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Knee Sleeves - Which Ones Are Best For Me?

By Stuart Bartley January 18, 2019 0 comments

Do your knees hurt when you squat?

Struggling to stand up a heavy clean?

 

Athletes use knee sleeves to increase their performance, recover quicker and avoid injury. Knee sleeves protect the knee from future injury or risk of damage. This is important for knees put under great daily pressure whilst exercising.

Thicker knee sleeves also act as a performance aid (giving you extra ‘bounce’ at the bottom of a squat for example). Using a knee sleeve results in less pain and swelling during and after a workout.

At Mobility Tools we’ve looked to create a range of knee sleeves for everyone. We are fanatical weightlifters with a love for a heavy squat and appreciation for a hard workout. It is only right for us to put together a guide for you to choose the knee sleeves that are right for you.

 

DISCLAIMER: The advice below is just that – advice. If you have a medical condition, please consult your doctor to confirm it is safe for you to exercise. Knee sleeves will not stop you getting injured if you do anything silly. Mobility Tools do not accept any liability of injury when using any of our products.

 

So with that out of the way, which Knee Sleeves are for you then? We have three different types of knee sleeves:

  • Single Ply
  • Double Ply
  • Neoprene

We’ll go through each type so that you can understand the pros and cons of them. After that we’ll discuss whether they’ll be suitable for the exercise you do.

Single Ply Knee Sleeves

First up is our Single Ply Knee Sleeves. Available in a range of colours, they offer a small amount of support and warmth to the knee joint. They are ideal for exercises you’ll find in a typical CrossFit workout like wall balls and air squats. They offer a small amount of support for Squats and are great for olympic lifting. With any knee sleeve there is a trade off between the amount of support and how much your knee can move. A thicker knee sleeve will give you more support but will restrict movement. This results in the increase in support. The Single Ply sleeves should not restrict you getting into a full squat. They are made from elasticated cotton that will give you a small amount of bounce at the bottom of a squat. They are very hard wearing and you can wash them in a washing machine.

 

In summary these Sleeves are great for:

  • CrossFit style workouts with high repetition movements
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Running
  • Day to day knee support

 

They are not the best sleeve for:
  • Powerlifting

 

Double Ply Knee Sleeves 

The Double Ply knee sleeve is elasticated to give you a stretch reflex. These knee sleeves are perfect for hitting a new PB in the squat. At the bottom of the squat, when you’re ass to grass (ATG) the sleeve will be stretched like an elastic band. Full of energy they’ll be ready to spring you back up. They offer great compression so you won’t want to do more than 10 reps in them, but they are fine for olympic lifting. We don’t recommend doing high rep CrossFit workouts in them. Your legs will get a pump during the workout and make them uncomfortable. They offer the most support of all 3 types of knee sleeves. If you are most concerned about supporting your knee then these are the sleeves for you.

 

In summary these Sleeves are great for:

  • Powerlifting
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Casual gym go-er looking for a knee support when doing squats

 

They are not the best sleeve for:

  • CrossFit style workouts with high repetition movements
  • Running
  • Day to day knee support

Neoprene Knee Sleeves

The level of support and thickness of neoprene sleeves sits between the Single Ply and Double Ply Knee Sleeves. They are made from a high quality durable Neoprene blend. This makes them extra resilient against rips and tears. You may find cheaper neoprene knee sleeves split at the back after a few weeks of use. This is why we’ve developed our own unique blend. We’ve built a strong and durable sleeve that performs time and time again. Neoprene offers a lot more warmth to the joint compared to both the Single Ply and Double Ply knee sleeves. This is especially useful for people who’s knees crack and pop when lifting! They are perfect for Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit and Powerlifting. If you’re looking to hit an all time squat record then we’d go for Double Ply. They are OK for high rep workouts with wall balls and air squats. On the assault bike they can inhibit you, so it’s best to pull these down when you jump on the bike.

 

In summary these Sleeves are great for:

  • Powerlifting
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • CrossFit style workouts with high repetition movements
  • Day to day knee support

 

They are not the best sleeve for:

  • CrossFit workouts involving rowers or assault bikes (but just pull them down when doing these exercises)
  • Running (you can run, but we’d go for the Single Ply if you’re only using them for running)
  • Powerlifting (number 2, with Double Ply being number 1)

Knee Sleeve Sizing

To get your measurement/size please measure round the middle of the knee when straight. You will more than likely fall near the top/bottom of two sizes – the choice is up to you – both sizes will be suitable for lifting in, if you have large quads you may wish to go for the larger size. The size charts for Single Ply and Double Ply sleeves are the same, the neoprene size chart differs by about 1-2cm so please check the individual products for what size you’d need. Once you’ve got your knee measurement in cm it should be straightforward which ones to go for after checking the chart.

Now that you know which sleeves are the best for your style of training, why not treat yourself to 10% off them? Use code KNEE10 at checkout and we’ll knock 10% off your knee sleeves.

SAVE 10% OFF YOUR FIRST PAIR OF KNEE SLEEVES WITH CODE KNEE10


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