I've been using the 7mm Rehband knee sleeves for several years now. I love them for heavy lifting, but can't wear them for much else... it's the giant calves... my circulation gets cut off and I get cramps. I get jealous seeing all of these athletes doing things like running and jumping in theirs, while I'm just over here like "Hey... I can't feel my left leg below the knee because when my calf flexes in my knee sleeve it cuts off my circulation..." Who needs a left calf anyway. Jeesh.
So I tried the 5mm Rehband sleeves, bur they are a shorter length and generally don't stay up as well. I was tugging them back up over my knee cap every few wall balls or box jumps. Fail.
I saw an athlete wearing these at the Northwest Regional this year, and, after hunting them down, bought a pair and tried them out. Here's what I thought:
- First, the price. A.Maze.Ing. Seriously. Fourteen Dollars for a PAIR. Rehbands are around $30 A SLEEVE.
- Colors: Pink and White or Blue and White. I dig the pink... they match my pink lifters.
- Size: I went off the measurements and bought a medium. If you want tighter compression, I would go down a size, but I was looking for something to help with high rep wall balls, air squats, etc. I liked the length of these compared to the 5mm Rehband sleeves. The Hook Grip sleeves stay where I put them. The thinner Rehbands have a tendency to slip down so they aren't completely covering my knee. Then I end up pulling them up the whole workout... and just like pants that don't fit right... that shit is soooo annoying!
- Speaking of Compression: These are pretty much as advertised. Minimal compression (which for me means less bunching and no leg cramping... BONUS...) but really great for high rep, light weight movements or things like protecting your knees from the mats during lunges or burpees. What. Don't tell me YOU never crawl up and down for burpees. No? Well fine then... I didn't like you anyway...
- Did I mention the PRICE! Seriously.. even if you don't like them, consider skipping three $5 lattes this week to pay for them. Your knees will thank you!
Now... While I have found gear like knee sleeves, writs wraps and weight belts useful, I definitely don't think you should be all "geared up" all of the time if you don't need to be. That being said, if you're going to get something to help out with your workouts, it is worth spending money on quality gear. You can order these from either Rogue, or Hookgrip. Having dealt with Rogue and knowing that you can basically return anything for any reason, I got mine from them. Plus, with the 3 ships free you can throw in a couple awesome t-shirts and get free, speedy delivery!