Review: Leatt Knee Brace C-Frame
I’m going to be honest, when I first put the Leatt Knee Brace on, I hated it. It would fall down my leg and was uncomfortable. I thought about my Leatt neck brace and how customizable it is, I was happy to discover that the knee brace is just as customizable. Once I got the brace dialed in and fitted to my knee, my opinion completely changed. It feels amazing and is easy to ride in. After a while, I actually forgot that I was wearing it. This brace is not only designed to protect your knee and shin in a crash, it’s also meant to help support your knee and keep it from hyper-extending or twisting.
Design and Aesthetics ★★★★★
The C-Frame is made with a combination of aluminum, carbon fiber, and other polymers which makes it able to stand up to crash after crash. The motion of the brace is meant to replicate natural knee movement. It is designed with the hinge mechanism on the outside of the leg so you have better control over you bike while still providing ample protection. Leatt designed the C-Frame in a way that it doesn’t put pressure on the femur which has been a major problem with similar braces.
Since this brace is meant to be ridden and crashed in, it is obviously built to a high standard. The outer frame is made of aluminum and is strong enough to handle the most gnarly of crashes. The parts that aren’t made out of aluminum are made of either carbon fiber or a polymer that is designed to stand up to the wear and tear of everyday use.
Unfortunately, the C-Frame Knee Brace is not exactly inexpensive. At almost $600 for a pair, this knee brace is definitely on the more expensive side of things. At the end of the day, I would rather spend 600 bucks for a knee brace and not have to spend thousands down the road because my knees got destroyed. It’s a small price to pay in the long run.
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