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The Dil Defender Pro looks like a performance part for the bike!



At a 90 degree angle the Defender offers unmatched impact protection above the knee.



Maximum surface contact and completely encapsulating.



The tibial hinge is brilliant.


The inside of the brace is as smooth and simple as the front.


Price:
$735-745 for one (price depends on UK exchange rate)

Initial Impressions:
1) Out of the box... SOLID carbon fiber work of art
2) 26 oz. on my scale!
3) Tibial rotational hinge!!!
4) Not easy to adjust extension stops
5) Great fit with boots
6) Does not catch on pants liner
7) Excellent fit
8) Wonderful strapping
9) 12 sizes available ensure a custom fit
10) Complete encapsulation of the knee

Doyle International Limited (DIL) comes to us from the UK and is seeking a way to break into the US market. The Defender Pro is just the product to do that.

Initial Concerns:
From a functional stand point, none, this brace is awesome. When bent at a 90 degree angle the encompassing knee cup seemed to stick out forward rather far but was easily corrected by removing some of the padding on the inside.

Weight lifting and running:
During leg workouts and running the Defender Pro feels great, no migration down the leg. Smooth fluid motion in the hinges and the straps are very nicely made. A knee sleeve is a must because the condylar padding WILL pull your hair.

Riding:
The brace fits well under normal riding gear (2000 MSR Rage pants) only slightly more bulky than the Cell. Pinching the tank with the brace feels completely natural as soon as you get on the bike. The brace does NOT tear up tank or shroud graphics. Range of motion was excellent. The most comfortable brace I have ever worn. I thought the brace would get hot because it is encompassing but it breathes remarkably well even on a 95 degree Texas afternoon.

Support:
Very strong with excellent surface coverage. When you reach full extension under a load you know it is not going anywhere. I had my leg out going around slick blue groove corner, slid the back end out a bit to far and when the bike regained its composure my foot hit a rut... SNAP I was at full extension and the bike pivoted on my leg, this thing is really strong. There is no doubt in my mind that this brace would have saved me from an ACL injury... if I had only known then what I know now, but hind sight is 20/20.

Maintenance:
Wash with mild soapy water, let air dry, light lubrication on hinges with graphite if needed. Water sport friendly. If the product is damaged in a heavy collision, they can replace the damaged component at a cost. The unit is modular therefore every component can be replaced in the event of a break, therefore you wont have to go out and buy a new brace say if just the shin section is damaged. The brace will in turn last as long as you continue to ride.

Likes:
• Complete custom fit
• Tibial hinge!
• Smooth action
• Solid carbon fiber
• Fast putting on and taking off
• Fits well under riding gear
• The most comfortable brace I have ever worn
• The best knee cup protection available
• 14 different size combinations
• Replaceable parts.

Dislikes:
• The hardest to adjust extension stops
• Knee sleeve MUST be worn unless you legs are hairless

Contacts:
Doyle International Limited
The Spires
2 Adelaide Street
Luton, Bedfordshire
United Kingdom
LU 5DU
Tel: +44 (0) 1582-755-000

Fax: +44 (0) 1582-755-009

E-mail: info@dil-kneebrace.com
www.dil-kneebrace.com

General Information
Provided by
Doyle International Limited

Defender Pro Info

Description

Activity Level

Contact, Cutting, High or Low impact

Knee Protection

MCL, ACL, PCL and Combined instabilities

Aesthetics

Solid Carbon Fiber

Ordering

Ready-to-fit, same day shipping

Warranty

6 months parts and labor with a one week money back guaranty. The material is guaranteed for normal wear and tear for one year.

Defender Pro Features

Tibial Hinge

Solid Carbon Fiber
Full coverage knee cup.

Defender Pro Sizes

Calf Measurement

Thigh Measurement
XX-Small 10.75 - 12 10.5 - 13.5
X-Small 12 - 14.25 13.5 - 16
Small 14 - 15.75 16 - 19
Medium 15.5 - 17.5 19 - 22
Large 17.25 - 19.5 22 - 25
X-Large 19.25 - 22 25.5 - +

All measurements are in millimeters. Measure the center of the knee 110mm above knee and 110mm below for correct measurement.

NOTE: Measure width not circumference!


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