Blitzu Knee Brace Review

Overview

The Blitzu knee brace is a great and comfortable all-rounder brace, which helps by reducing knee loading and pain, and increases endurance if you are sporting. It works well for pain caused by tearing, arthritis, injuries and surgeries. The brace comes as a pair, so it's more economical than other similar braces. The brace is essentially the same as the SB SOX brace. If you are looking for a thick sleeve for crossfit or lifting, check out the Bear CompleX sleeve.

Pro Con
suitable for most light sportsnot for swimming or lifting heavy
thin enough to fit under clothingno padding, no protection in an accident
does not contain metalno lateral support
works well against knee-paindoes not help everyone
fits well if sized wellsizing is a bit hard, XL not available
economical, comes as paironly hand wash for best results
one year warrantyarrived damaged for some

Sizing the brace

The sizing chart for the Blitzu brace is essentially the same as the chart for the SB SOX brace. You'll have to measure your thigh circumference four inches above the top of your patella.

Thigh sizeSize code
14.5 ... 17 inchesS
17 ... 19.5 inchesM
19.5 ... 22 inchesL

If you do not measure 4 inches from the top of your knee cap you may get a too tight or too loose fit.

The length of this brace is about 10.5 inches from top to bottom, the rear side is slightly shorter.

XL size is not available.

Looks simple, works well.
Looks simple, works well.

Sporting with the sleeve

The Blitzu brace is especially suitable for light sports which include lots of walking and running, for example basketball, soccer, football, tennis or dancing. The sleeve can also help with climbing too. The brace takes over some load from your knees, so you'll be able to run and walk more with the brace on.

If you had an ACL or MCL injury, you will find that it's easier and less painful to move around with the brace on.

The brace has a silicone strip on the top so it does not slip. It breathes very well so you will not get sweaty from wearing it.

If you are into weight-lifting or crossfit you may want to check the Bear CompleX sleeve.

The brace is not padded so it's not suitable for sports where you slide on your knee.

The brace was not designed for pool use, the chlorinated water may reduce it's lifetime. You can still use it in a pool just make sure you wash it thoroughly in running water once you are out of the pool.

Helping your health

If you feel knee pain after overloading your knee, this brace is for you.

It's a good choice if you had a knee injury, or if your knees are damaged for arthritis. Wearing the brace for shorter times, for example during arthritis flare-ups works really well too.

As the brace works by taking over some load from your knees, it works well for ACL and MCL injuries, meniscus tears and runner's knee too. Wearing the brace will lower the chance of injury too - just make sure you do not push it too much.

The brace is very comfortable and helps if you had an accident or a knee surgery.

The sleeve stabilizes the whole knee, including the patella, so you'll feel less popping and clicking there.

Wearing the Blitzu sleeve

This sleeve is suitable for wearing under and over your clothes too. The sleeve is not thick so it will not be visible unless you wear thin and tight pants.

The brace has a silicone strip on the top and bottom to prevent slipping, so it's better to wear them under pants as they are more likely to stay in place that way.

Washing it

For best results simply hand wash the brace in your sink, and let it dry by itself. Do not twist, as this may damage the material.

The sleeve holds up well.
The sleeve holds up well.

Material and quality

According to Blitzu, the material is "POWER+ Premium Performance Fabric". In reality this is a mixture of nylon and spandex, with wavy silicone strips on the top and the bottom. The brace contains no metal, and probably no latex either, still it's better to be careful if you have latex allergy.

Good to know

The brace does not have lateral side support, so if your knee is exceptionally instable it will not help. It's not FDA certified, however these knee braces are rarely FDA certified.

The brace comes only in orange color - if you want other colors you may want to check the SB SOX brace too.

The brace comes as a pair, so you'll get one for both knees. Other braces usually come as single.

The brace is overall well made and very comfortable. It's not padded so it will not protect your knee in an accident.

The issues

The Blitzu and the SB SOX brace seem to be the same - make sure you go for the cheaper one. There is no XL size from this brace.