Aircast Ankle Braces Review 2018
updated August 3, 2018
Aircast Ankle braces provide a full range of support and protection products to meet every need. It is the favorite brace of tennis star Andy Murray as well as many other sports professionals. Aircast have established a reputation as a reliable, flexible support provider for all applications. In this article, we focus on the top 4 Aircast ankle support products. We also consider 3 alternatives to the Aircast range.
The Best of Aircast
The Aircast A60 features a pair of secure side stabilizers to keep your foot correctly aligned when you are walking and running. This helps to alleviate over-pronation and flat foot problems. The unique 60 degree angles of the stabilizers enhance the support even more. The unique Breath-o-Prene material keeps you comfortable and dry, wicking away moisture and preventing over-heating and sweat build up.
The Aircast A60 has a lightweight design that makes it easy to take the brace on and off, while also producing a light, airy feel. A single velcro strap provides a very secure hold, making it much faster and easier to secure than a lace up brace. The material under the foot features a special split design that allows you to move the mesh aside to remove the support before washing the brace.
It is ideal for all sports applications as well as recovery from sprained, swollen or broken ankles.
- 60 degree side stabilizers
- Breath-o-Prene material
- Split underfoot design
- A little bulky
The Aircast Airsport incorporates air stirrup ankle brace features, including a semi rigid shell along with air cells to provide a superior level of injury comfort. An anterior talofibular ligament velcro cross strap combines with integral footstrap and shin wraps provide a high level of compression and stabilization. This is a very effective way to treat a swollen ankle. The high level of compression will also fast track nutrients and oxygen to the injured area for faster recovery.
The Aircast Airsport does a very good job of limiting ankle movement in order to eliminate ankle rollover, inversion or eversion. This is a great brace if you need extra ankle protection while play tennis, badminton and squash. It also provides relief from tarsal tunnel syndrome, sprained ankle and swollen ankles. The universal design means it can be used by both men and women and on either foot.
- Semi rigid shell
- Velcro cross strap
- High level of compression
- Inaccurate size guide
The Aircast FP Walker Brace is a hard shell full length brace that provides protection, mobility and pnuematic support for extra support while coming back from injury. It is designed for severe ankle sprains, midfoot injuries and post-operative use. The low rocker sole gives you a natural gait for increased mobility. The hand bulb air pump allows you to provide just the right level of support and comfort. Three braces provide low mid and high strapping support.
The Aircast FP Walker Brace features graduated compression that does a great job of reducing edema while improving blood circulation and nutrient supply. This is a universal boot which can be used by either gender. Even though this is a full length boot it is surprisingly lightweight, allowing you to get maximum protection without slowing you down.
- Hard shell full length
- Low rocker sole
- Graduated compression
- Liner seams not secure
The Aircast Air Stirrup heel support features a thermoformed shell liner to provide maximum rigidity and an ergonomic leg-pad that delivers a great comfort form fit. The dorsiflexion straps are completely adjustable, putting you completely in control of the level of tension, while also providing a superior level of stretchability. The three point adjustment system, coupled with flexible hinges provides an easy on off application. The low profile structure allows for minimal bulk while wearing footwear.
The Aircast Air Stirrup provides maximum protection by way of a pair of interconnected air cells that are located at the base of the unit. Patented cushioning also provides a high level of comfort when you are moving. This brace enhances circulation to boost nutrient and oxygen supply to the injured area. This is a very effective support for all types of ankle injury.
- Thermoformed shell
- Dorsiflexion straps
- Interconnected air shells
- Irritates the skin
In this section, we consider 3 alternatives to the Aircast range; the Mueller HG80 Ankle Brace, the Ossur Brace and the ASO Ankle stabilizer.
The Med Spec ASO Ankle Stabilizer is a popular brace that provides a good level of compression. It comes in a figure 8 figuration that provides total support to your lower leg. This ballistic nylon boot provides maximum strength and stability without any of the bulk that would limit functionality. The brace is unobtrusive enough that it will easily slip under your everyday footwear. The elastic cuff closure provides a very effective and reliable level of support.
The bilateral design of the Med Spec ASO Ankle Stabilizer allows you to use it on either leg. This brace has good breathability, allowing for air circulation and blood flow. This is a very simple to use device, which makes getting it on and off very easy. Made in the USA under strict quality control, the ASO ankle brace is a worthy contender to the best of Aircast.
- Figure-8 design
- Ballistic nylon
- Elastic cuff closure
- Bilateral design
- Stabilizing strap
- Sizing is questionable
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The Ossur Form Fit ankle brace provides a comparable level of support than anything in the Aircast range. Its rigid, stirrup shaped plastic heel provides a very secure hold. It stabilizes your heel and provides medial / lateral stability to prevent over pronation. The Figure 8 heel locking system gives you a very secure hold by mimicking the effect of wrapping with tape.
Ossur Form Fit ankle brace backs the Figure 8 strapping system with a speed lace up that makes it amazingly fast to get this brace in place. The lightweight fabric prevents sweat build up and is very breathable. It will not bunch up or slip down when in use. Finger pull loops on the tongue and heel make it easy to apply the brace.
- Exoskeleton design
- Figure 8 heel lock
- Speed lace up
- A bit stiff
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The ASO Ankle Stabilizer is one of the most recommended sports supports by sports therapists around the world. It has stabilizing straps to deliver a high level of stability and support. This is backed up by an elastic cuff closure and a secure lacing system. This boot is ballistic and lightweight, providing just the right balance of rigidity and mobility to deliver the support you need.
The low profile of the ASO Ankle Stabilizer allows it to work seamlessly with any type of shoe. It slips on and off easily and is so minimalistic that you’ll forget that you’re wearing it. This support is bi-lateral, meaning that it can be worn on either the right or left foot.
- Figure 8 design
- Elastic cuff closure
- No warranty
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The Aircast A60 Ankle Brace is our favorite Aircast support. It provides 60 degree side stabilizers, Breath-o-Prene material and a split underfoot design. Coming in as our second best Aircast ankle brace is the Aircast FP Walker Brace, complete with hard shell full length, low rocker sole and graduated compression.
Rounding out our top 3 Aircast ankle supports is the Aircast Airsport, with its semi rigid shell, velcro cross strap and high level of compression.
When it comes to Aircast alternatives, our top performer is the Medspec ASO Ankle stabilizer,, which matches aircast with its air cell supports but has added rigidity and breath ability with its HydraCinn high performance fabric. The Ossur Form Fit ankle brace provides and rigid exoskeleton design, Figure 8 heel lock and speed lace up system.
Finally, the ASO ankle stabilizer features a Figure 8 design, lightweight fabric and elastic cuff closure.