can be sewn onto the knees. Fuse the cloth (ie. with that tape stuff or something similar) and then make it at least 1" larger than the hole. I'd go right to the seam. That way you have the fused part and you can "tie into" the seams on the pants. If you need additional stitching, you can add it.

I've always consulted an expert seamstress--my Mom.

Jello78 10-10-2012 10:32 PM

where can i buy Kevlar fabric so i can replace my pants just for the moment??

Jaccen 10-11-2012 12:27 AM

Where you find everything else.........Ebay :)

You could also probably use Spectra or Dyneema. Just make sure you have some sort of material between the Kevlar and your skin (ie. it'd be itchy).

Note that cutting things like Kevlar is super difficult.

Fun reading:
Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I *think* you can "cut" Spectra or Dyneema with a hot soldering iron. It might be the better option for patching. Dunno. Never used it--just heard my father-in-law talk about it in regards to sails.

Jello78 10-11-2012 01:13 AM

thanks for the heads up jaccen.

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