EVS Sports SX01 Knee Brace : Review & Best Prices

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OUR THOUGHTS:

Whether you’re riding the trails or at the track, racing or just rolling some sweet single-track, you want to be protected for those inevitable get-offs. Even slow speed tip-overs can leave an unprotected rider with an injury.  So you’ve invested in a good helmet, MX boots, gloves, maybe a chest protector and definitely some googles.

 

But what about your knees? The knee, generally speaking, is one of the weakest links in the excellent design that is the human body. As I and so many others can tell you;  recovery from knee surgery is no picnic. Depending on the severity of your injury, you could be looking at several months off the bike and riding the couch. Now throw in missed work, the medical bills, etc. Not preferable. Understand that a quality knee brace isn’t for post injury! The idea here is to avoid all that pain and hassle.

 

Don’t confuse Knee Braces with Knee Pads. There’s a reason why a pair of braces can cost 10x that of a pair of knee pads. There’s no doubt the cost of a good set of knee braces will induce sticker shock for those new to the sport of motocross or off-road riding, but take it from someone who’s damaged both knees, it was a LOT more expensive to get my knees fixed than it was to buy my first set of Asterisk Cells back in the day.

SOME KNEE BRACE BACKGROUND

Before Asterisk introduced the massively popular Cell knee brace, there wasn’t an off-the-shelf choice in quality knee protection available to the public. At the time there were a few knee braces classified as medical devices, the most popular with motocrossers was the CTi and later CTi2, designed and manufactured by Jim Castillo (Innovation Sports).  These are extremely expensive, custom fitted devices that usually require a doctor’s prescription to be obtainable.

 

Seeing the need for an off-the shelf, affordable but effective knee brace, the Castillo crew started Asterisk, a wholly owned subsidy of Innovative Sports. The rest as they say is history.  They designed and built in-house, what has become the defacto standard in knee brace design and technology for motocross and other action sports.  Looking at the major brand’s knee brace offerings available today, you can see a little Cell in all of them.

 

Our Asterisk Cell Knee Brace Review, re-published from 2002.
Also from that year, our Innovation Sports CTi2 Review

 

**Note: The Castillo’s have since sold both Innovation Sports and Asterisk, both company’s continue to develop and produce their respective braces.


THE EVS SPORTS SX01 “BRACE”

EVS Sports has become a major player in the “brace” and protection business, having started mostly with well made knee pads.  They’ve since moved into full-fledged knee braces and other devices and offer a brace to I’d consider, called the Web.

 

IT’S NOT A KNEE BRACE.

 

The SX01 discussed here, should NOT be called a knee brace in our opinion. While it does offer support and impact protection, it can not be compared to any true knee brace. Don’t get me wrong, wearing this knee support is vastly superior to wearing nothing or using only knee pads.  Clearly, the best knee braces on the market are a major investment. This knee support should be considered an alternative to no protection, something to get you through until enough pennies have be saved to buy the real thing.

 

THAT BEING SAID…

 

This brace supports your leg and offers some compression, as it’s a form-fitting pull-on model. The knee cup can be taken out or left in for extra protection. When worn by motocross or off-road racers, the brace can potentially limit hyper-extension. This is due to “bilateral polycentric hinges” on either side of the brace. While they do have high-quality construction, they are still secured to a flexible fabric. This means that they might not withstand a huge impact as well as hinges attached to a solid material could potentially do. To get these types of knee braces even more securely fastened, you can tighten down the upper and/or lower compression velcro straps to your preference. Again, this construction is strong, but perhaps not strong enough for more aggressive riding.

 

If riding off-road or motocross in the heat, you’ll appreciate the airprene construction in these knee braces. That material, while being sturdy and durable, is also lightweight and breathable. The SX01 is sold in a youth size as well as sizes small through extra-large. It has a universal design and sold individually, so you’d have to purchase two if care about both of your knees.

 

Materials:

  • Bilateral polycentric (6061 T-6) aircraft-grade aluminum hinges.
  • Lightweight and breathable Airprene construction.
  • Removable knee cup.
  • Note: Sold individually, must purchase two if a set is needed.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

7.5 Total Score
Well made, affordable knee support

The EVS SX01 knee brace is a solid, entry-level choice. It provides support in the form of compression, and you can get things even tighter using the additional velcro straps. It does offer a level of protection against hyperextension, and there are several sizes to to choose from.

Build Quality
8.5
Comfort
9
Protection
5.5
Fit
7.5
Value
7
PROS
  • With a snug fit and a breathable material, it can be quite comfortable.
  • Riders can choose whether to use the included patella cup for additional impact protection.
  • It can reduce the likelihood of a hyperextension when you're involved in a low side crash, etc.
CONS
  • Remember that they're only sold individually, be prepared to pay double the listed price for a set. This can get a bit pricey for some casual riders.
  • The hook & loop straps might not be as durable as some would like.
  • The hinges are strong, but they might not do the job in a high-impact situation.
  • There are better, but more expensive, choices for knee protection for competitive motocross & off-road riders / racers.
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Bilateral polycentric (6061 T6) aircraft grade aluminum hinges Lightweight and breathable airprene construction Removable knee cup
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