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Knee Braces for Hiking

More stability and support for your best hikes

Explore new trails. Spectacular hikes can be found all around the country with national forests and parks offering a diverse landscape with picturesque trails and scenic views. While hiking is usually considered a low-impact activity, hiking up and down rocky trails can be strenuous with lots of impact on your knees.

Bauerfeind hiking knee braces, supports and straps stabilize the joint, relieve pain and improve proprioception for more comfort with every step. Try Bauerfeind products risk-free with our 60-day money-back guarantee.

Should I wear a knee brace when hiking?

If you’ve experienced a knee injury in the past, have pain or feel your knee needs extra support, wearing a knee brace relieves pain, makes hiking more comfortable and your knee feel more stable.

Compression found in Bauerfeind’s Knee Brace Line provides stability and massages the area around the knee joint to reduce pain and inflammation. If you’ve never had a knee injury, you may still want to consider a hiking knee brace like the Bauerfeind GenuTrain to help protect your knee against excessive strain while hiking the great outdoors.

How to prevent knee pain when hiking downhill?

Although hiking uphill is more strenuous for the whole body, hiking downhill puts more strain on your knees with a higher risk of injury, according to studies*. Minimize impact and reduce strain on your knee with our tips to hike downhill:

  • Wear shoes with proper grip
  • Center of gravity: Try to keep your weight over your legs.
  • Don’t lean forward or back while descending.
  • Use trekking poles and lengthen them according to the terrain. This helps to stabilize and keep your body upright while reducing the strain on your legs
  • Wear a GenuTrain knee brace to support and stabilize your knee, reduce excessive strain and increase proprioception
  • Go slow and focused. Take shorter steps to keep your center of gravity over your legs and place your feet intentionally.
  • Build strength by stair walking and doing other exercises
  • Pack smart: Only take necessary items to keep the weight you are carrying low

*https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8130008/ and https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25365450/

Can I wash my Bauerfeind hiking knee brace, support or strap?

Yes. Washing your knee brace, support or strap regularly helps maintain their shape and last longer.

For products with Velcro straps, fasten them securely at the place provided on the brace. Machine-wash or hand-wash your brace or strap in cold water using a gentle or delicate cycle. Wash separately using a laundry detergent with no additives (do not use fabric softener or Woolite). Lay flat and let it air-dry. Do not put it in the dryer. Proper washing and drying helps keep the knit’s elasticity and original fit.

This information is provided for general information purposes and should not be relied on as a substitute for medical advice, evaluation or care from a qualified and licensed health care provider. The information contained here is not to be considered a plan of care for physical therapy. Call 911 in severe cases and get treated immediately.