Neoprene Open Patella / Open Back Athletic Knee Sleeve

This black knee sleeve is made out of premium-grade neoprene—a durable but flexible material with water-resistant qualities. The neoprene knee sleeve can help relieve pain associated with knee injuries, strains and sprains and arthritis. Some also use it for additional support during athletic activity. 

Detailed Description

Neoprene Knee Sleeve

This neoprene knee brace provides warmth and compression to the knee, which can diminish swelling and promote healing. The compression knee sleeve also features an open popliteal and open patella (open in the kneecap and behind the knee) for added comfort and a better fit.

The neoprene material that makes up this knee sleeve makes the knee brace unique in that it is made of the same sort of waterproof material of which equipment for water sports and activities, such as fly fishing waders or scuba diving suits, are made. However, this neoprene knee brace has not been tested specifically for water resistance. Besides its ability to withstand water, neoprene is used for such aquatic activities because it insulates against cold and is buoyant. For more options see BraceAbility’s full line of neoprene knee braces.

If you do wear this knee sleeve when you are sweating profusely or exposed to water, it is important to allow the padded knee sleeve to dry out completely before using it again for swimming, rowing, sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding or surfing, for example. Be sure to lay the neoprene athletic support out flat to dry.

Following are some injuries for which this knee sleeve with padding can help:

  • Moderate knee strain
  • Moderate knee sprain
  • Arthritis 
  • Athletic support

The sleeve itself is 13 inches long and the back and front of the knee are open, for additional comfort, fit and compression. The material that makes up this knee sleeve with neoprene is 3/16” thick, for compression and protection.

The padded knee brace is also free of latex, which is convenient for those with allergies to the material.

Neoprene Knee Brace for Injury Treatment

This neoprene sleeve is one of BraceAbility’s most popular knee supports as it holds up well to water, making it popular among watersports or any sport in which one might work up a sweat. For more sports-specific options, check out our full line of sports braces.

The warmth and compression the black compression sleeve provides can reduce swelling and encourage blood flow that speeds healing. The 3/16” inch-thick sleeve and anterior padding can also protect one from further or initial damage.  Therefore, this neoprene knee orthotic is used both for injury recovery and as a preventive care measure.

The soft material of the neoprene compression sleeve for the knee is flexible, so one can wear it as an added layer of protection as one gets back to athletic activity. This added protection can also boost one’s confidence – an important component of bouncing back from a knee injury.

Black Knee Sleeve with Open Kneecap

 This high-quality neoprene sleeve for knee care is a popular product among athletes and non-athletes alike thanks to the following qualities:

  • Made of premium-grade neoprene, a material with water-resistant properties
  • Provides warmth and compression
  • Reduces swelling
  • Promotes healing
  • Open patella design
  • 3/16” thick sleeve material and the open popliteal prevent bunching behind the knee joint
  • Treats moderate knee strains or springs, knee injuries and arthritis
  • Can be used for athletic support
  • Latex free
  • Discreet black color
  • Available in seven sizes (measure at circumference of knee joint at the mid-point of the patella):
    • Small:  13”-14”
    • Medium: 14”-15”
    • Large: 15”-16”
    • X-large: 16”-18”
    • 2XL: 18” to 20”
    • 3XL: 20”-22”
    • 4XL 22”-24”

Care instructions: If you use in water or when sweating excessively, lay out flat to dry and wait until it has fully dried before wearing it again.

Sizing Chart

Size6" above kneecapMiddle of kneecap
XS 16"-18" 12"-13"
S 17"-19" 13"-14"
M 18"-20" 14"-15"
L 19"-21" 15"-16"
XL 20"-22" 16"-18"
2XL 21"-23" 18"-20"
3XL 23"-26" 20"-22"
4XL 26"-29" 22"-24"
Measure the circumference around your leg at 6" above your kneecap, and at the middle of your kneecap, in inches.
Fit should be sung. If between sizes, order the smaller size.

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Customer Reviews




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I have recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both my knees. However, my left knee is significantly worse than my right, so I find that I need to keep compression on it and give it more support. I have a pair of closed neoprene sleeves--also from Braceability--but I found that the discomfort from pressure on my patella would force me to remove the sleeves after a little while, so I started looking at open patella sleeves. I finally settled on this one because it was open in both the front and back, it came in sizes that I knew would fit me, and because it appeared to have a flat enough profile that it would fit under ordinary pants such as jeans. When I got the sleeve I was initially a little dubious because it seemed a little light; the openings for the patella are not reinforced. However, I find that it is working for me. I'm able to wear it all day without discomfort and my knee feels better with it. It's not a stability brace but my knee does feel more stable while wearing it. I'm already planning to buy a second sleeve so that I'll have a pair; my slightly stronger right knee is feeling neglected. If you're needing a good bit of support for stability or support for the patella, this isn't the sleeve for you. But if you're like me needing light support and compression, this is a good option.

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