Venum Lace-Up Ankle Brace Review
As many of us know, sports can result in ankle injuries, and therefore, sports and proper ankle protection often goes hand-in-hand. Wearing a good ankle brace might mean the difference between a bad injury and a successful career (or just a hobby that keeps you in shape!)
Aside from their ability to help reduce the risk of ankle injuries, ankle braces may also promote an accelerated healing process for athletes that have previously obtained an injury. There’s just one problem: With so many ankle braces currently available on the market, how does one make a decision?
On this site, our goal is to provide information on different types of sports medicine braces. We generally provide a few different takes on this. For example, some people just need a starting point or general overview of the most highly trusted braces on the market, in which case we conduct reviews of a wide variety of braces, for example, this article on ankle braces for running.
However, sometimes people already have their sights set on one or two braces in particular, and just need a little more detailed information and opinions on the brace. This is where the current article that you're reading falls. While we touched on this brace in the article mentioned above, we will provide a moer detailed review of the Venom lace-up ankle brace here.
We liked the idea of this lace-up brace since it was able to offer just the right amount of support we want and need for activities like running. It also has side-stabilizers, which is great because it helps reinforce the ankle without completely compromising your ability to move. It’s super supportive and can be used by runners or any other athlete, or simply those who have had a history of ankle injuries and want a good amount of added support day-to-day.
The contoured arch designed on the side-stabilizers has been designed to help alleviate pain from past injuries, plus it helps reduce pressure on the ankle, which makes it a good brace to assist those that suffer from conditions such as muscle fatigue, sprains, and arthritis.
As far as design goes, the Venom Lace-Up Ankle Brace has a lightweight construction, and it’s also made of high-quality, sweat resistant neoprene, so it’s super breathable. They come available in a range of sized and since they have a lace-up design, they can be tightened as needed to ensure a perfect fit.
Protection and Performance
The Venom Lace-Up Ankle Brace doesn't offer the same level of support as something with rigid hinged side supports, but it still offers amazing ankle support by lace-up standards. This can be highly beneficial for athletes in recovery, but it can also effectively used as a preventative care device for athletes that want to protect their assets.
A lot of ankle braces completely restrict flexibility of the ankle, mainly those that are used in the very early stages of recovery. This can often be a good thing, as you need to ensure stabiloty of the ankle while it heals, but if you don't need that level of protection, then it's worth looking at something like a lace-up design.
This brace’s side stabilizers ensure that your ankle is reinforced, yet it gives you all the flexibility you need in directions that typically don't affect the ligaments of your ankle. In this sense, it will provide the support you need without leading to other unnecessary restrictions in your range of motion.
The fact that the Venom Lace-Up Ankle Brace has a contoured arch design means that it applies ideal pressure to an injured ankle, preventing excessive swelling, and thus speeding up recovery time.
Venom Lace-Up Ankle Brace - Specs
The Venom ankle brace has an adjustable double-strap and lace-up design, ensuring that you get reinforcement where and when you need it, but also the ability to customize the fit according to your needs. The fit is definitely comfy, and feels pretty secure. This brace comes available in sizes Small to Large, but we have noticed some customers with wide feed advising to order yours one size larger, just to ensure that you get the best possible wearing experience out of it.
However, ordering one size larger can be a bit risky because you do want to ensure a proper snug anatomical fit. Therefore, if you end up liking this ankle brace enough to buy, we definitely suggest trying it on and walking around in it first before you jump right into activity, just to ensure you do in fact have the proper fit.
Venom Lace-Up Ankle Brace - Pros
- It’s a lightweight brace that’s easy to use.
- It comes with adjustable straps and a lace-up design for customizable fit.
- It’s made with breathable and flexible neoprene material.
- It’s very versatile since it can be worn on the left or right foot.
- It’s great for preventative care as well as rehabilitative use.
- It offers great support and will not limit the athlete’s range of motion in unnecessary ways.
Venum Lace-Up Ankle Brace - Cons
- It’s just a tad bulky compared to some other models.
- It can be hard to put on initially.
- For some, it requires a break-in period to get accustomed to the feel.
Taking all the positives into account, the downfalls of the Venom Lace-Up Ankle Brace really aren’t deal breakers, qualifying it as a product we would definitely recommend. If you’re looking for a good form-fitting lace-up ankle brace that offers support while still providing you with the opportunity to have full range of motion, you couldn’t go wrong with this product. Just make sure that a lace-up style ankle brace is proper for your needs to begin with (that is, you don't need something even more robust)!