The Story behind
POD Active Knee Braces
Setting New Standards in Joint Protection
POD Active is an innovative Australian product development company that specialises in joint protection for elite athletes & active humans. Our mission is to reduce the risk & severity of ligament injuries in sport without restricting performance or compromising comfort. Drawing on our experience and understanding of the shape and movement of the body, POD is working with leading universities, brands, athletes, coaches, trainers and medical professionals to create a new platform of joint protection products around natural human motion.
Founded in 2005 in the Victorian Surf Coast Town of Torquay, Australia, POD Active was the vision of polymer and composite materials specialist, Geoff Maloney. Maloney and his siblings had grown up within a motorcycle culture, with his grand father owning and operating the largest motorcycle dealership in the South East of Australia.
Geoff stepped away from the power sports industry, after college, to follow his passion for wave sailing, as the windsurf industry was booming in the 80’s and 90’s. Maloney’s entrepreneurial spirit saw him create and grow a successful global board sport business, with production spread across Asia.
In 2005 Geoff had the desire to throw his leg back over a dirt bike and sought premium protective equipment.
Geoff’s Grand Father, Tom’s Motorcycle Store
in Geelong, Victoria
Geoff’s Father, Doug Maloney racing
Geoff and Rob Maloney
There was an apparent absence of ‘off the shelf’ knee braces, with competitive riders limited to medical treatment and rehabilitation knee braces, which were not designed for sport performance.
These braces were expensive, bulky and mechanical as they were designed to restrict movement as people recovered from injury.
- Metal Pivots and gears – rust, corrode & jam in harsh moto environments
- Noisy restrictive motion – impacts performance
- Two fixed axis moving in one plane – feels bulky and mechanical
- Limited refurbishment options – Return authority required, no self service
Examples of competitors complex hinges
Sport needed a lighter weight, adaptive knee brace that provided natural human motion and close contact to the bike. Working with contracted engineers, universities, professional athletes and physicians, Geoff and his team spent 2 years refining and patenting the POD Knee Brace.
The patented HUMAN MOTION® Hinge was the key differentiator.
HUMAN MOTION ®
Inspired by the human body, our patented Human Motion® technology uses the power of Synthetic Ligaments™ engineered from Vectran Fibres™ (5X stronger than steel) to provide progressive, multidirectional motion control.
The New POD Hinge Housing provides a smooth contact surface against your knee, avoiding abrasion and delivering new levels of comfort, performance & reliability.
Drawing on our experience and understanding of the shape and movement of the body, combined with the demands of our customers, POD is working to create a new platform of joint protection products around natural human motion. Our patented products integrate seamlessly with modern sports equipment, effortlessly enable natural motion and actively resist unnatural motion.