Youth and Adult S-XL
What It Is
As the saying goes, "It's what's on the inside that counts." Although they may not be visible, the majority of professional racers know that good knee braces can help prevent serious knee injuries. The latest EVS Web knee brace, now in its second generation, is a high-end off-the-shelf product available at a medium price.
Upon initial inspection of the Web braces, one can immediately tell the product is well thought-out. From the removable and washable liner (which helps reduce gear bag stench) and carbon fiber construction, to an excellent hinge system and floating patella cup, the braces have a quality look and feel. On the track, the braces stay in place and actually help in gripping the bike with your legs. Thanks to the new 4 Bar Linkage hinge system, the braces pivot along with the natural movements of the knee, as opposed to a more rudimentary single-pivot design. The provided replacement hinge stops allow the rider to adjust the range of motion in five-degree increments, from zero degrees (completely extended), to 30 degrees. This is helpful for riders who may have already suffered a knee injury, or for the less flexible rider who wants to prevent pulling his or her hamstrings.
Since the braces are off-the-shelf and not custom made, they may not fit flawlessly. On our tested pair, the knee area was slightly too wide, even though the thigh and calf areas fit very well. However, with the included extra shims for the knee area, one can add padding in order to achieve contact with the brace on either side of the knee. Unfortunately, the shims have a poorly glued on Velcro that, once heated during the first ride, begin to slip off. Although the four Velcro straps work quite well, adjusting the braces every ride can be tedious. A quick-clip system would be a nice addition.
If you are serious about racing, a good set of kneebraces is a must, and these fit the bill. Thanks to the rigid construction, and smooth, contoured design, the EVS Web braces provide ample support and protection without hindering movement or getting in the way. For a rider serious about protection, but without a huge budget or good medical plan that would cover custom knee braces, the Web is a great option.