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Knee Pads or Cushion

Hellir

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Do y’all use knee pads or a cushion up the tree? What do y’all use? And if it’s a cushion how do you attach it to the tree? Thanks friends.


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Chimney7

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I like knee pads. They won’t fall, they don’t need strapped to the tree. And if you’re wearing knee pads when you get out of the tree after whacking a deer, it’s nice to have them on during tracking/gutting.
 

Loopwing

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I am a leaner, so I don't usually use them, but I do have a set of trophy line knee pads that when the are on I don't even notice are there. I use them more for rifle hunting when I might be taking prone shots. I put them on at the truck and don't take them off until I get back. I think a pad and a way to connect it to the tree would be just 2 more pieces of gear to carry.
 

CharlieTN

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For me, knee pads work the best. I one stick and there are times where it’s helpful to have a knee against the tree. Also, as mentioned previously, I love having knee pads on when I’m tracking or field dressing the deer. My knees just don’t handle sharp objects.
 

raisins

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knee pads....i climb with steps and it is nice to rest with a knee on the tree while strapping on a step
 

Empostarr

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I use knee pads too and I've got the trophy line ones also. I climb SRT most times, and it's nice to set use my knees against the tree and set the platform on my thighs when I'm attaching it to the tree. I also like using them if I need to plant my knee against the tree to steady when shooting around the tree.
 

lawrence

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I use kneepads. Tried the cushion thing and it was just more bulk that i did not wanted to carry.
 

Hall17

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I've tried both and I like a pad. I would recommend trying both and seeing what you like. Knee pads make my legs itchy and uncomfortable. The pad I use doesn't take up any room and is super light. Slips right in my pack and it has its own strap with a plastic buckle. Simple and easy.
 

bodark

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I prefer a pad. I strap it on my mission and it keeps the hump off my back. I can use it for a ground pad too if I want to hunt from the ground. It gives me more cushion than knee pads and my legs always got sweaty with pads.
 

MNFarmHunter

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Kneepads. Find a comfortable set and you won’t even know you’re wearing them.


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mtsrunner

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Cushion for me. It also serves as padding fir my LWHC as I carry it slung over my shoulder.

I use shock cord and a little sliding hook hardware piece for securing it to the tree.





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Loopwing

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So basically what everyone is saying is personal preference, like 99.9% of what we do. I would try a cushion first, probably cheaper.
 

PEEJAY

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Knee pads here, always where I need them when walking a ros
If im moving around a tree my knees arent touching at that point. I feel like tht would want to swing you back to your resting position wher my tether is. I never really got into ros though so maybe im picturing it wrong. Feet couldnt handle it
 

slonstdy

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When I walk around the steps to make a shot I always brace at least one knee against the tree to steady myself. I also shift around the tree for things like a change in wind direction or to get out of being high-lighted by the sun or hide from game.
Big trees or little trees, my knee pads always have it covered unlike a pad which may not provide enough coverage depending on how far I shift.
 

ARERHODES

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Knee pads are always part of my gear, I wear them always while in the woods. Keeps my knees dry if ground is damp. I use a Chinese knock off of the Arcteryx I got off Ebay

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