On top of helping you heal from an injury, knee braces can be helpful for a multitude of issues like arthritis, tendonitis, kneecap instability and joint pain. Good knee braces shouldn’t be bulky, too tight or require constant adjusting. They should allow your foot and leg to breathe and wick away excess moisture, while offering the support and protection you need. To help you find the very best, FN did some research and rounded up a few top models on the market suitable for men and women. Whether or not you’re often on your feet, one of these picks are designed to help alleviate some of your discomfort.
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1. TechWare Pro Knee Brace
This bi-directional knee support brace features alternating hook-and-loop straps that apply even support and compression.
Pros: An open patella design and four flexible spring stabilizers provide added protection and security. A breathable neoprene construction and non-slip silicone strips enhance comfort. This brace comes in four sizes and is easily adjustable.
Cons: It may be a bit hard to bend your knee while wearing this brace.
2. PowerLix Compression Knee Brace
This sleek model is made of a snug-yet-breathable blend of nylon and spandex. An ergonomic design supplies full range of motion with complete protection.
Pros: This model offers a special knitted design with two wavy silicone gel bands to ensure it stays put. It also comes in blue and pink. The breathable fabric is made to help keep your knee dry and odor-free.
Cons: It runs slightly big.
3. Cambivo Knee Brace
This slip-on knee brace features double silicone gel waves which prevent it from rolling, slipping or sliding during activity. 3D elastic weaving keeps the surrounding muscles warm while helping them to relax.
Pros: It’s offered in size small through double XL. It comes in a two-pack with a wide range of over 10 colors to choose from.
Cons: Some may find it a tad snug.
4. Physix Gear Knee Support Brace
This model features 4-way stretch construction with breathable nylon and lycra. Physix Flexi Knitting stabilizes and supports the knee while allowing full range of motion.
Pros: It’s offered in size S-XXL and in a pack of one, two and four. You can also choose from several colors including a neutral beige.
Cons: Some may find it a little long.
5. Bodyprox Knee Brace
This open-kneecap brace is also equipped with an anti-slip double silicone grip gel wave design to minimize slippage and improve support.
Pros: It’s made with non-irritating neoprene. Flexible springs in each side work to reduce knee-joint stress. Two bi-directional Velcro straps allow you to adjust the brace for the perfect fit.
Cons: It may be somewhat tight on larger thighs.
6. Neenca Compression Sleeve
This sleeve is made with a breathable, lightweight air knit fabric that can absorb and evaporate water fast.
Pros: Non-slip silicone strips keep it from slipping out of place. Dual-sided metal spring stabilizers and patella gel pads reduce stress and irritation. It comes in six colors and four sizes.
Cons: It may take a bit of time to hand wash and hang dry.
7. EzyFit Knee Brace
This option also features an open patella design and contains a blend of nylon, polyester and stretch neoprene for ultimate comfort.
Pros: Non-slip silicone strips at the top and bottom of the brace ensure it stays put. Two stabilizers on either side of the knee offer strong-yet-flexible lateral support. It comes in three sizes and has three secure, fully-adjustable velcro closures.
Cons: This should also be hand-washed. Some may also find the straps a bit long.