McDavid Knee Brace Review (428 Pro)

Updated on 2017-03-19 – This McDavid Knee Brace is a great choice if you’ve been sidelined by knee problems and you are just itching to get back into the game, without necessarily affecting your bank account. McDavid classifies this knee brace as a Level 3 brace, which is designed to “provide maximum support, while at the same time reducing your chance of injury, increased medial/lateral stability, as well as helping with recovery.” Keep reading for our take on this fantastic knee support.

McDavid Knee Brace Info & Review

The main purpose of this knee brace is to stabilize the kneecap and prevent it from moving around. It also provides much needed compression, which helps alleviate mild to moderate knee pain. Word of caution though, in order to enjoy all the benefits of this brace, you have to make sure that you follow the sizing chart to avoid the mistake others have made, which is to buy the wrong size. If you aren’t sure how to measure for a knee brace, follow the instructions in my “How To Measure For A Knee Brace” post. Here’s a copy of the sizing chart:

McDavid Knee Brace - 428 Pro - Sizing Chart

Although this brace has many great features, I will focus on the ones that I find are the most important. First, it’s easy to put and and take off. For me, this is a must since I am fairly active (and busy) so I don’t have the time to spend adjusting it all the time. The second is the padded horseshoe buttress which is there to protect the knee cap. The third is the set of hinges on both sides of the brace, which limit the medial and lateral movements. The last two combined offer the stability that you need if you want to continue playing sports.
The downside of this brace is that it is fairly bulky so don’t plan on putting a pair of jeans over them. It’s not going to happen. Also, because of the bulkiness, I don’t find that it breathes as well as other braces. After longer periods of use, sweating will be a factor.

McDavid Knee Brace (428) Product Demonstration



What Others Are Saying About This McDavid Knee Brace


“I’m 5’3 inches weigh 110 and bought the small. I do the stair master 5 days/week for at least a hour/day. I do a lot of squatting and lunges. It is amazing i feel no pain, no popping this mcdavid stabilizer has made my workouts more enjoyable. I have plenty of room to adjust if I put on weight. I never had to adjust it while a workout. Its comfortable and highly recommend it!” (GoBros)

“My son has used these knee braces while playing football after a very bad helmet to the knee sidelined him for 2 weeks. The braces have enabled him to get back sooner than he would have. We were turned on to these braces from a cousin who has used them for his last 2 seasons and highly recommended them. We are very pleased with them so far and our son will wear them at every practice and game.” (GoBros)


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Disclaimer – I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to provide medical advice. This review was posted for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Read full disclaimer.

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