Thursday, March 1, 2018

Comfortable in My SKINS | SKINS DNAmic Review

Disclaimer: I received SKINS DNAmic Compression Long Tights and DNAmic Speed Sports Bra 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!

The saying is "fashion or function". Well, why can't you have BOTH?

Compression gear is a runner's best friend when it fits correctly. That's not always easy to find though! I have had compression gear that wasn't snug enough and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, some that was nearly impossible to slip on. When I find a product that fits just right, it's certainly worth writing about.

As a BibRave Pro, I received SKINS DNAmic Compression Long Tights and a matching DNAmic Speed Sports Bra to review. Would DNAmic gear fit the "perfect compression" bill?


Let's Talk Fashion

Hands down, I would say SKINS' DNAmic compression gear is flattering. It has the right amount of tightness and "holds everything together", if you know what I mean. (Nothing is jiggling!) The material feels smooth and the waistband fits comfortably enough that I wear them through workouts, from long runs to interval sessions, and on non-running days too. I do take them off occasionally to wash, of course!

Here are a few points to mention about the DNAmic Compression Tights fabric technology:
  • MOISTURE WICKING fabric draws sweat away from the body to the surface of the garment where it evaporates to keep you dry. 
  • 50+ UV PROTECTION
  • WARP KNITTED mix of yarns that give you a carefully calculated level of stretch for controlled compression and durability.

I chose the black tights and sports bra because black is always in style and it goes with everything. Plus it's a guarantee that sweat won't show through, no matter how drenched you are!

If you're a bit more adventurous than me, the SKINS gear comes in many wild and crazy styles such as Specter Mariner, Exotica, Specter Utility, Merlot, Kasbah and Royal. {See the color pallet below}

Is SKINS DNAmic Compression gear fashionable? I would say definitely. Fashion: Check ✓


Getting Down to Function

What is the point of compression gear? Is it worth it? Dynamic Gradient Compression is an advanced compression technology that increases muscle oxygenation, stabilizes active muscles and reduces blood lactate build up, to enhance performance and speed up recovery time.

SKINS notes that the DNAmic tights will indeed give you a performance boost. When correctly fitted, the biomechanically positioned panels and seams support and stabilize your muscles to reduce fatigue and risk of injury.


The DNAmic Compression Long Tights are versatile enough to wear as a single layer or wear under numerous layers of tights. On the few warm days we have been blessed with (think 20's or 30's) I have been able to run without covering up my SKINS!

They feel very light on the run and the performance benefits are noticeable. I always feel faster in compression. The DNAmic material is breathable so I should be able to wear these even on cool days over the summer. One note on the Speed Sports Bra is that the smooth, wide straps don't dig in or cause discomfort like some sports bras can.

The material in both the DNAmic Long Tights and Speed Sports Bra is a high quality that I can feel. I have had my share of bad long run experiences with chafing and what not. All of my running, from a 10k race to 10-mile long run, has been chafe-free in the DNAmic tights and sports bra.

Is SKINS DNAmic Compression gear functional? Certainly. Function: Check ✓


Get Your SKINS

The SKINS DNAmic Women's Compression Long Tights are $99.99 and the DNAmic Speed Sports Bra is $49.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on every order above $100.  Take 20% off your SKINS order by using code "20BIBRAVE" on all non-reduced items at www.skins.net.

#Gmas18 Training W1 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!

MONDAY: 

Off! I felt surprisingly normal after yesterday's 10-mile long run (my first since 2016!).

TUESDAY: 

Easy-Effort 5.07 mi, 00:49 @ 09:44 avg pace. Early morning miles + Stability (A) Strength Training

WEDNESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Hill Intervals 5.11 mi, 00:45. 8x1:00 @ 6% incline with 1:00 jog @ 1% for rest. Progression run for last 15 minutes because it was getting boring!

THURSDAY

Easy Effort 6.01 mi, 00:58 @ 09:38 avg pace. For being above zero, this morning's run sure was COLD! I had to use every ounce of determination to make myself stay out there. And now the sun is shining and it's 35... I feel nocturnal.

FRIDAY:

Off

SATURDAY:

Long Run 11.5 mi, 1:40:28 @ 8:44/mile avg. Outside on a beautiful day!

SUNDAY:

TBD - Recovery Run Planned

TOTAL MILEAGE: 30.69 miles


What's your running style? Are you a bold pattern person or on the plain side (like me)?

Let's Connect!



Linking up with Holly and Wendy's Weekly Wrap Up.

14 comments:

  1. I was able to try the SKINS DNAmic compression tights last winter and I really liked them. I went for the bold pattern! They're fun.

    Great week of training! Solid kick off to Grandma's. Have a great week. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. If I could pull off the bold patterns, I would totally give "Kasbah" a try! Thanks for stopping by, Wendy!

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  2. I do not own any SKINS. Sounds like a great product.I have only worn Pro Compression Tights. I like those, but they are very thin and I really don't feel a difference.

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    1. It's hard to find compression that fits just right! Like I mentioned, I've had some that was too loose and some that was wayyy too tight. SKINS is a nice balance!

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  3. I don't have to wear tights very often. However, the few I own require me to fold the waist over since I'm so short waisted. It would be nice to have a pair that fit well and are comfy. I usually do plain on the bottom and bold on the top. Nice week of training this week! Thanks for linking.

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    1. Honestly, I hike these right up to just under my belly button! Thankfully you can't tell while I run ;) at least in the winter attire anyways. I'm with your style - plain on bottom, bold on top!

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  4. I have never tried Skins but I hear good things. Love the fun patterns!

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    1. I was blown away by all of their pattern options! And there are even more to browse on their website :)

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  5. These compression tights look nice! I like all the funky patterns.

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    1. They are! I'm impressed with the sturdy yet breathable material.

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  6. Love the compression tights!

    I have run Grandma's 3 times...twice for me, once to pace my sister. 2/3 times it was really hot :( I have reviews on my blog if you want to learn more about the race.

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    1. I will have to check out your Grandma's reviews! I've been trying to research the course a bit, especially since I live in such a flat area. Boston's downhill course was a blast, so I'm hoping Grandma's will be fun too :)

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  7. It depends on the day! Sometimes I just want plain black but others I want a splash of color. :)

    Grandma's is a bucket list race for me. Hope I get to run it one day. Good luck with your training!

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    1. True - you have to have a variety of styles to fit the day, right?! Grandma's has been a bucket lister for me, too! Thanks for stopping by, Clarinda.

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