I’ve been using compression gears for majority of the time especially right after my hard workouts. I know that there are still on-going debates with its benefits…does it really give you that extra boost to edge the competition? Well, one thing that I can say is that not all compression gears are created equal. I cannot say that all apples taste the same coz they’re not, same goes with compression. The materials and technology behind each product will be the core difference. One of the compression gears that I wanted so bad to test out is the SKINS. I heard a lot of great things about them and I finally got a break few weeks ago. They sent me one of their products to review, the DNAmic Superpose Half Tights.
As a brief history, SKINS was founded in 1996 by an Australian physiologist and ski enthusiast named Brad Duffy. Like most everybody, he likes to feel ten years younger so he could do the things he loves most, skiing and partying all night. Remember that movie “Limitless” played by Bradley Cooper? Yeah that kind of thing except for the super drug, but you get the idea. His knowledge that improving the blood circulation will result to more oxygen supply to the body and it will improve power, speed, stamina and faster recovery, which simply means more time to do what he loves most. He consulted with NASA and other experts to confirm this and turns out that he was right. It didn’t take that long and the SKINS was born.
Features and Benefits
• Increases oxygen delivery to active muscles while in motion and reduces lactic-acid build-up for more power and less recovery time.
• SKINS unique sizing system is based on unique Body Mass Index (BMI)/anthropometrical algorithm, because you only get the full benefits of gradient compression if it fits you properly.
• Uniquely wrapping and supporting your key muscle groups to reduce movement and focus direction for less vibration in your muscles, less soft tissue damage and less soreness after exercise.
• Keeping you dry through advanced wicking is inherent in all SKINS fabrics. Moisture is drawn away from your skin, so you stay dry and comfortable.
• SKINS was born in Australia, so we know a thing or two about exerting ourselves in the sun. Our fabrics have a UV protection of 50+, which means you can get out and train harder without worrying about the sun related risks.
• SKINS’ fabric is warp knitted using multiple fine quality yarns to give superior performance. Warp knit fabrics have no natural stretch. Instead, the spandex mix ensures specific levels of elasticity and perfectly controlled compression.
Fit and Functionality
SKINS size chart is right on, I requested a medium size and it’s true to size and was perfect. The DNAmic Superpose utilizes a 4-way stretch material that moves with your body. It is made of lightweight, quick-dry materials that wicks moisture fast away from the body plus a built-in Dynamic Gradient Compression Half Tights that helps in muscle stability for better performance, delivers a controlled compression on the thighs and delayed muscle lactic acid build up. The fabric is warp knitted using multiple fine quality yarns to support key muscle groups that reduces the stress, vibration, less damage to soft tissue and less soreness after exercise. The waistband material is made of a compression band and doesn’t utilize a draw cord like other shorts in the market today. So no more cords to untangle after every wash. It has a small size pocket at the back where I can store some gels and gummies. Unfortunately, this pocket doesn’t have enough stretch, so don’t expect that you can squeeze your phone in it, unless you still own those flip phones (no disrespect). So if you cannot run without your phone, I suggest get an armband.
To test it out, I ran 10.6 miles last weekend sporting this shorts in a very hot and humid condition. I was not even three miles from my house and I was already soaking wet. One thing that I don’t like is when the back of my shorts started sticking to my hamstring, well not with this shorts, the quick-drying material expelled the sweat away from my body. I’m not really expecting that shorts will be completely dry but as long as I’m comfortable with it then I’m a happy runner. I thought running with this 2-in-1 shorts was a bad idea since it was hot but I was really glad that I did. As we all know, our body works twice as hard during hot condition and we eventually tax our muscles even more. Well, this shorts somehow equalized that level of stress with the help of the compression tights, my legs still felt fresh after that run. Am I just super excited when I ran it the first time? Maybe. So I decided to test it again one more time during my lunch break for 5.5 miles where the temperature was close to 90oF. I have to say that this short was truly amazing in supporting my muscles and never did I experience overheating despite the two layers.
Overall, I’m really impressed with the shorts and it really lived up to its hype. SKINS are scientifically proven to improve your blood flow, helping you get more oxygen to those hardworking muscles. This will definitely be on my “favorite” gears when doing marathons and training runs. It is very lightweight, silky soft and the breathability of the quick-drying material is superb. On top of that, the inner compression tight is very comfortable and supportive. My legs still felt energize and my muscles were less sore after those runs. The waistband was great and comfortable too but I’m not sure if this will “bacon-up” after so many uses and wash cycles. The only thing that could probably be improve is the back pocket, make it a little bit roomy and stretchable.
How much? I got to be honest, this short is not cheap! The DNAmic Superpose Half Tights sell for $99. “Yikes”…that was my expression. It will definitely put a dent in your wallet. Is it worth it? I believe so. You really have to experience the quality of the materials and benefits it can do to you. This is worth the buy if you’re a serious runner and if putting a lot of weekly mileage is your thing. However, if you’re just getting into running and doesn’t necessarily sure if running is for you, you might want to consider other options.
You can purchase the DNAmic Superpose Half Tights directly on their website or at retail stores near you. SKINS know that their products are top notch, they have a 1 year guarantee on any materials and workmanship flaws. They will replace any faulty garments with a new one as quickly as possible.
Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of this product.