Mcdavid Ankle Brace, Ankle Support, Ankle Support Brace for Ankle Sprains, Volleyball, Basketball for Men & Women, Sold as Single Unit (1)
- PREVENTS and/or helps RECOVER from common ankle sprains
- SUPPORTIVE Design simulates athletic tape with figure-6 strapping pattern
- COMPRESSION and COMFORT top strap for custom fit
- ADJUSTABLE without unlacing or removing shoe
- BREATHABLE ventilated tongue
- COMFORTABLE padded lining reinforces closures
- Athletes participating in an independent study at a major research university had 3x fewer injuries when wearing the Mcdavid 195 ankle brace
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From the manufacturer
Constructed of single-layer polyester fabric for full support and minimal weight.
Unique strap design simulates athletic tape with figure-6 strapping pattern.
Decreases risk of injury 3x. Athletes in an independent study at major university had 3x fewer injuries when wearing this brace.
Padded lining and reinforced closures for a comfortable fit.
Best for: moderate to major instabilities - proactive injury prevention - post-surgical joint protection.
|195 Ankle||4197 Ankle||199 Lace Up Ankle||461 Ankle||432 Ankle||431 Ankle Sleeve|
|Level of protection||3||3+||3||2||2||1|
|Best for||Moderate to major instabilities||Major joint instabilities||Moderate to major instabilities||Minor to moderate ligament instabilities||Minor to moderate ligament instabilities||Minor pain and sprains|
|Primary material||Durable canvas||Lightweight neoprene blend with memory foam||Breathable vinyl mesh||Polyurethane||High performance neoprene||High performance neoprene|
|Easy wear access||Front laces with strap||Rear quick wrap closure||Front strap||Rear step-in with strap||Slip on sleeve||Slip on sleeve|
|Support Mechanism||Figure 6 strap||Figure 8 strap and molded exoskelton||Spring steel stays||Y strapping||Figure 8 strap||Compression|
|Non slip foot bed||✓||✓|
|Fits left or right ankle||✓||✓||✓||✓|
The McDavid 195 Ultralite Ankle Brace is designed to support the ankle in prevention and/or recovery of sprains. Constructed of 600 denier nylon fabric for full support and minimal weight. Design simulates athletic tape with figure-six strapping pattern. Elastic top strap for added support and custom fit. Fully adjustable without unlacing or removing shoe. Ventilated tongue breathes with you. Padded lining and reinforced closures. Built-in anatomical arch adds support and all-gamefort. Fits right or left ankle. Sold individually.
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I was looking for ankle brace the would give the most lateral support.
I've injured both my ankles while playing ultimate Frisbee. I love the game and will continue playing no matter what.
So wearing support is now a must for me otherwise I easily roll my ankle on a sharp turn or a stop during the game.
So again, my intent is to use ankle support for already injured ankle while playing active sports.
Brace that only helps "prevent" injury is useless, I'm already injured.
For Ultimate Frisbee I need "ultimate" ankle support.
So here is my list.
1. Best support and price
#1 Laced Ankle Brace With Stabilizing Strap For Flexible Support. Breathable Neoprene Braces Made By Product Stop. (Large)
Plastic on both sides makes all the difference. I can tighten it with the straps as tight as I want. Foot stays flexible. I've played Frisbee at full strength and didn't have any pain from my injured right ankle.
2. Best support as well, but expensive
Zamst A2-DX Left Ankle Brace, Black, Large
When I read in one of negative reviews for this product that it is too complicated to put on, that was a selling point for me.
Brace that is easy to put on cannot give good support. A good brace would mold into your foot, it shouldn't be easy to put it on.
So I got it, played at full speed and it was most of the time very safe.
The only thing I didn't like is that material of the boot and the straps can stretch a little, so it make it quite flexible, but would let the ankle roll in some really extreme twist. I would sacrifice some of flexibility for a guarantee that it wouldn't let the ankle roll no matter what.
3. These 3 braces have the same design, good basic support, but not good for ultimate game
ASO Ankle Stabilizer, Black, X-Large
Best price, design and durability
McDavid 195 Deluxe Ankle Brace with Strap (Black, Large)
More expensive than ASO, nicer look, good durability, but I don't like design of the straps (crossing straps should start from the back of the foot)
Shock Doctor Ultra Wrap Lace Ankle Support (Black, Large,9-9.5)
Price is OK, but not very durable. 7-10 games destroyed it quickly.
The Med Spec ASO was by far the best because it was less intrusive, didn't cause blisters, and the laces were thinner than the others meaning it takes of less space. It works.
On the other hand, KungFu4Less collects California sale tax from me 8%, actually, my local tax is 7.75%. This is sales tax Fraud.
My best suggestion is to try it on somewhere before you make purchase online.
Your ankle is completely secured. This product is well designed. The straps are not complicated at all. It creates a tight snug fit so you will have to wrestle it on and off, but I think that speak to the level of how secure they make your ankle.
The profile of the brace is not bulky at all. Fits foot like a glove and slips into your shoe with no problem.
I highly recommend. I looked at every brand. There is a reason McDavid is a respected ankle brace brand.
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As for the brace:
I am 9UK and against some of the reviews went with the recommended sizing and it was the right call: 9UK is M. I think that M will be ok up to 9.5UK and 10UK (with narrow foot) anything above would need to go for L
The brace itself is well made: it mimics taping the foot so if you ever taped your feet it does exactly that. Even though it doesnt seem to add much bulk to the foot it actually does: when you put it on the sock it does become bulky. I have rolled my ankle less than 10 ago so I dont mind and need this to stabilize it, but something to be aware of.
To put it on (or take off for that matter) is bit of a faff: the lacing on the brace prevents it from being easily taken off.
Overall happy with the purchase: the ankle definitely feels stable (still painful) but i feel definitely more secure in it. As a basketball player will be interesting to see how restrictive it is (it does feel restrictive as it stands) but with the swelling it may become more flexible (I hope)
I know it looks bulky, but it is very comfortable. My advice - don't tighten the laces too much. I did that in the beginning out of overabundance of caution - I wanted my ankle to be supported. In fact - try wearing it with the laces tied, but as loose as possible. The two velcro straps on the sides are plenty support.
Big thanks to the designers and the producers of this strap. I really can't thank you enough. I am trying not to jinx myself, but this brace has been a lifesaver
However, it does what I need it to do, so overall, I'm happy with it.
My past injuries, now 30 years on have resulted in a permanent weak ankle. The McDavid serves to deliver a level of support, but relies on some compression as well as the strapping support. My feelings are that it would give better support if it extended further up,ones leg. I felt it just a little low on the calves to give real long lasting support.
It helps, it's not uncomfortable to wear and is well made, quality structure and worth it's money.
I also have air filled jell cushion supports that fit inside two solid plastic templates that fit on each side of my ankle. These supports, although twice the price, deliver better long term support. One fears that surgery is probably now a more realistic solution to quite a debilitating condition
Also I'm size 37 EU and the S was to big so I ordered the XS and it fits Great!