About Copper Fit

Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or just enjoy gardening in your spare time, Copper Fit is a brand of knee and elbow compression sleeves claimed to help support painful, stiff, and sore muscles, and to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

In order to accomplish this, the compression provided by Copper Fit is claimed to stabilize and support muscles, improve muscle circulation and oxygenation, prevent muscle strain and fatigue, and to help reduce muscle recovery time. In addition, Copper Fit is claimed to be lightweight and comfortable, to wick sweat and prevent chafing, and to feature anti-static and anti-piling (prevents it from bunching) properties.

When compared to other compression sleeves though, Copper Fit’s namesake is in its copper-infused fabric, which is claimed to help prevent the buildup of bacteria that can lead to the appearance of stains and odors, and that can accelerate fabric deterioration. While these copper ions only make up about 4% of Copper Fit’s total materials, the company makes it seem like it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

But is this really the case? In other words, can you really expect Copper Fit to works as advertised, and is it worth your hard-earned money? Consider the following:

What’s Different About Copper Fit?

As we mentioned above, the primary selling point for Copper Fit is that these sleeves contain copper-infused fabric, which is claimed to help prevent the buildup of bacteria, as well as the stains, odors, and deterioration this can cause. We’ll talk more about the effectiveness of this copper-infused fabric in a moment.

For now though, keep in mind that once you clear all the marketing hype away, there doesn’t seem to be any significant difference between Copper Fit sleeves and a generic neoprene sleeve you’d find at your local pharmacy or sporting goods store.

Can Copper Fit’s Compression Provide Any Benefits?

As we detailed in our The Science of Compression Wear article, prescription-only compression garments have been used in medicine for many decades, due to their ability to “prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of venous disorders,” prevent the formation of blood clots, improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and more.

However, when compared to consumer-grade compression wear (like Copper Fit), medical-grade compression garments “use stronger elastics to create significant pressure.” In other words, the amount of compression—and therefore the level of benefits you’ll receive—is much higher with compression wear used in the medical community.

Are There Any Health Benefits Related to the Copper in Copper Fit?

Here’s where you have to tread lightly. This is because the Copper Fit website uses some fuzzy language when it comes to copper’s benefits, claiming it “is known to possess antimicrobial properties and enhancement benefits.” Exactly what these “enhancement benefits” are isn’t made clear. But what about copper’s anti-microbial properties?

In short, the copper-infused fabric featured in Copper Fit may help reduce bacteria buildup, which can help prevent odor and stains. After all, you’ll probably be fairly active in your Copper Fit sleeve, so it’s perfectly reasonable that it will get dirty and sweaty.

Keep in mind though, that Copper Fit claims that their copper-infused fabric has been “tested to remain effective for numerous washes.” In other words, after a long enough period of time has passed, all (or most) of the copper will no longer be present.

See also: Can Copperwear Provide You With Pain Relief?

Are Customers Having Good Experiences with Copper Fit?

Based on 100 HighYa reader reviews for Copper Fit (as of 2/13/15), Copper Fit has an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints citing:

  • Poor quality products that don’t provide adequate compression.
  • Poor customer service (difficulty processing refunds, numerous upsells during calls).
  • High S&H charges (more about this next).
  • Extremely long shipping times, often lasting 2+ months.

Copper Fit’s manufacturer, Idea Village based out of Wayne, NJ, holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau, despite holding more than 130 closed complaints. Most of these mirror the complaints noted above.

Copper Fit Pricing & Refund Policy

2 Copper Fit knee or elbow sleeves are priced at $19.99 plus $15.98 S&H, and are available in size S-XXL.

Note: Keep in mind that when you’re asked how many “Buy One Get One Knee (or Elbow) Sleeves” you’d like during checkout, this references the number of pairs, or sets, that you’d like. In other words, don’t be fooled into thinking that you can order 1 elbow sleeve and 1 knee sleeve. If you do something like this, you’ll actually end up paying twice ($35.97 X 2).

Copper Fit comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that if you decide to return your sleeves, you’ll immediately lose nearly $16 in S&H charges, in addition to whatever it will cost to ship them back to the manufacturer. In reality, you might end up losing more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund, which is a tactic many ASOTV products use.

With this said, in order to process a refund you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-818-8300.

Will Copper Fit Provide Improved Mobility & Reduced Pain?

Chopping to the point: If you suffer from minor mobility problems or joint pain, the mild compression provided by Copper Fit sleeves may help provide some relief. However, other than perhaps providing some microbial protection, the copper contained in Copper Fit provides no health benefits whatsoever.

This means that, from a performance perspective, it’s likely that Copper Fit will provide the same level of support as any generic neoprene sleeve from your local pharmacy. In fact, Copper Fit is available at a variety of retailers, so if you’re dead-set on trying it out, this can help you save a ton of hassle if you need to return it, as well as losing a big chunk of change in non-refundable S&H charges.

Related: Common Sports Injuries: Your Guide to How They Happen & Best Ways to Prevent Them

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197 Customer Reviews for Copper Fit

Average Customer Rating: 2.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 38 4 stars: 17 3 stars: 6 2 stars: 13 1 stars: 123
Bottom Line: 30% would recommend it to a friend
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  • No Back Support

    I was expecting a tight snug Velcro fit and at least some back support. This doesn't offer any back support and only provides warmth and sweating. If you want back support and some back pain relief don't purchase this item. You get what you pay for. If you want real back support you will need to pay for it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Increased Pain

    • Battle Ground, WA,
    • Nov 7, 2016

    Purchased my back brace and it came in a timely manner, made me super happy, that is until I put it on. Within 15 minutes I was in more pain than I started with, after 30 I couldn't take it anymore and I actually tore it off. Thinking maybe that time was just me I tried it twice more and it was a repeat of the first time. Fred Meyers carries one that works much better and is a lot less expensive. Bottom line, don't waste your money or time on this crap.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Works for me

    • Maryland ,
    • Oct 30, 2016

    I had back surgery 2 years ago and continue to have residual back aches. Bending, squatting and even getting up from the sofa can be tricky and painful. I tried the back brace and found it gave great support. Even better, the benefits of the compression stayed hours after removing the brace.

    Even my husband noticed I was walking better and getting off the sofa and out of the car with no issues.

    The copper benefits didn't much matter to me as other than wearing for light walking I won't be doing much working out in it. My eye was on the compression. In that department, it works great. I can barely tell I have it on yet it's giving great support.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Others work better

    I have had a back injury many years ago. I decided to try this and see. It helped some. But ones you buy in the drug store works much better. Maybe for someone who has a sprain, it may do something. Also got the knee brace. Did nothing except the top of it was so tight that it hurt. Useless.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Awesome

    I'm a very active person. Running, swimming, MMA. Unfortunately, arthritis runs in my family so I have pain in all my joints. Especially my hip joints. Can you believe I just bought one of these braces and said, “What do I have to loose, 20 bucks?”. The pain is gone. This is no scam. I'm wearing it now and my hips and lower back feel really awesome.

    Maybe there are better braces out there and I really don't think copper threads in this material are making a significant difference or any difference at all. If you're looking for a heavy duty brace, this is not for you, sorry.

    Well, with that I think I want to try out knee braces. Bottom line is that it's inexpensive and every body is different. I will be updating on the knee braces. Loving this back support brace!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Copper Fit

    • VA,
    • Aug 21, 2016

    I bought my Copper Fit this weekend, tried it out and must say it works. I walked to the mailbox and back with it on and felt great. Took it off after seven hours and still felt good. I would recommend this.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Really helped my knees big time

    This product has helped me a lot. I had really bad knees because of miles of running on high school track team. But Copper Fit has helped me get through my winter and spring season of track without pain on my knees. The only complaint I have is how it rolls down sometimes, but other than that, Copper Fit helped me out in track and it's still helping me out by getting me through summer training of cross country. I don't know much about the ordering process some talked about, but I would totally give Copper Fit a chance. I know it's not for everyone, but once again give it a chance.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Quality and support levels were poor.

    Don't believe the advertising on this product. Gives no real support and the so called magical relief of the copper is a myth. If you have a knee problem like I do, stick to a medical grade knee support that will work for you.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Lower back pain

    Always had lower back pain when doing any yard work and other outdoor activities. Tried different back support systems, they helped a little. Bought a CopperFit back brace, have worn it several times and I am totally satisfied with the product. I even participated in a timber framing project and my back felt great.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Total waste of money

    • New York,
    • Jul 6, 2016

    Support... what support? You could use a rubber band with better results.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 56 out 59 people found this review helpful

    I have been scammed

    I wrote a review yesterday. Evidently it's not going to be published. I was scammed. They sent me too many items, charged me for them, charged a $58 shipping fee for what was originally an $11, 3-5 day rush order. It took 10 days for my order to get here! I will NEVER get that $47 back. I am so mad that I could choke somebody. Please DO NOT order from this company. That $47 took a good chunk out of my social security check this month.

    I am not complaining about the product itself, just the worst customer service I've EVER dealt with. Be a man customer service and publish my review!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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