Having previously torn my PCL, I've tried a lot of different knee braces. Carbon fiber braces worn by a lot of football players offer the most support, but they can be uncomfortable and bulky. On the flip side, I've never thought that that traditional cloth braces do very much.
The DonJoy Performance WEBTECH Knee Brace hits the middle mark with a combination of comfort and support. It's unlike any brace I've ever worn. On the front of the brace is a silicone web (hence the name), which is flexible and designed to protect the knee from impact.
On the sides of the brace, plastic supports connect to a dual axis hinge. This feature is borrowed from carbon fiber braces—but in a much more flexible and lightweight design—to provide lateral support and help prevent hyperextension.
To put the brace on, you simply slide it up your leg until your knee cap is centered in the large hole of the silicone web. Velcro the four straps in the back and you're ready to go.
I like how the brace feels substantial and not just a piece of cloth. It provided additional stability for my knee (which is fairly unstable), without compromising my mobility or adding bulk that would make it hard to fit under equipment. The silicone padding is very comfortable, and the compression padding in the back kept the brace in place without becoming uncomfortable after extended use.
I'm excited to get on the ice with this. I no longer need the support of carbon fiber, but I am apprehensive about skating without additional protection for my knee. Based on my trials so far in a few workouts, the DonJoy Performance WEBTECH Knee Brace is exactly what I need.
The DonJoy Performance WEBTECH Knee Brace is available at DonJoyPerformance.com for $100.
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