What To Look For In Knee Sleeves

Whether you’re engaged in a competitive sport, running or walking for exercise, or need more stability on a trip to the mall — knee sleeves can help. But to get the best results you will need to know what to look for in knee sleeves.

How to Choose the Best Knee Sleeves

We’ve tried many of the available choices, and like most things in the world knee supports aren’t all created equal.  Below, we’ve listed what we’ve found to be the top 6 factors to look for when shopping:

1. Flexibility

Flexibility of the sleeve itself is an important indicator of how well it can help you improve your performance. If you are doing heavy lifting in the gym or at work,  you will want sleeves that fit tight with less flexibility.

On the other hand, if you’re running, walking, or cycling — your sleeves will do better with more flexibility. Too much restriction and tightness will hinder your movement, and be uncomfortable. If you’re recovering from an injury, greater flexibility is usually best.

If you are running or cycling, you will need sleeves with moderate flexibility because too much will restrict your movements.  If you are recovering, you will want sleeves with greater flexibility.

2. Value for Money

The knee sleeve’s value should be based on the overall qualities at its price point. To get the best value, keep in mind which of the categories you best fit in before shopping.  Deciding what your goals are first helps identify the qualities that are the most valuable for your personal needs.

3. Durability

Most are made with the same material so the durability depends on production quality. Look at the shape of the sleeve and the type of stitching used.  The quality of the product often plays a large role in comfort, usability, and how long they will last.

4. Size

Always check the size guide because you will want your them to be nice and tight for more support. That is why many athletes suggest sizing down from your measurements because a loose sleeve defeats its purpose.

The reason they work at all is because of the compression quality and you will find that the compression level and tightness is by in large a personal choice.  But if you struggle to keep them on your knee, they are useless?

5. Warmth and Comfort

More often than not, thicker sleeves tend to be warmer and thinner sleeves tend to be cooler. Comfort is another key factor to a great performance, and whether or not you will continue wearing them. If they’re not comfortable, you simply will not want to wear them, right?

6. Compression and Support

Higher quality production and materials usually provide higher amounts of compression and support which is why the best sleeves usually cost more. Just look at the athletes using them and you will know the difference with cheaper sleeves that are only recommended for light workouts and recovery.

The most common injury among athletes involves knees?

Knee injuries such as blown ACLs, PCLs, MCLs, or torn cartilage are prevalent because they are the most vulnerable and largest weight bearing joint?

But the truth is — you don’t need to be an athlete to be concerned about the health of your knees.

Osteoarthritis of the knees affects millions of people all over the world, both young and old.

Here’s just a few ways Knee Sleeves can help you:

  • Reduce the risk of injury from excessive pressure and strain from exercise, sports, work, etc.
  • Provide great support and alignment
  • Pain relief from injured, sore, tired, arthritic knees
  • Help with balance and a sense of where your knees are at all times, especially in sports

Good sleeves act as a compression element encircling your entire knee joint. They protect your knees from injury while increasing blood flow to reduce pain during and after any physical activity.

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