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Old 12-12-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Knee Braces

Thinking of getting a pair of knee braces looking at the fox pods or asterisk any suggestion
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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not sure if you want them because of a knee injury or hoping to avoid one....
i wear knee braces because of having surgeries on both knee's from riding and racing. i had CTI's built for me back in the day....raced 1 season in asteriks and when my ACLless:) knee started feeling better i switched to a more comrortable
yet supportive pair

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...ee-Guards-2014

i have 2 seasons of racing and singletrack riding on these and could not be happier........
my ortho doc thinks it all hype..10mm of rotation will blow a knee out.....oh well i like them
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ARE NOT comfortable

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Old 12-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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I got the asterisk ones and love them. I do recommend that you tie them into your boots. Transferes rotational forces to the ball and socket joint in your hip.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:56 PM   #4
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I've been wearing a cheap pair of Alpinestar knee/shin guards for a few years now. Not even sure if they make these any more.



They provide some protection in case rocks are thrown up from bikes in front of you, and maybe provide some protection from scrapes or cuts if you happen to fall in some rocks; but they do absolutely nothing to protect from hyperextension of the knee or to help prevent ACL damage.

I had been hesitant to use actual knee braces because I though they would be uncomfortable, bulky, and interfere with riding.

Well, I finally decided to face the facts that I need to protect my knees and bought a pair of Pod K700 Knee Braces. Expensive - YES!!! But several people who I trust have told me they are the best out there. And there's some people that I don't know (Taddy Blazusiac, Johnny Walker, Marc Coma) that use the same ones - and they're only among the best off-road riders on the planet.





After trying them out, I was basically completely wrong about using knee braces. Although they are a bit bulky, they fit fine in both my boots and my riding pants. Uncomfortable - not at all. I really hardly noticed them while riding. Did it affect my riding style - nope. But I did feel more confident that my knees were finally protected as they should be.

I do notice them a little while walking around (pressure in the shin area), but that's only because they are protecting my old man knees from completely locking up.

Now you may not want to buy as expensive a pair as I did, but I do recommend that you at least try riding with real knee braces (and not just a knee/shin guard), and see for yourself if they're right for you.

If you know anyone that's had to have ACL or knee surgery, they usually tell you that their knees have never been 100% again.

If you want to check them out - here's a link.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:01 PM   #5
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I just ordered some of those Pods,turns out they are distributed by FOX and made in Australia,or at least designed in Australia.

They are light,I picked 2 of them up and they feel like nothing,almost.

I will report back with results.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:23 AM   #6
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New cell braces are 629.00. Let me know if you decide to go this route. I'll sell you mine for 400.00. I'm getting out of the hard dirt riding.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:13 AM   #7
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New cell braces are 629.00. Let me know if you decide to go this route. I'll sell you mine for 400.00. I'm getting out of the hard dirt riding.
Somebody will want em,I was about the only guy in my riding group who wasnt wearing knee braces.
List em with size and condition.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:18 AM   #8
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not sure if you want them because of a knee injury or hoping to avoid one....
i wear knee braces because of having surgeries on both knee's from riding and racing. i had CTI's built for me back in the day....raced 1 season in asteriks and when my ACLless:) knee started feeling better i switched to a more comrortable
yet supportive pair

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...ee-Guards-2014

i have 2 seasons of racing and singletrack riding on these and could not be happier........
my ortho doc thinks it all hype..10mm of rotation will blow a knee out.....oh well i like them
dave

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do not believe the ads...the super supportive ones
ARE NOT comfortable
Those dont really look like braces,they're guards yet they work great? At least they're 500.00 cheaper then what I just ordered.

I ride bicycles up to 100 miles a week when weather permits,I really try to get my knees to try and hold themselves together as best I can.
They're thrashed though.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:53 AM   #9
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Know of any dealers in NorCal with Pods in stock?
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:13 AM   #10
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I like my Asterix braces. The advantage I see of the braces over the guards is the the braces also protect you from a side impact or crushing.

Plus they make kneeling during a trailside flat fix so much more comfortable.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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Know of any dealers in NorCal with Pods in stock?
I ordered mine online from BTO sports,they have lots in stock,they show you how to measure your knee for fit,if it doesnt fit they do free exchange. I measured,it showed me to be a medium.
Turned out I need a large so Im waiting for the second set to show up.

Any dealer who sells FOX gear can order you a set.

Suggest full retail is 799.00.........BTO charged me 549.00 + tax-free shipping.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:47 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the feedback. I am leaning towards the fox pods after talking to so many people. I am getting old and have bad knees and don't want another surgery.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:45 PM   #13
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i have the pod k700, i like it very much. saved my knees many times. like tim said, it also provide protection from side impact or getting pinned by the bike.

i have a torn acl and my doctor prescribed a knee brace, not all make or model will qualify. my insurance paid for the pods, and properly fitted on me by another inmate - dannyG (P.T.). very comfy and no issue.

insurance paid @ $1500 for the pair....
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:41 PM   #14
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How did you get insurance to pay
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:51 PM   #15
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How did you get insurance to pay
You have to really eFF yourself up first

My k700 pods saved my knees on several occasions.
Recently went knee first into granite, sore as hell but walked away.

they are very comfortable once you get them dialed in and strapped on correctly.

BTW, braces have been discussed extensively in gear threads. Search and you will find
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