I'm at a point where I need to start wearing knee braces. I talked to my doc, and he says without a mitigating condition or injury, insurance isn't going to cover the cost. OK, fine. After searching thru countless posts here and elsewhere, I see the Asterisk is the top rated knee brace and the price is commensurate. But, this is a hobby, and dropping $$$ on a set knee braces with that price tag is going to seriously cut into my food habit. I see several other options on the market, EVS, Thor etc that make less expensive knee braces. After reading thru a few reviews on sites that sell them, I can tell the advertising dollar will make even the biggest POS an incredible thing in the opinion of some. I know, Asterisk braces are cheaper than surgery, but, if there's a more affordable option out there, I'd really be interested in hearing some first hand info on fit, function and the ride with em on. I've see some forum comments about one brand or another being too bulky, uncomfortable or just plain flimsy crap. I don't need an angle iron frame with angel wing padding, but, I'd at least like to make it home without needing a skin graft. I won't say $$$ is no object, as my health and well bring are involved, but anything decent for less (maybe much less) than the Asterisk would help. A Cycle Gear near me has the EVS Vision knee braces on sale for $149/pair. The sale is over Tuesday. Some rate the Vision (and other EVS braces) as crap, but some like them. What are you guys using for a knee brace and if you had to buy again, would you buy the same brace or go to something else ? Any suggestions for making a knee brace more comfortable on long, scorching hot single track rides ?