A short backstory as to why I did this review. I use compression pants to help me with muscle recoveyr, and up until now, I’ve used Nike’s Pro Combat tights range. (the review is here). A friend who runs regularly recommended I try ‘Skins’ a lesser known brand of compression pants and I thought I’ll give them a go to see if I’m missing out on anything. So I bought a pair of Skins RY400 recovery tights to try them out for myself.
Effective – The amount of time I spent unable to move properly was greatly reduced.
Strong materials felt reassuring that these wouldn’t rip after a short period of time.
Price may be a little high for some.
More info: Skins.com
Skins RY400 Compression Tights Review
Why I Use Compression Tights?
Mainly for recovery. Firstly, I don’t believe that compression pants make you run faster or jump higher in any way, I ignore those parts of the marketing blurb and I’ve yet to see that actually proven. But when I have had a really tough leg workout and I just know that in the days following I’m likely to have sore muscles, I throw them on and my soreness is nowhere near as bad as without them and I’m ready for my next leg workout much sooner.
RY400 Men's Compression Tights (As Seen In This Review)
When you've smashed a triathlon, rowed down the competition, or blitzed that perfect tennis match, you want your system healing and strengthening from the moment your muscles power down.
SKINS revolutionary research has taught us that your compression needs whilst in the height of activity are different to when your muscles are in a relaxed state of recovery. With this in mind, we created the RY400 range.
Wearing RY400 men's long tights after training or playing can help reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and improve your muscle recovery time.
Put an end to ice baths and wear RY400 for at least 3 hours to get the best results. 400 fit guarantees maximum comfort, so you can even wear them while you sleep to speed up your body's natural recovery process. They're not guaranteed to do much for your love life though.
My Experience With The Skins…
Off I headed to their website to check them out. Up until this point, I have sworn by my Nike Compression pants. I own about 3 pairs now and I wear them a lot, maybe too much. I sleep in them too sometimes! So I find myself actually quite skeptical. I’ll test these skins pants fairly no doubt, but they’ll have to go some way for me to say they’re better than my Nike’s I’ll just say that now. I’ll try my best to remain impartial and fair as you the reader would expect me to be.
This is the criteria I used to make my judgment: Watch full video here
- Materials – Compression pants need to be tugged and pulled to be put on because they fit tightly, the material needs to be strong and thick in order to withstand the roughness. You don’t want to feel your compression pants rip upon putting them on so I gotta make sure the materials are good quality.
- Effectiveness – do they actually do a good job or soothing my muscle soreness or DOMS after a heavy leg day?
- Cost – Very important. I don’t expect them to be cheap, but at the same time, I don’t expect them to be ridiculously expensive.