Made in: USA (gel pack), China (wrap)
Warranty: 1 year
Sizes: S, M, L
RBR advertiser: no
How obtained: sample from company
Tested: 6 times at 20-30 minutes
The Moji Back Wrap makes treating low-back pain from injury or overuse super easy and convenient. The technology is identical to the Moji Knee Wrap we reviewed with a 4.0 rating in May 2009, so it has the same plusses and minuses.
Like for knees, this Moji is a compression wrap that contains a large, reusable cold cell. It provides 2 types of therapy — support from the wide, snug belt and icing from the nearly frozen gel material.
The wrap is made of a blend of wicking Moji Dri-Lex and Polartec stretch fabric with a hook-and-loop closure. It stays securely in place so you can wear it around the house or while driving home from the ride that made your back sore. It fits under or over clothes.
The Moji cold cell is soft and pliable even right out of the freezer. It’s comprised of 28 closely spaced individual compartments so it forms to your body and chills your lower back quickly. The cell contents are designed to stay cold for 20 minutes, the recommended time for icing and less than it would take to cause harm from excessive cold.
Compared to using bags full of ice cubes or frozen corn, the Moji wins hands down. You don’t need to worry about anything getting wet and you don’t have to be motionless on your stomach. Because the wrap provides back support, wearing it can help you be more active (depending on how bad your discomfort is). That’s been my experience. As I move around, the cold is always right where I want it.
I put on the Moji and it immediately relieves a certain amount of pain by compressing and supporting my back. Then the cold kicks in to further help. It’s a wonderful improvement from having to stop everything and take icing breaks whenever my back acts up.
Other notable features include the durable zip-lock plastic bag that protects the cold cell when it’s in the freezer. Hook-and-loop patches make attaching the cold cell to the compression wrap simple and secure. The wrap has hand pockets that help you put it on and fine-tine the fit.
Additional cold cells are available for $49 if you want a backup. And there’s a $65 Moji to Go portable container that keeps a cold cell cold for up to 6 hours if you want to take the wrap in your bag to use after an event. The Moji Back comes with a one-year warranty and free shipping in the continental U.S.
As a longtime back pain sufferer, I give the Moji Back Cold Compression Wrap my highest recommendation.
Jim Langley is RBR’s Technical Editor. He has been a pro mechanic and cycling writer for more than 40 years. He’s the author of Your Home Bicycle Workshop in the RBR eBookstore. Check out his “cycling aficionado” website at http://www.jimlangley.net, his Q&A blog and updates at Twitter. Jim’s streak of consecutive cycling days has reached more than 8,000. Click to read Jim’s full bio.