What Knee Sleeve Companies Don't Want You to Know
90% of Knee Sleeve Companies use some variant of a petroleum based neoprene. The sad part is that most companies don't see the problem with selling low quality materials at top dollar prices. They totally know its not even close to the highest quality materials. You might be asking, "Well why should I care?" which is a normal response, but try thinking about it this way:
The average knee sleeve costs $30-$50, and there's a really high chance that you're going to have to replace your sleeves due to excessive usage/smell/looseness etc. You're going to have to replace those in about a month or two depending on how hard they can take a beating. This has to sound familiar because we found ourselves in the same predicament - replacing something that shouldn't have to be replaced so often. We wanted a solution for this- and we found one. Let us introduce our new favorite friend: Ecoprene.
The Difference You Can Feel (and Smell)
Ecoprene is a whole different animal. Ecoprene is a Limestone based Neoprene- mined from the special reserves in Japan. The uniform cell structure of Ecoprene is what makes it so uniquely durable- The picture below gives an accurate idea as to why Ecoprene is on a completely different level than petroleum based neoprene.
So here's the bottom line: Ecoprene is 98% water resistant - so say goodbye to stink. Power drying Ecoprene is also a huge benefit, so no more wet knee sleeves. Ecoprene is also more durable & holds its shape better while still being just as flexible. Ecoprene is truly the next step in knee sleeve evolution. Once you understand the hype, it makes sense why we wanted to shed some light on the current knee sleeve situation. Check the chart below to get a visual representation as to how well Ecoprene performs against the competition.
Ecoprene™ vs Petroleum Based Neoprene
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The natural components and advanced processing of Ecoprene™ create a skin like feel with a low stretch ratio. Meaning, your sleeve will fit, feel, stretch, and last better than traditional neoprene sleeves.
Ecoprene’s perfectly-uniform cell structure is paired with a hyper-composite coating to reject sweat and bacteria. On the other hand, neoprene’s randomized build creates pockets which harbor bacterial growth and unneeded moisture.
Industry-leading neoprene is a toxic, petroleum-based substance, which is heavy and has trouble retaining shape over time. Ecoprene’s™ limestone base is 99.7% calcium carbonate, providing more integrity and structure.
During production, the Ecoprene™ cells lock in nitrogen gas for additional insulation. This, combined with the hyper-composite shell, provides for optimal heat retention. By promoting circulation and warmth, performance is improved and injury avoided.
- Chris Spealler
Being Part of the WORKT family has been a pleasure in both the development of product and support of athletes. I am confident that the new product we have coming out is the best and most comfortable on the market. Can't wait to share it with the rest of the community as we continue to support those around us.- 7x Games Athlete and Podium Finisher
- Darcie Warren
WORKT knee sleeves are the only knee sleeves I use. Whether I'm training high volume or heavy reps, in training or in competition, I always have them with me and they never let me down- Regional Athlete
- Van Hatfield
I have tried every knee and elbow sleeve known to man, I've been competing in strength sports for over 20 years. I do not rep many products because most are the same, good but not great. That being said, WORKT Sleeves are the best on the market by far, support, keeping joints warm, but most important, the best warranty on the market.- America's Strongest Man 2004, Professional Strongman
- Adrian Conway
WORKT sleeves have increased my performance and confidence with my workouts. There is nothing more supportive and performance driven than this product.- Athlete and Strength Coach
- Cassidy Duffield
As a weightlifter, I've tried just about every sleeve on the market. WORKT is by far the highest quality and the most comfortable and functional sleeve out there.- National Champion Weightlifter and Regional Athlete
5mm Knee Sleeve
The 5mm knee sleeve is for high mobility workouts: Box Jumps, Burpees, Pistols & Double Unders. The added stability, compression, and warmth will make or break those last reps.
7mm Knee Sleeve
Cleans, deadlifts, & ATG Squats are great examples of when the 7mm will shine. Increase endurance while reducing risk. Stabilize your movements, improve circulation, and protect your joints.