If you've been a runner for any length of time you're probably experienced knee pain at least once during your running career. I’ve been lucky until recently but developed nagging knee pain after completing my first 50K trail race in August. This is where Ed M. from trailrunningsoul.com and the good folks at Moji (The Smart Icing Alternative) came to the rescue. I have been using a new and innovative product called the Moji Knee for the past few weeks and my knee pain has all but disappeared.
This is from the Moji website:
This revolutionary two-piece design, consisting of a Moji Compression Wrap and Moji Cold Cell, provides icing around your knee to optimize recovery, prevent injuries, and ease minor aches and pains.
Why Moji Knee?
Mobility: Designed to articulate perfectly around the knee, giving you the freedom to move naturally while you ice.
Comfort: Moji Knee’s Compression Wrap features Polartec performance stretch fabric that allows adjustable compression.
Breakthrough Icing: Each Moji Cold Cell is soft and pliable right out of the freezer and remains cold for the recommended 20-minute icing protocol. The Moji Cold Cell was designed with Dri-Lex Fabric to wick away moisture making it comfortable to wear directly on the skin.
Convenience: The Compression Wrap holds the Cold Cell in place for more effective icing as you move.
Here's my take on the Moji Knee:
The thing I like most about this product is that you are able to move around while icing your knee. I would often skip icing when I used a standard cold pack because I was too busy or too impatient to sit on the sofa and hold a pack against my knee for 20 minutes. The Moji Knee allows icing on the move. No more coach potato! Ice only works if you use it and I am more compliant with my icing regiment now that I have the Moji Knee. The compression wrap also provides gentle pressure which helps the cold penetrate below the surface.
Another great feature is Moji's innovative cold cell. I like to call it the spider web. The cell's unique design wraps snugly around your knee providing complete and even distribution of soothing cold to your aching joint. I find that standard cold packs are too cold right out the freezer and then lose their chill rather quickly. The Moji cell is just cold enough to be effective and stays cold for the full 15-20 minutes of icing. And it's already wrapped with Dri-Lex Fabric so there's no need to hunt for a towel.
The only downside to this product is the cost. It's much more expensive than your standard gel pack but like the saying goes, "You get what you pay for." If comfort, convenience and effectiveness are important to you, this may be the product you've been searching for.