Best Ankle Braces of 2015: Our Recommendations

Lets get straight to the point, when it comes to your health then you can’t take any risks, and it is definitely worth going the extra mile to make sure you have the best products available. The best ankle braces in the world have been reviewed here on the site, and you can feel free to go through and look for more detail, but for those looking for the very best, we’ve packed them into this post to (hopefully) make your decision easy.

First recommended model: Active Ankle T2 - The average rating of 4.3/5 stars on amazon says it all.

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Active Ankle Review

You can read our full review of the T2 on our site, but the gist is that it is one of the best braces you’re likely to find, with sports coaches and physios all around the world recommending them for use in sports and exercise. The rigid part of the brace offers a lot of support and though it is maybe not the most ‘comfortable’, that’s not what we need it for, and it does a great job of avoiding both types of sprains, and it is barely noticeable and certainly doesn’t cause any extra pain to wear it. Some have described it as ‘almost impossible’ to roll your ankle whilst wearing this, making it amazing for prevention of injury as well as recovering from longer term issues. Over 60% of people have given this a five star review on Amazon, telling you all you need to know about this incredible product.

McDavid 195 Deluxe Ankle Brace with Strap – Next Recommendation

The McDavid 195 is another best seller, and there’s a reason for that, it is exceptional quality and even verges on comfortable, with more material than the T2 and a wrap around, lace up design, and ‘figure six’ straps to help with support. It is less rigid in terms of material than the above, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in support and is great for avoiding injury and supporting the recovery from sprains or other ailments. The McDavid 195 fits either left or right ankle, so no need to worry about buying a unique model for each ankle, it’ll fit either with ease

Available in sizes from X Small to X Large, the McDavid has a 4.5 star average on reviews on amazon, which are extremely complimentary, with everyone from hikers to soccer players recommending this product for weak or recovering ankles.

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Some other models are great for specific needs, and you may be able to find one slightly more suited to your needs, if you have specialist problems such as PTTD or the recovery from torn ligaments. Models such as the specialized PTTD ankle support are great if that is your particular issue, but both the McDavid and the Cramer are so versatile that they come with my recommendation for almost every circumstance, and are very unlikely to let you down.

Cramer Active Ankle T2 Brace Review

t2 activeCramer’s Active Ankle models are some of the most famous ankle braces on the market. Renowned for being very sturdy and helpful for sports men and women from all sorts of backgrounds, these show a lot of promise for those looking for a new ankle brace, but do they live up to the hype? Are they the brace you’ve been waiting for?

Features

  • Excellent for all sports, particularly those involving jumping, volleyball and netball as well as basketball and many others.
  • Adjustable with a single strap design, no awkward tying up, just strap up and you’re good to go.
  • EVA padding which keeps comfort to a maximum.
  • Bilateral hinge design which lets you move freely with no pain or awkwardness.
  • U Shape design ensuring pressure doesn’t apply to the ankle brace.

In Use

The active ankle T2 is a step up from its predecessor, the T1. It manages to be both more lightweight and more sturdy, which is no mean feat. As already mentioned, these are hugely popular with any jumping sports or court sports with a hard surface to play on, with volleyball and basketball players swearing by them for support. The discomfort cause by the braces when they re brand new is inevitable, but given a wear or two they will adjust and start to feel a lot more natural when you wear them.

A quick glance at Amazon reviews shows us a wide variety of stories from a lot of different users, with almost all of them leaving a five star review for this product. It appears to have an excellent track record for both preventing injuries and aiding the recovery and rehabilitation from ankle troubles in sports. One user even commenting that she “can’t bare to play any sports without a T2 ankle brace” – some testimonial for a very good product.

Top Tip

The one criticism I have seen (and it isn’t a huge one) is the size of the Cramer T2. They’re not renowned for being particularly generous in sizing, which isn’t a huge issue, but does mean that buying a size up from the usual is probably a wise move, don’t forget it is adjustable so you can make sure it is comfortable for you.

Conclusion

I consider myself a connoisseur of ankle braces and related products, and the T2 is an exceptional specimen! It allows free movement, it is excellently padded and comfortable after it has been broken in and it has such a great track record of helping people in their sporting endeavors. The price tag is certainly not unreasonable, and while I am not saying it is a fix all solution for anyone with ankle problems, it certainly would be one of the first products I tried if experiencing any sort of issues.

The Active Ankle T2 is sold singularly in most cases, so if you plan to use two don’t forget to order multiples.