ISPO Munich, 2017. The innovation disguises itself as an affront. "I can barely make it without support stockings," many runners reply at the sight of new stockings from CEP. The advantages of compression in sports were hardly known to athletes and traders at that time. For the company medi for it all the better. Already since 1951 the company in Bayreuth produced high-quality medical compression products and had made a decision months before: The medical expertise gathered over decades was to enable the sports world to take healthier, more intensive trips on trails, roads and mountains.
So medi adjusted its medical knitting machines for nine months, adapting them to the requirements of the sport. The goal? To create socks that on the one hand guarantee the padding of sports socks and on the other hand guarantee the pressure profile of medical compression. In order to give this task undivided attention, medi founded a subsidiary. CEP was born. Intensive tests with top athletes followed, finally the first models for runners and skiers. A product that promised new spheres of performance and regeneration. The necessary expertise. Innovation. Everything was there. What was missing was access. CEP came from the medical field, had no contacts to the sports industry. First of all.
Ironman Frankfurt, 2007: Timo Bracht almost floats over the track, clearing the thin finish line radiantly. The almost 4 kilometres in the water. The 180 kilometres on the bike. The marathon at the end. Until then, nobody in Frankfurt had managed all this faster than Bracht. All the more interesting are his white knee socks. CEP is written on them. Three letters, one certainty. Compression doesn't just mean support in old age. Compression also helps to achieve top performance in sport. It reduces muscle vibration and thus protects the legs longer against fatigue. It stimulates the joints, promotes blood circulation and thus helps to achieve greater stability and faster regeneration.
What CEP was unable to convey at ISPO suddenly meets interested observers. Timo Bracht's success served as a catalyst for CEP. Already the next day the stockings are sold out at most retailers, and CEP has found its way into the sports industry. So the company continues. To leave even more impression, it positions itself on marathon and triathlon events. It works. Active lactate reduction? Muscle soreness and cramp prophylaxis? If it weren't scientifically confirmed, it would have sounded too good to be true. But it is true. Today, CEP helps you maintain and improve your performance while running, skiing, snowboarding, biking or hiking. High performance thanks to "support stocking".
Whether you prefer knee socks, sleeves, socks, short socks or invisible sneaker socks, at Keller Sports we have the best compression CEP products in stock. In addition there are special models for cold and warm temperatures, all-round stockings as well as insulating thermal variants. Even compression trousers and shirts has CEP now in its repertoire. Their task: to stimulate the back by gentle pressure and thus help you to a better posture. In the CEP-brand shop at Keller Sports you can find CEP offers like stockings or compression-shifts.
CEP compression stockings are made for extremes - but not only. They work just as well during marathon and triathlon as they do during a long flight or a leisurely hike. In order to guarantee this, CEP uses 10 kilometres of high-tech thread for each stocking, plus an innovative circular knitting process that enables a constant pressure curve. In addition, each stitch of the 7-thread construction carries a special compression thread. In addition to the right technology, however, the necessary expert knowledge is also required. Since its foundation, Brand has therefore been working closely with Top athletes and has their products tested under extreme conditions. And in the end you benefit when freeskier Sven Kueenle, basketball player medi Bayreuth or alpinist and base jumper Stephan Siegrist input into the further development of compression clothing from CEP.
Prevention meets performance, meets regeneration. This is CEP. Perfect fit and correctly placed pressure points stabilize the body and help prevent injuries and blisters. Prevention. Stimulation improves blood circulation, while stabilization strengthens tendons and ligaments. Thanks to innovative materials natural for dry feet. The performance. Finally, the increased blood circulation also accelerates recovery after a run, ski tour or hike. Regeneration. So that this triumvirate can play together at any time, CEP subjects its products to 27 different, sometimes very complex test scenarios.