Copper Fit Socks are the latest item of clothing to be made “with copper ions bound at the fiber level” – this one promises to eliminate sweaty and smelly feet. Copper Socks claim they wick away moisture and the copper provides antimicrobial protection that will prevent foul odors coming from your feet after a workout.
Copper is the hot new mineral/material in gloves, elbow or knee sleeves, shirts, and more that the manufacturers tout gives these products special benefits. But does wearing copper actually DO anything? Let’s investigate.
The Copper Fit Socks Pitch
The marketers of Copper Fit Socks seem to be aiming at “weekend warriors” who like to workout or play sports. They tout its copper “infusion” will stop your feet from being stinky after running, hiking, or even bowling.
Copper Fit Socks makes a number of claims about the element copper, all of which are true but only one that is really relevant to this product: according to this study, it helps protect against fungus and damaging bacteria that cause stains and odors.
How Copper Fit Socks Work
Copper Fit Socks come in Men’s or Women’s Ankle or Calf in Small/Medium or Large. They boast that it’s manufactured with copper at the fiber level, but they don’t indicate the other materials or how much copper is actually used. Copper Fit elbow pads, for example say they are made of 82% polyester, 14% spandex, and 4% copper.
To use Copper Fit Socks, put ‘em on your feet. Then run, play basketball, or exert yourself the manner of your choice. They exclaim your feet will be kept dry and won’t be smelly. They claim it’s been tested to work after “numerous” washes, but don’t specify an exact number of uses.
Copper Fit Socks Will Cost You:
$19.97 for 2 pair Copper Socks. ($9.99 plus $4.99 shipping for the first, plus another $4.99 in fees for the “free” pair.) You can try Copper Socks and if you or your locker room compadres are still holding their nose when you unlace your sneakers, return for the $9.99 but they’ll keep the rest. Pee-eww!
Bottom Line: Is Copper Fit Socks a Scam?
This product may indeed work as indicated, meaning it will wick away moisture and prevent odors, but is this REALLY because of this supposed copper infusion? We doubt it. (Hint: a cotton athletic sock promises to basically do the same thing.) The study they cite points to copper’s use as an antimicrobial surface talks about when it’s used on tables at hospitals, not weaved into clothing.
In addition, you should know that some of the other things they mention about copper – that it’s an essential trace element/nutrient for all living things and it’s been used in medicine for thousands of years – having nothing to do with wearing it.
Copper has not been proven to add any benefit to socks, gloves, hats, jockstraps, or anywhere else you want to wear it, in spite of what they say. This company like many others, simply seem to be capitalizing on the “copper” hype, which as they correctly point out, is harmless to you or the environment. But to your WALLET…?
What do you think? Did you buy Copper Fit Socks and did it keep your feet nice and dry or do you feel ripped off? Let us know below!
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