At SKINS, we don’t believe in ‘one size fits all’. If compression is too tight, it can restrict blood flow and if it’s too loose – then there’s not much point wearing it. That’s why we take the sizing and fit of our garments seriously. We want to make sure you get the all benefits of precise compression in the most comfortable product possible.
So, how do we get the perfect fit?
We know that for athletes to perform at their best, they need to be comfortable, so we use body mass index (BMI) measurements to determine the best size garment for every individual. This ensures both our compression and comfort levels are optimised. But it also means you can’t just go and grab your usual Small, Medium or Large size like you normally would. We need you to take a few measurements first to help determine the right size for you.
For tights, size is calculated by height and weight and for tops, by your chest circumference – measured around the widest part. For calf tights and sleeves, the size is determined by your calf or bicep circumference respectively, again, measured around the widest part.
With our 400 Series ranges we took sizing to another level. After undertaking a 3D body scanning study of hundreds of amateur and professional athletes we established 400 key fitting points which form the basis of our A400 and RY400 garments. As well as enabling us to maximise the benefits of compression during activity and recovery, this research allowed us to ensure ultimate comfort of our 400 Series ranges.
Specific size charts are included on each product page. But if you don’t feel like looking those up, we’ve included a size calculator as well. So just punch in your measurements and we’ll recommend the best size SKINS product for you.
Bordering two sizes?
If you end up falling on the borderline between two sizes we recommend choosing the smaller size for tights but the larger size for tops. If you need further guidance in selecting the right size, get in touch with our customer service team – they’ll be happy to help you out.
Wondering what SKINS will feel like when you put them on?
Compression is meant to feel tight – probably tighter than anything you’ve worn before unless you’re a frequent wearer of Shapewear. But even though they’re tight, they’re still meant to be comfortable and shouldn’t pinch or restrict your movement in any way. When you receive your SKINS, put them on and walk around in them for a little while. They will take some getting used to, but after about 10 minutes you shouldn’t notice that you’re wearing them.
To make sure they’re not too big, do this simple little test: try to pull the fabric away from your skin. If it comes away easily and you can stretch it out from your body a fair way, then they’re likely to be too loose and you should go down a size.
We’re a bit more relaxed (get it) with our SKINS Activewear sizing. Not because it’s not important – comfort is still top of mind when we’re designing and developing any of our sportswear – but because it’s not as critical to the functioning of the garment as it is for compression.
That being said, our loose fit garments are an athletic cut, meaning they’re shaped for comfort when you’re in action and also to minimise drag. To make sure you choose the correct size, click on the “Size Guide” located on the right hand side of each product page. Guys, refer to the chest measurements if you’re looking at a top or jacket and the waist measurements if you’re after a pair of shorts. Girls, refer to the bust, waist and hip measurements for all garments.
HOW TO WEAR SKINS
OK, so your new SKINS have arrived, but you’re not quite sure how to get them on. Don’t worry, you’re not the first and you probably won’t be the last to ask for a bit of help.
If you’re trying to get into a pair of long tights, we suggest you scrunch them up from the waist down to the ankle and put one foot in first – the same as you would do if you were putting on a pair of panty hose (whilst we’re not about to judge, the guys might need to ask their mum, wife, girlfriend, sister, aunty or another female in their life to show them how this is done). Do the same on the other leg. Then gradually pull each leg up – taking care to keep the seams running up your legs as you go.
Check out the images below to see how seams and panels should be placed once you have the tights on correctly.
The ¾ tights, half tights and shorts are a bit easier to get on but if you follow the same principles above you’ll definitely have no trouble. The ¾ tights should finish just below your knee – but can stretch a bit lower if you want some coverage over the top half of your calf. The half tights should finish just above your knee and the shorts about two thirds of the way up your thigh.
Guys, you’ll notice you have a pouch at the front for your tackle. Just make sure this is at the front when you put the tights on – you won’t believe how many people we’ve seen running around with their tights on backwards – that CAN’T be comfortable.
Getting into a long sleeve top is similar to getting into a pair of long tights. We suggest you put your arms in first and then pull the body down over your head. The seam alignment on the tops is crucial to maintaining complete freedom of movement so if you’re feeling any restriction at all, play around with repositioning the seams until you feel no restriction at all. Have a look at the images below for reference of the correct seam alignment.
All our tops have a gripper on the inside hem. If you pull this down over the top of your tights or whatever you’re wearing on your bottom half, it will help hold the top in place and stop it from creeping up your torso.