The Benefits of Knee Sleeves
Written by Nick Hawkes

You have probably seen athletes around the gym sporting some flashy, bright blue knee sleeves. And, you might have said to yourself “self, those a super stylish and I wonder if I could benefit from their brilliant blue power for performance while enhancing my workout ensemble.” The answer is probably yes, but lets take a look at the reason why one might want to invest in some knee sleeves.

Are you experiencing knee pain or discomfort? If the answer is yes, then it is best to identify why that is. Are you experiencing tendinitis, pain due to mobility issues, or are your movement patterns off? If any of the aforementioned describes you, try to tackle these issues first, otherwise knee sleeves would only be a temporary fix and not a permanent solution for solving the underlying issue. Kind of like driving around town with a spare tire on your corvette after getting a flat. You can do it, but it looks tacky and you will still be unable to maximize the full potential of your ride.

There are a few different types and materials of sleeves to choose from, so identifying exactly what you want them for will help narrow down the search:

Cloth sleeves: compression and some warmth.

Neoprene sleeves: warmth, injury prevention, and mild compression.

Knee wraps: Extreme compression, typically worn for performance.

The sleeve that I have found work best for CrossFit are the Rehbands. They are a neoprene sleeve that provide just the right amount of compression and warmth, keeping your knees feeling as “snug as a bug in a rug.” Since purchasing my pair, I have experienced less knee issues than I have in the past and wear them for just about every workout session. In fact, I even wore them while hiking a stint on the Appalachian Trail, 60 miles in 3 days and my knees appreciated the extra love.

Although I love the Rehbands, they can be a bit pricey, around $80 for a pair. If that is a bit out of your budget, Tommy Kono makes a comparable sleeve for about 1/2 the price. Both brands provide the same thing, warmth and mild compression, but the Kono’s are more difficult to get on and off and they tend to tear at the top. And if you are a Sasquatch type of human being, the TK’s will assist in hair removal along your entire leg in a “ripping off a band aid” type of way.

The down side to the neoprene sleeves can be the smell that accumulates after only a few training sessions; a pungent oder that stings the nostrils, and not in a good way, kind of like pure gasoline. So, if you do decide to treat your knees like a neoprene bagel dog, you will want to wash your sleeves often or perhaps invest in a second pair. Your nose, and everyone else will thank you.

Rehbands can be purchased at jackal’s gym or

Tommy Kono’s can be purchased here or here

If you have any questions if sleeves would be right for you, feel free to ask one of your Invictus coaches. We are always happy to assist.

  • Adam Wright

    Terrific article Jamie! getting a pair now!

  • Jonathan Mexico

    I decided to get the old version of the Rehband and I consider them much more solid than the new model. The old version is completely blue and still sold on for those who are interested. I believe the old solid blue model to provide better compression and more stability for those heavy lifts.

    • Jaimie Bougie

      I like the blue ones, too

      • Kyle McDermid (Canada East)

        I have the blue and love them. Just remember that some places are only selling one sleeve for the posted price.

        • Jonathan Mexico

          Absolutely. Same is true for so don’t be that guy who orders 1

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  • I just bought one for my injured knee but the store just had Rehband with hole for the kneecap. What’s the difference and which is to prefer?

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  • EA

    The sizing advice mentions competition fit and regular fit options. Which is best for crossfit?

  • Really good article! I’m currently using the blue Rehband’s they do wonders!

  • I have the blue one…it’s great for me!

  • Bobby Voliva

    In regards to the stink of the knee sleeves, I’ve had great success with a product called Norwex Sportzyme. It kills the little critters that cause the smell instead of masking it like detergents do. For what it’s worth I don’t have any vested interest in the product or the company, just wanted to share it with those who had the same stinky problem I did.

  • Mike Bogdan

    so which one smells more like sex panther then?

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  • Mikkey

    I love my tommy kono’s, theyre great.
    took some time to learn how to put them on properly and painlessly, doing that is a workout itself.
    I found chalking the insides helps with any unwanted hair removal.

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  • Keira Martins

    Amazing blog! Just loved reading this post, thanks for letting us know about the benefits.

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  • Kameron Theede

    What is better the 5mm thickness or the 7mm thickness?

  • COCO

    hi there, I’ve had 3 surgerys on my knee. 2 acl, one cadaver. one hamstring. cadaver now and still having pain and issues. I also torn mcl once. and minicus 2 times. with 2 days ago just re tearing again and maybe more. waiting on mri as we speak.

    Im looking to see if a compression band would help me. on my surgery knee as well as my other knee witch is now having pain from compensating.

    I should add I’m 27 only. and now will be having my 4th surgery on this knee.
    I’d also like to know if I am able to have a partial or full knee replacement surgery as my standard of life has suffered and continues to get worse. where I’m falling into a depression and losing my self. I live in ontario, canada. and as we have free health care here the process is so slow. i can’t affors to lose my life any further. my life was all surrounded by being active. I haven’t kicked a ball in 5 years now. I need help. and I feel like the doctors I see just do a quick fix rather then solving my pain. 5 years since surgery one. and not a day with out pain since. … last I should add is I also have remotoid arthritis in my knee.

    • MrMoruss78 .

      You are able to have knee replacements, if it is warranted. However, at such a young age doctors are very reluctant to do such a procedure, seeing that the prosthetic knees only last about 15-20 years. Usually here in the States the process is to have some kind of Acetyl injection and steroids to help alleviate the pain.
      Also, if you don’t have any cartilage damage ( the shiny, smooth stuff that covers the ends of the bones) there is also a meniscus replacement surgery and stem cell or PRP treatments. Hope this helps you.
      I think that knee sleeves/bracing will help you get around on a daily basis however and keeping them warm/moving them around is always a good idea.

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  • ucr2027

    Am looking at the blue rehband knee supports. Plan to use them for leg workouts. Has anyone used then for trail runs and stairs.

  • Tim Rogers

    60% of the time, it works every time. (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself but to continue the “Anchorman reference”.)

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  • Rick

    Great article! Knee sleeves help me during my workouts. Also found some helpful information at
    Thanks for writing good information.

  • Vinny

    I just purchased my rehband sleeves. They are comfortable but when I squat both the bottom and top seem to open up (small gap between sleeves and skin). I purchased larges but think maybe I should have gone medium. I’m just afraid they might be too tight in the knee at that point. Any words of wisdom?

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  • Alfredo Sitarosa

    i would suck off anyone wearing those

  • Lisa Garcia

    Hello, thank you for taking the time to write this post. I am trying to buy my wife a knee sleeve for mainly running, but with so many different styles and brands, I find myself lost. Can you help? Thanks in advance!

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    • Daniel Savuica

      I would also recommend Reap Fitness copper knee sleeves. Probably the only ones on Amazon that come in a pair.:

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  • davidrosetta

    Compression socks and sleeves can be worn during activity to alleviate pain from common conditions such as calf and Achilles tendon strains, calf cramps, and shin splints. They can also be worn after activity as part of the recovery process from a run to decrease swelling and soreness in the foot, ankle, and lower leg.

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    Wearing compression socks and sleeves improves the performance of athletics.

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  • Dvider4

    An advice. It’s better to purchase a pair of rehband 5mm or a pair of another borderline brand 7mm?

    • Stephen T

      It’s all the same material in my opinion.

      5mm is thinner , 7mm for powerlifting definitely

      rehbands are a little too expensive for me though but found a pair on amazon from a company called primal elite , it actually feels identical when compared to rehbands (the original blue ones) that my friend at the gym owns.

  • Amin

    Hi, which one is better for squat and deadlift, 7mm or 5mm from rehband?

    • Daniel Savuica

      I use the 7mm by Reap Fitness (you can find them on Amazon). I feel a lot safer squatting in 7mm and if used over leggings the discomfort is close to 0. Happy squatting

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  • Nadine Microutsicos

    had knee replacement6 months ago. should I wear knee sleeve before excercise?

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