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    Are they really worth it for $149??

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    I think so!
    I use mine for lots of things ie hiking (mostly), mountain bike riding and at the snow and highly recommend them. I want to get the knee high ones for hiking under my gaiters. I have full length and knee length (which is what I use for snow).

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    OK, interesting question here...do people wear underwear under their skins? Just curious.

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    It depends on the colour of your skins. If you have the camoflage ones, it is mandatory to go commando [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    I 'spose you could wear them on the outside [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    ok.

    here's a "skins" experiement I did on the sunday.

    I did heaps of heavy legwork at the gym last friday. Consequently my thighs and quads were very sore on saturday and sunday morning. I put the skins on around sunday lunchtime to see if they made a difference as a "recovery" aid.

    I'd have to say they definaely made a difference. Not 100% ache free but a reduction in soreness was pretty evident after 30 mins. Legs felt much less sore for the rest of the day when wearing them. I'll see how they go next week when actually sking.
    Winter is here!

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    You should have worn the skins while exercising, that would have made a big difference.

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    yeah I know. But I dont want to look like one of those faggy bike riders in lycra and have to shave down! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
    Winter is here!

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    My Physio actually said that they are better used as a recovery tool. He said that you don't really need the compression during activity. He runs in marathons and has done his own tests and he swears by them as a recovery tool only.

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    Originally posted by Hammo:
    My Physio actually said that they are better used as a recovery tool. He said that you don't really need the compression during activity. He runs in marathons and has done his own tests and he swears by them as a recovery tool only.
    They are a great recovery tool, but they are also a great tool for reducing lactic acid build up and they help keep your muscles in the right place during exercise, so they are a far better tool if used during and after exercise.

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    Wow thanks for all this information guys! Really interesting. I had always thought Skins were a bit of a gimmick, but am now seriously considering getting some!

    I do wish that you could try them to form an opinion before having to drop the $150 on them though!!!
    Live to ski, ski to live.

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    Can you borrow a set from someone the same size as yourself, although no need, they really do work and if you owned a set and used them as suggested you would rave about how good they are also.

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    So the recommendation is to use them whist skiing and then afterwards also? What is the recommended time to keep them on after you have finished? Coz one would like to have a shower after one finishes skiing. I dont want to stink the lodge out.....any more than usual anyway.

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    Leave them on as long as you can afterwards, ideally you have two pair so you can wear them to bed.

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    I feel that if you had a choice between wearing them while skiing or as a recovery, I would wear them while skiing, as it is better to prevent the muscle soreness rather than recover from it.

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    Ok I bit the bullet and bought some from Skins online. I hope they arrive before I head up on Friday. I'm really looking forward to seeing how much of a difference they make! Thanks for all your info everybody.
    Live to ski, ski to live.

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    Originally posted by CycloneSteve:
    OK, interesting question here...do people wear underwear under their skins? Just curious.
    For cycling I didn't last Sunday and it was a luittle ball chafing to be honest!!

    I do for skiing.
    *insert witty comment here*

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    Originally posted by powderhog:
    I have tried Skins, BSc and Slazenger. There is no difference IMO. Although there is a huge difference in price. Skins and BSc are similar price at around $140, but you can pick up Slazenger for around $45 at Big W for full length and cheaper for the half tights. Anyone who thinks these arn't as good as the others is kidding themselves, or is a bit of a brand *****.
    Over the last three days I have been going hard on the weights at the Gym, my upper body is hurting. I have Slazengers on at the moment and had BSc on Yesterday. There is definitely a difference. The BSC have the seams placed in different locations to provide more even compression over Pecs and Lats as well as the arms. I think this definitely increases the effectiveness, but not by 100% or more(the price difference!!)

    The Slazengers are good value and do something, The BSc are better, Skins are about the same as BSc for me. I think the BSc will last longer than the Slazengers, plus they are long sleeve, Slazengers are short sleeve only.

    For skiing I use 3/4 length Skins plus thermals on top. Skins do not provide warmth and have never been intended to do so.
    *insert witty comment here*

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    Originally posted by Paul Oberin:
    Leave them on as long as you can afterwards, ideally you have two pair so you can wear them to bed.
    Hmmmm at $160 a pop I don't think I will be getting a second pair. Not all of us get things at cost price Paul

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    I've got skins for skiing and use a cheaper brand after my shower and to sleep in. Skiid pretty hard last year when we were up and had no, yes NO soreness at all. I would pay 3 times as much. They work

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