This brace works best for me when i need to keep my knee in place after applying a soothing gel or when I need to have that extra support when doing activities.
I have a partially torn ACL and have been using ACE neoprene knee braces with spring inserts for lateral supports. While these braces served me well, they were showing their ages, and ACE stopped making the same model. As far as I am concerned, newer / one-size-fits-all models from ACE and other vendors are not an improvement since they really do not fit right and do not offer the same level of compression as fitted / sized ones. There are other fitted knee braces with lateral supports but those are not made with neoprene material and do not offer the same level of compression and stability. After getting very disappointed with one of these thinner / non-neoprene knee brace, I continued my quest to find a perfect replacement of my trusty old ACE knee brace. When I found this item on Overstock.com, I was little bit hesitant because of a very large inconsistency between its pictures and descriptions. While the picture accurately showed springs on the side, description did not mention any lateral support. Since I always had good experiences with Overstock.com and its return policy, I decided to take a chance. The product was delivered within 4 days of the order, and I could not be happier with this knee brace. It is little thicker than I would like and cannot be worn inside-out (I liked to flip my old ACE brace inside out when I start to sweat so that I don't have to feel like I have a small jungle down on my knee). However, the fit was very good and firm, and the lateral support was also excellent. I have not taken it to hiking or other more demanding activities, but, with limited time I spent wearing it around short walks, I am very happy with my purchase. Ever since I purchased this knee brace, I also found out that it is no longer listed on the *** web site, so, I think that means this one is also being discontinued. I have gone ahead and ordered a second one so that I can have a spare for next few years.
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