Anyone who knows the SKINS brand will know of its reputation for compression excellence. Whilst TriGear has frequently used SKINS running tights for both active compression and recovery, testing out the SKINS TRI400 Racer Back Top & Shorts marks our first foray into pure triathlon territory. So, taking each in turn…
The SKINS TRI400 Women’s Compression Racer Back Top – to give it its full name – uses ‘400 key fitting points’ for a cut that’s intended to remain completely comfortable across the swim, bike and run. In the water the front panel is designed to minimize drag (and therefore increase efficiency) and the gradient compression through the back allows better lateral shift to as not to restrict swim style.
Exceptionally comfortable, the SKINS TRI400 Racer back has flatlock seams and integrated ‘shelf bra’ for better support through all disciplines. The overall impression is of impeccable design and function that quietly gets on with its job while you get on with yours.
Again based on the 400 key fitting point analysis the TRI400 Women’s Compression Shorts use the zoned squeeze to help increase circulation and flush lactic acid. Tight? Yes, they’re compression shorts, yet they remained 100% comfortable throughout our testing. The compression feels well judged and far from restrictive (the last thing you would want) and the relatively thin TRI400 chamois proved to be far more forgiving than first inspection had suggested.
There’s no getting away from the fact that SKINS products are on the pricey side – but then almost all compression wear and, indeed, tri kit tends to be. The SKINS TRI400 Women’s Compression Racer Back Top will set you back £70 and the TRI400 Women’s Compression Shorts £65 – if your budget doesn’t stretch then our advice would be to invest in the shorts first, where we feel compression has the greatest benefit, and put the Racer Back Top on your wish-list.
Further details and online purchase at skins.net