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Great fitting shorts, suitable for an athletic build.
on 30 June 2015
I have been using Skins compression tights almost exclusively for all sports I've played for the last 5 years and have not looked back ever since. My waist fits between 30" and 32" - the Medium has been a perfect size.
Previously, I had used Under Armour Heatgear compression shorts. These were a little cheaper and were made well however the fit does not compare to the Skins shorts. I have an athletic build and did not find the UA shorts to adequately fit around my legs or provide sufficient support to my gentleman's area. This proved problematic when weightlifting, anything with dynamic or explosive movements or any long distance running as the shorts would ride up and I would need to reconfigure myself, so to speak.
The A200 shorts are well priced for the fit and compression which they provide. The ventilation which they provide is not quite as good as the Under Armour Heatgear shorts, however as the material is slightly thinner (though no less durable) heat transfer is adequate. These fit snugly around my posterior and stay in place without riding up my thighs.
If you have the extra money to spend (or find a top offer), go for the A400 shorts instead. They really are on another level which the Under Armour and A200 shorts fall below. The A400 shorts fit even better and provide even more compression and support. This is not to say that the A200 shorts are lacking, it is understandable given these are the mid-tier Skins offering.
In conclusion, these shorts are great and are well worth the investment. I've had three pairs now, each for a number of years and they have worn well. I was them on a 40 degree cycle (should probably handwash) and they have largely retained their original colour and printed design logos, despite frequent use and abuse (5+ times per week). As long as they continue to fit well, I'm not too bothered about losing a logo or branding after a couple of years use, but if you are bothered, I suggest washing by hand.
I've used these shorts for running, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, basketball, squash, tennis, badminton, cycling...the list goes on. If you have the extra money to spend, upgrade to the A400, if you don't, these will still deliver without question.