If you’re a rider that’s looking for premium protection at a price that is still within reach, the Pod MX K4 Knee Brace is a great option that blends performance and price. The K4 works as the little brother to the K8 Knee Brace and the replacement to the K300, which has been popular for years. Now Pod has created the K4 to blend together premium features from the K8 with the affordability of the K300.
Main differences include a glass fiber reinforced polymer frame that ditches the K8’s carbon fiber construction for a much more economical solution. The K4 still retains its floating patella coverage and the strength to limit hyperextension, rotational, and impact injuries. Weight is also kept to a trim 1.36 lbs. (620 grams) per brace.
The HUMAN MOTION™ dual hinge setup is unique to Pod in that it uses an artificial ligament instead of a mechanical hinge for articulation that really does follow the natural movement of your knee. Inside the hinges you get an adjustable lockout that ranges from 0 degrees (full leg extension) to 25 degrees (about ¼ bend at knee) for adjustability that works in conjunction with the customizable fit/comfort padding inserts on the interior of the brace.
Includes only the left brace
High-end performance with a mid-level price
Weighs 620 grams/1.3 pounds per brace
Effortless and nearly silent hinge operation
Helps prevent hyperextension, rotational, and impact related injuries
Flexibility built into cuffs absorb rotational energy
Glass fiber reinforced polymer frame/chassis
Full floating patella protection always covers knee cap
Artificial ligament provides natural range of motion compared to mechanical hinges
HUMAN MOTION™ hinge mimics natural movement of knee joint
4 strap system is numbered for order of closure to provide most security
Fits wide range of leg sizes using adjustable straps, hinge spacers, and flexible cuffs
Soft, moisture wicking interior padding
Premium interior padding increases comfort while reducing pressure points and discomfort
Interchangeable lock out inserts include 0 to 25 degree adjustability
Impact panels and patella protection are completely removable
Multiple protection orientations for various sports like MX, snowboarding, surfing, etc.
Interchangeable interior knee pads create a custom fit to your leg
Easily serviceable hinge, inserts, and padding can be done yourself at home or the pits
Knee circumference measurement should be taken directly under the knee cap using a soft tape measure or string. Take measurements in a weight bearing position at full extension (i.e. with leg full straight).