EVS Web Knee Brace Price: $700.00 (pair) From $199/ea on Amazon
EVS WEB Knee Brace Weight: 2.325 lbs
The Rider: Expert
The Story: The EVS Web is the first knee brace I have ever tried. I never was knee brace guy. They always looked heavy and bulky plus there’s always the stories about how they can break your leg (who knows the truth). I ended up having a minor knee injury with some recurring problems and decided it was time to try out some knee braces.
Two factors led to me buying the EVS web:
- I got 50% off
- The crumple zones that are supposed to help prevent leg breaks (this part was huge).
I don’t know if other knee braces have crumple zones or if it is just a marketing thing used by EVS, but it sounded good to me. I was very surprised by the level of comfort, I had no issues the first day I wore these things. In fact they were more comfortable than the “high end” knee pads I had worn in the past. They didn’t cause me any issues with feeling the bike or anything, I was definitely impressed. I always hears mixed reviews on comfort of knee braces and I can say if you are wearing the knee brace style knee pads, real knee braces are probably more comfortable.
These knee braces were a great buy. In three years of use the only issue I had was with the crappy adhesive on the back of the velcro that holds on the padding (fixed this with super glue). I also think the coverage of the knee cup itself could be improved a bit. It kind of sucks that you can buy a $10 set of bmx knee cups from Wal Mart that offer more impact protection than a $700 knee brace. I guess this is true for just about every knee cup made for mx though – there is so much available and it seems the companies are missing the mark a bit.
I’ll be testing some more knee braces soon, at that point I’ll have more of an idea of how the EVS Web compares..
- Durable – used for 3 seasons with no issues
- More comfortable than knee pads that I had in past such as Thor Force and Fox Raptor
- Crumple zones to help prevent broken femurs
- Velcro that holds on padding has weak adhesive, I fixed this with super glue
- I like the pivoting knee cups, but they leave part of upper and lower leg uncovered, sometimes this causes an issue when shin catches footpeg or foot sticks in corner and bar comes around and hits upper leg (I’m over 6′ though)
- Appear to be heavy and bulky when compared to some of the newer braces available
- Tight squeeze into some pants (this is a knee brace issue, not an EVS WEB issue)