ACE Knee Brace
Ace knee braces repeatedly receive excellent reviews and are very popular products.
“ACE” stands for “All Cotton Elastic” and they has been making elastic bandages for nearly 100 years. Ace products are made by an American firm and are available worldwide. However, be aware that prices are higher outside the US.
ACE knee braces provide:
Mild Support: suitable for minor knee problems or
Moderate Support: suitable for mild to moderate knee problems
NB ACE do not make braces providing Elite level support.
All ACE knee braces work well for various causes of knee
pain, especially arthritis, sprains, cartilage and ligament injuries,
bursitis, tendonitis and muscle weakness. They fit snugly providing
some compression to the knee which helps support the soft tissues
(muscles and ligaments) and retain heat as well as reducing swelling. This heat increases the
circulation to the knee which can help to promote healing.
There are three styles of ACE brace, pull up sleeves, wrap around supports and knee straps. Here we will compare models and styles and then look more at the pros and cons of each to help you find the best one for you.
Pull Up ACE Sleeves
Overview: This ACE knee brace provides support and
stability by simulating the action of the knee ligaments without
restricting normal leg movement. It has flexible metal side stabilisers which provide medial and lateral stability, but is lightweight making it ideal for wearing for longer periods.
It is designed for use with
arthritis, general knee soreness and swelling
and works by supporting weakened
muscles, tendons and ligaments and helping reduce the risk of injury. The original version has a hole at the front to reduce pressure through the knee. The newer version does not have this hole, but does receive even better reviews
My verdict: This is one of my favourite pull up sleeves on the market as it has the added advantage of side stabilisers
for extra stability. Users rate it highly for comfort, support and
durability. Average user rating 4.2/5.
Overview: Black pull on sleeve that combines
superior stabilization with the benefits of heat retention.
Made of elastoprene – an innovative combination of breathable elastic
and neoprene blend materials. This provides support and retains heat to
help reduce swelling and aid healing, whilst releasing moisture to
prevent excess sweating. Has comfortable reinforced edges which prevent
rolling and slipping. Available in sizes Small/Medium 11-15" and
Large/Extra Large 16-20”.
My Verdict: This is a great simple pull
up sleeve that provides moderate support. I like the elastoprene
material that gives the benefits of heat retention to improve healing
without making the leg all sweaty. And a great price too making it the perfect budget option. Average user rating 4.3/5.
Wrap Around ACE Knee Braces
These ACE knee braces are suitable for mild to moderate ligament
instabilities and/or knee pain. I personally prefer wrap around braces
as they tend to fit better than pull up braces.
Overview: Adjustable neoprene brace with
adjustable straps for controlled compression and perfect fit. Open at
the front with a support buttress to improve patella tracking whilst
reducing pressure through the kneecap. Made of breathable lightweight
neoprene blend, which aids circulation and helps keeps muscles pliable,
reducing susceptibility to injury. Antimicrobial material inhibits
growth of odor causing bacteria. Latex free.
My verdict: This is my favourite of the wrap around Ace braces. Users regular say they find this brace comfortable, supportive and sturdy. Average user rating 4/5.
Overview: Flexible dual side stabilizers provide
support and medial/lateral stability when you walk, bend, run, jump or
climb. Allows full range of movement whilst delivering comfortable
support and protection. Open at the front to improve patella tracking
whilst reducing pressure through the kneecap. Adjustable straps to
ensure optimum fit and prevent slipping. Comfort fit sleeve reduces
irritation behind the leg, and breathable material keeps you cooler and
drier. Antimicrobial treatment inhibits growth of odor-causing
My verdict: One the whole this brace receives really good reviews, but some people find that the middle strap behind the knee can be slightly uncomfortable. If this is the case, I would recommend the
McDavid Adjustable Knee Support instead. Average user rating 4.1/5.
Perfect for use with Runners Knee, Osgood Schlatters, Patellar Tendonitis, Chondromalacia Patella, patellar tracking problems and general knee pain.
Overview: The only knee strap on the market that is
dual adjustable. Has a Velcro fastening with unique additional small
side tab that can be pulled to tighten the straps once they're Velcro'd
together. There are two versions available, one has a tab at the side that you pull to adjust the fit, the other has a dial that you twist.
My verdict: I like the idea of the dual adjustability of this strap, but overall it doesn't receive as good reviews as some other makes - visit the knee straps section to find out more about other brands. Average user review 3.3/5.
Pros and Cons of Each Style
So as you will see, there are three types of ACE Knee Brace. Here we will look in a bit more details at the pros and cons of each style
Pull Up Sleeves
1) Simply pull them on and you’re ready to go – no Velcro!
2) Great value for money
3) Available in open (hole for the kneecap) or closed version
4) Available in a range of sizes – see the size guide below to find the right size for you
Wrap Around Knee Braces
1) Adjustable straps so you can fit to your own unique shape. Able to respond to changing sizes of swollen knees
2) Have inbuilt support to provide extra stability where needed
3) Really easy to get on and off rather than having to pull them up your leg
4) Tend to stay in place better than pull up sleeves
5) One size fits all
1) Simple band strap that sits just below the patella to provide
targeted compression to reduce the pressure through the knee and the
2) Perfect for use with runners knee, tendonitis, osgood schlatters,
chondromalacia patella, patellar tracking problems and general knee pain
3) One size fits all
4) They don’t look like much but they work brilliantly
ACE Knee Brace Size Guide
Where braces come in more than one size, it is important to get the
right one. Measure around the widest part of the knee and choose
from the options below. Some people find that ACE braces come up a
bit tight so if you are measuring towards the top of a range, it may be
worth buying the size above.
Other Knee Brace Options?
There are other ACE knee braces available, but they don’t all receive
great feedback from users. If you’re not sure you’ve found the
perfect brace for you, visit the
section to find out more about the different types of brace available and to find out about other manufacturers.
*Prices correct as of May 2017. All prices are subject to change. Please note we do not stock products directly and therefore have no control over price changes. See advertising policy for more information.
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