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Knee Sleeves – Which Ones Are For Me?

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Knee Sleeves – Which Ones Are For Me?

Do your knees hurt when you squat? Struggling to stand up a heavy clean? Or are you just looking for a little bit more support when you’re exercising? Knee sleeves are used by athletes the world over to increase their performance, recover quicker and avoid injury.

Knee sleeves are often mistakenly called knee braces, but they are not the same thing. A knee sleeve provides support, but does not work in the same way as a knee brace does. Knee braces are designed and used to protect a previous injury from further endangerment as a rehab tool. Knee sleeves are designed to protect the knee from future injury or risk of damage. Thicker knee sleeves also act as a performance aid (giving you extra ‘bounce’ at the bottom of a squat for example). This protection is especially important for knees put under great daily pressure whilst exercising.

Knee sleeves also add compression increases blood flow and reduces pain, not only during but also after performance. The reason this compression element is so important is that a compressed knee encourages blood flow through the blood vessels of the knee. Simply put, using a knee sleeve results in less pain and swelling during and after performance.

Now that you know a little bit about why knee sleeves are a great training aid, we can go into a bit more depth on the different knee sleeves available. At Mobility Tools we’ve looked to create a range of knee sleeves for everyone. As fanatical weightlifters with a love for a heavy squat and appreciation for a hard workout we feel 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 and 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? Well firstly, 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 and whether they’ll be suitable for the exercise you do.

Single Ply Knee Sleeves – £19.99 (Pair)

Single Ply Pink & Blue

Single Ply Blue & Black

Black Single Plyy

Red & Black Single Ply

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 the ideal knee sleeve for high rep exercises like wall balls, air squats and other exercises typical of a CrossFit workout. 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 you get and the amount of movement they allow at the knee. A thicker knee sleeve will give you more support but will restrict mobility – hence 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 tough and you can wash them in a washing machine (though if you tumble dry them or wash above 40 deg C they may shrink). We recommend putting them in an old pillow case to wash – be careful as the colours may run.

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
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Double Ply Knee Sleeves – £29.99 (Pair)

double ply red

pink kneesleeves

Black kneesleeves

The double ply knee sleeve is elasticated to give you a stretch reflex. These knee sleeves are perfect for hitting a new 1RM in the squat. At the bottom of the hole, when you’re ass to grass (ATG) the sleeve will be stretched like an elastic band full of energy ready to spring you back up. They offer great compression so you’re not gonna want to do more than 10 reps in them (unless you take this into consideration when choosing your size), but they are fine for olympic lifting. We would not recommend doing high rep CrossFit workouts in them, as your legs may get a pump on and they might feel a little tight! They offer the most support of all 3 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
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7mm Neoprene Knee Sleeves – £34.99 (Pair)

7mm Neoprene Knee Sleeves

In terms of support and thickness they sit between the Single Ply and Double Ply Knee Sleeves. They are made from a high quality durable Neoprene blend to make 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, which is especially useful for people who’s knees crack and pop when lifting! They are perfect for Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting (though if you want the maximum support go for the Double Ply) and CrossFit workouts. They are OK for high rep workouts with wall balls and air squats. However, on the assault bike they can inhibit you, so you’re best to pull these down when you jump on the bike, unless you’re after a sweet quad pump!

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)
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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.

how to measure

We hope that this guide helps you when purchasing the right pair of knee sleeves for you. If you’re still not sure about anything please call or email us.

Email us here: info@mobilitytools.co.uk

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