Monday, April 22, 2019

Product Review: Bear KompleX Knee Sleeves - 7mm

Product Details:
The Bear KompleX Knee Sleeves come in a pair of 2 and are available in Black, Purple, Red, Black Camo, Blue Camo, Pink Camo, and Neon Yellow Camo.

United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) - APPROVED

  • BEAR KOMPLEX KNEE SLEEVES that will provide the best in support and compression while performing a variety of exercises including: Squats, Power Cleans, Snatches, Box Jumps, Lunges, Running, Double Unders, and more.
  • KNEE SLEEVES ARE 5mm & 7mm FOR OPTIMAL SUPPORT AND COMFORT. The sleeves fit snug for added support and compression
  • INCREASE BLOOD FLOW AND REDUCE PAIN with our sleeves. Keep your knees warm while performing a variety of movements and eliminate injury.
  • MULTIPLE SIZES AND COLORS to appeal to both men and women. Be sure to check our size chart in our images.
**DO NOT MACHINE WASH KNEE SLEEVES. Hand wash and air dry.

Product Review:
These Bear KompleX 7mm Knee sleeves are a standard 7mm thickness, made of neoprene and the thickness is similar into most other knee sleeves on the market, intended to offer joint warmth, knee support, and compression based Benefits for weightlifting, powerlifting, and fitness support.

Out of the box, the sleeves offered a high amount of support and rigidity, some of the most I have felt compared to the standard 7mm sleeves in my past. The rigidity would be beneficial for lifters looking for a very stiff knee sleeve for heavy squats, Olympic lifts, and rebounding out of lifts; however there was some flexibility for lighter movements

The Bear KompleX 7mm knee sleeves sizing was comparable to other 7mm knee sleeves that I have reviewed as well a trained/competed in. The contoured fit allowed for a rigid yet flexible feel of the sleeve, however I do feel that a break in period would be needed with the sleeves.

The sleeves did a good job keeping things warm and offered good support during heavier squats and snatch training. Transitioning from more WOD-based sessions in them was more noticeable, as they did have some extra stiffness and lacked flexibility

The durability of these sleeves seems to be higher than other lighter options. The neoprene had a good stiffness, offering durability and support. The stitching was very reinforced across the seams, make me feel confident that that could hold up to many heavy and ballistic Olympic weightlifting and squat sessions

I imagine these sleeves to be a very solid choice for lifters and athletes looking for a supportive, rigid knee sleeve that offers some (not great) flexibility. The pricing of these sleeves makes them very appealing to lifters looking for a basic sleeve to squat, lift, and do explosive full range of movements in.

For lifters who are more specific with their needs (wanting even more support, a taller sleeve, a more flexible hybrid sleeve, etc) these may not be the best option, as the are pretty standard sleeves that may slightly offer more support in exchange for being slightly less flexible.

Testimonial from Taylor J.
"If you are having knee pain or just trying to hit that new PR these knee sleeves will get the job done. Once you figure out the correct size these sleeves will provide you with optimal support for any workout. 

I personally use them for heavy lifts, lunges and squats. The variety of thickness allows you to find the perfect sleeve for your needs. The 7mm is great for helping you hit a new squat or deadlift PR, but I prefer using the thinner sleeves for lunges or running.

They also come in a multitude of color options. It is important to note that these need to be hand washed and air dry to decrease the wear and tear of the product. This will enable you to get the longest use from them. Overall these are a great product that should be apart of anyone’s gym bag."

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