About CEP Compression
As an athlete, you know that endurance sports like running and cycling can take a toll on your body, and you’ve probably “been around the block” in search of products that can reduce pain and provide you with a competitive edge. With this in mind, CEP compression garments claim to improve circulation and oxygenation to your muscles, which can boost performance, increase endurance, and reduce recovery time.
But which of these claims are fact, and which are fiction? Let’s compress the data and find out.
Quick Facts About CEP Compression Garments
By featuring precisely incorporated, advanced stitching, and a “physiologically perfect compression profile,” CEP compression garments are claimed to improve your athletic performance, increase endurance, and to reduce recovery time, whether you wear them before, during, or after exercise. In addition, CEP claims that their compression sportswear can also reduce the possibility of injuries such as shin splints, calf cramps, Achilles issues, and pulled muscles, while quickly wicking away moisture away from your skin.
When compared to the competition, CEP claims that their products use two different proprietary technologies to enhance performance and comfort:
- Additus+ System – Claims to combine compression and functionality for different types of sport.
- Recovering+ System – Claims to provide optimum comfort and the fastest recovery times.
All CEP compression products are also claimed to be Oko-Tex Standard 100 certified, and to be scientifically tested (we’ll explore this topic further in the Bottom Line section).
CEP Compression Pricing & Refund Policy
All CEP compression products come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less shipping and handling charges. On top of this, all of their products also include a 6-month compression guarantee, which means that if they fail to provide the proper level of compression within this time, the company will replace the garment free of charge.
While you can purchase directly through the company, CEP compression products are also available through numerous independent retailers including Amazon.com, Zappos.com, Overstock.com, and more.
What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About CEP Compression?
CEP Compression is based out of Layton, UT, and holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints over the past three years. CEP’s parent company is Medi, which has been in business for more than 60 years. However, since they’re located outside the U.S., they are not listed with the BBB.
CEP compression products seem to feature generally positive online customer reviews, although some of the few complaints we encountered during our research cited that they don’t last very long; that they can become hot and uncomfortable in warmer weather; and that they have a somewhat unfashionable appearance.
What’s the Bottom Line About CEP Compression?
As we noted in our Compression Wear article, compression garments have become immensely popular over the last few years. Because of this, we’ve seen a slew of companies emerge almost overnight, including Copper Wear, RejuvaHealth, Miracle Copper Socks, and many more. However, unlike these other companies, CEP’s parent company Medi has been manufacturing compression wear for more than 60 years, and appears to be a generally trusted authority in the industry.
With this in mind though, there are some important details you should keep in mind before placing your order. Most important is that, while medical compression wear has been extensively proven to improve arterial blood flow and to increase circulation and oxygenation, this doesn’t mean that these benefits directly translate into improved performance. In fact, most peer reviewed clinical studies have shown that compression wear has a measurable effect on reduced lactic acid buildup and recovery times, but they have not shown to boost performance in any measurable, repeatable fashion.
Despite the fact that CEP compression socks seem to be very big in the triathlon industry and to have mostly positive online reviews, this doesn’t necessarily translate into their other products like shorts and braces. In fact, even all the data referenced on CEP’s Technology page only references their compression socks, not any of their other products. In other words, you might not expect the same performance benefits across their entire product lineup.
Finally, although we found numerous customer complaints that CEP compression garments don’t last very long, keep in mind that the company offers a 6-month guarantee on everything they manufacture, which can even be exchanged at a local CEP retailer.
Bottom line: If you’re looking to reduce recovery time and increase oxygen flow, CEP compression socks seem like a good use of your money—especially if you’re an avid runner. Outside of this however, you may want to think twice before spending your hard-earned money on any of their other products.