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Running with the Skins Power A400 Compression Shorts

I tested a pair of compression shorts made by Skins- compression gear company founded in Australia that focuses on gradient compression and dynamic gradient compression gear.  It is based on the theory that by applying compression to specific body parts, you will increase blood flow and in turn increase oxygen to working muscles.

Reflective Lettering.


When you apply compression to specific body parts in a balanced and accurate way, it accelerates blood flow. This gets more oxygen to your working muscles – and boosts your performance.
Better blood flow also helps your body to get rid of lactic acid and other metabolic wastes – which helps you work at a higher rate for longer. Plus, improved oxygenation reduces the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness and accelerates muscle repair. So engineered gradient compression and dynamic gradient compression play a big part in helping you recover from exercise too.


With that said, there are many options of compression available. I have been wearing these now for about 5 months and can honestly say they’re really nice.  I have used them as a base layer under my running shorts and they felt really great.  The shorts are manufactured in a process that relies on an A stitch pattern which reduces chaffing.
The material is not elastic but relies on a spandex mix that ensures specific levels of elasticity. Thus the compression will most likely have a longer lifespan. Mine barely look worn and 4 months.

Waistband has a small pocket.

You can read more about them here as well as other gear they have to offer:  www.skins.net 

Read more about the research and publications behind Skins Compression here.

I’m alsoreviewing a jacket they introduced which I love!!

Akron Marathon Campitell
Wearing them here in the Akron Marathon.


The following recommend Skins:

  • Dr Nick Gill, Strength and Conditioning Coach – Waikato Chiefs
  • Dr Peter Clothier, Sports and Exercise Science Lecturer and Researcher – School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Mr Dayne Walker, Researcher – School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Jason McLaren, Research Consultant – iSPORT Biomechanics
  • Melinda Wosik, Clinical Trials Coordinator – Western Sydney Area Health
  • Laurence Houghton, Researcher – School of Human Movement and Exercise Science, The University of Western Australia
  • Dr Ben Dascombe, Sports Science Lecturer – University of Newcastle
  • Mr Aaron Scanlan, Research Lecturer – School of Medical and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering & Health, Central Queensland University
  • Melissa Hagan, Clinical Researcher – MPRO
  • Dr John Jakeman, Teaching Fellow; Strength and Conditioning – University of Abertay, Dundee
  • Mr Joshua Sear, Researcher – Central Queensland University and High Performance Development Coordinator – Cycling Australia
  • Ross Hanbury, Sport Scientist Harlequins Rugby Club – Department of Life Sciences, Roehampton University
  • Chris McManus, Human Performance Unit Manager, The University of Essex
  • Kelly Murray, Human Performance Unit Sport Scientist, The University of Essex
  • Nicholas Morgan, Sports Integrated Ltd
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