When it comes to product innovation, many times a product cannot advance until new materials or manufacturing methods are invented and/or advanced. This is certainly true for ankle bracing, as the technologies that were developed for the Ultra Zoom® ankle brace from Ultra Ankle® did not exist until they were specifically designed, tested, and proven to help prevent ankle injuries better than any other brace on the market.

The Ultra Zoom® ankle brace from Ultra Ankle® is a one of a kind ankle brace in terms of design and technology due to it’s patented flexible Performathane® soft shell, custom PerformaFit® 3D padding system, and durable hinged-cuff design – three features you will not find on any other brace.

How Does This Work?

For an ankle brace, or any brace to function at its most effective level it has to mirror the shape of the anatomy, which will require the brace to form, or custom-fit to the shape of the joint.  A custom-fit ankle brace is more comfortable, lower profile and more supportive. However, to achieve these custom-fit design goals new materials had to be developed.

Ultra Ankle® embarked on a five-year project to develop materials that would make it possible to design an ankle brace that would be incredibly comfortable, offer long-lasting ankle support, and have multi-season durability. The result is the Ultra Zoom® ankle brace with Performathane® and PerformaFit® technologies.

Outer Flexible Shell, Inner Custom Fit

So what exactly is Performathane® and PerformaFit? Good question.

Performathane® – The material that composes the soft outer shell of the Ultra Zoom® and uses an athlete’s body heat to form or custom-fit to the ankle. Typically, it takes a practice or two for the brace shell to fully form to the shape of the joint. Not only does the Performathane® shell form to the ankle, but it was also engineered to never break, crack or tear offering multi-season durability.

PerformaFit® – This padding system is another Ultra Ankle® invention that adds to the custom-fit properties of the Ultra Zoom®.  A specially designed foam formulation allows the padding system to take the shape of the ankle joint and maintain that shape over time. The PerformaFit® padding system will maintain its cushioning properties throughout an entire sports season.

The Highest Level of Ankle Injury Prevention

Together the Performathane® soft shell and the PerformaFit® padding system offer new levels of comfort, support and durability that older ankle brace designs cannot match. If you’re interested in learning more about our technology, or want to know If the Ultra Zoom® ankle brace is right for you send us a message! Our athletic trainers would be happy to answer your questions.

4 responses to “Ultra Zoom’s Custom-Fit Explained”

  1. Ken Pickron says:

    I would like to see if there is a notch on the inside of the brace where it pivots. My concern is if there isn’t a notch cut out on the inside, the pressure against the side of my foot may not be very comfortable for extended wear. I would like to use this on my long distance hikes of 8 hours +. Thanks!

    • ultraankle says:

      Thank you for the question, Ken!

      The rivet on the inside of the brace is not countersunk, however, the padding of the brace provides plenty of cushioning between your ankle bone and the brace. For hiking, if you have a low-top trail/hiking shoe then I would recommend the Ultra Zoom ankle brace. However, if you have a ¾ or high-top hiking boot then I would recommend our Ultra High-5 ankle brace. The Ultra High-5 will fit better in the taller hiking boot than the Ultra Zoom. Here is the link to our Hiking page which explains the differences between the Ultra Zoom and the Ultra High-5 when used for hiking, https://www.ultraankle.com/sports/hiking/

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Cathy says:

    My grandson is a running back.he had a bad sprain about a month ago. He rested it somewhat and is meeting with a trainer for rehab.He plays some put gets zingers,steps out for a few plays and goes back in( frustrating for him) they have tried different taping but doesn’t change much. Would a brace help? They are headed to state finals and wants to play! How senior year to! Thanks much!

    • ultraankle says:


      Thanks for reaching out to Ultra Ankle. We really appreciate it!

      Regarding your grandson’s ankle condition – taping the ankle can only do so much. Once he starts to play, the tape will lose support rapidly. An ankle brace can provide much more ankle support for longer periods of time. The ankle brace I would recommend for your grandson is the Ultra Zoom. The Ultra Zoom has a flexible shell that uses body heat to form-fit to the ankle for comfortable long-lasting ankle support. The hinge design allows for natural ankle range of motion to enhance performance and keep the muscles strong.

      Here is a link to the Ultra Zoom: https://www.ultraankle.com/product/ultra-zoom/

      SIZING: When sizing the Ultra Zoom make sure you measure your ankle circumference per the size chart on the product page. Do not use shoe size to determine ankle brace size.

      For more details about the Ultra Zoom please take a look at this brief Ultra Zoom Fitting Video: http://bit.ly/zoomfitting

      Should you have any additional questions please email me and I would be happy to help. Good luck at State!

      Rick Peters, ATC
      [email protected]

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