Pull-up knee sleeves the simplest type of support offering compression, support and warmth to the knee. They are really simple to use, cheap, and come in a variety of sizes to
ensure that they fit correctly.
They can really help in the first few days following minor knee injuries to take some strain off the joint and give it some support. They can also be helpful for longer term problems to give the knee that bit of extra support so you can keep going with your normal activities. They are also a great item to have in the first-aid kit in case of injury.
What Are They Suitable For?
Knee sleeves provide basic protection and are perfect for mild knee pain, sprains, arthritis, weakness, tendonitis, cartilage irritation and knee swelling. Not only do they provide some support for the knee, they also help retain heat which boosts the circulation to the joint and can aid healing.
They are not suitable for moderate to severe instability and pain – in these cases you need advanced or elite protection.
How Do They Vary?
Knee sleeves can usually be placed into three categories
1) Open Sleeves: These have a hole at the front to reduce pressure through the kneecap and allow the knee to breathe
2) Closed Sleeves: A complete sleeve supporting the entire knee and allowing more heat retention
3) Inbuilt Stabilisers: Some have side stabilisers which provide extra support for the knee ligaments.
There are a number of different knee sleeves on the market. Here
I share with you my favourite, those that people find comfortable,
supportive and good value for money. They are all from trusted brands,
and can work really well to reduce pain, swelling and weakness.
Top Rated Knee Sleeves
Overview: A popular pull on sleeve providing basic
support. It is sized and shaped to ensure it fits well, which is
something you don’t always get with cheaper brands. It is also seamless
behind the knee for extra comfort. Provides compression and retains
warmth to promote healing and reduce pain. Fits left or right knee and
comes in five sizes.
My verdict: This popular knee sleeve is
excellent value for money and is my favourite closed knee support. It is
easy to apply, stays in place, and is made of heavy duty material so
is long lasting.
This ACE knee sleeve provides support and stability by simulating the
action of the knee ligaments without restricting normal movement.
Has flexible metal side stabilisers providing medial and lateral
Designed for use with arthritis, general knee soreness and swelling.
Supports weakened muscles, tendons and ligaments and helps reduce the
risk of injury.
My verdict: This is my favourite open sleeve
on the market as it has the added advantage of side stabilisers for
extra stability. Users rate it highly for comfort, support and
The Best of The Rest
Overview: Black pull on sleeve that combines
superior knee 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 two sizes Small/Medium Large/Extra Large
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.
Overview: This popular lightweight elastic pull on
sleeve offers firm support for stiff, weak or sore knees without
inhibiting movement. Its contoured design helps prevent bunching and
slippage to ensure a proper fit. It provides compression and retains
warmth to promote healing and reduce pain.
My verdict: A good basic pull on knee sleeve
offering basic support and protection, but not right if you have a
serious injury. Mueller is a trusted brand that has been making braces
Overview: A popular pull on sleeve providing
compression and soft tissue support. This model features a hole and
buttress at the front to reduce pressure on the kneecap, improving
comfort and flexion. It has an inner rubber surface reduces slippage and
is seamless behind the knee for extra comfort.
NB Latex free, made of neoprene
My verdict: People report that is very comfy even when worn all day. It comes in a reversible black/red so you can choose which you prefer
Other Knee Brace Options
If you are looking for a brace that provides more support, or you
would prefer an adjustable brace, I recommend checking out the knee brace overview which explains all about the different types
of braces on the market and which ones get the best user reviews.
Knee Sleeve Size Guides
It is really important to get the correct size knee sleeve, to ensure a correct, comfortable fit and to get the right level of support.
To get an accurate fit, measure around the knee and chose from
the options below. If your knee size falls between two sizes, it is
usually best to go for the larger size.
*Prices correct as of June 2016. 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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