The Bear KompleX sleeves are specially designed for crossfit and heavy squatting. The sleeves are thick and provide good support. However they are too thick for other sports like running or jogging, and not really suitable for everyday wear either.
The sleeves come in 10 colors and sizes between S and XL. 5mm and 7mm thick versions are available too - the thicker gives more support for heavy lifting, the thinner gives more freedom of movement.
|designed for squatting and crossfit||not suitable for other usage|
|great value, comes as pair||tends to give in early|
|no metal or latex in it||the neoprene smell takes time to go away|
|provides great support||the 7mm versions can be too stiff|
As the Bear KompleX brace is intended for weight-lifting and crossfit, so measuring the size is a bit different than for other braces. To get the size you need, you'll have to bend your knee about 30 degrees and measure the circumference of your knee at the middle of your patella.
|Size at mid-patella||Size code|
|9.5 ... 11.5 inches||S|
|11.5 ... 13.5 inches||M|
|13.5 ... 15.5 inches||L|
|15.5 ... 18 inches||XL|
|18 ... 20 inches||XXL|
The sizing chart is also available on the product's page.
If you have a hard time deciding between two sizes, get the larger one. Only get the smaller one if you are sure you want tight compression and do not have large calves or thighs.
The length of the sleeve is a bit more than 11 inches in the front, and about 7 inches in the back.
The sleeve is specialized for crossfit and heavy squat usage, so it's not suitable for sports which require more freedom of movement, for example running, swimming or dancing.
You sleeve will stabilize your knees, and help you with the squats. You will feel less knee pain when squatting with these braces on.
If you did the exercises incorrectly due to the pain, the braces will help you execute them properly.
If you have a hard time squatting due to knee tendon pain, the sleeve will help you by taking over some load from the strained tendons.
The sleeve is very strong so it will help prevent injuries too.
You can wear the Bear KompleX sleeves above or bellow your gym pants. As the sleeves are mainly for workouts with heavy weights, you'll probably want to wear them only for those exercises.
This is a thick brace designed for weight lifting, so it's a bit warm too. The sleeve does not slip so it will not cause issues during the workout.
For best results hand wash them in warm soapy water and let them dry, avoid the dryer. While the brace survives the washing machine this isn't recommended.
The sleeve is made of neoprene, so it will have neoprene smell initially.
The material is either 5mm thick or 7mm thick depending on the version you buy (you can choose before buying). The thicker one provides more support for lifting large weights, while the thinner one provides more freedom of movement.
The product contains no latex so you will not get latex allergy from it. There's also no metal in it.
The Bear KompleX sleeves come as a pair. A wide range of colors is available, so you will surely find one you like. The sleeve is thick but not padded, so it will not protect you from falling or diving.
Knee wraps can provide even more compression.
The Bear KompleX sleeves tend to give in faster than expected.