When it comes to knee sleeves, you either love them, hate them, or just haven’t tried them yet. Thanks to Girl Wonder (Robin Sproba) I officially fall into the first category. As most of you know, Justin and I got hitched late last year. Go us! One of the biggest challenges we faced was trying to figure out stuff we actually wanted to add to our wedding registry. I know…. First world problems, right? Anyways, after some discussion, we came to the conclusion that what we really wanted was some updated CrossFit gear. Personally, I had never tried knee sleeves. I didn’t really know much about them. I mean, I made it three years without trying them a single time, how necessary could they be? But after seeing a super cute set on Amazon, I thought to myself… “Why not? A ton of people love them, might as well give them a shot.” And thank goodness I did! Within a month, I went online and ordered a slightly different pair.
The ones I received for the wedding are amazing for heavy lifting- one reps, heavy met-cons, etc. They’re a stars-and-stripes designed set from Redline Gear. Like I said, I love these for heavy lifting… however, not so much for traditional high speed met-cons. When it comes to box jumps or running especially, I find this set relatively constricting. Price wise, this pair falls right at $49 when not on sale. Not the most expensive out there, but definitely not the cheapest. For the support they provide when lifting heavy, I would certainly say they’re worth the price if you’re looking for stability.
After a few weeks with my Redlines, I went online and ordered a pair of Hookgrip sleeves. I noticed that at least five people I worked out with regularly had a pair, and obviously for good reason. I love this set for high reps and quick met-cons. They are far less constricting than my Redlines and I appreciate that when needing full range of motion in a short amount of time. Want to know what I love most? They only cost $14 per pair. Yep, you read that right. By far this is the best price on knee sleeves I’ve seen, considering some get into the ranges of $40 per sleeve. Ouch! The only downside to these sleeves is the lower stability level due to their lighter weight.
My suggestion if you’re a serious lifter (or are looking to become so) is get yourself a pair of both. I know for me I want to protect my joints as much as possible. I wear knee sleeves, not because I have existing knee issues, but because I’m doing my best to avoid such problems.
If you would like to sneak a peek at either of my sets, feel free! I’d love to help you pick out a pair (or two) best fitting your needs!
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