Asics Knee pads 

Learn more about Asics knee pads for players


Asics has an extensive line of ASICS knee pads for young, advanced,

collegiate and pro players on the market.


What's exciting for parents and players is that there are options

specifically for youth players.


ASICS Knee pads for Youth Players


Youth volleyball players usually need a pad to cover more skin area 

around their knees until they learn how to dive and fall to the 

ground without hurting themselves.


Speaking of knee pads made specifically for youth and young players

who dive or hit the ground alot...is this you?

ASICS tries to produce knee pads that fit this niche.


Read about them in my article:


Which Asics Knee Pads Provide The Most Protection?


About the kneepads...


ASICS Knee pads: The Ace Low Profile 


Which ASICS knee pads provide the most protection?

This is one of the lighter Asics volleyball knee pads. It's less bulky and 

with a lower profile than the other ones in the line.


It comes with a shorter sleeve, only six inches and has dual density

padding.


Another major element that ASICS fits this kneepad with is "anti-

microbial properties" which ASICS claims eliminates odor.


ASICS made a version of the ACE Low Profile kneepad for junior

volleyball players called the Jr. Ace Low Profile, which they claim ensures

freedom of movement and prevents injury.


ASICS Knee pads: The Competition 2.0


A relative newcomer to the line of ASICS volleyball knee pads, the

Competition 2.0 has a lot in common with the ACE Low Profile kneepad

with its sleek styling and low profile.


The sleeve on this kneepad covers more skin area, 7.5 inches compared

to the Low Profiles' six inches.


What the Competition 2.0 has that the Low Profile volleyball kneepad

doesn't have is the trademarked material called Kinetofoam.


The company product description for Kinetofoam is a "material that

wraps itself around the joint, providing comfort and fit from all angles."


In my research, I didn't discover any information that confirms whether 

Kinetofoam provides any shock absorbing elements, which I find should 

be one of the most important features for a knee pad which should help 

reduce or absorb the shock of the knee hitting the floor in defense.


Parents may want to know that although quite a few of the ASICS

knee pads seem to be targeted towards the junior and club

volleyball player, the only two kneepads that have one or both of the

trademarked materials Kinetofoam and Ortholite, which are created

and used for their injury-prevention properties are the ASICS Competition

2.0 and the ASICS Competition 3.0G.


The other volleyball kneepad styles including JR 09', the International 2,

the Slider and most notably the ZD7000 which is endorsed by the United

States Youth Volleyball League do not have these materials.


Economically Priced and Economically Made


There are several of the ASICS volleyball kneepads that I would classify

in this section.


Asics Knee pads: The Slider


This one model comes in both the Slider and the Junior Slider which is 

the same version made for younger players. 

This kneepad is described as having "a pad with a little added 

protection."


My question is, is it enough protection?


The Slider name (and design) is trademarked, but are the protective

qualities enough in this particular style to protect young and

experienced knees?


In both versions the protective qualities come only in the form of a

"contoured cushioned PU foam" for what the company says gives a

more ergonomic fit.


Asics Knee pads: The International


This kneepad offers only the ASICS memory foam and is marketed to

speak to "the minimalist in all of us."


It has a low profile with a sleeve that covers 7.5 inches of knee area.


But I see no indication of this particular style having any serious shock

absorbing elements.


Asics Kneepads: The Rally


Even though they are described by the company as an "awesome pair 

of kneepads" the club volleyball player (and their parents) need to 

really focus on what protective qualities they need, from their volleyball

kneepad investment.


The Rally is lightweight, has a 7-inch sleeve but does not come with any

of the trademarked or patented protective materials or design features

offered in the other top-of-the-line ASICS volleyball kneepads.

It is made with the anti-microbial fabric which eliminates odor.


The ZD7000


Of all the ASICS volleyball knee pads I looked at and studied this 

kneepad is latex free but the only protective material used is PU foam 

and nothing else.


This youth-targeted kneepad is endorsed by the United States Youth

Volleyball League.


The GEL Conform and the JR GEL Conform ASICS Knee pads


Described as having a very revolutionary design, this is a very long knee

pad.


It has a 9.5 inch sleeve and when I see junior club volleyball players

with this style on, I wonder if they really feel comfortable playing in this

model.


In this style more padding was added around the kneecap area, and

the other protective element is the trademarked GEL Cushioning system.


Of all the ASICS volleyball knee pads the GEL Conform is tied with the 

Slider in providing the most skin coverage around the knee area. Both 

styles have knee sleeves that are 9.5 inches in length.


Which ASICS Knee pads have Ortholite?


Ortholite is found in the Competition 3.0G style and that is the only ASICS

model where this material is incorporated.


Did you know that? Tell me you knew that. I could be wrong but I think

that would make a huge difference in what I choose to protect my

knees as volleyball player, especially as a young one.


The ASICS Competition 3.0G Volleyball Knee pad


The ASICS Competition 3.0G volleyball knee pad is described as "the 

total volleyball experience."

To absorb shock ASICS has outfitted this model with Ortholite. 


Ortholite is used by some of the top name brands in athletic shoe wear 

and if anybody asked me what Ortholite was before writing this article I 

wouldn't have been able to tell you. 


But now I know. Apparently Ortholite is "the footwear industry's best

kept secret." In athletic shoes, Ortholite is what is used to create the 

insoles of your favorite name brand workout shoes and/or sandals.


The Ortholite mission is to provide high quality insoles that support the 

structure of the human foot. 

Okay what is Ortholite made of? In my words?


It's a formula which combines recycled rubber...and polyurethane and 

when all the elements are cooked and baked the result is a material 

which contains the properties of breathability, long-lasting cushionability 

and durability all together.

Got it?


What does Ortholite have to do with ASICS knee pads? 


Not only is Ortholite used in shoe insoles and shoe linings but the 

rubbery foam is used in apparel, sports bags, furniture and sporting 

equipment.


So they take the Ortholite foam which can be produced in large sheets

or produced as a pre-molded shape of whatever product and they use it  

to fulfill the need for that product, in order to improve its overall 

performance.


There are two types of Ortholite, one with .11 density which basically is 

less dense, than its counterpart, the .13 density Ortholite which the 

company says "offers high levels of breathability, moisture transport, 

and anti-microbial function to create a cooler, drier, and healthier 

environment inside the shoe or any application where the foam comes 

in contact with the wearer."


They also guarantee that the comfort level and the integrity of the

Ortholite material "never' wanes. So basically this material will always

maintain its quality and never change.


Ready To Do Some Asics Volleyball Knee pad Shopping?


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