View Full Version : High country knee brace

09-05-2009, 10:55 PM
What kinda knee brace are some of you old feeble backpackers using?


I need to know!


09-08-2009, 10:33 PM
About four years ago my knee went pop one day. After some therapy that did not do anything, the orthopedic guy gave me this brace and said to wear it until you can't stand the pain any longer, then he would give me a new knee. The brace worked. My knee did not hurt when I was wearing the brace, but who wants to wear a brace 15 hours a day.
When I would ride my road bike my knee would feel better. I rode 1500 miles the first summer 15 or 20 miles at a time. Still ride my bike about 5 times a week. I only wear the brace when hiking, carrying something heavy or climbing a lot of stairs. My knee doesn't hurt. It just feels loose.


My knee is worn out on the inside. The brace bends the knee in to take the pressure
off the bone on bone, then stabilizes the knee. OSSUR is name on brace.

The black color is a knit sleeve between the brace and skin.

I still go backpacking and back country skiing. I carried boned elk out in two trips last year.
I still haven't had the knee replacement. I'm not feeble yet, just old.
Three weeks ago.

09-08-2009, 11:24 PM
That is some beautiful country my friend!

You ever use a cane to hike with?

I might give two a try. Right now going down hill I've all my weight on shortened poles/and palms..

A cane seem like it would work.

09-09-2009, 01:27 PM
When I wear one (not often now) I use one of the neoprene sleeves (with the cut out in the back for flex). I was given a prescription by the doc and took it to a wetsuit maker who measured me then made it. I think they can be had ready-made now. Not as stout and supportive as Singleshots but it did work for me.