News Article: SKINS 400 Series - A Compression Revolution

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19 November 2010SKINS 400 Series - A Compression RevolutionAuthor: Barry Dolby

With their latest addition to the range, SKINS have pretty much thrown away the "rule book" on compression and started again from scratch to make the best even better! The result. . . SKINS 400.

Dynamic Gradient Compression

SKINS 400 Series is the only high performance apparel to take into account compression levels needed to increase oxygen delivery to active muscles while in motion - called dynamic gradient compression.

SKINS worked with the scientific and industrial research organisation in Australia to develop a device capable of taking multiple readings of the human body in motion. This is revolutionary stuff - all previous compression measurements have been carried out on athletes standing still.

SKINS now knew what compression levels are required for specific muscle groups whilst static, during activity and in post exercise recovery, where you need movement for comfort and injury prevention, and how to get the best circulatory benefits for more oxygen delivery and reduced lactic acid build-up.


Engineered Gradient Compression

SKINS is not just trying to squeeze you! SKINS gradient compression has been engineered to provide the correct level of surface pressure to specific parts of the body. This enhances circulation and gets more vital oxygen to your active muscles – boosting your power, speed and stamina.

Improved circulation also helps to eliminate lactic acid build up and other metabolic wastes during an intense workout.

The result? You go harder, for longer and recover faster.


Warp knit

The fabric in SKINS is warp knitted using multiple fine quality yarns to give superior performance.

Warp knit fabrics have no natural stretch – instead, the spandex mix ensures specific levels of elasticity and perfectly controlled compression. For a compression product this is superior to using circular knit which has natural stretch, making it hard to maintain the correct level of compression. Circular knit fabrics are also less durable and likely to run if snagged.

400 fit

400 fit is completely unique to SKINS.

A research study of hundreds of athletes of all shapes and sizes, Using a full body 3D scanner, resulted in 800,000 measurements from each chosen athlete. The result is 400 fit, a way of cutting and shaping SKINS according to 400 key fitting points. This gives a more comfortable fit and more precise, targeted dynamic gradient compression.

The research also led to a greater range of leg lengths for men and different body shapes for women.

No product in the world pays such attention to your body size and shape. Which is why nothing fits – or works – quite like SKINS 400 Series.

SKIN fit

SKINS unique sizing system is based on a Body Mass Index (BMI) / anthropometrical algorithm, because you only get the full benefits of gradient compression if your SKINS fit you properly.

Memory MX Fabric

Memory MX fabric contains a unique high stretch elastomeric yarn – which returns to its original shape no matter how much stress you put it under. So you get the same level of muscle support and controlled compression from your SKINS twelve months down the track as you did the day you first put them on.

Featured in almost all SKINS 400 Series compression garments, biomechanically placed Memory MX compliments your own natural movement, provides constant, controlled compression and can help reduce the risk of injury.



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