After reading the raving reviews for the EX-701 knee support brace from Exous, I was curious, does it really live up to all these claims of being ”the best in its class”?

Exous sent me a knee brace and I’ve been using it now for a few weeks. It’s a great knee brace with great support but I have one small problem with it, that I share in this EX-701 knee support brace review.

 

EX-701 Knee Support Brace Review

From: Exous Body Gear  

Model: EX-701 Knee Support Brace

3 Key Features:

  • 4-way strap system
  • Non-Slip Fit with elastic sleeve
  • Double stabilizers

Size: One size fits all with max calf size 16.5 inches, max thigh 20 inches

Hinges: No

 

Benefits of the EX 701 Knee Brace

  • Helps with knee pain and supports the knee.
  • With the support of this brace, you might be able to get back into doing things you’ve been hesitant doing since you got your knee pain.
  • Can be used for simply stabilizing the knee.
  • It’s a good support for walking.
  • The knee brace can also be used for doing sports like running, basketball, soccer, tennis and football.
  • It has a non-slip design so that it stays in place. Nothing more annoying when you are on the field or running and you constantly have to adjust your knee brace.

What Does the Knee Brace Help With?

This Exous knee brace helps with compression and lateral support, the brace also stabilizes the patella.

So this brace is great for:

  • Week knees
  • Injured ligaments
  • Jumpers knee
  • Patella isolation
  • Patella tendonitis
  • Patellofemoral pain

 

How to Make Sure You Get the Right Size

For best result make sure you get the right size brace.

  • Maximum Calf measurement no more than 16.5 inches.
  • Maximum Upper Thigh (3 inches from knee) measurement no more than 20 inches.

How to Use the EX-701 Knee Brace

The brace comes with a thin elastic sleeve. The elastic sleeve will help you keep the brace in place when putting it on. It also protects your skin on the back of your knee.

You step into the knee brace so that the sleeve goes on the back of your knee. Bend your knee slightly, the brace should be placed with the whole exposing the patellar, the knee cap.

Now start from the top and wrap the straps around your knee and fasten them with the Velcro. The straps can be fastened pretty much anywhere on the brace due to the material. Wrap all four straps around your knee. Now you can go back and adjust the straps so that the knee brace fits nice and snug but comfortably.

The third strap that goes right underneath your patella can really help you get rid of pain related to that.

On the sides, you will have the two stabilizers running on each side. It’s not a hinge they are flexible but it does add some stability.

There you go, you are now ready to start using your knee brace.

 

My Experience Using the Exous Knee Brace

This Exous knee brace is very easy to put on, it’s easy to adjust to tighten or loosen the straps. I like that the brace has two straps that are larger keeping the brace in place and two smaller straps to keep the patellar in place and since they push down on the patella tendon almost like a patella band it gives pain relief.

The four straps allow for a very comfortable fit. The material is soft and feels good against the skin.

After putting it on there is a small gap behind your knee between the straps. The gap allows to better bend the knee and for better movement. It’s nice because the material doesn’t bulk up behind the knee.

The only problem with that is that it will pinch the back of your knee on occasion. I have no problems running with the brace but if you do “high knees” or “squats” you will ones in a while feel a little pinch. Nothing too serious though and probably something I will get used to.

For me, this brace has been great to give my knee that extra stability when running and doing my workout. Playing soccer for years and running on different surfaces has left my knees achy at times, this brace really helps to give that extra support.

The Velcro is extra thick and they claim that it will not curl over time since I’ve only used it for a few weeks, this is something time will have to tell but so far so good. I see no wear or tear from putting it on and taking it off as far as the Velcro and material goes.

When I don’t use it I roll it up and wrap the straps around the brace, by doing this it takes hardly any place. Easy to just put in my exercise bag and have it wait for my next use.

Features of the Brace

Material:

  • 62%Neoprene
  • 20% Polyester
  • 17%Nylon
  • 1% Spandex
  • skin friendly lycra lining

Weight – Light weight 6oz (175 g)

Length – The brace is about 10 inches, 26 cm.

Function – 4-way strap and compression system

Elastic inner sleeve –  for staying in place and for protecting the skin on the back of your knee

Double stabilizers – double flexible metal coil stabilizers help with stability to your ligaments.

Strong Velcro – the Velcro is made out of a robust adhesion and is said to be able to hold up to 35lbs in weight. It even comes with a 100% lifetime material guarantee.

 

Who Should Use it

If you need extra compression and support for your knee this might be a good option for you. If you are having issues with your patella pain it will help with that as well.

The brace can be used for plainly stabilizing it and using it in your everyday life. It’s also a good support for walking and doing sports. An all around knee brace that’s worth taking a look at.

 

Pros / Cons

Pros

  • Great for compression
  • Easy to tighten and loosen up with the 4 straps
  • Comfortable

 

Cons

  • Can possibly pinch the back of your knee on occasion

 

Customer Support and Warranty

Exous stands behind their product if there is ever any issues they will send you a new knee brace. Although they currently only sell through Amazon, you can contact them directly via email at support@exousbodygear.com

 

Final Thought on the EX701 Knee Brace

If you are looking for a lightweight knee brace to help stabilize your knee, this compression, 4 strap brace from Exous could be your answer. For the price, I think the EX-701 knee brace is a good choice. Simple yet functional, a knee brace that could help ease patella pain.