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thigh brace fit

It's called the thigh brace, right? I'm 5'6" and I've always paddled big expedition boats where the thigh brace is a knee brace on me.

My knee caps don't like that.

Recently, I've been trying smaller boats where the thigh brace is actually a thigh brace and I love the comfort level of these smaller boats for me. However, I may have to make some trade-offs in order to get an expedition-sized boat. So I'm curious: what is the acceptable range of fit for a thigh brace? And how much -- if at all -- can a thigh brace be modified to fit a smaller person.