SKINS A200 Men's Compression Half Tights
- Whether you’re a dedicated sports fiend or an active outdoors-man on the weekend, you’ll be sure to notice the difference
- Improved circulation also means painful blood lactate is re-circulated and by compressing your muscles SKINS reduce muscle vibration, giving you a quicker recovery time and less risk of injury
- As well as SKINS compression technology, the A200 range features strategically placed seams to support and anchor vital muscle groups, and eliminate chafing during your workout
- Exceptional moisture management keeps you dry, comfortable, and chafe free; 50+ UV protection
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 20.83 x 12.7 x 4.83 cm; 181.44 Grams
- Date First Available : 23 July 2013
- Manufacturer : Statewide Sports
- ASIN : B00E4LDBJ8
- Item Model Number : B601-002
- Department : Men's
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,117 in Sports, Fitness & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports, Fitness & Outdoors)
- #30 in Men's Compression Shorts
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Previously, I had used Under Armour Heatgear compression shorts. These were a little cheaper and were made well however the fit does not compare to the Skins shorts. I have an athletic build and did not find the UA shorts to adequately fit around my legs or provide sufficient support to my gentleman's area. This proved problematic when weightlifting, anything with dynamic or explosive movements or any long distance running as the shorts would ride up and I would need to reconfigure myself, so to speak.
The A200 shorts are well priced for the fit and compression which they provide. The ventilation which they provide is not quite as good as the Under Armour Heatgear shorts, however as the material is slightly thinner (though no less durable) heat transfer is adequate. These fit snugly around my posterior and stay in place without riding up my thighs.
If you have the extra money to spend (or find a top offer), go for the A400 shorts instead. They really are on another level which the Under Armour and A200 shorts fall below. The A400 shorts fit even better and provide even more compression and support. This is not to say that the A200 shorts are lacking, it is understandable given these are the mid-tier Skins offering.
In conclusion, these shorts are great and are well worth the investment. I've had three pairs now, each for a number of years and they have worn well. I was them on a 40 degree cycle (should probably handwash) and they have largely retained their original colour and printed design logos, despite frequent use and abuse (5+ times per week). As long as they continue to fit well, I'm not too bothered about losing a logo or branding after a couple of years use, but if you are bothered, I suggest washing by hand.
I've used these shorts for running, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, basketball, squash, tennis, badminton, cycling...the list goes on. If you have the extra money to spend, upgrade to the A400, if you don't, these will still deliver without question.
* Obstacle course races
* Weight training
and I wear these for all activities. I have the longer leg set too and they are great.
The benefit of compression garments is still up for discussion, personally I think they help. But the biggest benefit of these shorts is that they cut out any leg chaffing. If you're a big guy or girl like me (big bloke, big legs) then it stops your legs from chaffing, cutting and eventually bleeding on long runs or cold, wet days out on the rugby pitch.
The top of the shorts are elastic with a gripper so they dont slip too much. They don't come up too high but they felt fine. There are no pockets for a gym key or house key which is a shame (my reason for dropping a star).
As for quality - they are up there with the best if not they are the best. Skins are a huge name in technical clothing. They are very durable, I wore these during the 30km Bear Grylls Survival Race, crawling through dry mud, bushes, jumping fire etc and they still look new after a good wash.
They are good for moisture wicking although for me, I am not too concerned about that - I just want them to be comfortable.
I would rebuy these if I lost them. I do recommend them. There are cheaper versions, but these are spot on.
Size purchased: Medium. My waist: 31" to 32". I'm fairly short at 5ft 4". Fit is snug but not overtight. These Skins are very comfortable - an ultra smooth feel to the material. I could possibly have gone for the Small size (not entirely sure), but these Mediums do fit well enough and do certainly apply a reasonable level of compression (this is more noticeable when taking them off than when you put them on.) - and that's the only reason for docking one star for this review, as sizing requires a bit of reading the reviews/size chart and bit of guess work. As mentioned, I might be able to use the small for higher compression.
I bought these to help reduce the risk of leg injury from running (which I'm very new to, only a few months so far), having previously suffered a small quads strain (recovered after some Physio treatment).
These don't ride up or shift around, or chafe - excellent from that perspective. Also good - they don't use rubber on the inner legs seams like my cycling shorts do - I guess the grip is all within the compression weave of the material itself. A wide elastic waist band (about 1" or 2.5cm deep), which has a key pocket on the inner right side at the back, which is handy if you don't have any other way of securely carrying a door/car key. (pretty small though, so no big bunch of keys on a keyring, or long mortice-type key.)
Chose the free delivery option and they arrived a couple of days ahead of due date, so was very pleased to get them earlier than expected.