Great brace over all holds up well tall socks r a must if not they will tare up the back of your legs found that out after a 2hr hare scramble
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Have only used snowmobiling so far but I love them. Comfortable fit light weight and a good design...
I purchased these braces, and within two rides (single track off-road), the pod stickers fell off, and the hinge foam cushions followed by falling off the velcro squares (the glue didn't hold up)
I sent pod an email about this. Their response on August 28th was:
"We are sorry to hear that you have had some issues with using the K300 braces.
I have included the customer support rep from our North American distributor who will be able to help you.
Since then I have heard nothing...So i can add poor customer service to the list.
Bottom line, spend the extra $100, get something worthwhile
Yesterday was my second time wearing my new POD k300 knee braces. Lets just say I'm glad that I was wearing them. This time they were much more comfortable,i feel i was breaking them in a little on the first weekend. But they were very comfortable this weekend, barley noticed a difference from the knee/shinpads I had before. Then late in the afternoon, on about an 80ft triple , I cased its and swapped ends. i remember tumbling in the air and thinking "I'm glad I'm wearing my new knee braces, and i hope i got this on go pro" Well both proved true. I ended up landing on my feet and walking away only bruised all over my upper body. I was Very Very glad i had those knee braces. The only thing holding me back from buying the braces a long time ago was price, however it was worth every single penny. Also the Amazing customer service i got from the Motorsport staff when i found out i had one larger knee was top notch. Great product, Great Service. wish i could post the video.
Took the time to get measured properly. took a day or two to get use to them but now feeling a lot more confident and wouldn't dream of riding without them. Only problem Ive had was that within a month of purchase I broke the left top brace after a moderate fall. would have been interesting to see what the damage would have been if I didn't have them on. !!!!
Comfortable, and not bulky. Fits in the boots and under the pants. Good build quality.
I have heard the horror stories of knee issues and riding. Enough that I decided to spend the money and get a pair. I went with these after doing a bunch of research and pretty much giving up on finding 'the ultimate brace.' They all seem relatively good.
I did not do the recommended measurement but instead did the alternate measurement of the circumference of my knee to figure out the size. From that I was on the high end of Medium, so that's what I ordered. I quickly noticed that upon receiving them (a day late) that they were too small and the exchange process for a Large set went smoothly (other than having to call to have the large set sent upon receiving my mediums).
I rode the first time with them and noticed they were still pinching the side of my knee a little bit, luckily I didn't loose faith and gave them a few more runs where they broke in to fit snugly. They really feel great and give me a lot of confidence riding. The protection with the cup is pretty much top of the boot mid way up the thigh and you can really squeeze the bike hard with your knees and keep comfortable.
All in all, I would buy again, though if the Leatt's were out I would take an extra long look at them.
Getting braces to fit is not the easiest thing. Had many others too. Asterisk. Hot spots on knee area only on right leg. Need thinner pad for side of knee. Once out on the trail for a few hours is when things will show up. They are as solid as my previous Asterisks but right leg just didn't fit as well as left. Will play with them. Only takes one good smack and they pay for themselves.
if you find the correct size, it has the best value for money! I have worn almost everything...
Not as bulky as Asterisk. do the job and cost less.
I haven't taken a big enough spill yet to know for sure whether these help a whole lot or not. However, it is nice to have the reassurance and added confidence on the track.
-The padding is held on my velcro, which seems to lose its strength after a few rides. I have even had mine come off when riding, which is annoying and uncomfortable.
- Kind of bulky. They don't fit under my pants too good. The bottom straps usually come un-done when i put my pants on.
-The hinge rubs on the inside of my knee, which is uncomfortable, but not the end of the world. This only happens on the left side though.
-They make you put more effort onto squeezing the bike with your knees, as pretty much any knee brace would
-Easy to use/ put on
-Give you added confidence/sense of security
These braces are nice, but not worth $500 IMO. The straps seem cheaply made, and aren't a very good design.
If I were to do it again, I would drop the extra $200 and get asterisks.
I really like these braces. I’ve ridden about eight hours with them. First of all, their 1.2 pounds lighter than my old EVS Vision braces, much slimmer and by the feel gives me more protection. The straps are numbered 1 through 4, to help you place the braces in the proper position. Nothing to dislike so far.
I had a severe grade 2 sprain of my MCL about 5 months ago after looping-out upon landing a double. No surgery, but lots of physical therapy. I have been wearing the POD K300 for about a month. I have about 8 hours of trail riding on it. I also wear the brace at the gym while doing cardio and plyometric workouts (running, jumping, kicking, etc…). I wear it at work, too. Here are my thoughts:
POD says that proper fit is very important and they are not kidding! If the brace doesn’t fit you right out of the box, there isn’t much you can do. There are some small pads you can play with, but basically if the shape of your knee isn’t compatible with the POD, you are dead in the water. All brands of rigid knee braces seem to be like that. I suggest you try on several different brands before buying. If you buy off the internet, be prepared to return the first one or two. Just like helmets, they don’t all fit the same. Having said that, the K300 fits me just fine (the Ultra Cell didn’t).
The K300 is like all the other MX gear we wear; you notice it a little when you are standing still, but once you get moving, it becomes "almost" invisible. I notice the brace when I am squeezing the tank with my knees, but I've gotten used to it. Actually, it gives me confidence to squeeze the tank. The same goes for putting my foot out in a turn.
I wear the brace at work, under cargo pants. With the patella cup removed, it fits... no problem.
The velcro straps keep the brace in place very well. I was worried that it would slide down while riding or working out, but I can ride for over an hour before I notice any movement. And, if I have to fiddle with it, I just reach down and pull it up… no need to drop my pants…it doesn't move that much. It does not interfere with (or touch) the top of my boot. I can do a 45 minute plyo workout without having to mess with it at all. The straps do their job; however, if you have hairy legs, buy a knee sock otherwise the straps will pull on the hairs around your calf and thigh.
The design of the patella cup is my only complaint (thus 4 stars). It is made of plastic and is designed to "snap" into place over the knee. That is good and bad. It is easy to remove it when going to the gym. But, when in place, the cup seems flimsy. Also, when the knee is at 90 degrees, the patella isn’t completely covered. If your main concern is patella protection, take a look at it before buying the K300. Maybe the engineers know something that I don't know, but the cup seems flimsy.
The appearance of the K300 is top notch…very impressive. They spared no expense on appearance. All the parts are tight and it is very light weight. The color scheme, stickers and logos all look great. The pin-stripes look like they were hand-painted (by a pro…not a hack). You won't be disappointed by the appearance of the brace.
Does it work? I hope I don’t have to test it on another hard crash. However, I can definitely feel the difference after a ride or workout. Prior to owning the K300, my knee would be really sore the day after a ride or hard workout. Now, with the brace, my knee is MUCH LESS sore. I have started saving money on ibuprophen.
I like the brace, am glad I bought it and I would buy it again.
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