MOBIUS X8 WRIST BRACE REVIEW
Words by Cortney Roewer
Photos By Jackson Carpenter
Mobius Braces is a brand committed to making braces to protect riders and keep injured riders on their bikes. With lots of tech, development and features to tout, Mobius has earned their lust-worthy image. Sadly crashing is part of the game we all play in and few joints take the brunt of our abusive landings as harshly as wrists. The Mobius X8 Wrist Brace is a piece of gear that not every rider will need, but for the riders who do need it, it could mean the difference between a great ride or a bummer day at home.
I was so excited to start testing the Mobius X8 wrist braces, because like many of you I have some messed up wrists from years of participating in action sports and the occasional crash. These injuries now make it hard to grip the bars, causing fatigue in my wrists and forearms. As a 25 year old professional level motocross rider with 20 years of riding experience, I’ve spent a lot of time in a lot of different gear and know the importance of proper fit, comfort and protection. I’m happy to have these braces dialed in.
The Mobius X8 Wrist brace tech specs are nothing short of awesome. Their adjustable range of motion makes them a comfortable fit for everyone. The palm-free design ensures nothing impedes your ability to grip the handlebars by use of a Continuous Cable Routing System (CCRS) that keeps the braces firmly planted to your wrist while also preventing hyperextension by use of an articulating backplate. The design dynamically changes tension in the cable throughout the wrist’s full range of motion to help revent excessive bending and hyperextension. Cable tension is adjusted by an easy to use dial and degree of extension can also be limited from ten to 70 degrees with an adjustment screw.
The X8 braces come in two sizes Medium/Large and Small/Medium. As well as two color options; grey or white/acid yellow.
Mobius supplies two separate liners giving you the option to run a one-finger fit or a two-finger fit. I prefer the one-finger fit because the two-finger fit felt bulky and I just couldn’t get the brace adjusted correctly on my wrist.
I first busted out my new wrist braces at the motocross track. At first, I felt as if the wrist braces were preventing my wrists from bending while going up the face of jumps and on the landings. They just felt super awkward, but after a few more laps I noticed how quickly I became comfortable with the added support the wrist braces offered.
The next time I wore them I was riding some rocky Central Oregon off-road terrain. Having the braces on brought me a new sense of confidence going over the technical rocky sections because I was no longer worried about the possibility of tipping over and breaking my wrist on a rock. After going on a two-hour ride, that would have normally killed my hands and left my forearms totally pumped, I realized I was not experiencing either of those problems. At the end of the ride my forearms still felt strong and my hands were not cramping or weak. Because of the support the braces provide I don’t have to hang on as tight, helping with those longer days on the bike.
I don’t know about you guys, but arm pump is a real downer for me. Being able to hang on longer means I can go farther and these wrist braces have been a game-changer in helping me ride longer and farther. Again, as someone who has had wrist injuries and is hypermobile, they definitely help with the prevention of hyperextension. Now after several months of wearing them and getting used to the support, my wrists feel vulnerable if I forget them at home and go out for a ride.
Having tried just about everything to help my hands and wrists while riding, the Mobius X8 wrist brace has become an essential part of my riding kit. The added support helps so much with fatigue and a strong feeling on the bike. Simply having the Mobius X8 braces on gives an invaluable sense of confidence while riding over those techy rock sections. They don’t inhibit movement so much that they are uncomfortable, but just enough to feel like they are doing what they are supposed to. My last word is, if you’ve ever experienced a wrist injury I would 100% look into these bad boys as an added source of protection and support.
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