Until you’ve suffered a knee injury while off-road or motocross riding, strapping on a seemingly bulky pair of articulated braces under your pants before every ride might seem like a classic case of overkill. But a split second after a crash or bobble sprains a ligament or strains a muscle, you’ll wish you’d been wearing them after all. We promise; we’ve been there. The knee is particularly vulnerable in dirt riding because such off-road work requires using the foot and leg as a balancer, a stabilizer, or even a pivot while you’re in motion. And in a bobble, a near-crash, or an actual crash, the knee can be hyperextended or suffer lateral forces that the joint isn’t capable of resisting no matter how strong you are. In this case, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. And so here are three good options.