WHAT IS IT? The K1 youth knee brace is designed for
kids. It uses Pod’s innovative synthetic ligament hinge,
just like the adult-sized K300 and K700 braces.
WHAT’S IT COST? $199.95 (each), $399.95 (pair).
CONTACT? www.podactive.com or your local WPS
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Pod K1 youth knee brace.
(1) Hinge. The most interesting part of the Pod K1
brace is the hinge. Its synthetic ligament system mimics
the natural movement of the knee. Called Human Motion
by Pod MX, the rubber-band-like system moves smoothly
and doesn’t bind up like most mechanical-hinge-equipped
braces. Additionally, the synthetic ligaments can easily be
replaced without having to buy a new brace. Extension
stops are included to prevent hyperextension, with
options from 0 degrees all the way up to 25 degrees.
( 2) Frame. Composed of a sturdy injection-molded
nylon frame, the K1 is very rigid. The frame is 13 inches
long (youth medium), which offers substantial coverage
for smaller riders. A floating patella knee cup attaches
to the hinge for protection; however, as is the case with
Pod’s adult braces, the patella cup leaves an open area
for handlebars to make contact with a rider’s leg when
the knee is bent at a 90-degree angle. It is disconcerting.
Overall weight for a youth medium brace is a hair over
( 3) Sizing. The Pod K1 brace is available in youth
medium or youth large. To determine which brace fits
best, measure the width and circumference of your knee.
If you fall between 3. 5 and 3. 7 inches (width) and 10. 8
to 11. 6 inches (circumference), then the youth medium
should fit best. If your knee width is 3. 7 to 4.0 inches and
circumference is between 11. 6 and 12. 6 inches, then opt for
the youth large. For best results, we recommend trying the
brace on to ensure proper fit before buying.
( 4) Straps. Four adjustable Velcro straps allow for a
customized fit. Pod includes a variety of padding thicknesses
for comfort. This also allows the brace to grow along with
the rider. We like that the straps are numbered to remind
the rider of the proper strap-tightening order.
( 5) Performance. Our youth test riders remarked on
how sleek the frame was in that they could have positive
contact when gripping the bike. It took some time to get
the brace to fit properly, but once the straps and padding
were dialed in, the brace was hardly noticeable. Pod is
really onto something with its synthetic hinge design,
because every test rider mentioned how fluid the brace
felt when moving in it. Parents will be particularly excited
to hear that the K1 brace is CE certified and can be
covered by some health insurance plans with a doctor’s
prescription. And, at less than $400 a pair, the Pod K1
brace is well priced in comparison to the competition.
The brace is also quite light.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We wish that the patella
guard offered more protection when the knee is fully bent.
It’s hard to beat the comfort, coverage,
performance and price tag of the Pod K1
youth knee brace. This is a great buy for
parents who are concerned about the safety
of their child’s knees.
POD MX K1 YOUTH KNEE BRACE
MXA TEAM TESTED