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Favorite Fabric Caps

Diamond Tough Gel 1 and Gel 1R. These are my favorites in the fabric-cap category. Both models have a single wide, comfortable neoprene strap with a webbing belt backup and a deep cuff, a design that helps hold the pad steady around the knee. The Gel 1 has a Kevlar reinforced nylon face that is slick on hard flooring but pretty grippy on carpet; the Gel 1R has a rubberized nylon face that sticks to anything.

Together, the forward position of the donut hole and the deep cuff kept my knee in place better than other kneepads of this type. The Gel 1 and 1R are soft and pliable and very comfortable; they provide gentle, spongy support when you kneel and stay up well when you walk.

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Sources of Supply

Alta Industries

800/788.0302

www.altaindustries.com

Bucket Boss

888/797-7855

www.pullr.com

CLC/Custom LeatherCraft

800/325-0455

www.clccustomleathercraft.com

Craftsman

800/549-4505

www.craftsman.com

Diamond Tough

A. Bottini Enterprises

650/595-1992

www.abottini.com

Duluth Trading Co.

800/505-8888

www.duluthtrading.com

Irwin Industrial Tools

800/464-7946

www.irwin.com

McGuire-Nicholas

800/879-1333

www.mcguire-nicholas.com

Nailers

800/221-9036

www.nailersrock.com

Patella-T

877/604-9269

www.patella-t.com

Tommyco

800/563-3723

www.kneepads.com

Michael Springeris a designer/builder in Boulder, Colo.