About Copper Wear Tape
Copper Wear Tape is a brand of copper-infused kinesiology tape that’s claimed to feature flex supporting fabric that moves with you in order to provide constant, comfortable support for knees, shoulders, ankles, wrists, and more. On top of this, Copper Wear Tape is claimed to feature sweat-releasing stay dry channels that vent moisture for improved skin adhesion.
According to the manufacturer, Copper Wear Tape is simple and easy to use; simply peel, stretch, and place over your injured or overworked muscles and joints.
Whether you’re a competitive athlete, weekend warrior, or an amateur gardener, sore, overworked muscles can put you out of the game. But can the copper-infused Copper Wear Tape help get you back in the game as quickly as possible, and is it worth the money? Consider the following:
What Kinds of Benefits Do Sports Tapes Provide?
According to Wikipedia, “athletic taping is the process of applying tape directly to the skin in order to maintain a stable position of bones and muscles during athletic activity. It is a procedure that uses tape, attached to the skin, to physically keep in place muscles or bones at a certain position. This reduces pain and aids recovery. Taping is usually used to help recover from overuse and other injuries.”
However, it’s important to keep in mind that “there are set regulations and rules that govern the athletic taping techniques used by trainers and health professionals,” including skin preparation and body mechanics to maximize the tape’s benefits. As such, if applied incorrectly by an untrained individual, improper taping can result in blistering and even additional injuries.
In short, similar to how owning a pen and pencil does not make someone an artist, owning athletic tape doesn’t mean that someone understands how to apply it correctly in order to maximize its benefits. In fact, doing so could even aggravate the injury you’re attempting to support.
On top of this, scientists have recently begun questioning the efficacy of kinesio tape itself, as outlined in a recent Huffington Post article.
What Does the Copper in Copper Wear Tape Do?
As we’ve outlined in many of our other copper-infused product reviews, as well as in our article titled Can Copperwear Provide You with Pain Relief?, the copper contained in these products only acts to prevent the buildup of bacteria, which can lead to unwanted odors. In other words, the copper contained in Copper Wear Tape will not provide you with any added pain relief benefits.
In fact, because Copper Wear Tape is a single-use product and will typically be removed after working out, it’s difficulty to see why copper was included in the first place, other than as a marketing tool.
Do Copper Wear Tape’s Stay Dry Channels Provide Added Benefits?
Other than claiming that their Stay Dry Channels vent moisture, there isn’t any additional information provided about how this technology works, or how it’s different from any other breathable kinesiology tape available elsewhere on the market.
Similar Products to Copper Wear Tape
Speaking of which, there are hundreds of other kinesiology tapes available in all shapes, colors, and sizes from dozens of other manufacturers, many of which are priced much lower than Copper Wear Tape, especially considering its high, non-refundable S&H charges (more about this next).
To see for yourself, simply type “water resistant sports tape” into your favorite search engine. In fact, sports tape is so commonplace that you’ll almost certainly be able to find some at your local sporting goods store.
What Do Copper Wear Tape’s Customers Have to Say?
Copper Wear Tape was a very new product at the time of our research, and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
However, Copper Wear Tape is manufactured by Tristar Products based out of Fairfield, NJ, one of the major players within the “As Seen on TV” Industry. In addition to Copper Wear Tape, Tristar also manufacturers copper-infused compression products such as Copper Wear and CopperWear Ankle, as well as other ASOTV products such as ClearTV and Perfecter Fusion Styler.
Among more than 680 HighYa reader reviews for these products, they hold an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints citing poor quality products that don’t work as advertised, as well as high, non-refundable S&H charges (more about this next).
From a company perspective, Tristar holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, despite having 975 closed complaints over the past 3 years (as of 3/26/15). In addition to the complaints noted previously, most of these also appeared to cite poor customer service (incorrect orders, difficulty processing refunds, numerous upsells during calls, etc.).
Copper Wear Tape Pricing & Refund Policy
Two rolls of Copper Wear Tape (available in black or nude colors) are priced at $19.99 plus $15.98 S&H.
While the manufacturer claims that this will provide you with up to 80 pieces, the images on the product’s website indicate they come pre-rolled, while the commercial alludes that they’re pre-cut pieces with a removal backing.
Important note: Copper Wear Tape comes with a 60-day warranty/refund policy, less S&H charges. This means if you’re dissatisfied with your Cooper Wear Tape and decide to return it, you could lose more in S&H charges as you’ll receive as a refund.
With this said, in order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 973-287-5138.
Can Copper Wear Tape Help Reduce Your Pain?
Chopping to the Point: While kinesiology tape—whether from Copper Wear Tape or another manufacturer—may provide some support and pain relief benefits, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could actually make your injuries worse.
This, combined with the fact that the copper in Copper Wear Tape won’t provide any benefits other than reducing bacteria buildup, as well as the high, non-refundable S&H charges, means that we might recommend exploring local options before placing your online order.