Skins kindly provided me with the tights, to provide an honest review. They have had no input in the review.
Who are SKINS
Skins is a compression focused sports clothing company. They believe their compression gear helps boost training, performance, and speed recovery. Here is some of their research, showing the benefits of compression clothing.
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 looked great. I also like how they have different accounts for different countries. So I have followed all the Skins GB social media accounts.
About the DNAmic Superpose Half Tights
When I was a youth, I used to wear cycling shorts under my football shorts. This was because I was attempting to keep warm, not because of the compression benefits. This is what you basically have here, high level compression cycling shorts combined with running shorts. Who would have thought that I as a lazy 12 year old Striker had a subconscious knowledge of the benefits of half tights!!!
As with all the compression leg products, they are designed to help you while you are participating in your sport or training but also improve your recovery time too. Two vital areas for me, in respect to my Marathon training.
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As mentioned in my other reviews of Skins, they have an excellent size guide for their products. For the tights you go along until you find your weight, and up until you find your height. I was just on the medium scale, one more pound heavier and I would have been a large. I intend to lose weight before my marathon in October, so I was happy to go for a medium. Wise choice, they fit great.
The tights arrived quickly, and in sufficient packaging. Nothing specific to add, everything went smoothly like you would expect from a premium brand.
As mentioned probably due to my age, these remind me of the days when us fancy dan footballers would wear cycling shorts under our football shorts. Identifying us as the first ones to be kicked by the opposition. We were also the ones who probably wore coloured boots first too, again identifying us as the first ones to be kicked.
Anyway I digress.
As with all the Skins products. If you want some superpose half tights, then you would be hard pressed to find a more stylish pair. They have the classic Skins look, with there usual mix of logo’s. I love the Skins brand, and when I am at races you can spot other Skins wearers really easily and they always look sharp. I love the yellowy orange logo against the shiny black.
I would hypothesize the main benefit of the outer short is protecting your modesty. I don’t know why, but I think I would feel more shy in half tights than I do in the full tights. Sure I would get over it though, if I had a pair.
As with all Skins products they pull on tight, you have to wiggle and shake them on a bit. This I see as a sign of quality, if they weren’t tight they wouldn’t be very good compression tights would they. Seriously though they are tight but they are not uncomfortable. In fact they are very comfortable.
There are no drawstrings, there is just a waistband. The waistband is tight, and there is no way they would fall down. However they have never been overly tight.
The tights feel snug to your thighs and hamstrings, but you never feel constricted or sweaty. In fact when you take them off, I rarely have any noticeable signs of sweat. They have also never rolled up my leg.
As with the compression top I have recently reviewed, I have used these in a few training situations. I have mainly used them as part of my race outfit, which has included two half marathons. I will also be wearing them in my first marathon in October.
The tights have been nothing short of excellent in every situation I have worn them in. I have had no complaints about how they are performed, and they also look great in my opinion. The only issue I have is the back pocket. It is very small, big enough for keys but nothing but else. Ideally I would have preferred that it would hold an iPhone. However this is pretty much an issue I find with all running shorts.
They look good, they feel good. That’s pretty much all I can say. I would highly recommend them.
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