10 Best Knee Sleeves Reviewed
Regular runners can often feel pain before, during and after runs, especially in the knees. Long-term runners in particular can be susceptible to knee damage, so it can often become important to protect the knees with top-quality sleeves. These help with protection, prevention and recovery, so they’re a multi-purpose option. In this article, we take a look at the best options on the market for wrapping up those knobbly knees and making your future runs as pain-free as possible. We consider some which are better for injury-prevention, some which are better for recovery, and some which offer a combination of both.
Our Top Picks For Runners
Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve
The compression here is fantastic and really allows for quick recovery and excellent stability and support without sacrificing mobility or flexibility. It has 4-way stretch capability to keep you unrestricted and the lightweight design keeps it comfortable and supportive. It also offers enough protection to relieve minor pain while exercising. The sizes are comfortably snug, which is just what you want.
A very small amount of users have experienced sizing issues, so make sure you read the sizing guidelines before ordering one. Other than that, everything here is great, including the durability.
Slightly pricey, but absolutely worth it.
- Fantastic anti-slip technology
- Good 4-way stretch to keep you flexible and supported
- Relives minor pains
- Increases blood flow
- Good durability
- The most popular option out there.
- Very slight sizing issues
Mava Sports Knee Support Sleeves
The comfort here is great, with no restrictive squeezing and no uncomfortable itchiness. It’s designed for retaining heat, which helps you to quickly recover and gives a nice feeling while wearing. The compression and support is very nice here without too much tightness, and helps to prevent injury while you’re on the move. The anatomical design helps to accommodate the size and shape of your legs and knees.
Some people find the fit a little too tight, but these are otherwise of good quality. The stitching comes away a little quicker than others on the market, and the material can attract dust and dirt. That said, they are still of decent durability compared to lots of other options.
A good bargain option!
- Way more comfortable than most other fibrous options
- Warming and supportive
- Genuinely comfy enough to wear all day
- Accommodate to your size and shape fairly well
- Not as durable as some others
- The material attracts dirt.
ActiveGear Knee Brace
The stability here is quite intelligent in that it provides compression for support and recovery while simultaneously relieving pressure with its non-tight fit. The stable fit, if worn throughout recovery, can help to improve the natural movement and co-ordination of your stride, and the pain reduction here is really quite effective. The heavy duty design means that you perhaps can’t wear it all day but the foam padding gives a nice feel.
The durability and quality are pretty good. These are slightly thinner than your average heavy duty brace, which may be good or bad depending on you personal preference. The sizes can run a little small, and this model can become slack over time.
Slightly on the pricey end of the scale.
- If you want heavy duty support, this is great.
- Great for injury recovery
- Helps to improve co-ordination and stride
- Good pain reduction
- Keeps the knee warm
- Can slacken over time
- Sizes sometimes run a little small
- Not comfortable enough to wear all day
CopperJoint Copper Knee Sleeve
The moisture-wicking design stops you from becoming saturated while exercising. There is no chafing or itching here thanks to the great ergonomic design. The anti-slip technology is genuinely fantastic and the copper helps to eliminate odors, which is handy if you plan to wear this all day. This reduces pain well and helps to recover after injury. The design is comfortable and provides snugness while the four-way compression helps with mobility. Unfortunately, this is too tight for some users, so if you don’t like a squeezing fit, this might not be ideal for you. The tightness can also cause rashes.
The materials are all of great quality, but the tightness is an annoying issue. The durability is around middle-range; not bad, but there are better options on the market.
- Built with copper
- Four-way compression which helps with mobility
- Very good anti-slippage
- Good for injury recovery
- The copper can eliminate odors
- Way too tight for some users
- Not the best durability
- Can cause rashes
Pro-Tec Athletics Gel Force Knee Sleeve
The gel on this is nice and thick so it really offers a unique and comfortable feel on the knee, with good fluidity and movement. The gel also means that it doesn’t feel as tight as other ones on the market, despite being nice and snug. The fit and stretch offers very good support.
This slips a little at times, more than most others on this list, and the durability is not as good as some might hope. The fit can also be a little wrong at times. It is otherwise of very good quality.
Very pricey in comparison to most others here.
- The gel is very comfortable and snug.
- Really nice feel on the leg
- Doesn’t feel too tight
- Breathable material
- Good for recovery, support and reducing pain
- Can slip quite a lot
- Fit isn’t reliable
- Not the best durability
- A little pricey
ACE Knee Brace with Dual Side Stabilizers
The Velcro can potentially irritate the knee a little. The neoprene material is thinner than many other bands while still offering similar support which many users like. The band is nice and snug without too much tightness, and the breathability is really quite effective.
The durability here is good, but the Velcro system can often cause the brace to slip and come loose. This is otherwise good quality given the price. You won’t get the luxury of more expensive brands, but this really does a good job for what it is.
This is a really good bargain option.
- Great price point
- Great stability
- Very good breathability
- Can slip a little
- Isn’t as sophisticated as some more expensive brands
Li-Ning Compression Support Sleeve
Seriously can be worn all day. It has great compression without too much tightness. It gives very good flexibility while remaining stable, and the fabric feels comfortable against the skin. It’s a little thicker than some might like which may cause some to get sweaty.
There seem to be no durability issues here, and the quality is overall very good. It unfortunately does roll which can be frustrating.
Around an average price.
- Good for preventing injury
- Very nice combination of flexibility and stability
- Feels very natural
- Can be worn all day
- Breathability isn’t great.
- Rolls more than others on this list
Bracoo Breathable Neoprene Support Sleeve
This does restrict motion a little more than most of the other sleeves on this list, which you may want to consider especially if you wear this while trial running. The support is otherwise very good, and feels structured around the entire knee thanks to the design. It can scrape the leg a little, which takes away from the comfort factor.
The quality is pretty good, especially given the price point, but the sizes can be a little off at times. For a Velcro design, the durability is good.
A good bargain option.
- Lots of support
- Open patella design is good for stability
- Gets you moving naturally
- Good price point
- Decent durability for Velcro
- Can scrape the leg
- Sizes can be slightly off.
- Restricts motion a little too much for some
Copper Compression Recovery Knee Brace
This is really comfy and can be worn all day. You can feel the support and stability without things getting too tight. It really doesn’t restrict any motion. The material is a little thinner than some might like. If you’re looking for hardcore compression, you won’t find it here. You're best opting for this if you only want mild support.
The copper content makes this is a quality choice. However, the thin material may tear.
Pretty average for this list.
- Very high copper content, if that’s your thing
- Keeps you feeling warm
- Comfy enough to wear all day
- Doesn’t restrict motion
- Not the best durability
- Not the most hardcore compress
- Material is a little thinner than some.
Shock Doctor 865 Knee Compression Sleeve
The lycra gives good binding without restriction and allows for good movement when wearing the sleeve. It’s comfortable enough to wear all day and the design stabilizes the knee very well. The warming effect on these is very effective, while keeping you comfy and providing some support. It’s very lightweight. If you want something hardcore, Shock Doctor makes many more braces for more intense needs, but this one should suit most runners.
The sizes on these do run small, and it can be prone to quite a lot of slippage. The durability is good.
A little more expensive than some on this list.
- Nice freedom of movement
- Comfortable enough to wear all day
- Good stability
- Nice warming design
- Moisture-wicking technology
- Not great if you want something intense
- Quite a lot of slippage at times
- Sizes run small
- A little pricey
If you need to wrap your knees up, here we have you (and them) covered. Get wrapped and get running!