|I might try without because I start to itch from the neoprene when I sweat. And it really helps me to bend my knees easily without them. I think it holds the petalla in place and more padding, but only need really protection so I dont tear things like the meniscus again. I dont think these help there. When I had them on, I twisted my leg and could still feel twisting on my knee the same as without them. The best benefit I see of them is that the sweat goes into the gaskets. And they held my knee pads in place. I think the shorter straps might solve that problem.
: : Are they really helpful for twisting injuries? Just wondering. I forgot one, had one off and one on. For twisting of the knee, doesnt seem like a hard slam would be any different. I am pretty positive I was wearing gaskets when I tore my meniscus. Just wondering what others think because its getting hot here and it really does make it harder to be loose in the knees when I skate. I shortened my straps on the knee pads so dont really need them.
: I can't speak for Everybody....pads are kind of a personal "These work for Me" thing....but I NEVER have worn gaskets while skating. I DO occasionally wear them for injuries post-skating though. I guess what I'm saying is: whatever "works for You"!
: Good Luck.