McDavid 195 Level 3 Max Protection Ankle Brace w Straps
|Price:||$33.97 - $77.24|
- EXCEPTIONAL FOR HELPING to prevent and/or recover from common ankle sprains.
- LEVEL 3 MAXIMUM protection to improve your odds by three times with padded lining and reinforced closures.
- ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN AN INDEPENDENT study at a major research university had 3x fewer injuries when wearing the 195.
- CONSTRUCTED OF SINGLE layer polyester fabric for full support and minimal weight.
- DESIGN SIMULATES ATHLETIC tape with figure six strapping pattern and a compression comfort top strap for custom fit.
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Laced ankle brace with adjustable figure 6 straps to simulate athletic tape and steel stays, fits right or left ankle, maximum protection (Level 3)
This laced ankle brace with adjustable "figure six" straps simulates the support provided by athletic tape and steel stays, and fits either the left or right ankle. One of the most popular ankle braces on the sports medicine market, it's meant to replace the cost and hassle of ankle taping.
- Durable, lightweight nylon and vinyl fabric shell
- Padded lining, elastic heel, and sewn-in arch support
- Two "figure six" stirrup straps may be adjusted at any time without removing shoe
- Straps simulate professional taping, lending additional support and protection
- Ventilated tongue
- Protection Level III
McDavid offers a range of sports medicine products based on protection and support levels. Each level provides soft tissue support through compression, and may promote healing through therapeutic heat.
Protection Level I, Primary:
- General purpose protection
- Minor pain, sprains, and instability
- Relief from arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis
Protection Level II, Advanced:
- Minor to moderate protection
- Slight ligament instabilities or pain
- Offers more protection than simple sleeves
Protection Level III, Maximum:
- Ultimate in protection
- Moderate to major instabilities and pain
- Provides the maximum level of support
- XS: Men's size 6-7, women's size 7-8
- S: Men's size 8-9, women's size 9-10
- M: Men's size 9-11, women's size 10-12
- L: Men's size 11-13, women's size 12-14
- XL: Men's size 14+, women's size 15+
In 1969, Dr. Robert F. McDavid, operating out of a basement in Bellwood, Illinois, developed what became the first widely used lateral protective knee brace in football. Today, the company manufactures more than 400 products for athletes and active people of all ages, designed to help prevent injury while enhancing performance. The company is the most recommended brand of braces among sports medical professionals, and an industry leader in sports medical products and technical performance athletic wear.
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I do a lot of hiking on uneven terrain, and came close to twisting my other ankle. So I decided to buy the other highly reviewed ankle brace, ASO Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis.
The good points:
They both work on the same principle, and are both effective at their purpose. A tight fitting, but still flexible foot brace, with two cross straps, and one around the lower shin/upper ankle strap.
They both get a 5 star rating from me, there are minor differences between the two, with which I will list here:
The McDavid is tighter on the top of the foot, and is harder to remove. Tends to be slightly uncomfortable if overtightened. You have to untie multiple laces to be able to remove it. It feels more snug than the ASO. I would say this one offers slightly better support around the ankles, at cost of more discomfort. Good if you have more of a severe sprain.
The ASO gives you more mobility, still with great support on the ankle. Easier to remove.
I wear 9.5 shoes, so I have medium for both.
Overall, they are both good, but the McDavid feels slightly tighter on the foot. I still give both 5 stars, since they both perform as designed.
Now the bad:
1. The stupid Velcro straps!! For crying out loud, there are three straps that have Velcro on them, and it's the "hook" part of the Velcro that is on the loose pieces while you are trying to put them on. Those bad boys will stick to your sock, the sock on your other foot, your clothes, your cat, and oh - the super long laces (see item 4). When you pick those straps up to put them in place, you'll find your lost car keys, ruin your stockings, and have cleaned the floor. It's totally ridiculous. One time the Lost City of Atlantis was attached.
2. Did I mention the Velcro? Don't place it perfectly and it will cut you and show you who's boss. See picture - I've got that on both sides after running a 5k. Not bad enough you have a swollen ankle? Now you're bleeding.
3. It's not subtle. Why add so much red to a black brace? You can see in the picture the little red on the front. There's also a red racing stripe down the back, the bottom eyelets are red, and the ends of the laces are tipped in red. Yes, everyone, look at my ankle!! Maybe you'll ask me what happened?!
4. The laces. In an emergency, it can do double duty as a dog leash and be used to pull vehicles out of ditches. Not sure you've heard about the Velcro, but when you think to yourself, "I'll put my foot up on this chair and gently lay the straps down to the side so they won't stick to anything" you'll soon discover the fool that you are - those long laces are going to seek out that Velcro like I seek out ice cream. It won't take but a few days before your laces are frizzed like my hair in the rain. Where you gonna tuck those red-tipped laces after your bow is tied? You're not.
5. In spite of those long laces, you still pretty much have to take the whole thing apart to get your foot in and out. It's a project, you need to set aside some time. Like I almost cried when I realized my foot wouldn't fit in my shoe and I needed to change my socks; in the end, it was a brown sock in a black shoe day, this girl doesn't have that kind of time in the morning. Many days I'm getting changed a couple times in a day (like when I go to the gym); it's a little crushing thinking about the procedure that's coming getting in and out of it.
6. For some reason, my swollen ankle doesn't actually hurt. I'm pretty sure if you are in pain, you are going to be in more pain getting in and out of it. It's not easy to maneuver your foot in and out.
As always, my opinions are subtle, unlike say, this brace.