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Armor Knee Brace – Ski Version


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Offers the same protection as the Armor brace, with an additional Medial Ski Deflector on the inner hinge that makes the brace safe for skiing.

Product Details

Product Description


The DonJoy Armor Knee Brace - Ski Version is soon to be discontinued. The Armor Knee with Fourcepoint Hinge is a good alternative with updated features to protect the ACL, MCL or Meniscus for skiiers. Select the Armor Knee Brace with Short Calf and Armor Hinge if you are looking to purchase the brace to be worn with ski boots. Shop the alternative DonJoy Armor for Skiing here.

The DonJoy Armor knee brace is the brace to use if you are an extremely active individual or athlete who suffers from an ACL, MCL, or PCL instability or injury. The Armor brace is one of the strongest and most supportive braces in our line of DonJoy bracing.

Since skiing knee injuries are so common, DonJoy created a version of the Armor knee brace just for skiers. The DonJoy Ski Armor is similar to Standard Armor knee brace with a short calf culf, but also includes a Medial Ski Deflector along the medial or inner hinged of the knee brace. This deflector prevents the medial (inner) hinge from "hooking up" with the other brace or knee. This feature is only available with the Ski Armor Knee Brace.

The DonJoy Ski Armor is recommended when two armor braces are worn at the same time. If only one brace is to be worn, the DonJoy Short Armor Knee Brace is recommended. The Ski Armor is 15" in length (short calf) to accommodate ski boots and other high calf boots.

The DonJoy Armor knee brace for skiers is used to treat or prevent the following injuries:

This brace is best for skiers or snowboarders who suffer from...

  • Moderate to severe ACL or PCL instabilities
  • ACL/PCL combined instabilities (CI)
  • Recovery from ACL or PCL reconstructions
  • MCL or LCL instabilities
  • Hyperextension

Product Features...and the benefits you'll experience!

  • Available in ACL, PCL, and CI Versions
    You get to choose the brace that is right for your injury, which means your knee will get the proper support where you need it most.
  • Four-Points of Leverage Dynamic System
    This patented technology was developed to reduce the strain on the ACL by distributing the load placed on the ligament via four points. Click here to learn exactly how the Four-Points of Leverage works.
  • Medial Ski Deflector
    Keeps you safe on the slope by preventing the middle hinge from "getting hooked up" with other braces or knee.
  • Adjustable Extension Resistance
    The Hinge enables you to set the flexion angles (25˚, 35˚ (factory setting), 45˚, 55˚, or 65˚) based on your condition or point of recovery. This puts you in control where the degree of tension stops.
  • Custom Frame and Swiveling Strap Tabs
    Get a perfect fit by molding the brace to your knee, as well as enhance the fit and suspension of the brace with the swiveling strap tabs.
  • Aircraft Aluminum Frame
    All the benefits of a lightweight and low profile knee brace.
  • Anti-migration Supra Condyle Pad
    Your knee brace will stay in place.
  • Calf Pinch Guard
    Provides a smooth transition between boot and calf cuff. This is an add-on accessory that is purchased separately.
  • Impact Guard
    Protects the shin and knee against blunt blows, as well as prevents you from ripping pants or uniforms. This is an add-on accessory that is purchased separately.

Sizing and Measurements

Click on the Size Chart tab above to learn how to measure your leg to determine what brace size you need.

Instructions for Use...how to put on your DonJoy Armor Knee Brace.

To ensure you are properly applying your brace, click on the Video tab above and watch our Fitting Video.

***NOTE: This item can take up to 2 weeks to ship***

Need Replacement Parts?

Shop DonJoy Armor Replacement Parts for strap kits, condyle pads and more.

Shop our complete selection of knee braces or browse additional DonJoy products.

Size Chart & Fit Help

Take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6" above and below your kneecap using a flexible type tape measure.  Use the diameter you measure here to choose your size.

    Size Thigh Knee Center Calf
    XS 13" - 15.5" (33-39 cm) 12"-13" (30-33 cm) 10"-12" (25-30 cm)
    S 15.5" - 18 .5" (39-47 cm) 13"-14" (33-35 cm) 12"-14" (30-35 cm)
    M 18.5" - 21" (47-53 cm) 14"-15" (35-38 cm) 14"-16" (35-40 cm)
    L 21" - 23.5" (53-60 cm) 15"-17" (38-43 cm) 16"-18" (40-45 cm)
    XL 23.5" - 26.5" (60-67 cm) 17"-19" (43-48 cm) 18"-20" (45-50 cm)
    XXL 26.5" - 29.5" (67-75 cm) 19"-21" (48-53 cm) 20"-22" (50-55 cm)
    XXXL 29.5" - 32" (75-83 cm) 21"-23" (53-58 cm) 22"-24" (55-60 cm)

    Center Knee 1.Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, legs slightly bent and leg muscles contracted.
    6 in Above 2. Measure up six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown.
    Thig Circle 3. Measure the circumference of your thigh at the 6-inch mark, as shown.
    6 in below 4. Measure down six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown. Then measure the circumference of your calf at the 6-inch mark.


Product Questions (26)

Product Questions

DonJoy Armor Knee Brace – Ski Version

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  • Kim Mallory at 5/1/2016 11:11 AM
    • Wondering about a good brace for snowboarding, mountain biking and mountaineering after a complete loss of PCL (did not repair), meniscus and meniscus root tear/repair, severe tear of the head of the gastroc. Injury/repair is about 1.5years old but just getting back into extreme sports/activities. Biggest problem on last mountain trip was hiking up. Felt like lower leg was sliding back with every step up the glacier so had to turn sideways when hiking up. Would the Armor Knee Brace help that?
    • Yes you will want to get the Armor Knee with the standard hinge and CI strapping. This brace will offer maximum protection and support.
  • Jesse schiller at 4/10/2016 10:05 AM
    • Hello - I tore my ACL and had reconstruction surgery about 11 months ago. I feel no instability in my knee and am fully rehabbed. Is the knee brace something i need? Also, doe sit have tp be worn directly on my skin, or can it go above my long underwear?
    • You would have to ask your physician if you have to wear a brace after your surgery. The brace could be worn over thin material although it may slide down
  • Matt at 2/6/2016 2:39 PM
    • I am looking for a brace that prevents rotation below the knee, specifically at the tibia/fibula joint. I had a fall skiing and sustained a minor proximal fibula fracture from external rotation of my foot. I am wondering if this brace would be a good option to minimize future external rotation forces and potential tibia/fibula/LCL injuries? If not what brace would you recommend? How do they fit with ski boots?
    • The brace will restrict tibial rotation to a point, and it will protect the LCL. For proximal fibula you may want to look at ankle braces as well. The Armor with the foucepoint hinge can come with a short calf which will fit with ski boots
  • Miro at 1/25/2016 7:10 PM
    • I tore my ACL twice. I plan on going skiing/snowboarding in a next month or so. Also i am trying to slowly get back to playing soccer again. My knee has instability lateraly it would seem. Which is the good brace for both of these sports?
    • The Don Joy Armor with the fourcepoint hinge is going to be the best brace for both. You will want to selelct the short calf version .
  • Todd at 11/12/2015 6:03 PM
    • Two weeks ago, I had a mild knee sprain on snow on opening day. My knee hyperflexed (ski touched my butt) and I did some cartwheels, so everything was stressed a bit. I'd like to protect my knee for a few months when I return to snow to avoid a follow-on injury. Which configuration is right for me -- ACL or CI?
    • Todd
      The ACL strapping should be fine for your brace
  • Laurie at 10/17/2015 4:40 PM
    • I tore my ACL and a fractured the knee cap in March 2015 skiing. No surgery was done. I would like to ski this season. My knee is stable about 90% of the time. Also have some OA in the knee. What brace do you recommend?
    • Laurie
      The Don Joy Armor Knee Brace with a fourcepoint hinge and a short calf would be the best brace for you right now. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge This brace has our re-designed fourcepoint hinge and the frame is a very strong aluminum
  • David at 6/25/2015 6:04 AM
    • I tore my MCL barefoot water skiing and am looking for a brace, is the Armor brace suitable for water sports as well?
    • Yes, you can use the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace for water sports. We suggest you rinse with clean fresh water and let it air dry after, just to prevent any damage to the hinges and hardware on the brace.
  • Christian at 3/5/2015 7:46 PM
    • I have a friend that has this exact same knee brace and its almost brand new. I was just curious if this knee brace would work just as good as the standard one? I play soccer but do not do any type of skiing. I know that this one is specifically made for skiers but is it just as useful for a non skier?
    • Christian
      Yes the brace is not just for skiers. It can be used for anybody and any sport.
  • jimmy james at 2/3/2015 11:28 AM
    • I sustained a grade 2 to my MCL.All the other ligaments are perfect.I really plan on going snowboarding exactly 60 after the incident.I feel that after 30 days since my accident that im about 50% back to normal.I feel that after 60 days I should be about 80%-90% back to normal.Which knee brace would be best to protect my MCL while skiing and snowboarding?
    • Jimmy
      The Don Joy Armor Knee Brace with the Standard hinge and a short calf would be the best brace to give you protection from any further injury. The brace is designed with aircraft grade aluminum for contact sports, and provides both medial and lateral support as well as support for ACL.
  • Mary at 1/7/2015 7:07 PM
    • I need hard framed sport knee braces (bilateral) that can be set for 30 degrees of extension and 90 degrees of flexion. What makes/models meet these guidelines? They will be used mostly for skiing. Thanks! Mary
    • Mary
      Either the Don Joy Armor Knee Brace will work or the Don Joy Defiance. With the Armor you will need to order the stops and have them installed by a medical professional or DME Coordinator, we can not send the stops to you. The Defiance is our custom Brace and the stops can be installed when we make the brace. Either brace should be ordered though one of our sales reps instead of BetterBraces. To find you local sales rep please follw this link or copy and past it on your browser.
      you want the Don Joy sales rep
  • Johnny at 12/27/2014 5:42 PM
    • on fathers day 2014 I tore my acl during a motorcross race and for now have opted out of replacement surgery. I Would like to know if you recommend a specific brace that would be suited primarily for snow skiing, but would also be somewhat suited to some offroad motorcycle riding as well. i can give up the racing, but would really love to be able to get back on skis with or without surgery.
    • Jonny
      There are two different braces that I would suggest for someone who has a torn ACL and wats to ski. Either the Custom Defiance with the fourcepoint hinge short calf https://www.djoglobal.com/products/donjoy/defiance The Defiance is our most protective knee brace. It is specifically made for your knee only and has a lifetime warranty on the hinges and frame. Our off the shelp version is the Don Joy Armor with the fourcepoint hinge https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge The Armor is available in sizes XS-XXXL and has a one year warranty on the fram and hinges.
  • Dave at 11/4/2014 9:11 AM
    • I have a size question. For me, the thigh measurement for the ski version of the Armor knee brace is a LARGE (by about an inch), but my calf measures to be a MEDIUM (by about an inch and a half). What would be the better size option for me - LARGE or MEDIUM?
    • DaveMake sure to also measure the center of your knee, but based on the measurments you have go with the large
  • Olivia at 6/20/2014 3:20 PM
    • Is this knee brace able to unlock to 90 degrees?
    • Olivia
      This brace does not lock or unlock. There is a stop that can be installed in the brace to allow the user to only bend to 90 degrees and no further. This brace allows full range of motiion out of the box
  • Mark at 1/18/2014 6:21 AM
    • Hello,

      Which version is best for LCL instability and injury prevention?


    • The Armor Knee Brace witha Standard hinge will work great for a LCL injury
  • mark at 10/5/2013 2:32 PM
    • can you wear the knee and shin protector with ski boots as well as motocross boots.
    • Mark
      Thank you for contacting product support. Yes you can wear the pinch and impact guard with ski boots.
  • john at 7/12/2013 12:37 PM
    • I am cosidering the armor knee brace and have had an unstable medial collateral ligament for years, what type is appropriate for me under your knee compartment choices ACL,CL,PCL
    • Hello John,

      Strapping options available are as follows;

      ACL-ACL Injury
      PCL-PCL Injury
      CI-Injury to both your ACL and PCL

      Sounds like your injury is to your Medial Collateral Ligament, the medial and lateral bars will support this injury, and the ACL Strapping would work for you.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Phil at 1/20/2013 5:52 PM
    • I have a legend knee brace I received in 2002 or so and it is a medium. I am considering purchasing an armor ski version brace to replace the legend since I took up skiing again. My measurements are 21.5-15-16. From the chart it fits the top end of medium and the low range of large. Which size would be best? The medium legend fits ok except that it needs replacement parts and is wearing out.
    • Hello, Phil -

      We recommend you go with the large as you fall within those appropriate parameters.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • Rick Fellows at 1/11/2013 11:05 AM
    • On sizing, my knee is 16" which would be a large, however my thigh and calf are 18" and 16" respectively, which would indicate a medium. Is it best to size for the larger knee and then adjust the thigh and calf smaller?
    • Hello, Rick -

      You would want to go for the Large. The brace is malleable so you can bend the ends in, should there be too much room in the thigh and calf portion, but you want to accommodate to the knee so that it fits appropriately.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • Kelly at 12/27/2011 5:05 PM
    • I have torn my MCL once and sprained it twice and also fractured my growth plate in my knee. I am a big skier and I need a new brace. My old DonJoy is too small for me. What would be the best knee brace for skiing and also other sports like tennis, mountain running, and contact sports?
    • The DonJoy Armor would be a great option for you. It will help protect that MCL as well as all of your other ligaments. I would recommend going with this brace.
  • LEONARDO PORRAS at 10/8/2011 6:14 AM
    • hello, this shield to help people who have been skiing tibial fracture mezeta
    • This is a knee ligament brace that will help protect the knee ligaments while being functional.
  • Flor crespo at 8/11/2011 2:38 PM
    • Dear Customer Service,

      I would like to purchase the DonJoy ACL knee brace but, I live overseas. I have a friend staying in Miami, Florida and she will be able to bring it but, she is asking me if I know how long the Knee brace is and the circunference or width of it. Is it too big to put it in a suitcase ? I'm 1.75cms tall, female and weight 62 kilos. I haven't taken the measurements yet but I guess it might be a medium/large size. I would like to use it for skiing . I had cut my ACL ligaments (all of them) I can ski but, at some point my knee is displaced and would like to control it with the knee brace.

      Do you have any recommendations for me ?

      I would really appreciate your help.

      Thank you in advance


      Flor Crespo
    • Yes, the ski brace would be a good option and this will fit easily into a suitcase.
  • Alexandra at 7/27/2011 5:02 AM
    • I tore my meniscus (grade 2) and sprained my MCL and ACL (also grade 2) skiing this January. I haven't had surgery but my physio has said that it is essential I wear a hinged knee brace when I go skiing again. Do you think that the Armour Knee Brace is the right brace for me? The other issue I have is that the pants I like to wear are tight form-fitted ski pants so I need a brace to go over the top of my pants. Is it going to be possible with this brace? Thanks.
    • I would reccomend the Armor with Fourcepoint Hinges for your condition and activity level.
  • Bill at 1/19/2011 5:50 PM
    • I have been looking at the DonJoy Full Force Ligament Knee brace. Does it come in a ski version or is it the Armor Knee brace the only one that comes in ski version?
    • Hello Bill,

      The only change from a Standard Armor and the SKI Armor is that the SKI features a Medial Ski Deflector along the medial or inner hinged of the knee brace. This deflector prevents the medial (inner) hinge from "hooking up" with another brace. Not very necessary unless you're wearing braces on each leg.

      You can order a DonJoy FullForce and simply select short calf in your options to achieve the same shorter brace length of the Armor SKI.
  • Laura at 9/1/2010 12:26 AM
    • I'm confused about the difference between the DonJoy Short Armor and the DonJoy Ski Armor braces. Is the only difference the presence of the medial ski deflectors on the Ski Armor brace?

      I'm also confused about the need for deflectors ONLY when you're skiing with two braces. When you're skiing, there will be snow pants over the braces, thus preventing them from "tangling". The only exception would be if you are racing and wearing a racing suit. Or, I suppose, late-April skiing for people immune to cold who might not want to wear snowpants then (I do!).

      But if you're wearing two non-ski braces for other sports that also use the forcepoint hinge (and thus are presumably subject to the same level of tangling), wouldn't you also want deflectors on the hinges to prevent said tangling? Especially since it may tangle with your knee, never mind the other brace/hinge?

      Please. some clarification would be most appreciated.
    • Hello Laura,

      The only distinguishing feature that separates the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with Standard Hinge and the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace - Ski Version is the Medial Ski Deflectors.

      The hinges on the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with Standard Hinge is a low profile hinge, however if you'd like the deflectors without having to sacrifice the length of the brace, I'd recommend the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with FourcePoint Hinge, as the hinge on the brace features deflectors as well.
  • mike at 6/8/2010 6:14 AM
    • I've had total knee replacement on both knees,I don't ski bumps or jumps just the groomers and powder . To help prevent a lateral blowout of my knee what brace would you suggest.
    • For skiing the DonJoy Armor would be a great choice for you. It will fit nicely with your boots and is rigid for all levels of skiing and other activities.
  • Lorne at 3/30/2010 8:40 AM
    • I found your website very informative but now I'm confused about what's the best knee brace for a recreational snow skier. I do not play contact sports.

      I blew out my left ACL (no reconstruction) and have been using a brace since the 1980s. One of the elastic straps broke on my old brace so I'm trying to decide whether to fix my brace or get a new one.

      I'd like something economical, comfortable and lightweight. I want a brace that prevents hyperextension and provides side to side support. I prefer adjustable straps rather than sleeve type brace. I'd also like to stay in the $200 price range.

      What knee brace do you suggest and why?
    • You may want to take a look at the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace. The Playmaker is a very popular brace for athletes that do not need contact protection.

      My only concern is that the knee brace will not protect against contact damage. Only a rigid brace will address that for you while still providing support.

      Take a look at the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace - Ski Version for example. A rigid knee brace like this will provide more protection for activities like skiing.


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