Skins kindly provided me with a pair of these tights, to provide an honest review.
Who is Skins
Skins is a compression focused sports clothing company. They believe their compression gear helps boost training, performance, and speed recovery. Below is some of their research, showing the benefits of compression clothing. https://www.skins.net/uk/compression-technology/
I originally found them on Instagram. I noticed how different their gear looks. It looks stylish, and bold. I then checked out their Facebook and Twitter accounts, which all look great. I also like how they have different accounts for different countries. So I have followed all the Skins GB accounts.
About the DNAmic Thermal Compression Tights
They are thermal tights designed with Dynamic Gradient Compression to aid your winter sports performance. The compression is said to increase oxygenation to the muscles, support the muscles, and reduces build up of blood lactate. The thermal fabric is designed to keep heat in the body, whilst managing moisture.
I was invited to choose any pair of tights from their website. I chose the thermal tights because primarily I needed some tights for running, and I live in the North-East of England. So its can be a bit cold outside at this time of year.
As I had to choose from a website, you have the same issues you would any time you shop online. However the size guide on the website is excellent, one of the best I have seen. It is set out like a chart. You go up the side of the chart to find you height, then along until you get to your weight. It recommended Medium, which is what I would have ordered anyway.
The tights arrived promptly in nice packaging. As soon as you handled the product, you could tell they were quality tights. They just felt like they are made of good materials and had a nice weight to them.
They looked good on the website, and they look awesome in real life. I think they look really cool, different, and stand out from the crowd. I tested them in a 10k race at the weekend. At the event I saw a few more people wearing different types of Skins tights, and they all looked great.
Putting them on is a little hard but in a good way. It reminds me of having to pull on a light wetsuit. You have to step into them, and pull them up with a bit of shimmying. This to me is a sign of the quality of the material and high level of compression.
I have quite skinny legs below the knee, with small calves and a big gap between the bottom of my calf and my ankles. I have some “summer” compression tights from another well known company. Whilst I like the tights, and they fit great above the knee. They are a little loose below the knee. So much so, I actually ware compression calf sleeves under the tights. When I put the skins on, the first thing I noticed was that they were tight fitting all over. Which impressed me a lot.
I have worn them on a few training runs, and they preformed really well. The best test I have put them through was last weekend. I ran a 10k at Bamburgh. It’s classed as trail run, but it is about 70% running on Northumberland’s beaches. It was wild too, reported 40mph gusts. The registration was 1 hour before the bus trip to the start. So there was a lot of waiting about outside. I had my race gear on, with an additional hoodie. The tights definitely kept my lower body warm, which was impressive. Yet when I started running, I didn’t feel too warm. They seem to keep your legs a constant comfortable temperature. Well played Skins.
Like I have said I have a pair of compression calf sleeves, and warm weather compression tights. Both by leading well respected brands. I can honestly say that I found these Skins tights to be a step up from them. I am very impressed.
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