Note to self…never assume the OH will play ball with timings for the purpose of review! I was offered the chance to review a Shock Doctor knee support and as the OH at the time had had a dodgy knee for a while due to a cow kicking incident (the cow kicked him and not vice versa), I thought it would be good for him to try out a product and give his opinion. Especially as he’s always moaning about whatever knee support he can find in the house at the time.
But no, the Shock Doctor knee compression sleeve arrived and of course, his knee was better and he ignored it sitting on the side. So you’ve got my views instead of his. Luckily I also have a bit of a dubious knee due to an old knee dislocation on the squash court and subsequent arthroscopy to sort it out. I do find I go through phases of a bit of a niggle, and with all the walking I did on holiday and not varying the shoes I was wearing (bizarrely I find this makes a difference as obviously more muscles work when you switch shoes over), I’ve been getting a few twinges.
So to the Shock Doctor – and hoping that the sizing will fit my large legs.
The Shock Doctor supports are very different to the neoprene one I’d been using in the past. They’re a lot more flexible thanks to the hole and mesh over the kneecap area. With my old one I used to find when my leg was bent, it creased a lot behind the knee, and could be a bit uncomfortable. With the shock doctor version the mesh allows for less fabric creasing and breathability (although how much sweat my knee would produce is debatable!).
It’s made from the N-TEX™ neoprene so wicks moisture away, and provides therapeutic warmth. It definitely makes my knee feel extra warm and secure; no worry about straining it wearing the support. I like the way the sleeve is a specialist sports support. I’d definitely wear this if I was playing squash again, or if I was having problems with my knee when dancing. Plus, the material has antimicrobial technology, so it reduced odour enhancing bacteria.
The only downside is that it, like all other decent supports, are so chunky. Fine if you’re wearing it for sports as strapping is quite normal, and I’d probably just about get away with it under my work trousers. But when wearing jeans I’d struggle to pull them over it (and that’s bootcut or straight jeans, rather than skinny). This isn’t a problem unique to Shock Doctor though, so we’re just going to have to wait for future technology to make slimmer supports to avoid VSL (visible support line) under trousers.
The support does come in more sizes than I’ve ever noticed before. I opted for a large size for the OH, but my legs are much chunkier so would really need an XL for it to be really comfortable and fit properly. There are however, ingenious ‘pull on’ tags that you can slot your fingers on to help get it on. They definitely make it easier and faster to get on.
All in all, I’d be comfortable wearing this for sport, and for general walking when my knee needed a bit more support. I’m sure the OH will find it handy (last time I rely on him for a review!) as he struggles more frequently with his knees. There’s no excuse for him moaning about tubigrips anymore.
As well as receiving the Shock Doctor knee support, I’ve also been given an wrist 3 strap support to giveaway on the blog. Similarly to the knee sleeve, It’s made from the same material with the mesh insert at the bend and has the same features. The size I have to giveaway is an XL (you can check out the sizing on the Shock Doctor website). To enter just answer the question in the comments, and then click back on the rafflecopter entry option. There are other optional methods for additional entries.
Terms & conditions
- UK entry only, over 18s
- Giveaway closes 11.59pm 22nd November 2014
- Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
- The prize is one Shock Doctor wrist 3 strap support, size XL
- Winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications shared on social media.
- Winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond with their postal address within 3 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
- The prize will be sent out within 2 weeks.
- This giveaway may also be featured on Prize Finder, Loquax and Super Lucky
Disclosure: I was sent a Shock Doctor knee support for review, and a wrist support to giveaway. All words and opinions are my own.