Elasticity Grade & Length Guide For Wrist & Knee Wraps

Wrist Wraps

The Iron Tanks Wrist Wraps are available in a multitude of lengths and deniers (which is the elasticity or stiffness of the wrap). It can all be a little confusing, so we’ve written this guide to give you a better understanding as to how it all translates and help you make a decision on which wrap is best suited to you.

Length:

Wrist Wraps come in 6 different lengths, starting at 12” (30.5cm) and going all the way up to 40” (100cm) in 6” (~15cm) increments. The length of the wrap determines how many revolutions you will get around your wrist, and this is going to depend on three things:

  1. How tight you wear your wraps
  2. The elasticity grade of the wrap (the stretchier the material, the more revolutions you will get)
  3. The circumference of your wrist (someone who has a large wrist is going to get less revolutions than someone with a smaller wrist using the same length wrap)

So how do you determine what wrap is best for you? The below chart will give you a ‘rough’ indication as to how many revolutions around the wrist you can expect with each size wrap. This will vary from person to person and is a rough guide.

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So how do the length and revolutions translate to training? Loosely speaking:

30cm / 12” - Suited best for those with smaller or petite wrists, or those who are performing Olympic lifts.

45cm / 18” - A great all rounder for general training and a good all purpose length for support and comfort.

61cm / 24” - For more advanced lifters - this is our most common size among athletes and competitors.

76cm / 30” - For more advanced lifters who prefer an extra revolution over the 24”.

91cm / 36” - Generally for competition use and advanced training (suited to bigger wrists)

100cm / 40” - Generally for competition use and for maximal support under very heavy loads. Not for the fainthearted, and definitely suited best for bigger framed lifters with thicker wrists.

Please note: these recommendations are all ‘roughly speaking’ and personal preference does come into play when picking your desired strength (elasticity grade) and length.

 

Elasticity Grade:

Our Wrist Wraps come in 5 Elasticity Grade deniers. The range starts at the most elasticated, through to the stiffest wrap. Stiffer does not necessarily mean better. It depends on the application.

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Flexx: Stretchy and durable fabric. Entry level support.

Bolster: Good all-purpose wrap providing strong support under load while remaining comfortable.

Ironclad: Engineered for competitors. The right mixture of stiffness and flex for experienced lifters and designed for competitive powerlifters or advanced bodybuilders.

Brutal: Very rigid support. Suitable for bigger frames and wrists, or those who simply prefer a stiff wrap.

Juggernaut: Very rigid maximal support. Suitable for bigger frames and wrists. Not for the faint of heart! This strength level feels like you’re wrapping your wrists with reinforced concrete.

As an example: those who train casually and just want added support to the wrist during a workout would do quite well with a Flexx or Bolster Wrap. They’re comfortable and very supportive. Bodybuilders and volume based lifters will do totally fine with the Bolster Wrap - it will cover all of your support needs.

An Ironclad denier is suited for more advanced lifters, hauling heavier poundages and requiring more support. Competitive Powerlifters or advanced (stronger) Bodybuilders will find the stiffness of an Ironclad Wrap to provide the additional support required under load. This wrap is engineered for competition use and advanced support. The Ironclad range will cover 90% of lifters without a hitch.

Brutal and Juggernaut are our stiffest wraps, reserved for those really looking for a super stiff, rigid wrap for heavy poundage's and lower reps. These aren’t for everyone!

We’d like to note: factoring in the length and elasticity grade of the wrap can also determine the level of support you’re going to receive. 

Ideally, you can mix and match both to get your desired level of support and comfort.

For example; a 36” Ironclad Wrap will offer almost the same amount of support as a 30” Brutal Wrap would.

If you’re still unsure after reading this guide, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Iron Tanks for some further guidance in getting you the best wrap for the job!

 

Knee Wraps

The above guide overlaps with much of what can be said about the knee wrap range, so please read through that if you already haven’t.

The elasticity system is the same, only the lengths will differ (because of course, knees/legs are much bigger than wrists) 

Length:

Knee Wraps come in 3 different lengths, starting at 2 metres (79”) and going all the way up to 3 metres (118”) in 50cm (~20”) increments. The length of the wrap determines how many revolutions you will get around your knee, and will depend on the aforementioned factors:

  1. How tight you wear your wraps
  2. The flexibility grade of the wrap (the stretchier the material, the more revolutions you will get)
  3. The circumference of your knee joint and size of your quads and calves (someone who has a bigger knee joint/quads is going to get less revolutions than someone with a smaller set of wheels)

So how do you determine what wrap is best for you? The below chart will give you a ‘rough’ indication as to how many revolutions around the knee you can expect with each size wrap. This will vary from person to person and is a rough guide.

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So how does the length and revolutions translate to training? Loosely speaking:

2 metres / 79” (200cm) - The most common size for all round support - general lifting, bodybuilding and entry level powerlifting.

2.5 metres / 98” (250cm) - Suited to intermediate to advanced lifters, or those that simply have bigger legs requiring the extra revolution for additional support.

3 metres / 118” (300cm) - For more advanced lifters - suited to those who have experience with knee wraps, and are looking for the greatest amount of support and rebound.


Elasticity Grade:

As mentioned previously, our Knee Wraps come in 5 Elasticity Grade deniers. The range starts at the most elasticated, through to the stiffest wrap.

Please refer to the above Elasticity Grade chart and subsequent descriptions, as this also translates to the knee wraps.

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