What Is ProCool Sleeve?
Filled with an exclusive leak-proof orthopedic gel that always stays soft and flexible, ProCool Sleeve promises to deliver 360-degree cooling and compression therapy that can help reduce pain and inflammation.
The website tells us that you just have to freeze the sleeve, slide it on, and it will instantly recover and relieve achy joints and muscles after any workout. It’ll even stay in place while you’re on the go and allow you to maintain full mobility.
Regardless of your age, the company claims ProCool can work on body parts like knees, elbows, ankles, calves, and forearms, and might help address pain related to conditions like arthritis, tendonitis, joints, bruises, strains, and sprains.
Based on all of this, along with the fact that it’s latex-free, non-toxic, and reusable, it certainly seems like this sleeve has a lot going for it.
But is it necessarily the best value available? Does it realistically represent “advanced recovery from pain and inflammation,” as claimed on the website?
Here, we’ll help answer core questions like these to help you make an empowered decision about the ProCool Sleeve, and whether or not it’s more deserving of your money.
What Are the Benefits of Cold & Compression Therapy?
Without going into too much detail, or boring you to tears in the process, inflammation occurs when the “body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.” When this occurs, it increases blood flow to the area, resulting in swelling, redness, and warmth.
Now, there are many different methods of addressing inflammation, based on the root cause (e.g., injury, arthritis, etc.). But, what about the cold and compression specifically referenced on the ProCool website?
By its very nature, cold causes things to contract. So, when applied to an inflamed area (formally called cryotherapy), it constricts the surrounding blood vessels and reduces swelling. It can also provide an analgesic effect and reduce the transmission of pain from nerves, although there’s little reported evidence that it can actually boost recovery from injury.
By squeezing a specific area, compression also constricts vein walls and increases the velocity of the blood flowing through them. As a result, blood flows back to the heart and re-oxygenates more quickly, leading to improved post-workout recovery. Medical-grade compression wear is even reported to help promote wound healing.
Pro tip: The compression provided by prescription medical garments (socks, calf/thigh wraps, sleeves, etc.) is measured in something known as millimeters of mercury, or mmHg.
Outside of the product's five different sizes, which will vary depending on the calf, bicep, or thigh circumference, no specific compression levels were noted on the ProCool website or in the commercial. We contacted the company for further information, but we have not yet received a response.
How Much Does ProCool Sleeve Cost?
Available in five sizes (S-XXL), two ProCool Sleeves are priced at $19.99 plus $9.98 S&H, bringing your total to $29.97.
All orders come with a 30-day refund policy and a limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, less S&H. The sleeve’s Customer Service site page referenced a 90-day warranty on Deluxe models, without any additional information provided.
Again, we contacted the company for further information, but we haven’t received a response.
If you’d like to contact the manufacturer (Lenfest Media Group LLC), you’ll need to send an email to ProCoolSleeve@TVOrderStatus.com. Alternately, their corporate phone number is 215-239-9000.
ProCool vs. Fast Freeze & Freeze Sleeve
A lot of ProCool’s functionality seems to come down to two features:
- Its sleeve-based design, allowing it to cover and conform to many different areas of the body
- The internal gel, which doesn’t freeze and allows users full mobility
From this perspective, we only found two other products during our research that matched these criteria; the Freeze Sleeve and the Fast Freeze. How do they compare to ProCool?
In general, all of these options were advertised as latex free, reusable, filled with a special gel that remains pliable when chilled, wrapped in a soft and flexible fabric, and leak-proof.
Given this, although we didn’t test them ourselves, the most meaningful differences seemed to revolve around pricing and sizing. For example, Fast Freeze could be purchased for about $20 and was available in five sizes (XS-XL). And while Freeze Sleeve was priced meaningfully higher at $59, it also advertised an antimicrobial fabric to potentially reduce smells, although it was only available in four sizes.
How does all of this line up for ProCool?
Our Final Thoughts About the ProCool Sleeve
At $29.97 for two, ProCool was the least expensive per-sleeve option of the bunch. But compared to the others, customers stood to lose the most in non-refundable S&H charges if they were dissatisfied with its performance.
Outside of pricing and sizing, the reality is that choosing a cold compress isn’t rocket science. In fact, if you’re looking to spend nothing to potentially reduce your pain and inflammation, you might be able to find an old bag of peas in the back of your freezer that delivers the same level of cryotherapy.
However, if you’re looking for a reusable option that can be wrapped around different body parts and will remain in place while you’re on the go, sleeve-based products might provide an extra layer of convenience that makes their higher prices worthwhile.
Compared to the competition, while customers will receive a BOGO offer with ProCool, they’ll both be the same size. Keep this in mind if you’re planning to use the sleeves on body parts with vastly different sizes, such as a thighs, forearms, and ankles.
Finally, while ProCool might remain in place while you’re on the go, based on what we saw on the website and in the commercial, it seems like it might be fairly bulky. As a result, it might draw some glances in public, and might have difficulty fitting under anything but the loosest of clothes.
The bottom line is that the cold and compression (if sized properly) provided by the ProCool Sleeve seems like it could work on a variety of body parts, as well as potentially help relieve pain associated with conditions like arthritis, strains, and sprains. In other words, it appears like it might match the company’s central claims.
In addition to what we covered earlier, though, we had a few unanswered questions about ProCool, including:
- How long is the sleeve?
- Does it feature an antimicrobial fabric?
- How long does it take to freeze?
- How long will it remain cold?
We contacted the company for further information and hadn't yet received a response.