McDavid 401 Knee Support Brace

Last updated date: April 2, 2019

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In our analysis of 63 expert reviews, the McDavid McDavid 401 Knee Support Brace placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
529 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Like most of the neoprene sleeves we looked it, it had zero slippage during the movement tests, yet it fit me most smoothly, without either gaping in spots or feeling overly constrictive, or binding at the top or bottom—all problems seen with others tested.
- New York Times Wirecutter
December 8, 2017 | Full review
Offering smooth and strong seams created with a 5-needle stitch, the McDavid 401 can take on minor ligament instabilities and pain.
- Wiki EZ Vid
The McDavid sleeve gives exceptional knee support. It provides the right amount of compression for a comfortable fit.
- The Gear Hunt
The construction is latex free neoprene/nylon mix and gives an overall flatter, more comfortable, stronger unit for the wearer.
- Train For A 5K
What experts didn't like
The McDavid bunches up noticeably behind the knee, which may be uncomfortable, especially for all-day wear; if you want neoprene’s thermal properties but have very sensitive knee pits, the also great pick from Shock Doctor may be your better bet.
- New York Times Wirecutter
December 8, 2017 | Full review
Itchy material. Thin and flimsy weight.
- The Gear Hunt
It may slide down the knees a bit if the wearer sweats heavily.
- Train For A 5K

From The Manufacturer

McDavid compression sleeves provide support that last through your day and your workout. Made from high-quality neoprene material that repels water, sweat, and oil, you’ll get a comfortable fit all workout long. Our 5-needle stitch provided a flatter, cleaner, and strong seam that doesn’t itch or irritate skin. The four-way stretch material ensures optimal comfort while running, exericizing, daily wear, and more. Compression brings heat to your tired muscles, and helps them regain vitality. Compression not only aids recovery, but also boosts muscle growth.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Bauerfeind GenuTrain Knee Brace
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Futuro Comfort Lift Knee Support
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Neo G Closed Knee Brace
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
4. McDavid 401 Knee Support Brace
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Bracoo Knee Support
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
6. PowerLix Compression Knee Sleeve
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
7. Shock Doctor Maximum Support Compression Knee Brace
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 10
8. Shock Doctor Knee Brace
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 4
9. McDavid Knee Brace w/ Cross Straps
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 7
10. DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Support Brace
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 3

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