I’m a drummer. I carry a lot.
I carry a kick drum, tom tom, floor tom, snare, 2 cymbals, hi hat, stands, throne, stick bag, and previously, a carpet.
From my experience being a semi-pro drummer, playing an assortment of odd gigs in cramped spaces, I’m always trying to lighten my load.
I like having a small efficient drum set up. One of my issues has been carrying a carpet and in some of the smaller bar gigs, fitting a carpet into the space I’m playing. If I can’t fit a carpet or, God forbid, forget my carpet, then my kick drum as well as my hi hat slide forward to a point where I have to pull them back between each song.
Finding something to hold my kick and hat from sliding that actually fits into my stick bag was a huge plus for lightening my load! The two solutions I found were: K-Brakes and KickStrap by Benson Music.
- Fastens to kick drum spurs so always at the ready
- Works on most surfaces
- Easy to attach
- Takes some time to fasten (initially)
- Stops sliding but on hardwood floor I found my Kick still slid some
- Not definitive on all surfaces
- Doesn’t work with hi hat or other pedal devices. (slave and double bass pedals)
- Fits in stick bag
- Attaches very quickly
- Works with any pedal device and hi hat
- Can have a side to side slide of you have a side ways trajectory in your foot motion. (found the touching you kick drum spurs to floor stops this)
- The plastic adjuster sometimes breaks
- Attachment plate can sometimes lift drum pedal slightly (1/16″) off the floor (personally I haven’t found this to be a problem but some drummers might.Conclusion:
Both KickStrap and K-Brakes have their pros and cons but both work very well.