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What It Is
The RS8 is EVS's latest knee brace offering. With a pricepoint and features placed between the high-end Web brace and the entrylevel Vision, the RS8 is intended for the racer who desires ample support but is not quite prepared to shell out 500-plus dollars for a set of braces.
For a mid-level brace (which there are not many to begin with), the RS8 actually offers many of the same bells and whistles as its bigger brother, while some new features were added that, in my opinion, are some of the best features on the market. The hinge system is identical to that of the Web's multi-point pivoting system, which tracks the natural movements of the knee. Most importantly, it is almost unnoticeable while gripping the bike with your legs thanks in part to the padding system that is surprisingly comfortable. What impressed me the most with the RS8 are the quick adjust ratchet straps. While the straps still use hook and loop for fi ne adjustment, the ratcheting straps function in the same way that most race pants do. Just click them into place and you are good to go; no fi ddling with hook and loop that wants to stick to everything.
While the braces do offer plenty of goodies, the plastic frame construction is somewhat fl imsy. If your foot or knee got twisted in some way, the RS8 would probably not prevent a major injury in the same way that a higher-end brace would. However, it still does provide stability thanks to the aluminum struts that run the length of the brace.
As I mentioned before, there are very few mid-level knee braces out there, so it is good to see another one entering the market. When you have been riding for 20 years, you are bound to have some knee issues, so proper braces are a must, and I felt more than confi dent with the RS8s strapped to my wobbly legs. Although they may not offer the same level of protection as some of the carbon-fi ber based products, the new EVS braces are an excellent option for a serious racer who wants adequate protection at a medium price.