Copper Wear Tape from Tristar Products claims to be a flexible fabric with an adhesive backing that is “infused” with copper and will give you compression and support for ankles, knees, wrists, or anywhere else you need it. They state that all you need to do is peel, stretch, and place wherever you are feeling pain or tension, and Copper Wear Tape will help you take your athletic performance to the next level.
How Copper Wear Tape Works
Copper Wear Tape appears to be based on Kinesio tape – a product invented by a Japanese chiropractor named Kenzo Kase in 1979. You have probably seen colorful Kinesio tape on athletes’ legs arms, or backs as they run, swim, or lift weights. The concept behind this is that the flexible tape would stimulate and improve circulation, leading to better performance.
Copper Wear Tape promises similar benefits to Kinesio tape with the added “boost” of copper, which they state on their FAQ “is an essential trace element vital to all living organisms.”
Copper Wear Tape comes in Nude or Black, is pre-cut and they promise will offer up to 80 pieces per order; however, customer service had no information as to how long each piece was or how big the roll is. They state if you use Copper Wear Tape the “sweat releasing stay dry channels” will vent moisture and it will offer pain relief, support, and revive overworked muscles or joints.
Copper Wear Tape Cost:
$35.97 for 4 rolls ($19.99 plus $7.99 S&H per set) – this is the default. You can order 2 rolls for $27.98 ($19.99 plus $7.99 S&H) if you switch the radio button.
Copper Wear Tape comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, minus any shipping and handling. A customer service representative told us that you need to call 973-287-5138 to get an RMA but you can return the product within that time frame even if you have used it.
Bottom Line: Is Copper Wear Tape a Good Idea?
We certainly believe Copper Wear Tape is something that will stick to your body; after that, there’s very little evidence it will do anything else.
First of all, the benefits of using Kinesio tape are questionable. Body in Mind, a website run by the University of South Australia looked at several clinical studies testing the benefits of Kinesio Tape and found very few “that suggested that Kinesio Taping was better than the control groups, and their effect sizes did not reach clinical significance.” Breaking Muscle came to a similar conclusion, but found there may be a placebo effect. In other words, taping your body in different patterns may give you a psychological boost or psych out your opponent.
As far as the copper part of the Copper Wear Tape, there is also no proven benefit for wearing copper. Yes, it’s true that copper is an essential mineral of life, but beneficial only if ingested, not worn (and only if you have a copper deficiency). Still, this hasn’t stopped dozens of companies from using copper in their compression/athletic devices. For more info, see Are Metals Good for Your Health? (Wall St. Journal).
Finally, Copper Wear, the brand name associated with Copper Wear Tape has less-than-stellar 2-star average from our readers that have tried it. They complain of lousy customer service, excessive shipping fees, and a product that works no better than ones without copper infusion.
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