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Stabilize your joint and keep on truckin'.
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Not bad, not great
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is actually a pretty good brace for support during hikes and getting around, but wouldn't recommend if you're looking to use it while running, climbing, etc. I'm a men's size 10 and went with a Medium which feels about right. Good product, not awesome.
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The Pro-Tec Athletics Ankle Wrap provides moderate support for ankle sprains and stabilizes the joint helping to prevent further injury.
Very supportive, but poorly sized
I needed some extra support while my ankle heals so I gave these a try. While the design and support is great, the sizing feels a little off. I got a small since I usually wear small everything (plus the size chart on the packaging said I'm a Small). I slipped my foot in and it felt a little too tight around the middle of my foot. I wrapped the bungee material around my ankle like I was supposed to and my ankle felt great until it started to fall asleep. I tried loosening it as much as possible which sort of helped. It eventually started feeling like it was bruising where my Achilles Tendon connects to the back of the foot. At that point I realized these won't work for me and I'll have to stick with an ACE bandage for now. There was also some uncomfortable pressure points on the bottom of the feet. Maybe a Medium would fit my small and narrow foot better, but because of how thick the material is under the foot, I'll just keep looking for something else.
Very supportive, good fit
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I got a large brace - (My shoe size is men's 11.5) - and it fits wonderfully and is very supportive.
The brace is made out of a standard neoprene-ish athletic brace, but has two elastic bands. The elastic bands are covered in velcro, with the attaching surface at the ends. This allows you to wrap it in multiple configurations to get the most support possible.
Another reviewer has said that it is bulky. Yes, I could see this beeing bulky in a climbing shoe. In a hiking boot, it is perfect. This is definitely going in with the backpacking gear.
What shoe sizes is the large brace made...
What shoe sizes is the large brace made for?
This brace is supposed to be for climbers. It's listed under first aid kits for climbers, and it claims to fit into your climbing shoes. In fact, the package even says, "fits into any shoe!" This is a horrible misrepresentation of the product. The black neoprene part would fit reasonably well into a shoe, but the brace itself would only work with a better design of the stretchy white fasten-y parts.
The white straps, which are essential if you want any real support, do not fasten in a place that allows you to get your foot into any type of shoe that is even REMOTELY tight, especially a climbing shoe. They simply aren't long enough to velcro above the foot, meaning that when you're wearing the brace, you have a foot that's about half an inch thicker than normal, meaning there's no way in heck it's fitting into your climbing shoe. They should have made the white straps 2 or 3 inches longer so they would have room to wrap around the foot and ankle and then fasten near the top part of the neoprene sleeve, OUTSIDE OF THE SHOE.
Just to be clear, I purchased the appropriate size for my foot, and I'm definitely not chubby (which would also impact the fit of the brace). It's simply a thoughtlessly designed product.
If you intend to climb in this brace, you'd better not intend to wear real climbing shoes.