Review: SKINS Fall/Winter 2017 Training Range
Known for being the innovators and the gold standard in athletic compression gear, SKINS has released several new products as part of their Fall / Winter 2017-18 collection. Here is our World Exclusive look at some of the statement pieces from the range.
SKINS Plus Signal Tech Fleece Hoodie
SKINS has stormed the outerwear market this fall with several clever jackets and hoodies. The SKINS Plus Signal Tech Fleece Hoodie is arguably the most eye-catching of the range thanks to its contemporary yet very functional design.
The SKINS Plus Signal Tech Fleece Hoodie features a stunning burnout print on its technical, lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric. It has a full-length front zipper that is readily adjustable while you are on the run or involved in any other type of training activity. Its inside is a soft fleece that makes the low weight top deceivingly warming. Our testers wore it above a short-sleeve tee-shirt in the 30-40 degree Fahrenheit range without complaints about the cold. Zipped pockets on the hoodie are a nice addition since they allow for easy storage of valuables and phones playing your favorite workout jams via BlueTooth.
A brilliant feature set on the SKINS Plus Signal Tech Fleece Hoodie are several ribbed elements. While they allow for stretch during athletic activity each has a visual effect that eludes class and differentiates the hoodie from others on the market today. The most functional of these are the elongated sleeve cuffs that can cover all but the fingers for warmth. Thumbholes are present to give a glove effect that works brilliantly while running.
Ribbed shoulder and waistline panels give the SKINS Plus Signal Tech Fleece Hoodie a classic feel that is reminiscent of both timeless bomber jackets and retro track tops from the 1960s and 1970s.
Lastly, the silhouette of the SKINS Plus Signal Tech Fleece Hoodie really accentuates fit physiques. If you’ve got a good v-frame from your hard work in training then it will be emphasized by this top that can be worn just about anywhere.
SKINS DNAmic TEAM Short Sleeve Top
SKINS have taken their compression expertise to team sports for the first time ever. Available in a multitude of colors that can match with about any kit, the SKINS DNAmic TEAM Short Sleeve Top is the ultimate baselayer for your uniform or for any workout that hits the upper body.
It is moisture-managing, muscle stabilizing and circulation enhancing thanks to the lightweight, high tech fabric that SKINS uses on all of their garments. Strategic stitching also aids with all of these characteristics.
Our tester for the SKINS DNAmic TEAM Short Sleeve Top wore it during a couple of soccer matches and while doing chest and back exercises at the gym. He found that it does indeed add an advantage in both cases. On the move during soccer, the comfortable rounded neck top keeps you cool and adds a level of stability to your muscles that he thought aided with agility on the pitch.
In the gym it provides muscular support that allows you to focus on your reps, recover and repeat. He said that the short term recovery between sets at the gym was remarkable because of the compression top allowing for better blood circulation and workout byproduct removal.
The SKINS DNAmic TEAM Short Sleeve Top has the internal silicon waistline gripper that is now a fixture among the firm’s tops. It locks the shirt in to place to prevent it from uncomfortably riding up on your torso when you in motion. This is something that would be brilliant to see in soccer and rugby kits.
SKINS DNAmic TEAM Half Tights
Also part of their new team range, the SKINS DNAmic TEAM Half Tights is a perfect complement for the top that we just looked at. It is so lightweight that you double check to see if you’re wearing something under your pants before leaving the house or locker room in it.
The SKINS DNAmic TEAM Half Tights provide fantastic muscle support for the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteal muscles during and after play. As such it keeps them stabilized during match play and leg workouts so your can focus on winning or improving at your game. They do improve circulation immensely while you’re moving your legs or recovering. The result is that perceived fatigue because of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is greatly reduced. This means that you can run more, faster and longer and be game ready again in less time.
The stylish jacquard waistband and ergonomic crotch area of the SKINS DNAmic TEAM Half Tights enhances its already impressive fit to keep your male parts securely in place and out of mind while you’re in the midst of match or training action. These are possibly one of the best compression shorts ever made as SKINS continues to build upon their years of performance garment expertise.
The SKINS Plus Signal Tech Fleece Hoodie , DNAmic TEAM Short Sleeve Top and DNAmic TEAM Half Tights are now all on sale at the SKINS USA website.