Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITB) can really slow down hikers and backpackers. I know, I’m suffering from it this sumer.
But about 2 months ago, I bought myself a Protec Illiotibial Band wrap that has kept the condition under control and helped me hike some of the hardest miles on the entire Long Trail. In fact, I’ve bought 2 more more of these bands, to make sure I have extras on hand if I need them at work or when I’m on the road.
The Protec IT band is a neoprene and velcro strap that you secure a few inches above your knee. The resulting compression keeps the outside of your quadricep muscle from rubbing against the outside knuckle of your knee, preventing the pain is commonly associated with ITB.
The Protec IT band really works and without it, I’d have had give up completing the Long Trail this summer. Now, I’m pretty much on schedule to complete the trail in late September or early October.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.