Have you seen the infomercials featuring Montel Williams advertising Tommie Copper compression wear? Today we’re looking a little closer at these Tommie Copper products, and seeking customer reviews.
Tommie Copper is compression wear founded by Tom Kallish, who claims to have created it after finding traditional products to be uncomfortable.
TommieCopper.com was registered on January 20, 2010, while TommieCopper.tv – which is currently being used in infomercials – was registered August 5, 2011.
The rise in popularity of compression wear has been hastened by high-profile athletes who are often seen wearing them. While most products in this category are marketed for athletic use, Tommie Copper presents their products as a cross between sportswear and pain relief garments.
Does Tommie Copper Contain Copper?
There appears to be some question as to whether or not Tommie Copper actually contains copper in its fabric. The 2011 version of the website’s FAQ explains that copper is used in the product:
After many months of designing and testing various fabrics, Tom invented a proprietary fabric that met his comfort requirement. At the same time, Tom had been studying the healing effects of copper on the body. He felt that the combination of compression and copper would increase the effective results of the product he was designing. By combining the benefits of this revolutionary compression fabric with patented copper infused yarn, Tom created what is now Tommie Copper’s Cu29 Compression fabric which is used in all of Tommie Copper’s Compression wear.
There is also an explanation in the 2011 FAQ about how copper has been used in medicine for thousands of years and that “Copper is an entirely natural and essential nutrient to human health.”
The current FAQ, however, says nothing about copper being used in the fabric or about its medicinal purposes, simply stating:
Tommie Copper compression uses multi-directional support and proprietary fabric to provide supportive relief while being comfortable enough to be worn throughout the day.
It also explains that the name Cu29 is used to help remember the Tommie Copper name, which is certainly a big change from the explanation in the 2011 FAQ.
We called Tommie Copper to verify if copper is contained in the product. A representative by the name of Brandon answered our call:
TC: Thank you for calling Tommie Copper. This is Brandon, how may I help you?
Waffles: Can you confirm that your products actually contain copper in the fabric?
TC: Yes the copper-infused nylon is used.
Waffles: OK I was just trying to find out if there was copper used before I ordered.
TC: There is copper in the fabric, yes. It’s not like a solid sheet of metal but it’s small particles infused in the fabric.
We also emailed Tommie Copper and received the following response, detailing the materials in their fabric:
Thank you for your recent message & interest in our Tommie Copper Products! For your convenience we have provided a listing of the contents our product is composed of.
Tommie Copper Shirt contents:
56% Copper Nylon
16% Lycra (Spandex)
Tommie Copper Sleeve, Shorts and Glove contents:
57% Copper Nylon
14% Lycra (Spandex)
Tommie Copper Sock contents:
27% Copper Nylon
The material used in the bands (found on ankle, calf, elbow and knee sleeves) contain: 54% polyester and 46% rubber.
Because I’ve dealt with chronic knee problems, I decided I was probably a good candidate to review the Tommie Copper knee sleeve. I ordered direct from the website and it was $24.50 plus shipping, for a total of $32 and it took about 10 days to receive the order. I have worn more traditional compression wear in the past, which is usually heavier and bulkier. I found the Tommie Copper sleeve to be light weight and comfortable, and I didn’t feel as though my knee was being squeezed while wearing it. That said, I found the amount of pain relief to be comparable to the $15 knee braces found at any drug store. If you consider the lighter, more comfortable fabric, you may find the Tommie Copper to be a better solution than less expensive products.
I wouldn’t swear by the Tommie Copper brand alone, but I do feel that compression wear in general helps alleviate pain, and Tommie Copper does offer a product of value in this category. I’ll continue to wear the knee sleeve I purchased because it does provide some comfort and relief.
Always beware of fake reviews, especially when you see glowing endorsements which link directly to the Tommie Copper site. Fake product reviews are rampant, not just for this product, but for virtually all products.
As someone who has used compression wear for years, I feel that Tommie Copper offers a valid product in this category. Unlike many glowing reviews for the product, however, it is my opinion that compression wear only offers moderate pain relief, and is not the magic cure that some claim. For some people, however, moderate relief is more than sufficient.
Those with realistic expectations will probably be pleased with the product, while those believing the hype of the infomercial may be disappointed.
Have you used Tommie Cooper compression wear? We’d like to hear from you in the comments below.
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