According to their website, Tommie Copper permanently infuses high density activated copper into their performance clothing, which releases ions, which may help reduce the oxidants in the body, among other things. You can read more about that here, if you're interested. The skeptic in me highly doubts this, but I do think that compression clothing (with or without copper) does help with recovery during and after intense workouts, so that's why I accepted the clothes and that is also what I'll focus on with this review.
I received a pair of compression shorts ($44.50), and I like them quite a bit. They are not too tight, which can be an issue with compression gear and me...let's face it, compression shorts can get rather girdle-like in a hot minute, and if you have a stomach like mine, it doesn't end up looking very good. I was pretty surprised that I didn't immediately hate how my stomach looked when I first put the shorts on - maybe I could have gone down one size, but I'll bet at that point I'd be so uncomfortable/loathe how I looked that I wouldn't end up wearing them. I've worn them to exercise in at home several times but have only run in them twice (because our weather hasn't been all that warm). I didn't notice them on my runs, which is a pretty good compliment; there's nothing worse than wearing something that continually bugs you while you're trying to exercise. The legs stayed put - no rolling/creeping up, and the waistband was really comfortable. Here's not-me showing you what they look like:
I liked that the legs were long enough for me to avoid the dreaded thigh-rub during my runs, and they also gave nice support to my hamstring.
I also received an active-fit tank top ($39.50) in a very pretty pacific blue color:
Not me again (hah, like you couldn't tell). The fabric feels amazing - it's so soft, and I really love the color. It feels great, but I'm not comfortable enough with my arms to wear this in public. However, it's great for doing my DVD workouts at home and when I ride my exercise bike.
Socks! I've been trying out different brands of socks over the last couple of months, ever since I switched shoes due to my blister problems. These socks are great - there is a good amount of compression around the arch, along with some padding on the bottom. I kept them on for several hours after I ran in them because they were so nice. I just wish they weren't so expensive - I'm accustomed to paying a lot for running socks (in the $12-$15 price range) but these are $29.50 per pair:
Me, modeling the socks. Dang, I put them on for the picture and am reminded of how good they feel. Why do they have to cost so much?! I really like these and want more!
Jeff received an ankle sleeve ($29.50), which he's been wearing when he isn't wearing his air cast. He says it isn't as tight as he thought it would be...he does have some pretty skinny ankles, though, so that might be why. Here's not-Jeff modeling the ankle sleeve:
Honestly, all the pricing seemed pretty comparable to other higher-end technical/compression gear except for the socks. I'm still wearing some capris that I bought at least four years ago, so it doesn't bother me to spend a little more knowing that I'll get my money's worth...but the socks. I like them so much but there's just no way I can justify nearly $30 for a pair of socks, sadly.
Tommie Copper has offered any of the pieces I've reviewed for a giveaway - so you can enter to win either the shorts, tank or socks. Leave me a comment saying what you'd like (don't worry, you can change your mind if you win) and I'll announce the winner on Friday, internet-willing. U.S. and Canada residents only. Thanks and good luck!
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FTC disclosure: I received the above-mentioned items for free to review. Tommie Copper will fulfill the giveaway.