Rehband 7mm Vs. Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeves

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The Rehband and Emergy 7mm Neoprene Knee Sleeves are both similar in design, material with 7mm neoprene, durability in that they both have reinforced stitching, and actual size.

While there are plenty of similarities between these sleeves, there’s an equal amount of subtle differences. Only one is currently IWF and IPF approved. Additionally, the prices vary pretty greatly between the sleeves, with one sleeve of one pair costing as much as a full pair for the more cost efficient sleeves.

With such similar designs, it only made sense to really hone in on their differences.

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Comfort & Fit

Rehband 7mm Knee Sleeves

Both of these sleeves are similar in design, which gave them a very similar fit around the knee joint. The Rehband sleeve is stitched a little tighter, so it hugged the tip of quad and the top of the calve pretty well.

Additionally, Rehband’s patented design is made to move with the joint well, so they were comfortable through a variety of movements.

[Read our full review of Rehband’s 7mm Knee Sleeves.]

Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeves

The Emerge sleeves fit very similarly to Rehband’s model, but stretched a little easier. In return, this made their sleeve a little more mobile, but not as comfortable due to them not staying as snug on the joint.

In terms of pure comfort and fit, Rehband edged out Emerge due to the tighter contoured fit it created around the quad and calve.

Winner: Rehband 7mm Knee Sleeves

Rehband Versus Emerge Knee Sleeves
Rehband Versus Emerge Knee Sleeves

Stability

Rehband 7mm Knee Sleeves

In terms of stability, these sleeves are pretty similar to the common eye and gym-goer, but upon further inspection there’s a subtle difference in the rigidity each sleeve offers. The Rehband’s 7mm neoprene gave this sleeve a little more stability in compound movements.

This sleeve is a little stiffer, so mobility might be an issue for someone performing Olympic movements in a new pair of Rehbands.

Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeves

This sleeve is comparable in stability, but becomes noticeably different at the bottom of a squat/Olympic lifts. There’s not as much pop out of the hole, so the sleeve feels a little less supportive under heavy loads.

[Read our full review of the Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeves.]

For athletes who want a little more rigidity in their knee sleeve, then Rehband will support the knee a little better throughout compound and power movements.

Winner: Rehband 7mm Knee Sleeves

Material

Rehband 7mm Knee Sleeves

Both sleeves claim to use high quality 7mm neoprene and have a similar design with reinforced stitching. With Rehband’s IWF and IPF competition approval, we thought their sleeve’s material was designed well, especially for the serious athlete.

Rehband Knee Sleeves
Rehband Knee Sleeves

Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeves

Emerge’s neoprene felt pretty similar to Rehband’s, but stretched a little easier. Neither company’s site really indicated the exact specs of the neoprene, so it was difficult to truly breakdown the exact composition of each sleeve’s neoprene. Without this information we judged the material of each sleeve as equal.

Winner: Tie

Price

Rehband 7mm Knee Sleeves

For one Rehband 7mm neoprene knee sleeve, you’re looking at a price of around $40.00. Keep in mind, you’ll obviously need to buy two sleeves, so in total you’ll be paying around $80.00 without shipping and tax tacked on.

Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeves

In this respect the Emerge 7mm neoprene knee sleeves stole the show. These sleeves can be bought at a price of $35.00 for a pair. With Emerge you’re paying for a full pair, which costs less than one sleeve of the Rehband.

Winner: Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeves

Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeve
Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeve

Durability

Rehband 7mm Knee Sleeves

The durability of each sleeve is very similar, but if you look very closely into the material and construction, then you’ll find a few differences. In Rehband’s sleeve the neoprene is slightly more stiff and the stitching is tighter.

This gave us the impression that this sleeve will be slightly more durable in the long run.

Emerge 7mm Knee Sleeves

The Emerge sleeve demonstrated similar construction aspects to the Rehband, but lacked a little bit in the stitching. Their stitching was a little more spaced out, so it didn’t provide the tight pop when stretched like the Rehband.

In our gym sessions, we personally didn’t see any durability issues with the Emerge sleeve, but we felt the construction lacked slightly when compared to Rehband sleeves.

Winner: Rehband 7mm Knee Sleeves

Overall Winner: Rehband Knee Sleeves

Both of these sleeves performed well in the gym, yet when it came down to the small subtle differences, we thought Rehband slightly edged out Emerge. Their sleeves have a patented design with IWF and IPF competition approval.

But for the gym-goer who wants to be cost efficient and doesn’t need a competition approved sleeve, then you may be better off reaching for Emerge.

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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