Wednesday, January 18, 2023

GO Kinesiology Sleeves Knee and Elbow Sleeves Multi Tester Review: Compression & Kinesiology Combining for Better Results

Article by Dominique Winebaum and Helen Taft

GO Kinesiology + Compression Knee Sleeve ($90)  GO Kinesiology + Compression Elbow Sleeve ($90)

Dominique: GO Sleeves set itself apart from other brands as their compression sleeves have built-in kinesiology strips, which provide additional support for your ligaments, tendons, and muscles.  

With their dual action mode: compression and kinesiology, GO Sleeves claim to alleviate pain, help prevent injury, avoid down-time, and accelerate recovery.


GO Knee Sleeve turned inside out to show kinesiology strips

The kinesiology part are the anatomically placed rubber like overlays on the inside of the sleeve as shown above for the knee sleeve and below for the elbow sleeve with sleeves turned inside out. 


The mode of action of the kinesiology strips increases the space under the skin improving blood flow and decreasing inflammation and swelling.  The beauty is that you don’t need tape as the kinesiology strips are built-in and you automatically benefit from the added kinesiology when putting on a sleeve.  

The GO Sleeves line of products includes knee sleeve, calf sleeves, elbow sleeve, elbow strap, and K-Recover cream. I received a knee and elbow sleeve for this test.  

Go Sleeves knee sleeves come in 5 different sizes: small, medium, large, extra-large, and extra-extra large.  Take the time to consult the size chart:and to measure your thigh circumference 5.5”/14 cm from the knee cap in order to determine your sleeve size.  The fit has to be snug and secure to maximize the effectiveness of the sleeves. 


I gave one of the knee sleeves to a friend, Helen, with whom I play tennis and whose review is included below. 

I am not immune to injury though I consider myself pretty lucky, especially as an active senior who runs 20 miles a week along with a steady regimen of hiking, tennis, nordic skiing, downhill skiing, walking, and gardening, and this depending on the season.   I thankfully don’t have chronic knee pain even after 40+ years of running, yet over the past few months, I started feeling a bit of knee pain from time to time and this depending on the type of movements.  

As a result, I have been wearing my GO Sleeves Knee Sleeve when running, playing tennis, and skiing, both downhill and cross-country, for additional support and as a preventive measure given my activity level and age. 

My goal is to keep exercising without experiencing pain and to keep injury at bay, which is why I am committed to wearing my GO Sleeves. I am now wearing my knee sleeve on a daily basis when working out and would characterize the built-in kinesiology strips as effective in relieving pain in my knee.  

I have been wearing my GO Sleeves Elbow Sleeve when playing tennis, mostly as a preventive measure so as to avoid any flare up of tennis elbow.  A couple of years ago, I ended up with a tennis elbow from too much gardening and.. had to take time off from tennis.  I will be wearing my elbow sleeve when gardening in addition to when playing tennis.

My experience with the GO Sleeves products has been extremely positive, albeit over a fairly short span of time (less than 2 months).  With ski season in full gear for me, I am relying on my GO Sleeves knee sleeve to minimize potential stress on my knee from too much fun on the slopes.  Indeed, I am happy for my Go Sleeves knee sleeve on my fifth day of skiing the Utah powder and bumps.  

I am fortunate that I don’t need to rely on painkillers to get me through or after  a workout, yet I am aware that I can greatly benefit from wearing a compression sleeve, especially one that comes with built-in kinesiology strips and is super comfortable to wear.  Moreover, I never have to reposition my Go Sleeves as they stay comfortably in place.  

I would definitely recommend the GO Sleeves line of products which caters to a wide range of athletes, whether it is to improve performance, alleviate pain, improve recovery, or stay active while keeping injury at bay.  

A bit pricey at $90 for a knee or elbow sleeve, I think they are well worth it given the built-in kinesiology strips and the fact that they provide a fairly high level of compression and comfort. 

GO Sleeves Knee Sleeve

Helen: I am a 78 year old woman who continues to play tennis and be otherwise active.  I have arthritis in my left knee with reduced cartilage and some bone on bone.  

I play tennis two to three times a week and have been wearing an ACE knee sleeve for several years. The ACE sleeve has three tabs that attach with Velcro.  After playing, I still have pain and need to ice my knee to reduce the inflammation.  The Velcro wears out and I usually need a new sleeve every year. I have been receiving cortisone shots every 12-18 months.


The GO Sleeve knee sleeve is super-lightweight and the fit is much smoother, more comfortable, and is less noticeable than the ACE sleeve.  

The GO also feels more supportive than the Ace when I play tennis and it stays in place. It is  important to pull it above and away from the kneecap in the back of the leg as well as the front.  After wearing it for a month and a half while playing tennis, the kinesiology strips are working and I notice reduced swelling and pain.  I also like that the GO Sleeve is washable and should last a long time as opposed to the ACE sleeve.


The most positive impact of wearing the GO Sleeve is that I no longer have chronic pain in my knee.  Therefore,  I have not needed another cortisone shot as of yet at my usual customary scheduled interval.  It also may be delaying the need for a larger, more expensive, intervention like knee replacement surgery. This has been my personal experience, yours of course may be different.


All in all, wearing the knee GO SLEEVE has allowed me to stay active and achieve peak performance and so far without expensive and more invasive ongoing treatments.

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Tester Profile
Dominique has run for over 40 years, consistently about 25 miles per week at paces between 10 and 11 minute miles and once a week down in the mid 9 minute miles. She races rarely, but always surprises more hard core runners in her age group when she does. She has a 1985 marathon PR of 3:16 in her second marathon which at the time put her on the top 10 Swiss women’s lists. She is the mother of two grown children, both runners post college, and also enjoys nordic and alpine skiing, tennis, hiking and trekking, and gardening.

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