Rehband 7051 Knee Sleeve ReviewAre These Really the Best Sleeves on the Market??
There is a lot of hype about the Rehband 7051 knee sleeves. They are without a doubt the most popular option for CrossFitters these days. But are they really as good as everyone thinks they are? In this review, I will:
- explore the good and the bad about these sleeves,
- discuss the material and it’s durability,
- cover what this particular knee sleeve is best used for,
- some real users video reviews
- and have a look at the sizing options avaible
When you enter the box and you see some athletes with their knees covered in blue, they are most likely wearing Rehband 7051 Knee Sleeves. Rehband is the undisputed leader of the knee sleeves pack, and the 7051 is considered their classic piece. This one certainly stands out in bright, no-nonsense royal blue.
The Best Come at a Price
These sleeves are on the upper end of the market in terms of price at $40 per sleeve, if you are on a budget, these may not be the best choice for you. We will go into what you get with these sleeves shortly and you can justify for yourself if these are right for you and if it is worth spending the money on them.
Why are Rehband so Popular?
In my personal opinion, this is partly because their brand is indorsed by 2 of the most well known names in CrossFit today; Rich Froning and Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet. Both of these athletes have won the CrossFit games at least once. Rehband, like Nike and other big name brands, have sponsored these 2 top athletes to get their name out there and known among the CrossFit community.
Having said that, there is no denying that this sleeve is top of the range when it comes to quality and performance. The very fact that the best of the best are willing to wear this brand should be enough prove of that.
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Material and Durability
Rehband 7051 is made of 100% neoprene material (the classic, most preferred material for knee sleeves) that’s 7mm thick. 7mm is the thickness limit of knee sleeves in most lifting competition and the right thickness for most people. It gives them ample support without compromising mobility during lifts. It’s a different case for running though. For running, thinner sleeves may be preferred.
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Durability is one of the things that Rehband takes pride on. They are designed and made in Sweden. Most cheaper knee sleeves only last for several months with regular use, but many users claim to using the same pair of Rehband sleeves for years! The people you see in the gym have probably been using those sleeves for a very long time.
Considering the all the sweat absorbed and the movement during exercise, the longevity of Rehband material is nothing short of impressive. Observe the stitching closely. You’ll see that Rehband’s fine craftsmanship keeps the sleeves intact effectively. It definitely makes your $40/sleeve worth it.
I’ll be honest, there aren’t many… The main drawback of 7051, and with sleeves made of neoprene material, is that they rapidly absorb moisture and odor. If you leave them in your gym bag for a long time, expect your other things to smell funky.
Air your sleeves right after each workout to release the odor and prevent moisture and bacteria from accumulating. Use (very) mild detergent to clean them but only once a month at most. Other people find a gentle disinfectant helpful in keeping the sleeves clean and odor free.
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The other thing that might throw a few people off them is the price. they are a little on the expensive side. But when you look at all the other things they have to offer, I think this price is more than fair for what you are getting.
Rehband sizes range from XS to XXL. Size is determined by locating the middle of your knee cap, measuring 5 and 7/8 inches down to your calf, and then measuring the circumference around that end point. 7051 fits very snuggly without affecting mobility. It’s highly advisable to get a size smaller. With 7 sizes to choose from, you certainly won’t go wrong.
Check out our full measuring guide here to better help you choose the perfect fit for you.
Warmth and Comfort
If you want to give your knees a sweat bath, then these are the right sleeves for you. At 7mm thickness, it definitely does a great job in upping the warmth in the knee area and lubricating your joints and loosening them. This is why it’s really important to air neoprene garments such as these after every workout. Because of this intense sweating, the 7051’s may not be the best for daily use outside the box. Thinner sleeves may be more apt for recovery outside the box.
Recovery Time and Compression Benefits
If you feel that your knees aren’t up for a new PB, slip on your 7051s and you’re guaranteed to hit your PB minus the pain. This one will get you through heavy deadlifts, squats, clean and jerks – you name it. They’re highly recommended by many coaches, especially to people who suffer chronic knee pain brought about by old age.
It also reduces recovery time noticeably. Swelling and knee pain dissipate faster when you workout with 7051. It’s definitely a good rehab companion, as long as you get your doctor’s approval. Your doctor will most likely recommend Rehbands anyway.
User Reviews and Videos
Lucky for us, there are LOTS of user reviews. I have compiled some of the best ones I found for you to see what others are saying.
Rehband 7051 is definitely a keeper. They lubricates your joints well enough for as much squatting and thrusting as you can handle. Expect it to last a long time in your arsenal. If durability is your sole basis, you know that you’re really getting your $40.00 worth here. But there’s more to it than durability.
They are an indispensable tool for a lot of lifters because they know they can trust Rehband to boost their performance even if their knees aren’t at their best. It will keep your endurance going no matter how much you’re lifting. Some may prefer knee wraps for heavier weights but it’s really a matter of preference.
Rehbands 7051 is best used for lifting and squats. 7mm provides the best buffer and support for this kind of activity. It can be unnecessarily thick and uncomfortable for running and other general activities though. It is also probably too thick for post-workout recovery, but you can probably wear it comfortably during the cold months.