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The Ultimate Knee Support For Skiing

The Ultimate Knee Support For Skiing
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Fresh air blowing on your face, the rush of snow beneath your skis and a bluebird pow day. Your spirit is high and it feels so damn good to be back in the snowy mountains.

But there is one drawback - the toll that skiing can take on your knees. When you ski, you are exposing your knees to pressure that can lead to injuries or exacerbate the existing ones. Choosing appropriate knee support is crucial. 

Since our launch, Stoko has been receiving an amazing response from elite athletes, including skiers and snowboarders. Our K1 is a compression tight that provides your knees with all of the knee brace support but without compromising your comfort. 

So why the K1? Below, we’ve compared our Stoko product to conventional knee braces.

Packability

First thing’s first - skiing is not a minimal gear kind of sport. Goggles, extra-base layer, ski boots, skis, helmet, did you forget anything else? Oh yes, don’t forget to add a knee brace to your list as well. 

The Stoko K1 is 60% lighter than a conventional knee brace and 6 times more packable. It is a pair of tights with knee support seamlessly integrated into them, so it wouldn’t take much space. If you want to save some time, you can even wear them right away and tighten up the support only when you need it. Less hassle - more time to ski.

Both Knees Protection

When wearing conventional knee braces, you are focusing on providing support for only one of your knees, completely disregarding the other one. Essentially, you favour your injured knee and disregard the other. Because of that, your uninjured knee is exposed to greater pressure, resulting in a higher chance of getting injured. The Stoko K1 secures both of your knees - providing extra support for the injured knee and preventing injuries of another.

Migration 

So what is migration? It is when your knee brace is slipping down your leg and nothing seems to stop it.

Carving down a hill is an exciting feeling, but not when a bulky knee brace is migrating. When you are full-on speed, there’s nothing worse than the slipping-down feeling of your brace. A knee brace can provide the support you need and reduce the chance of getting an injury but only if it stays where it supposed to. Unless you want to stop every 30 minutes and take off your ski pants to readjust it, there's nothing you can really do to hold a knee brace in the right place.

Our K1 supportive tight fully eliminated this problem. We’ve created enhanced compression around the waist, and ankles to ensure that our support stays in place, while compression around your knees reduces pain and improves blood flow, providing additional comfort. You can ski easy knowing that the support will be where it’s supposed to be.

Base Layer

Our K1 also doubles as a base layer. Made with innovative 3D knitted Repreve ® yarn, our fabric is breathable and 4-way stretchable. It minimizes heat and perspiration, allowing your body to cool down even when skiing

Freedom of Movement

Skiing requires mobility and the ability to have a range of movements. Skiing with a clunky, cumbersome knee brace won’t help you to do so. With already heavy skiing boots, you don’t need any more weight to hold you back.

Instead of relying on rigid material to create structural support, the Embrace System™ uses braided cables that are inserted into the fabric and distributed throughout the garment. This makes Stoko supportive tights lighter and allows you to have full freedom of movement while carving down the slopes.

Washability

Wearing a conventional knee brace for a long time means stink and sweat by the end of the day. Imagine wearing one over thermals and under ski pants, it would be even worse. Figuring out how to wash your knee brace can be quite daunting - trying to align all the straps after you took them out is not an easy task.


With Stoko K1, you can forget about all the hassles. Just throw it into the washing machine and it will be ready to go for your next skiing sweat session.

You don’t have to limit and compromise your skiing experience. The K1 was born because we were tired of being held back by the issues of traditional knee braces, and we know that you were too. That’s why we created a product that inspires movement and provides support without compromising your comfort. 

Still unsure about the K1? Learn more about it here.