- Sold as a pair.
- Designed to minimise the risk of injury and aid performance.
- Registered and patented design developed in conjunction with elite athletes, coaches and health professionals.
- Approved IPF & IWF compliant with the maximum allowable 30cm length.
- 7mm high grade neoprene.
- Reinforced seam construction to maximise longevity.
The sizing chart is very accurate for smaller sizes. If your calf measurement falls on size medium or smaller under tight fit and you size down our history shows around 99% must return for larger size.
If your calf falls under 3XL or larger we find some of our customers prefer the fit if they do size down one size. If you are new to wearing knee sleeves we recommend going with the regular fit instead of tight, especially if you fall on size medium or smaller.
Craig Lahti (verified owner) –
After my trainer saw a competition video of me with a 725 lb yoke and no knee sleeves, he told me it was time to invest in a pair to help with stability. I did research on the Starting Strongman page and numerous other forums, and after a strong recommendation for SBD from a respected athlete/trainer, I decided to go with SBD.
Following the sizing guide, I decided to order a pair of XL. My measurements are as follows:
18.5″ Calves / 15.75″ Knees / 23″Thighs at the top of the sleeve (28″ full thigh).
The chart recommends sizing according to the knee measurement, but you should also take into consideration your calf size, if you have large calves. My knee measurement had me on the top end of standard fit for the knee sleeves, but my calf size wouldn’t have allowed me to go smaller.
My first workout in the sleeves, I noticed an immediate improvement in my knee positioning (knees didn’t buckle inward), which led to feeling more secure all around. My second workout, I surprised myself with the number of reps I hit with relative ease. The 3rd workout, I hit a PR by a mile.
I have always been weak on squats because of my insecurity with them, so anytime I squatted 315 up to 350 lbs, I performed poorly. The most I had ever hit for reps was 315 for 5 reps. On that 3rd workout with the SBD sleeves, I hit 325 for 10 reps, and it was the best my body had felt after squats. The workout was a 5, 3, 1+, so 325 lbs was 90% of my calculated max, so I was thrilled to get 10 reps.
Obviously, for more seasoned squatters, you won’t see as dramatic of results; however, these sleeves have helped me stay in better, tighter positioning, and the compression has helped with coming out of the hole. More than anything, I think the way they feel gave me substantially more confidence in the squat.
I will say they bunch a little bit on the backside of the sleeves because I can’t get the XL to stay up on thighs and I have to roll them up my calves to get them on, so I probably have too much fabric in the space, but my knee measurement was too small to go to the 2XL. With that said, I still feel tremendous support and benefit from the sleeves.
Brittany Barnes –
I have owned two pairs of knee sleeves now and I love them! My first pair I had for almost 2 years with almost no signs of wear or stretching out even after multiple machine washes. Only reason I bought another is because I out grew them. They are the most comfortable supportive knee sleeves on the market. I do recommend sizing up if you have bigger calves like I do.