Originally Posted by unstable_rider
Great idea, are those intended to fit under your pants/jeans?
Good question. That made me soul search what I really want. The internet will just mix you up with propaganda sometimes (usually!)
Because torn meniscus are so psychologically devastating, losing your wheels and all (the first and last steps are on your legs :-o ), I was hung up on the knee "brace", but I'm beyond physical therapy although every now and then,... Anyway, I want PROTECTION(!): not a thin piece of knee plastic that falls off for equipment that costs $350 to $3200. And the $3200 ones don't even have the thin knee plastic cover (that was the last straw that finally tipped me off to the marketing scheme.)
So I found a lead on EVS and went to CycleGear since they carry knee guard level equipment (and they are open on Sunday's.) Luckily, someone ordered an AlpineStar Vapor knee protector and did not pick it up. CycleGear is like Walmart with their store brand (Bilt) that is crap, and you have to order anything decent. Just 2 straps (I'll need to widen with pads maybe) and they mold around the legs. It's got polyester and polyurethane quick drying material. I wore it all day, rode on it about 20 miles, and changed my oil in them (SWEET, no more crushed knee ligaments on concrete!)
Unless you are borderline paralyzed, i'd forget the knee 'Brace' since your knee will get weaker and weaker with total support. I'd look just at the knee protectors, and they are much cheaper! Maybe I'll look above the knee to the thigh pad later, but the knees are the precious cargo to me right now (it was hard to sleep, more than normal, until I got my knees guarded!)
I've got riding pants maybe for trips, the knee guards are good for every day, and maybe I'll get some knees with thigh protectors later for going downtown LA (Guerrilla warfare zone!)
OH YEAH! Everyone's anatomy interfaces products differently. TRY THEM ON before you buy if possible. The best for your purpose, like mine ($45), definitely does not have to be the most expensive even for motocross.