Well I got my Tommie Copper package in the mail yesterday!
I was talking to Jen of Running With The Girls and Carrie from Maine Mom on the Run about my knee and how it was bothering me, when I met them at the January Thaw Race a couple of weeks ago. Jen had on a Tommie Copper hat and I asked her how she like the product. They talked about their experiences with the Tommie Copper knee sleeves and how Jen’s husband really thought it helped with his knee.
I figured with that kind of recommendation and after looking at the Tommie Copper website that I really needed to try some of their products and see if they worked for me or not.
A little background
I am 54 and have had a lot of mileage on my legs from running. basketball and other sports and have all those aches and pains you get as you get older, while trying to stay active. Also I had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee last May and while it has come a long way, it still bothers me a bit and I am always looking for something to help it be better.
Since I have started changing my running style (a lot) and increasing my mileage my calves have been really barking at me, so I was hopeful that Tommie Copper products would be at least part of the solution to my issues with my calves and my knee.
What did I get?
I got (links are to the Tommie Copper product website).
and a hat
How did they look coming out of the package?
Quality of Product:
I looked the sleeves over closely and the seams were all straight, no obvious flaws in workmanship, they were well constructed. I did notice that although the while calf sleeves were both large, one was longer than the other – not a big deal, but it was noticeable.
The large calf sleeves fit perfectly, however the medium knee sleeves were a little tighter than I usually like, (I was at the higher end of medium measurement and probably should have gotten a large), but I imagine that after wearing a while that they will loosen up. The hat fit, well like a winter hat .
I wore them most of the evening and then wore them to bed. At about 2:30 this morning and I just had to take them off. I just wasn’t used to having anything on my legs while sleeping, as I get more used to them, that feeling will go away.
Did I notice anything different while wearing them? No not really, my legs felt a little warmer than usual, but other than having an extra layer on my legs – I didn’t feel the earth move or anything like that.
However, this morning TheWife’s unsolicited comment. “What’s up with you, your feet were actually warm last night!” I have always had cold feet and hands and unfortunately, for her, part of sleeping with me is that my feet often end up touching her legs, which usually makes her jump and bark at me to move my damn cold feet off her warm body.
I don’t know if it was the Tommie Copper sleeves or not, but let’s just say, I have never heard TheWife say this about my feet and wearing the sleeves was the only thing I did differently yesterday.
Another thing is that I could tell the difference between having the calf sleeve over my knee, I purposely tried reversing the knee and calf sleeves for a while this morning and there is a difference in how they fit. So I will be using them for their designed areas.
The reality is that
my first impression of the Tommie Copper knee and calf sleeves is that they are well-made and are a quality product. Do they work as advertised on the website or brochures, I don’t know yet. I plan to wear test them for a while to see how they help my knees and calves. I also want to see how they hold up to the wear and tear of daily use.
More than just one
I will give an interim review sometime the middle of February and then a wrap-up the first part of March. I prefer to review a product 2-3 times over a longer time frame to get a good feeling for how something works for a while and beyond my first impression.
My first impression of workmanship, quality and fit of the Tommie Copper compression sleeves is very good, now to see if works as advertised.
FTC Disclaimer – I was provided these products free of charge to review them on my blog and received no other forms of compensation to do this review. My opinions about this product will be my honest observations, based upon my experience while I am using this product.Related articles