Yup I think it is absolutely wonderful….till I find something better that is. In fact I saw a Phiten one which cost $208 SGD and it looked really good…..just not as good as the support mine gives!
Well here is a little history first, you see I actually have an ACL 3 for my left leg which basically means a torn ligament in lay man terms. I suffered the tear playing soccer! not rugby way back in 94. Though I opted out of going for reconstructive surgery, I still participated in rugby and soccer games after strengthening the muscles surrounding the region to support the loss of ligament. Of course each time I played I risked further injury but the risk was kept minimal by using a polyurethane knee support.
Just last week however, my left leg started giving me a lot of problems after the soccer game. I might have either injured it or overstreched the muscles either way I had a hard time walking. The polyurethane support was too thick to wear under pants or jeans and helluva hot! The normal flesh colour supports which are commonly found at the pharmacies have a tendency to ride up after a while and sometimes even causes abrasions.
Lucky for me there is an Aviva 2008 Ironman 70.3 registration booth at Millenia Walk together with other smaller booths displaying related products for sale. I came across the Bauerfeind products which included my knee support. The sales rep. took my measurements but unfortunately he did not have stock on hand for my size yesterday, so he asked me to return the following day for a fitting with the correct sized one (no obigation). Oh and if your size is not within the ranges they have available, then they can take your measurements and custom order one for you. It would take approximately a week at most…cool eh?
When I returned today the sales rep. who served me the day before had stepped out somewhere, however he has left word with his colleague and had even written my name on the box he had reserved for me! Whoah! The lady who took over ushered me over to a chair to put it on, but I explained to her that it would be impossible, as I was wearing a tight fitting pair of jeans. She told me to go ahead and bring it to the rest room to try it on and to return thereafter. Double Whoah! Talk about TRUST!……..well I tried it on and loved it! So I left it on and returned to the counter to pay for it. And though it is a little pricey I think it was worth every cent….well I suppose it has to be otherwise how can it possibly be the best eh? Oh and if you’re wondering I paid $169 for it.
*update 10 Sept* The local folks sent me a mail package which included catalogues of their range of products…they are indeed very professional and warm. Great after sales service!
An incorporated silicone insert leaves the patella pressure free and provides intermittent compression to the soft tissue of the joint leading to increased circulation, thus aiding in the resorption of swelling and edema
Promotes proprioception, thus heightening sensory awareness in the knee for increased joint stabilization
Graduated compression at the edges prevents constriction of circulation
Innovative knit in the popliteal region prevents bunching or pinching
Three dimensional knit with covered patella avoids window edema, yet keeps pressure off the knee cap
Medial and lateral stainless steel stays keep the support from rolling or bunching
Comfortable, lightweight, breathable knit will not retain heat and is machine washable
If you are interested in their other products, I found a link to for their brochure on their German website which you can download in PDF format. The local office address is at 111C King George’s Avenue Singapore 208559