Copper Fit is an elbow or knee sleeve that combines compression with copper. Why? Because they claim compression helps with stiff or sore muscles and copper is an “essential nutrient” for the human body. But do they really do anything special together?
Copper Fit is brought to you by Idea Village, a direct marketing company with a D rating from the Better Business Bureau, due to problems with their products and failures to resolve them. (Copper Fit also appears to be a re-branding of Copper Flex, a similar product also with dubious claims.)
What Copper Fit is Made of
82% polyester, 14% spandex, and 4% copper and “other fibers” (which they don’t disclose). They claim this “copper infused” product will provide anti-microbial finishing (see About Copper below), “high-wicking” properties (meaning it absorbs sweat), and that it’s lightweight and comfortable to wear.
About Compression Wear
Compression is an age-old form of “medicine” to deal with strained or sore muscles – how many times have you or a doctor wrapped a knee or elbow in an Ace bandage after a sports or work injury?
There is plenty of evidence (cited on the website) that compression may provide support for muscle stiffness, soreness, or pain, reduce recovery time, improve circulation, and prevent strain or fatigue by keeping muscles warm.
Copper also has some documented facts: it has been used for thousands of years and has “anti-microbial” properties that can prevent fungus, stains, or odors. It’s also non-irritating to the skin and not harmful to people and the environment. All well and good. Here’s where they get sneaky – they include the fact that copper is an essential nutrient for the human body. This is true... but the copper must be ingested to have any health benefits. Unless you plan to eat your compression sleeve, you will receive zero nutritional benefits from the copper.
Copper Fit includes:
- Copper Fit Arm or Knee Sleeve (S,M,L,XL,XXL)
- BOGO (additional S&H)
What Copper Fit Costs:
$35.97 for 2 Copper Fits. They try to disguise this by saying one Copper Fit costs $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H, but they sneakily charge you an additional $7.99 in S&H for the second one. Also note that the second sleeve must be the same type and size as the first – you cannot order 1 arm and 1 knee at this price. In fact, if you did do that, you would end up with 4 Copper Fits (and charged accordingly).
If you try Copper Fit and decide it’s not working for you, they do have a 30-day return policy, minus any S&H which is non-refundable (and you also have to pay to send back.)
Bottom Line: Is Copper Fit a Scam?
Compression sleeves in professional sports have been a staple since the 2000s, although they have been used to treat sprains or injuries for many years before that. And, indeed, copper is a nutrient your body cannot live without. But let us stress again at the risk of repeating ourselves: copper and compression combined don’t do anything special. Most compression sleeves are absorbent and prevent odors with or without any “copper infusion”. We suggest if you are having knee or arm problems to visit a pharmacy for a cheaper compression sleeve. If you are suffering from copper deficiency, consult your doctor.
You may also want to read: Compression Wear: The Good, The Bad, and The UGLY