My multi-part series about sponsors and product begins with SKINS Compression. First of all, I love the fact that this company takes a firm stance and does not tolerate cheaters and they believe that athletes should handle themselves with honesty and integrity at all times. They should play hard and fair – be determined and driven with the ‘true spirit of competition’. 'Nuff said.
A brief history of SKINS
In 1996, an Aussie skier had a bold ambition – to feel ten years younger so he could ski all day, party all night and be ready the next morning do it all again. His starting point was the knowledge that improved blood circulation would supply more oxygen to his muscles, helping them work harder for longer and recover faster. So he consulted with NASA and other experts to confirm he was on to something. Turns out he was. Soon word got out that there were these things called SKINS that improved your power, speed, stamina and recovery.
I'll be the first to say that I'm not really a gear/equipment freak. I don't buy a lot of "stuff" - never have - but the items I do buy/own are the best because I plan to use them well and for a long time.
Adding to that, I'm a long-time runner. We runners don't care for a lot of fancy-schmancy bling and gadgets, just give us a route and point us out the door and we're off. However, I have to say that every single run I have done in the A400 compression 3/4 tights and top have been my best. The A400 is the latest in the SKINS active compression line and they nailed it!
Here's what the A400 line is about: "developed based on 400 key body touch points - dynamic gradient compression -scientifically proven to accelerate blood flow to deliver more oxygen to active muscles and remove lactic acid"
It's true, this gear WORKS! The workouts I have done in this clothing line have found me feeling energized, smooth, strong, and able to push past what I thought I could do on that day. I thought the first time I wore them it was a fluke, but the second, third, fourth, etc times I wore it? Same effect. Amazing.
Going back to my 'old school' runner mentality, I also have never liked to run in tight or revealing clothes. Despite these being compression clothing items, they don't create weird lumps, bumps or muffin tops when you wear them; they are well engineered and use 'gradient' compression, so I don't feel like 'that' girl, thinking she's 'all that' working out in a full bodysuit :). (one minor exception is my A200 shorts - I found the waistband to be snug, but that's because I ordered a size smaller than I should have.). The top has grips at the bottom to keep it in place so it doesn't ride up and even though the ones I have are black, I don't get overheated wearing them out in the Arizona sun. A stash pocket in the waistband of the tights allows you to take a Powergel or your car keys with you too.
I give this new A400 line from SKINS a huge two thumbs up! I'm already ordering more tights and tops so I don't have to keep washing and wearing the same ones over and over again. I hightly recommend these if you really want to feel your best during your workout. Following up with the recovery tights, tops and/or socks afterward and you'll be ready to roll just as hard the next day! Rarely does a day go by that I don't wear at least my compression socks - lest I get cankles from sitting at my desk or driving to meetings. :)