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ScottYard
08-07-2010, 06:27 PM
Im considering doing a USAPL meet in to get into USAPL's raw nationals next year. I need to get some sleeves.

I see alot of people wearing the Blue Rehbands. Do these give any carryover or is it just as well to get a pair of mullers for 12 bucks?

ehopkins932
08-07-2010, 06:32 PM
They dont give any pop, but they do a GREAT job at keeping the joint warm. I use them and Id always recommend them...APT sells them and as you probably know they have 15% off discounts.

Sean S
08-07-2010, 06:37 PM
I have a pair of the blue Rehbands and I can't say their is any significant carryover. They might give me 5-10 lbs, but that could be psychological too. If there is any chance of carry over they would come from these knees and not the cheaper, thinner ones. Overall I'm very happy with them and they have held up to a fair amount of use over several years and are still in great shape. They are a worthwhile investment to have in your gym bag in my opinion.

1400total
08-08-2010, 09:27 AM
I think the best knee sleeves for training are the APT white and black ones. They feel like a loose knee wrap and really help my knees from being torn up. I use to train without any gear which includes the time before becoming a powerlifter. I never wrapped my knees when squating. But since I started powerlifting I put the sleeves on after I get up over 400lbs. Having said that the APT knee sleeves are not permitted in the USAPL. (bummer). I have a pair of the black mullers you described and they fall apart rather quickly. I bought a pair of the blue Rehbands and I really like them. Not much carryover in the squat (certainly not nearly as much as the APT's). The Rehbands really keep the knees warm and I believe protect them well.

My suggestion (which is what I have been doing as of late in my prep for a raw usapl meet) is to train with the APT's and then switch over the Rehbands for the meet. I have used the Rehbands every so often in training to get use to them, but my theory is that protect the knee with something similiar (APT) and then use what is approved at the meet so your at no mental disadvantage come meet time.

Jake Impastato
08-08-2010, 03:42 PM
Hey Scott unfortunately none of the neoprene type sleeves are that great compared to an APT like sleeve. I have a thick pair of Mueller that I got from The Brace Shop that are nice. All solid with no holes for the kneecap. I would never train in anything different than what I am going to lift in because there is no comparing the two types of sleeves. USAPL just doesn't give us much of a choice anyway.

IronDiggy
08-09-2010, 09:02 AM
I have the newer style rehbands. I feel like I get some weight out of them but that might be just a support thing rather than an assisted carryover.

Tom Mutaffis
08-09-2010, 09:33 AM
They dont give any pop, but they do a GREAT job at keeping the joint warm. I use them and Id always recommend them...APT sells them and as you probably know they have 15% off discounts.

APT does not sell the blue 7mm Rehband sleeves, the only place to get those is Jackals Gym ($33.95 each). APT does sell the new style Rehbands (black/grey) but I would not recommend them as they provide less coverage area and are only 5mm thick for about the same price. There are better options for 5mm sleeves such as Vulkan or Tommy Kono.


Im considering doing a USAPL meet in to get into USAPL's raw nationals next year. I need to get some sleeves.

I see alot of people wearing the Blue Rehbands. Do these give any carryover or is it just as well to get a pair of mullers for 12 bucks?

The blue Rehbands are the best sleeves on the market in terms of warmth/support but I do not think that you will get anything notable in terms of carryover. If you are just looking for something to wear for one meet then Mueller sleeves work fine, they are 3mm thick so you get a bit less warmth but they are about half the price of even the lower priced high-end knee sleeves.

I have a mueller sleeve that I have had for 3-4 years and it is still in good shape. You can also purchase them locally so you'll have a chance to try them on and see which size fits the best.

BloodandThunder
08-09-2010, 10:16 AM
Blue Rehbands for the win. Worth the price and are very very durable.
Scott if you're in PA still, all USAPL PA meets are on purepowerlifting.com. As far as three lift meets, we are running the Iron Lion Open in State College in November and there is the American Open in December in King of Prussia. I'll be at both, but competing at the AO. PA States are typically in March.

KarstenDD
08-09-2010, 06:48 PM
You're dead to me, Yard.

ScottYard
08-10-2010, 11:54 AM
LOL

DOnt get me wrong Im not exactly excited to go to the USAPL as deep squats give me an allergic reaction but I do want to feel pressure again on the platform and most meets around my way just dont have any depth. I want competition and since it wont come to me. Ill go to it.

ajweins
08-10-2010, 12:42 PM
So I take it my elitefts heavy (not super heavy) knee sleeves would not be allowed in the USAPL either? Sad.

ScottYard
08-10-2010, 12:59 PM
From what I gather only neoprene wraps are ok.