Jul 22, 10

Skins takes gradient compression to a new level

Skins takes gradient compression to a new level

Skins has introduced ‘A400’, a new premium range of gradient compression clothing.

Suitable for multi-sport activity, the A400 range was created using laser body mapping and motion capture to take an incredible 800,000 individual measurements and assess 400 key body-fitting points on hundreds of athletes. 

The use of a state of the art, multi-sensor measuring device - for the first time ever in the sporting goods industry - enabled compression to be calculated accurately on athletes in motion. 

This increased level of precision has not only led to new designs, but a greatly enhanced fit in Skins A400 garments, including the use of new ‘Memory MX’ stretch panels. 

These panels cover key muscle groups, allowing complete flexibility and lateral rotation without restriction. They consistently return to their original shape after movement, thereby retaining the dynamics required for the next physical action that the wearer takes.

There are 12 individual pieces in the A400 range, including long and ¾ tights, s/s and l/s tops, racer back tops for women, plus calf tights and arm sleeves. 

As with the company’s existing multi-sport range, each garment uses Skins’ ‘dynamic gradient compression’, which provides precise levels of pressure in the right places for muscle support and accelerates blood flow, thereby enhancing oxygen delivery to active muscles and resulting in improved performance, greater endurance and faster recovery.

The way Skins fabric achieves this is via panels that are stitched together to target specific muscles. This is in comparison to many other compression and base layers that use a basic circular knit where the fabric comes out in one uniform piece and where pressure can only be applied indiscriminately, if at all.

On top of this, every Skins garment is excellent at wicking, as well as being treated with an anti-microbial wash to help prevent odour, and provides unrivalled sun safety with 50+ UV protection.

Sizing-wise, the level of precision Skins applies is reflected in no less than 12 fits for the long tights and a simple sizing system specific to women’s garments that also takes into account body shape.

To complement A400, Skins has also introduced RY400, a new pair of recovery tights and its first-ever recovery top. These garments supersede Skins’ popular Travel & Recovery tights, a mainstay of its range since 2005 and one of the company’s original products that was endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

A400 RRP examples: £70 for the long tights; £60.00 for l/s tops; half tights £47.50; shorts £40.

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