Can anyone recommend a knee compression sleeve for me?

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3/8/2020 10:41 PM

Some of you might remember I tore my left ACL back in August, had surgery to fix it (and my meniscus that was likely torn for 4 years at that point) exactly 1 month later, and have been recovering since. A week ago I got cleared to ride again, it's felt fucking incredible to ride again.


I've been riding in an ACE stabilizer thing I actually bought when my knee was bothering me a lot last year before I even tore my ACL because it gives me a confidence boost... but since my surgeon (and vast research on the internet) recommends against them because they can 1: be detrimental to the knee, as building up & relying on the muscles is better, and 2: there's not really much conclusive evidence that braces and the like help for an ACL, I'd like to use just a compression sleeve. I never used a brace, stabilizer, or sleeve for my other knee when I tore that ACL years ago and it's been just fine relying on the muscles, but this time around I'd like to use one for a little bit yet while I finalize the recovery period. That and my left leg is the one I always put down first when I bail, so it'll help with confidence and stuff.


So yeah, is anyone riding in one and can recommend it? I've already tried a P-Tex Pro from Dick's, and a random Copperfit one... The P-Tex offers excellent support, but slides down my leg incredibly easy, and bunches up behind the knee in the "knee-pit" causing chaffing. The Copperfit doesn't bunch up at all, seems to move around a little less, but feels like it has 0 support whatsoever. Feels like I'm wearing a piece of leggings with rubber bands on both ends


I've heard good things about the Fuse Omega, but they seem more like a pad than anything which I don't really want... Plus I don't really wanna spend $100 on something just for it to end up sucking or something. I just want something that focuses the muscles and doesn't move around a lot.

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3/8/2020 10:46 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/8/2020 10:47 PM

Look into the CTI knee braces w/ a copper sleeve

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3/9/2020 12:58 AM

Roqfan wrote:

Look into the CTI knee braces w/ a copper sleeve

I know about that but like I said in my post I want to avoid a brace or stabilizer as those can actually be detrimental and I don't want to rely on it either, I only plan on using the sleeve for a little bit yet while I ease back into riding. The firm compression feels good and gives me the added confidence to ease back into riding... when it's not sliding down my leg or chaffing my knee-pit anyway.

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3/12/2020 7:51 PM

Try this site: it gives you a comparison of many on the market. Perhaps one will work. Hope it works out bro.

https://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces/knee-sleeves

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3/12/2020 8:14 PM

BMXogRider wrote:

Try this site: it gives you a comparison of many on the market. Perhaps one will work. Hope it works out bro.

https://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces/knee-sleeves

Perfecttt thanks! I actually just picked up another P-Tex the other day, this one with an open patella and different backing to it that doesn't cause chasing. I only rode in it once today and it felt fine, but my knee's a bit sore from overdoing the physical therapy so gonna give it some time before I say it's good or not. So I'll definitely be looking through that catalog, tons of options to choose from

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3/13/2020 12:29 AM

I had torn ACL and went to surgery and all the shit that come with. Removed meniscus, rehab, pain, frustration, ride with knee brace ect...
My personal advice is to get a natural knee compression sleeve, brace, stabilizer : your muscles.
Just do the rehab properly, strenghten the fuck out of your leg and quadriceps, and try to be aware when you ride ( i mean know when you start to feel fatigue and not focus).
Work your balance too and feel confident in your stance.
Any knee compression sleeves won't do NOTHING for your ACL, only protect the skin around your knee in case of light shock.
If you really need some "external" stabilization you'll need a proper brace or stabilize and its costy.


PS hi everybody,its my first post here and i felt i had to give my advice.. i was on bikeguide before as dersou ousala.
cheers

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3/13/2020 6:21 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/13/2020 6:22 AM

just go back to dicks and try on a few and pick a different one. return the old one.

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3/13/2020 1:03 PM

jmz313 wrote:

just go back to dicks and try on a few and pick a different one. return the old one.

That’s what I’ve been doing but it’s annoying having to do that which is why I asked if anyone could recommend me one they’ve had experience with. So far the one I picked out seems to be the best of both world’s but I’ve only ridden in it and haven’f done tricks with it yet so it remains to be seen how it’ll do for that

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3/13/2020 1:07 PM

Madd Anju wrote:

I had torn ACL and went to surgery and all the shit that come with. Removed meniscus, rehab, pain, frustration, ride with knee brace ect...
My personal advice is to get a natural knee compression sleeve, brace, stabilizer : your muscles.
Just do the rehab properly, strenghten the fuck out of your leg and quadriceps, and try to be aware when you ride ( i mean know when you start to feel fatigue and not focus).
Work your balance too and feel confident in your stance.
Any knee compression sleeves won't do NOTHING for your ACL, only protect the skin around your knee in case of light shock.
If you really need some "external" stabilization you'll need a proper brace or stabilize and its costy.


PS hi everybody,its my first post here and i felt i had to give my advice.. i was on bikeguide before as dersou ousala.
cheers

That’s what I said in the original post… I want to rely on the muscles, but while I ease back into riding I’d like a compression sleeve to help with that muscle fatigue/soreness. I’ve ridden with and without one, and it definitely feels better with one on and afterwards too

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