Thanks for the information. I thought you might be doing a bunch of "wall sits" or something. The pre-ski class sounds great!So, just remember that a hot, inflamed knee needs rest, elevation and ice a lot more than it needs any exercise whatsoever.
I am not a great one to "do exercises". So, in the off season I bike a lot and hike a lot too. I sometimes do a spin class or two at the gym. One important thing is for core strength, I do two Pilates classes a week pretty regularly.
Also, what kind of shape are you in? I had my surgery in April--one week after the season ended, so I was in pretty good shape to start with, which is part of the equation. Basically, don't do anything that you cannot do easily and without repercussions like swelling and heat on your knee.
I can't speak for rustic, of course. My sleeve-style knee pad, similar to Asics Super Sleeve, allows free mobility and fits under all by the tightest hipster pants, which I do not own ; ) . Be sure to get a the right size. Sizing too small could restrict movement.
I have a couple of the thinner sleeve types, and a larger one with a cap for protection.
I hated wearing my hinged brace pre-op, but the sleeve pad is a pad, not a brace. I have not yet worn it for skiing and do not plan to, although I might wear it for spring/summer ski touring or ski mountaineering to protect my knee if it bangs into a rock or a tree.I don't wear any brace for skiing--I hated wearing them before my surgery!!
Nope. Nothing that fancy, or as tight. Just a regular Ace elastic thing. Six inches wide, and 6 or more feet long. You wrap it around the leg a bunch of times. It is very easy to make it comfortable (not as tight as you'd do during the day), and they are very breathable. I got a few different ones during various Dr visits and while in the hospital, including a ten foot whopper that was good when my whole lower leg was swollen.Is the type of band / sleeve you are using similar to a “copper fit” type sleeve?