for the money these are actually great knee protection / braces...kinda hott tho...i just bought some new ultra cells tho...lol but as i said...."for the money" these are great
EVS 2011 Vision Knee Braces [obs]
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These where well constructed braces, and seemed quite durable. I rode with them once, and decided not to keep them because they felt bulky. This was my first pair of knee braces. I am returning them and will try the next step up in price to see what that will get me. I measured perfectly, and purchased the exact size according to the EVS sizing chart. Though they felt loose without my riding pants on, the rubberized insides kept the brace snug on my knee when I put my pants over them. I think they are a good pair if you are on a budget, however I am not so I will go to what I may find 'the next best thing'. I had no problems with movement, except that they felt bulky, and did not fit under my pants well and I didn't feel like buying a larger set of riding pants to solve that problem. They are sturdy braces once under your pants. Hope this review helps.
Too bulky, did not feel as though they would offer good protection. Returned and bought Astericks which I am very happy with...
These braces are awesome! Some other people have said they are bulky, but i'm telling you you don't even notice them once you have them on. Walking around in them and especially riding. As soon as I got out on the track I forgot I even had them on until I had to put a foot down and noticed they did their job. Excellent lateral support! I was thinking of holding out for some Astrisks but glad I went ahead and got these. I am sure the more expensive carbon fiber braces offer even more protection, but these will defiantly get the job done. Before I always wore knee/shin guards to protect me from impute. Now i feel much more confident in turns I have picked up so much more speed its ridiculous. These are very reasonably priced and offer great protection. Speaking from experience, there is no excuse for not wearing knee braces the money you spend on another set of decent riding gear will cover these and you cant ride if your knee is destroyed anyways. Only draw back is I feel like the ey lockout a little too far out but that is just personal opinion they stop far enough to prevent hyperextension.
I went back and forth whether to drop for the full blown web/asterisk/pods. I have no previous knee injuries and bought these as a preventative. I am very pleased with the decision so far based upon quality for the price. First off, they are quite sturdy and look bulky, but don't feel that way at all. They fit well under my pants and I hardly noticed them after about 10 minutes of riding - they stayed in place quite well. The big thing is getting used to not feeling your knees directly against the tank - I kind of felt a little bowlegged. Finally, maybe it's just the newness of them, but I felt like I had significantly less fatigue in my patellas after riding the whoops for a significant amount of time.
Having said all this, I have never worn the full blown braces to compare. At least for the time being, I am well pleased and don't regret the extra money staying in my wallet.
Just a sizing note - I am 6'2'' with long legs. They fit perfectly with my boots, but I could see how a shorter legged guy might run into problems. In terms of sizing - the suggested fitting chart seems very accurate.
I ordered these braces as they got pretty good reviews on other sites. When I received them I was instantly impressed with look and apparent sturdiness. I tried them on and found them a bit bulky but I felt I could get used to them. They have good padding and the straps seem to hold them in place well.
The problem came when I tried to buckle up my boots. I guess because I have short shins (I'm 5'5" and a little stocky at 160) I was unable to buckle the boots at the top due to the shin guard portion of the brace being too thick. They extend down into the boot on my short legs. I had to return them as I was unable to use them.
Some helpful info - I'm 5'5" - 160. My thighs are a bit bulky (muscle) and my shins are about average - I found that the "medium" fit well with the straps and all.
In the sizing chart they say to measure 8" up and down from the center of the knee cap. Do so and note where your boot top will be in relation to that measurement. Then estimate if the boot will buckle at the top with an additional 3/4 to 1" space for the Vision shin guards.
Overall I was a little bummed I was unable to use them. They did seem like a quality product for the price.