Knee Protection

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Recently started riding again and with bad knees I know I need something. I did a search and read up on what was said on RDC but the subject was a few years old. What are todays opinions on knee braces? Asterik seems to be the hot setup from what I read online unless one can afford the custom CTI? Any other options available these days? Thanks
 

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the cool thing about cti is you can get a prescription from your doc for them if he will write it for you. as you know i have the asterisk and love them. i have also tried on the evs web and didn't like the fit at all.
 

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CTI's if your insurance covers them. Asterisk braces were designed by the same guy that designed the CTI braces from what I hear. I have some older EVS braces and I will NOT ride without them. They're like a helmet for your knees.
 

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I use the sixsixone knee pads.they look like skater knee pads but are really comfortable.great protection.
 

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* all the way! I got a prescription for mine. I wear them for moto and snowboarding. Surgeries on both knees and they feel bueno!
 

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CTI's if your insurance covers them. Asterisk braces were designed by the same guy that designed the CTI braces from what I hear. I have some older EVS braces and I will NOT ride without them. They're like a helmet for your knees.
All I have to say is no matter what you do get something. You dont want to have anything like this happen (I was cruzing in 1st gear and basically fell over :eek:)
 

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I'm not so sure about the whole knee brace thing. It seems like a lot of racers who were them end up with broken femurs. Unless you need a brace for support due to past injury to keep your knee in place while you ride I would do with out. I wear knee supports that have a combo of elastic and velcro that eases the stress and knee pain, but they are not hindged braces.
 

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I'm not so sure about the whole knee brace thing. It seems like a lot of racers who were them end up with broken femurs. Unless you need a brace for support due to past injury to keep your knee in place while you ride I would do with out. I wear knee supports that have a combo of elastic and velcro that eases the stress and knee pain, but they are not hindged braces.
Food for thought. Thanks
 

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John im runnin TLD s
 

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Food for thought. Thanks

My nephew was racing AMA Pro Supercross & Outdoor using CTI (actually a sponsored him) braces, he had no previous knee injuries but he decided to wear them as a preventive measure. He's suffered 2 broken femurs with the knee braces. Poor kid has more titanium in him than a stealth bomber.

Did you suffer a torn ACL or PCL and you are trying to protect them? Or are you like me and just have worn out/thrashed knees?
 

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My nephew was racing AMA Pro Supercross & Outdoor using CTI (actually a sponsored him) braces, he had no previous knee injuries but he decided to wear them as a preventive measure. He's suffered 2 broken femurs with the knee braces. Poor kid has more titanium in him than a stealth bomber.

Did you suffer a torn ACL or PCL and you are trying to protect them? Or are you like me and just have worn out/thrashed knees?
I have something wrong with one of my knees currently but dealing with so many other medical issues I have not gone to the specialist yet. So for me its for protection, help with some minor pain. Getting old and being overweight does not help with my knees. Been mountain biking a lot lately to try and strengthen them.
 

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I recently picked up a pair of Asterisk Cells and I love the peace of mind they offer. I read about them causing other problems (broken femurs and such) but I'm not 21 anymore and feel I need to protect my knees a bit more. I also read about neck braces causing other problems, but now I wont ride w/o it. ATGATT.
 

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I'm not so sure about the whole knee brace thing. It seems like a lot of racers who were them end up with broken femurs. Unless you need a brace for support due to past injury to keep your knee in place while you ride I would do with out. I wear knee supports that have a combo of elastic and velcro that eases the stress and knee pain, but they are not hindged braces.

Spot on! Take a look at the Health and Fitness section on Thumpertalk. It's talked about often. I would rather be in the middle of nowhere with a hurt knee than a broken femur.
 

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not sure about the cti braces but the asterisk's have a fuseable link to prevent the femur from breaking.
 

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would like to hear more information on knees vs femur.................my knees are fine but i like to wear or have the best protection possible, so was considering knee braces but have heard alot of talk about not wearing them unless you need them for knees that are already bad, otherwise the femur injury is a real possibility and go without the braces.
 

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I have the CTI's I got a prescription for mine too. You do have to have paid your year's deductible to not pay anything for them for my insurance, but I took care of that in the begining of the year!!

I wear mine if I am racing, but never while I am just putting around. I have bad knees with previous baseball/golf injuries.

The cool thing about the CTI's is they come with every kind of accessory you could want for a knee brace.
 

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I've had both the CTI 2 and astrisk braces.

it's pretty easy to get the prescription for the braces but getting insurance to pay for them is something else.

at the time my insurance wouldn't pay for the new set of CTIs (first set were 12 years old) so I ended up getting the astrisk.

pretty happy with them but they took a few rides and some raw skin until I had them adjusted right.

set them back a few times for rebuilds. $75 each.

I like them and use them all types of sports .


There are a few Ortho doctors that do not recommend the hard braces as they tend to do what was posted and break femurs.. which some state is more dangerous than a ligament.

with that said.. you might want to try some inexpensive neoprene knee braces over the plastic knee guards to see it that is enough support.
 

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I have something wrong with one of my knees currently but dealing with so many other medical issues I have not gone to the specialist yet. So for me its for protection, help with some minor pain. Getting old and being overweight does not help with my knees. Been mountain biking a lot lately to try and strengthen them.
Ahhh man... not cool.

I've suffered miniscus damage in both knees, and MCL in one knee. All from Dirt Bike crashes.... or my foot being twisted off the peg (no crash), or even the peg breaking off...twice (thanks 650R).

I ride in Asterisk. On my second pair, and third rebuild.
I don't get on my bike without them. No matter. Won't even think about it. I once left them at home in my second gear bag... drove 2hrs to the dez realizing my mistake, and went back home to get them.:rolleyes:
 

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I had Asterisks and now CTi's (now that my insurance picked up the tab). They are both really comfortable, and I won't ride without them. There have been days when I have had them on for 16+ hours. I feel naked without them.

As to the whole broken bone thing, I'd rather have a broken bone than a messed up knee.

Surgery SUCKS!!!
 
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