Arctic Ease Instant Cold Wrap - Review

No-Refrigerator-Needed Cold Therapy for Sprain, Strains, and Pain Relief

Arctic Ease Instant Cold Wrap
Arctic Ease Instant Cold Wrap. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Cold therapy and compression are two of the steps of R.I.C.E. for sprains and strains. Cryotherapy is also often recommended after exercise for those with chronic aches and pains. That's easy to recommend but not often easy to do. How do you take cold therapy along with you when you don't want to have to pack a cooler or beg for ice at a convenience store?

Arctic Ease Instant Cold Wrap was something I hadn't seen before.

You don't refrigerate it, in fact, you specifically don't freeze it. Instead, this strip of cold comfort is kept in a sealed plastic container at room temperature. When you take it out and wrap it around your chosen body part, you feel the cool relief from evaporation. It's reusable, just roll it back up and put it back into the container when done.

The Arctic Ease wrap comes in a roll just like a compression bandage. You can unroll it and cut it to size. The one I received to review was a 4-inch wide by 60-inch long roll. You could easily cut that into several wraps for different body parts, use it for a good figure-eight wrap around a sore knee, or even just wrap it several times around your torso for back pain.

Arctic Ease sticks to itself very well, you just press it together for a few seconds and it will stay on through activity. They say you could wear it for a couple of hours.

Manufacturer's Site: Arctic Ease Wrap

Advantages of Arctic Ease

  • No drippy melting ice or condensation.
  • Easy to take along in your pack.
  • No need to keep it refrigerated or in a freezer.
  • You can put it on and keep moving. Just try that with an ice pack or a bulky cold wrap. Of course, maybe it's not wise to walk when it hurts.
  • Feels cool but not too cold - no risk of giving yourself frostbite.
  • Reusable -- add a couple of teaspoons of water to the wrap in the plastic container and it will rehydrate in two to three hours. It can be reused four to eight times.
  • It's antimicrobial, odorless, adhesive-free and latex-free.
  • No stinky menthol odor like some instant cool sprays.


  • It feels nicely cool, but I wonder if it is really cold enough to reduce swelling or inflammation.
  • I can't find any statement about what it's made out of, just that it doesn't have any latex or adhesive. They say to avoid direct contact with eyes and mouth and to not use it on children under age three. If you eat it, you need to seek immediate medical assistance. Why? I couldn't find an MSDS sheet for it online. It is patent pending.

Bottom Line on Arctic Ease Instant Cold Wrap

This is a great addition to your first aid kit and to keep handy for the inevitable slips, trips and nagging pains all walkers experience. I really love the convenience. It eliminates any excuse about using it. No mess, no need for a freezer or cooler, and you can keep moving while wearing it. I just hate to stop and ice myself. I also appreciate that I don't risk over-icing myself and damaging my skin.

I've had troubles with iliotibial band syndrome from years, and it wasn't easy to ice the length of my thigh.

The Arctic Ease wrap is long enough to do the job.

Arctic Ease is partnering with the North American Ironman Triathlon series in 2014. It's definitely a product that those folks could use. But we who may cover less mileage at a slower pace can use it, too.

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Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.