Motocross Knee Braces - Dll Defender ( Review ) Pt. 2

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  1. Okiewan

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    by: David "Thump" Vaught
    UPDATE: SEEMS THE WEBSITE IS NO LONGER ... MAY HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS.

    The design objective is simple... Provide maximum protection to the knee during vigorous sporting activity with minimum restriction of the function of the knee joint.

    The exo-skeletal design of the Defender Pro1 encloses the vulnerable parts of the knee in a strong shell, protecting it from impact injury.

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


    Initial Impressions:
    • Out of the box... SOLID carbon fiber work of art
    • 26 oz. on my scale!
    • Tibial rotational hinge!!!
    • Not easy to adjust extension stops
    • Great fit with boots
    • Does not catch on pants liner
    • Excellent fit
    • Wonderful strapping
    • 12 sizes available ensure a custom fit
    • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Dislikes:

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

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    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


    See Part Three for the XO Skelton Rage
     
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