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    I'm sure this question has been asked before, are SnowSkins worth the money?

    I guess theere are two questions here:
    1. Is there a benefit to wearing skins (noting that I'm in my early 40's)
    2. If so are the SnowSkins better than regular Skins?

    Any help would be greatly apprciated.

    Brian

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    Here's the most recent thread which has some good information in it.

    http://www.snowatch.com.au/forum/ult...=000615#000000
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    I have just brought a pair of sports skins that go to my knees. (like all the footy players wear)I couldn't tell any difference between the one I brought and the "snow" ones apart from
    1. a high price
    2. went to my ankles (which I didnt want as my calves are fine)

    I've always got lactic burn in my thighs faster than my mates I ski with so I thought I'd give then a go this year (I'm 45). I'll post a report in here after I get back from the snow on the 26th July....

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    There is actually comments in the thread posted above about the difference between 'normal' and 'snow' skins.

    I believe SC posted the info directly from someone at skins.

    *NB haven't reread the thread just going on memory.
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    The difference between snow and normal skins is that there is less stitching in the ankle area on snow skins.
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    I've got the women's Capri skins, so they end right at the top of my boot [img]smile.gif[/img] I'd only roll them up anyway, so figured I'd avoid the bulge

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    I know they certainly work as well as they claim they do.
    We have been selling them well this year at the shop, in our first year as a stockist, I decided to sell them after seeing how well they have worked for me over the past 5 years as a consumer.

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    It seems everyone who has tried the "skins" has liked them. Has anyone tried the different brands? Are they as good as the "skins"?

    Cheers

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    Originally posted by Tobi:
    There is actually comments in the thread posted above about the difference between 'normal' and 'snow' skins.

    I believe SC posted the info directly from someone at skins.

    *NB haven't reread the thread just going on memory.
    Yep, direct from an email from them, where I asked that very question.

    And for what it's worth I have my skins inside my boot with socks over top, don't have any problems.

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    The rest of them just need to harden up just a little SC

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    they do [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    Originally posted by Skeeter:
    It seems everyone who has tried the "skins" has liked them. Has anyone tried the different brands? Are they as good as the "skins"?

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    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 *****.

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    I have heard those cheaper ones do work well for a short while.
    Skins brand has proven to be well worth paying the extra in the past and has not really had any competition until this new brand 2XU or something similar arrived and has been so well promoted.

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    Paul I have used the Slazengers now for 3 full seasons of touch football, as well as skiing and they have not stretched one bit.

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    I must look into them a bit closer for the shop then.

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    I am going to try a slazenger top for cycling.

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    The only thing that should be in a ski boot is your foot and your sock.....if you can fit skins in, maybe your boots dont fit that well [img]tongue.gif[/img]
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    I actually prefer normal thermals for that reason JD. I don't put them in my boots. I did not find the Skins or the Slazengers very comfortable to ski in. The half tights are ok, but did not have the warmth factor below the knee.

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    i cant handle having the skins in my boot.. my socks are very tight and they push the seams of the skins into my leg which results in a burning pain in the arvo or when i remove the skins..

    so i hacked them into 3/4 lengths with scisors.. ones a bit too short now and bunches at the back of my knee and i get a similiar pain.. but i got the knee pain anyway when i used to roll them up!

    thinking of getting some 3/4 ones too.
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    How about merino wool baselayer from icebreaker? Kept me nice and warm. The best thing it doesn't retain your body odour and can be used for several days without washing.

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    I've read heaps of threads on skins, and everyone seems to rave about them. My legs were aching after last weekend skiing, so on my way home from the snow I bought a pair of skins, they came highly recommended from my partner - he swears by them. I used them today when I went for a run, and as soon as I finished running, instead of getting that burning sensation I normally get, my legs were fine. Skiing will be the real test!
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