Why the E26 Knee Sleeves are Superior...

When developing the Element 26 Knee Sleeves we spent hours watching athletes in functional fitness competitions and speaking with them about pros and cons of various types, models, materials, and stitching profiles. 

What we realized is that many athletes were buying multiple pairs of knee sleeves. 

The most common of these would be 5mm or 7mm thick models. They would wear the 5mm thick sleeves for lighter weight, body weight movements... and then they’d pull out the 7mm thick sleeves for heavy lifting such as a 1-rep max squat attempt. 

That just seemed like a pain in the butt and a waste of money to buy multiple pairs of different knee sleeves for different functions. 

So we decided to solve this problem, and to do so we took the athlete’s perspective. 

We thought: what does a functional athlete need to perform better in competition and training and how do we get that in one uniform knee sleeve? 

It seemed so obvious but the answer was VERSATILITY

A functional athlete needs a sleeve that is all-around versatile. One that can support them in their heaviest weightlifting attempts and one that can also be used for pistol squats, box jumps, wall balls, burpees, lunges, etc. 

And BOOM it clicked, instead of making another 5mm or 7mm knee sleeve, let’s combine the two and get the best of both worlds, STABILITY and MOBILITY.

So we developed a 6mm KNEE SLEEVE with great success and haven’t looked back!

With the 6mm knee sleeve, you have the compression and feel of a 7mm knee sleeve, but like a 5mm, it’s not so stiff that it will impede your other movements. 

For example, if your workout calls for 4 rounds of heavy squats cleans paired with wall balls and handstand walking, these knee sleeves are GOLD. 

And what else is really awesome is that they slide on easily between sets. 

So say you have a rowing and front squat workout, but you don’t want the knee sleeves on during the row. That’s cool because you can keep them on your shins during the row and then pull them up right before you squat. 

The combinations are endless here!

Oh and if you’re wondering about washing them. Easy. Wash with cold water and then let them air dry to preserve the material and keep them fresh! 

Ever since we launched the 6mm Knee Sleeves, they have been killing it in functional fitness. And by that we mean the word is spreading, more athletes are using them, and many of them are hitting PR’s!

It’s beautiful. 

Anyways, if you don’t have the Element 26 [6mm] Knee Sleeves and would like to check them out, click the link below. 


And if you have any questions about sizing, fit, or function, email us at support@element26.co and let us know what's going on! We’ll be happy to help you out!

Cheers to happy knees!



Written by: Phil Gauthier 

Phil is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

He is also an Owner and Co-Founder of the performance gear company, Element 26 (E26).

E26 prides itself on developing functional gear for the functional athlete to help you "Destroy Your PR's, Not Your Body." 

To reach Phil or any member of the Element 26 Staff, please email us at: support@element26.co and we will respond to you ASAP!

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