Proven by Astronauts
Working as an Aerospace Engineer, CAPE founder James Waldie started designing compression garments for astronauts in 1999.
At the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), James led a study measuring the compression regime on the skin, and discovered new findings into the physiological effects of different compressions levels. He earned his PhD developing new technologies to augment human physiology working on a NASA spacesuit program.
In 2008, Dr Waldie was selected as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), developing his own space skinsuit design with the European Space Agency (ESA). He was also a consultant at the NASA Johnson Space Center to reduce astronaut injury from spacesuits.
In order for the compression to function effectively, the skinsuit required extreme precision and custom sizing. New processes and algorithms were developed by Dr. Waldie that would tailor the stretch of the garment in both vertical and horizontal directions to be bespoke to each subject.
Today, CAPE uses a patented evolution of this technology, which rapidly automates the custom design of each garment. Ultrasound testing has shown CAPE calf sleeves significantly improve arterial inflow and venous return in the entire leg.
Available to athletes
Compression works, but it must be custom-fitted with specific pressure regimes for genuine and consistent benefit. Leveraging validation and experience with NASA and ESA, CAPE has created a new category of personal medical-grade compression that brings consistent and genuine benefits: Prescription Compression.
CAPE produces completely custom compression sleeves for athletes, individually-sized from a 3D scan. Proprietary compression regimes and wearing protocols have been developed in conjunction with leading sports scientists, with the compression accuracy and physiological benefits proven through independent university testing.
CAPE compression garments are accredited as a Class I Medical Devices, and are not to be confused with mass-market fashion or athleisure compression apparel.
Heart rate is normal, movement is limited. Low to moderate graduated compression is comfortable, invokes vasodilation, reduces swelling/oedema. For longer flights (>4 hrs), or clinical applications, higher compression is recommended to reduce DVT risk.
Heart rate is high and muscle pumps are activated, but aerobic demand is also highest. Medium compression is optimum. Lower peak muscle oscillations reduce the likelihood of DOMS (and possibly injury).
Heart rate is normal, and body is in a semi-relaxed state. A higher level of compression is necessary to maximise blood flow and the removal of waste by-products from recent exercise.
Derived with Olympic-level Sports Physios. Promotes blood flow, provides strong support/stability (without restricting movement), stimulates sensorimotor receptors for muscle awareness/position, and exerts very strong graduated assistance for lymphatic drainage and reducing oedema.