Gone are the days when I would rock up to a race in my brother’s football shorts and an old t-shirt from my dad. It’s not that I want to look “beautiful” on the start line or give a stuff about being well-groomed for Instagram, as those who have seen me many a time bespectacled, peering out from under a hoodie first thing in the morning, would undoubtedly confirm. The reason my gear has moved on is purely down to comfort and performance. Cotton t-shirts are fine to go to bed in but try running a marathon in one.
Over the years, I’ve grown to realise the value of performance gear. You want something that will support you throughout training, help regulate your temperature and make you feel confident.
So when SKINS got in touch about their new SKINS DNAmic compression tights, I thought what a great opportunity to try out a brand that I’ve heard so much about.
What is SKINS DNAmic range?
It’s all the great stuff that is SKINS compression wear but better looking.
Compression wear, eh?
There are always two camps when it comes to compression wear. Some question whether it is worth the extra expense. The latest study that I could find on the old internet suggests that it’s better for more explosive sports than endurance running. That being said, this report only used lower calf sleeves on 16 middle distance runners. I, for one, wore compression tights at night during the Marathon des Sables and believe that this helped my legs to recover quicker.
And as I mentioned above SKINS is one of the major players in the compression game. Their gear helps athletes and sports people by acting as an extra layer of support in terms of your muscle groups. This may sound funny coming from a vegan but imagine your legs are sausage meat being compressed into their skins. Once inside and tightened, the sausage meat is firm to the touch. It doesn’t wobble like jelly but stays in place. And in the same way, SKINS DNAmic technology works to stabilise your muscles and soreness. So you can keep going for longer.
SKINS has also gone a step further in creating a legging with strategically placed panels to support those muscles that are known to fatigue.
Find out more about compression wear.
Do they work?
Having worn them on a run/ballet/run, I have to say I was pleased with the results so far. My legs didn’t feel so achy the next day. But the real test will be a mighty marathon later on this year, which will be my first in a long time.
So how do they fit?
Did you not read my sausage analogy above? SKINS DNAmic leggings are a snug fit but that doesn’t make them unflattering. In fact, I thought they made my legs look so good that I did a little dance in them.
Any other benefits?
I was surprised at how lightweight the fabric was, it felt really comfortable against my own skin. The pair I choose were more for spring/summer than now as they really aren’t warm enough to wear right now. When it is warmer though, they also help regulate your body temperature by wicking the sweat away from the surface of the skin, allowing it to evaporate. They’re also have 50+ UV protection and did I mention the colour?