#SKINSORNOTHING – that is a bold statement to make!
I had heard a lot of good things about SKINS but had never worn them, so when they got in touch asking if I would like to try out their compression wear I jumped at the chance.
With their renowned A400 range and the new DNAmic range, there is a lot to choose from. I was instantly drawn to the bolder colours and designs so I went for the DNAmic range. Over the last few weeks, I’ve put them through their paces on a hot run, a rainy run and a trail run (needed to be a thorough review, right?) and they’ve held out really well.
How do SKINS work?
SKINS have two types of compression. The A200 have pioneered engineered gradient compression and the A400 have dynamic gradient engineering compression
What does that mean?
When you apply compression to body parts, it accelerates blood flow. This gets more oxygen to your working muscles – and boosts your performance.
Better blood flow helps your body to get rid of lactic acid and other metabolic wastes – which helps you work at a higher rate for longer. It also reduces the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and speeds up muscle repair helping you recover from exercise faster.
The sciencey bit:
SKINS increases endurance performance by:
▪ Increasing blood flow velocity
▪ Increasing muscle oxygenation
▪ Reducing blood lactate at submaximal intensities
SKINS increases power by:
▪ Increasing force production
▪ Increasing lower body Proprioception
SKINS reduces the risk of injury by:
▪ Reducing swelling – as defined by limb circumference
Sizing: There is a size guide online where you type in your height and weight – this sized me at the bigger end of a small. It says if you are in between sizes to size down, however, all of my running bottoms are a medium so I took a risk and sized up. This paid off as they are the perfect fit. I wouldn’t have got my bum squeezed into a small.
Feel: Super soft fabric that is comfortable to wear. They fit nicely – hugging the muscles in all the right places. As they are compression wear they are meant to be tight.
Wear: I usually wear 3/4 bottoms so it was weird going out in full length ones. SKINS improve circulation which helps your body to regulate its temperature, so I didn’t overheat.
There is no annoying waist tie either and they stayed put mid run so I didn’t have to keep adjusting them.
Washability: They wash and dry well with no loss of elasticity or colour. (Mum, I’ve turned into you with that statement!) No need to hand wash – just pop them in the washer on a cool setting.
Design: Black with neon detailing and branding. I really like the mesh panels around the legs – adding a bit of contrast without being too in your face.
Pro’s: They make your legs look GOOD. They feel so nice to run in as your legs feel supported. The non-mesh fabric also provides 50+ UV protection.
Con’s: The only negative point to SKINS is they don’t have a zip up pocket for my key. No huge problem, as I have a vast collection of flipbelts!
SKINS don’t just do running bottoms they also have a range of tops, jackets and accessories for various sports. You can find out more information on their website