ACE Knee Brace

Written By: Chloe Wilson, BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy
Reviewed by: KPE Medical Review Board

ACE Knee Brace Guide - find the best brace for you, whatever your knee problem

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 knee braces provide either mild support, suitable for minor injuries, or moderate support, suitable for minor to moderate knee issues. If you have a more serious injury or are suffering from a lot of instability, ACE isn't the brand for you as they don't make Elite level supports.

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) as well as reducing swelling. Ace supports also retain heat which 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

STAR BUY: Open Patellar Brace with Side Stabilisers (Moderate Support)

ACE Knee Brace with Side Stabilisers

Overview: This ACE knee brace has flexible metal side stabilisers which provide medial and lateral stability, simulating the action of the knee ligaments. It is lightweight and allows full range of movement at the knee.

It helps to support the knee and reduce the risk of knee injuries, and is comfortable, even when worn for long periods. There are two versions available, one has an opening to reduce pressure on the kneecap, the other is a full sleeve.

My verdict: This is one of the only pull up sleeves on the market that has side stabiliser built in, providing that extra bit of support. It a extremely comfortable, easy to put on and provides a good level of support.  Average user rating 4.2/5.

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Ace Knee Support (Mild Support)

Ace Knee Support

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.

It 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.

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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.

STAR BUY: Adjustable Open Patella
Knee Support (Mild Support)

ACE Adjustable Open Patella Knee Support

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.

It is 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.

ACE Knee Brace with Side Stabilisers
(Moderate Support)

ACE Knee Brace with Side Stabilisers

Overview: Flexible dual side stabilizers provide support and medial/lateral stability when you walk, bend, run, jump or climb. It allows full range of movement whilst delivering comfortable support and protection.

It is open at the front to improve patella tracking whilst reducing pressure through the kneecap. Adjustable straps help 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 bacteria.

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.

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Knee Straps

Knee straps are perfect for use with Runners Knee, Osgood Schlatters, Patellar Tendonitis, Chondromalacia Patella, patellar tracking problems and general knee pain. They might not look like much but they can make all the difference.

Ace Knee Strap (Moderate Support)

Buy Ace Knee Strap

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.

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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

Knee Straps

1) Simple band strap that sits just below the patella to provide targeted compression to reduce the pressure through the knee and the tendons
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.

ACE knee brace Size Guide

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 knee brace section to find out more about the different types of brace available and to find out about other manufacturers.

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Page Last Updated: 10/18/19
Next Review Due: 09/18/21

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