*Disclaimer: I received a pair of SKINS Compression A400 Shorts to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!*
I have been looking at purchasing some compression shorts for months now, but haven’t pulled the trigger. I’m not one to wear super tight running shorts, so this is why I was hesitant. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to test out the SKINS Compression A400 Shorts when BibRave offered.
I tested the SKINS shorts in many conditions. Like all new items, I first took the shorts out on a quick 2 mile run. This way if there was any weird rubbing or anything, it’s only 2 miles. They felt great the entire run. In fact, I didn’t feel them at all.
The next time testing out the shorts was in 40 degree weather along the lakefront in the morning. I LOVED the 360-degree reflectivity of the fabric. The ADAPTIVE technology worked perfectly in the cold temps, keeping my muscles nice and warm.
I didn’t originally plan on testing my SKINS shorts out during a strength training session, but I ended up skipping my run one day and had to do something. I did mainly leg training – squats, lunges, burpees – all the “fun” stuff. I usually wear regular running shorts during strength training, which doesn’t provide much coverage. Luckily, I only do strength training at home and not in public. I really appreciated the full coverage of the shorts, the height on my waist and the length of the inseam. They stayed in place the entire session.
I finally put the SKINS compression shorts up to the ultimate test during a windy and rainy Bellin Women’s Half Marathon. They stayed in place the entire race, even with the less than ideal conditions, there was no sagging or rubbing. The shorts were comfortable and moved well without any issues with chaffing. I utilized the back pocket for my inhaler, which stayed in place the entire race.
I was very pleased with the SKINS Compression A400 shorts. They’re comfort, reflectivity, adaptive technology make these more than just a compression short. They are a go-to piece of fitness apparel.