Your Knees are the ride
I have performed three major and four or five minor operations on both my knees, with the most important of them to be the Posterior and Anterior cruciate ligament tear, meniscus rapture and bottom plateau split in half back in 2006.
Since then the protection of my knees became a more important priority than usual.
Riding something like 100 to 200 days a year depending on the season I have to destroy a set of braces every year. And when I say destroy, well, look at the pictures.
Tried first the Asterisk. At the moment the leader of the market, they had a simple model, full of plastic and straps and then a more advanced, with anti rotation patent and other features. The results after a years use, full tiem was very good. Some normal wear and loose joints that warn you to change them since the loose move is an injury factor when the bad moments shows up. A little bulky to tuck in to the boots, and you really need to consider that during purchase especially if your boots are narrow on their upper part.
Next in the list was the C Frame from Leatt. Truly impressed by the light design. They can fit in any boot, they are strapped fast and the protect really well.
Unfortunately, mine broke though and the joint that broke costs almost all the brace.They lasted long and served me very well without complaint at all from the use. They felt really good on the leg and I personally witnessed two or three times that they saved my knee from serious rotation injuries.
Time for Pod this year. Impressed by the quality, simplicity and the design, this is the year that they will go on duty. Same price level as the competition they feature some innovations on the body like the two straps that have quick release, and two rubbery thingies on the joints that prevent your knee from over extending. They are very light and feel good on the leg.