Knee pads make your life a lot more comfortable if you are tending to injured people, crawling in tight spaces, or other work that requires kneeling. However, as a NET/CERT you may not end up wearing these very often. We recommend these soft-cap knee pads, which are light, inexpensive, take up little space in your bag, and are easy to slip on and off when needed. Hard cap and gel cap knee pads are more comfortable for people who anticipate spending a lot of time on their knees, but they can be difficult to balance on and can make movements more clumsy. Also, bulkier pads can restrict motion and have a greater tendency to slide down when you walk.