Why the pain difference?
I ordered a knee support system from Bioskin, the Ten-7. Here's the basics of it:
The brace slides onto your thigh so that it ends up an inch or two above your knee. The brace itself absorbs moisture and also dries off rather quickly. Before tightening any straps, it fits like a normal compression sleeve would (minus the plastic parts noted below...)
There are two pairs of straps that velcro to the left and right sides of your thigh. One is at the top, the other below. The straps are labeled (Ten-7 close to my knee, Bioskin higher up).
On the inside of your thigh, there is a plastic cup that adds pressure in just the right spot to help with the compression/support. There are to other plastic strips that help with pressure in just the right spots as well: one on the quads and one on the hamstring. Both run the entire length (um, top to bottom).
Last, there is a third strap that attached over the plastic piece I pointed to above, wraps around your entire thing once, attaching itself to a couple velcro points along the way, and then about 75% of the way around a second lap, again securing itself with velcro.
The end result is a very tight compression sleeve, with strong plastic parts applying pressure to help reduce pain in your knee.
I've worn this every day since I got it two weeks ago. I've noticed an almost complete reduction in pain during everyday activities, and also in the two bike rides I've taken with it. Yes, my knee gives me trouble when I ride my bike, too.
Yesterday I had my first run/ walk with it and things went very well! I had an almost complete pain free beginning that became completely pain free once I changed my strike and stride (it's been a while and I was slapping, not striking.).
Overall, I am very satisfied with the Bioskin Ten-7. It was costly at $130, but so far it's been worth every penny. I may end up ordering a second as I plan on wearing it when teaching since I walk a lot in my classroom, though not much last year because of the general pain I had in my knee.
Have you ever worn any Bioskin products? What was it? How did it go?