About Elite Copper
Endorsed by tennis pro Boris Becker, Elite Copper knee and elbow sleeves are claimed to combine therapeutic copper and the power of magnets (known as “magno-copper therapy”) to help promote faster recovery time, improved performance, and to relieve muscle aches and pains.
In addition, Elite Copper claims that their “innovative design” is comfortable, lightweight, and wicks moisture, yet is tough enough for any activity. Because of this, Elite Copper is claimed to be “scientifically engineered to soothe pain and get you back into the game.”
But which of Elite Copper’s claims are rooted in science and which are fluffy hype? Consider the following:
What is Magno-Copper Therapy? Is It Effective?
According to the Elite Copper website, their magno-copper therapy sleeves are “infused with copper and magnetic particles for faster relief of muscle soreness and joint pain.” But is this actually the case?
According to WebMD, magnet therapy is listed as “possibly effective” for treating diabetic nerve pain and osteoarthritis, although there is insufficient clinical evidence showing that it can provide any other benefits.
With this said, magnets generating anywhere from 450 gauss to 170-200 mTesla were used in these studies. On the other hand, there’s no indication how much magnetic force is featured in Elite Copper sleeves, or whether or not this would be enough to provide any real-world benefits.
What Benefits Does Copper Provide?
As we’ve outlined on numerous occasions, the copper-infused fibers found in copperwear products are generally effective for reducing bacteria buildup (and the associated odors), although there is no clinical evidence showing that copper can provide any kind of additional pain relief.
For more details about this, be sure to read through our article titled Can Copperwear Provide You with Pain Relief?
However, reading through the Elite Copper website, you’d never know this, as it appears the company is claiming their copper-infused fibers can help relieve muscle soreness and joint pain, similar to claims which recently got Tommie Copper into legal trouble.
Instead, the compression provided by Elite Copper’s sleeves may reduce recovery time after exercise and provide support for pain relief, which we discussed in our Compression Wear Buyer’s Guide. However, we’re not informed how much compression these sleeves provide, or whether this is adequate for pain relief.
In either case though, there is insufficient clinical evidence showing that compression can improve athletic performance in any way.
Other Copper Sleeves & Products
Despite the lack of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of copper-infused fibers, there has been a recent explosion in the number of similar products, including Copper Fit, Tommie Copper, and Copper Wear.
Granted, it’s probably the case that none of these will work any better than Elite Copper, but the point is that you have choices.
What Are Elite Copper’s Customers Saying?
Elite Copper was a very new product at the time of our research (URL registered February 2015) and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
However, among nearly 300 HighYa reader reviews for the products noted above, they held an average rating of 3 stars as of 5/27/15, with common complaints citing poor quality, failure to work as advertised, and difficult customer service experiences.
Granted, this doesn’t mean you’ll experience the same with Elite Copper, although in our opinion, we believe it’s fairly likely.
Elite Copper Pricing & Refund Policy
Available in sizes S through XXL, two Elite Copper sleeves are priced at $19.95 plus $13.90 S&H.
Elite Copper comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that you’ll likely lose as much in S&H charges as you’ll receive as a refund if you’re dissatisfied.
With this said, in order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 877-300-5499.
Is Elite Copper Worth Your Money?
Chopping to the point: If you’re looking for a basic neoprene compression sleeve to provide mild support, then Elite Copper might fit the bill. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Elite Copper’s magnet particles are likely nothing more than marketing hype, and its copper-infused fibers won’t provide anything more than odor prevention.
Considering this, you’ll almost certainly be able to find very similar options at your local big box sporting goods store or pharmacy, which could help save you a decent chunk of change on lost S&H charges if you’re dissatisfied. As such, we might recommend exploring local options before placing your Elite Copper order.