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.
Michael Springeris a designer/builder in Boulder, Colo.