Today I’m reviewing Rehband 7051 Knee Sleeves. They are probably the best knee sleeves on the market and easily the most popular among CrossFitters and power lifters today. They have built up a lot of hyp recently, but are they as good as they seem. Let’s see.
I’m going to take a look at them 5 different ways today as follows
- The pros and cons of course
- The material and does or will it last for you
- What can you use the 7051 knee sleeve for?
- What sizing options are there for you
The Rehband 7051 stands out and it is meant to make a statement as the colour is bright blue and only bright blue. When you see someone wearing bright blue knee sleeves they are most likely wearing the 7051s.
I wear knee sleeves, but currently don’t have Rehband.
Here is what Rehband has to say and they are spot on
- Knee sleeve in 7mm Neoprene
- Patented anatomic construction
- Stays in place during workouts
- Higher muscle coordination
- Increased joint stability
- Reduced energy waste
- Fast warm-up and retained temperature
- Relief of knee pain
The Price – Steep
The Rehband 7051 are on the pricey side, but are better quality than most. If you don’t want to spend the money on the Rehband, there are plenty of other’s you can choose from in our Amazon Shop
What Makes These Rehband 7051 s so Popular?
First let me start by saying that this knee sleeve is on top when you look at quality and design. A good knee sleeve has to do what it is supposed to do and this one does that better than others.
The other reason is surely because 2 of the best and well-known Crossfitters of today wear them. Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet from Canada and the 2014 fittest woman in the world, and Rich Froning of the US and 4 time fittest man in the world insist on Rehband knee sleeves
Durability and Material
The Rehband 7051 is made of 100%neoprene. The same material wet suits are made of and what most knee sleeves are also made of. They are 7mm thick which is the thickest you would want and still be able to move. 7mm is also common in most lifting competitions. This thickness gives maximum support, compression while still allowing comfortable mobility. Keep in mind that the sleeves I speak about are for Crossfit and lifting. If you are a runner, go for a thinner material
Not much in the way of negative points, but just as all neoprene knee sleeves you need to wash them frequently. They don’t take too long to smell pretty bad and could leave you standing alone in the gym after everyone ran away. I just throw mine in the washing machine with my gym gear every 2-3 workouts and they come out clean.
As I mentioned before they are among the most expensive, but as with most things, with quality comes price and I won’t complain when I get my pair.
Rehband has a good range of sizes from XS to XXL so they won’t leave a smaller woman out. Here’s what I learned about determining what size is best for you. Find the middle of your knee cap and measure 5 7/8 inches (don’t know why that number) and then measure the circumference of your leg at the 5 7/8 mark and use that number to match to a size on the sizing chart. Here’s a video to make this a little less muddy.
When I buy my knee sleeves I go for a size smaller just to make sure I have the right compression and they are snug throughout with no gaps.
Rehband is known for their durable products and that includes these knee sleeves. I have a gym buddy that has been wearing his for 4 years and he’s a 4-5 times a week guy. Yes they last long. The knee sleeves I wear now I have to replace every 2-3 years because they breakdown and become too loose to be any good.
Considering the all the sweat absorbed and the movement during exercise, the longevity of Rehband material is nothing short of impressive. Observe the stitching closely. You’ll see that Rehband’s fine craftsmanship keeps the sleeves intact effectively. It definitely makes your $40/sleeve worth it.
The Comfort Factor
When I talk 7mm I talk heavy-duty thick. Heavy duty warmth, comfort, stability and freedom of movement, but I also say heavy-duty sweat. These things are hot and get very wet very fast. That’s a good thing because the heat is keeping your knee joints warm and loose.
I go back to cleaning. They become a sweaty mess after a hard workout so don’t stash these in your zipped up gym bag for a couple of days or you will regret opening your gym bag if you know what I mean. Keeping them clean will actually help them to last longer.
Recovery Time and Compression Benefits
I wear my knee sleeves regularly and find that from time to time when going for a backsquat PR (personal best) my knees are a bit sore afterword. With them I lift heavier and have no pain. I can only imagine how much better I will feel with the Rehband 7051.
I have also found out that physiotherapists recommend these sleeves as well as some sports physicians so grab a pair on your way out 🙂
These sleeves are a no brainier. If you want the best in knee sleeves look no further. They are the best at keeping your knees warm and help keep the joint lubricated. They are the best in durability and comfort. Heavy lifts are where they excel at because that is where you need your knee sleeves to be there for you then most.
The knee sleeves I have now haven’t much life left in them, but I will keep them to the end and then grab a pair of Rehband 7051s and probably never look back.
Me, I’ve been an active fittness buff for as long as I can remember and 5 years ago I put all of my efforts into the great sport of CrossFit. This sport has elevated my fitness to new levels through a lot of hard work and dedication and I want to share this with you. Fitness keeps us healthy so get out there.