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Six days with snow skins

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
Previously posted a 1-day review of snow skins and thought they helped. Just finished my 6th day in a row. Four days were pretty much full days, and 2 days were 3.5-4 hours of skiing. I'm convinced. Just don't think I could have skied this much without them. Yes, my legs did get tired and heavy feeling, but they never turned into noodles that felt like I just couldn't ski another run. I know I could put in a decent day again tomorrow, though we're on the road.
post #2 of 32
RISkier, thanks for the continued review. I think we get too few of those written as reviews, and only wind up with long-term overall impressions.

Would you mind, terribly, when you refer to this product, indicating somehow that Snow Skins is a trade name? When I first saw the title, I thought it was a review for climbing skins, the sort we see in the AT forum.
post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 
comprex, you're right, neither my title nor description was clear. Tried to edit the original post but couldn't edit the title. Indeed, I was refering to the Australian Snow Skins -- the compression tights that have been previously discussed on Epic.
post #4 of 32
I was attending a SLAP cousre in Thredbo in August, pretty intensive, on mountain instruction for 5 hours a day over five days with a group of 6 + the instructor. Most of the guys in the group would have been 5-10 years older than me (50-55 y/o), yet hardly any of them felt skied out by the end of each day. Nearly all of them were wearing Snowskins. I tried a pair on the last day and they did seem to reduce leg tiredness; however, as I put a slight strain in one of my hamstrings on the second last day, I could not fully evaluate their effectiveness. I also understand that part of their effectiveness is reducing recovery time (hence feel fresher to ski after skiing the previous day) .

Im heading to Japan for some skiing on 12 Feb and will be wearing the Snowskins all week. As I haven't skied for 6 months, this should be a pretty good test of their effectiveness. I will report back.
post #5 of 32
Thanks for the review. I'd love to get a set of these SnowSkins, but they're so darn expensive ($180US+shipping). I've also looked at CW-X, not touted as highly in this forum, but they cost even more.
post #6 of 32
I've seen Snow Skins for sale in US shops. Usually, in fairly up-market Backcountry/bike type shops. Sell arcteryx and such boutique (ie $$$$) brands. They cost a lot less than 180 bucks US.

In fact, from the website, it appeared that they were selling US customers the Skins for the same price as to australians. That's 140 bucks AUD, which is less in USD.
post #7 of 32

Snow Skins sold in the US

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Originally Posted by ant
I've seen Snow Skins for sale in US shops. Usually, in fairly up-market Backcountry/bike type shops. Sell arcteryx and such boutique (ie $$$$) brands. They cost a lot less than 180 bucks US.

In fact, from the website, it appeared that they were selling US customers the Skins for the same price as to australians. That's 140 bucks AUD, which is less in USD.
Does anyone know of any US shops (online or otherwise) that sell Snow Skins?

And, if you buy a set (tops/bottoms) from their website it's $238AUD +#25AUD shipping, which is about $195USD.
post #8 of 32
Snowskins seem like snow-sports targeted clothing similar to the compression fit athletic wear made popular by Under Armour (and later copied by Nike and a host of others).

Anyone wear both? How does the compression of snowskins compare to a well fitted UA heat gear or cold gear garment?
post #9 of 32
Have about 14 days with snow skins. The wife and I really feel the diff. I still use Sport legs, Hey we're in our mid 50s and can use all the help we can get!
post #10 of 32
Just back from Japan, unfortunately the combination of weather and Hakuba belly meant the skiing wasn't overly intense; however, after not skiing for six months since the Oz winter, IMO the Snow Skins do work, being able to ski longer with less fatigue. A second pair is being purchased for my next season.
post #11 of 32

SnowSkins Testing 2/25-3/2/06

Just got a set of SnowSkins in this weekend ($215.17US with shipping from Australia, OUCH!). I leave Saturday for a five days of skiing in Crested Butte, so that should be a pretty good test of their effectiveness. Will post my opinions when I get back.
post #12 of 32
The list price for the snow skins on their web site is only $A 139 (www.skins.com.au). That should equate to $US 103. Did you get the top as well (IMO not necessary)? How much was the shipping?
post #13 of 32
SnowSkins Top - $139AUD
SnowSkins Bottom - $99AUD
Shipping - $50AUD ($25AUD/piece)

Total - $288AUD
post #14 of 32
I have never bothered with the tops, as it's my legs that get painful and tired. The leggings were $139 AUD when I got them, they must have come down in price.
post #15 of 32
I would pass on the top. A skier doesn't need compression up there.

My Dad (60yo) and all his friends swear by the leggings. They say it means they can ski every day of their 6 day trip - before, it was 2 days on, 1 off at best.
post #16 of 32
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Originally Posted by ant
I have never bothered with the tops, as it's my legs that get painful and tired. The leggings were $139 AUD when I got them, they must have come down in price.

I think OS customers do not pay GST...
post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by Passenger57
Thanks for the review. I'd love to get a set of these SnowSkins, but they're so darn expensive ($180US+shipping). I've also looked at CW-X, not touted as highly in this forum, but they cost even more.
I've been wearing the CW-X for about a month now (not the winter version) and really like them. They do seem to help keep things fresh. Here in Bozeman they were the only compression tights available, other than the under armour brand. the under armour just didn't look like they give as support. Maybe they do though. I paid $80.00 for my CW-X tights, and the same price is listed on their website too.

This is a hard thing to qualify, and I haven't been willing to go any time wihtout them since I started using them, so I guess that says something. Later, RicB.
post #18 of 32

Skins really do work!

Both my wife and I have been routinely wearing Snow Skins for the last 4 years or so and swear by them. We have just returned from a four week trip to the US (2 weeks in Utah and 2 in Colorado) where we skied 27 out of 29 days generally for a minimum of 4-5 hours a day.

The Skins ensured little or no lactic acid build-up and our legs were generally fine. ( Can't say the same about my knees though after repeated bump runs like Highline at Vail!)
post #19 of 32

Snow skins washing

if i'm going to use these every day whilst skiing, would I buy two sets and wash the unused set? Or do users just let them go a bit rank thereby ensuring other skiers stay well clear?
post #20 of 32
I have the CW-X ones (2 sets in fact) and love them! Just bottoms tho, don't see anyneed for the tops.

Like RicB said once I started wearing them I haven't been willling to go with out since.
post #21 of 32
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if i'm going to use these every day whilst skiing, would I buy two sets and wash the unused set?
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post #22 of 32
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Originally Posted by RicB View Post
I've been wearing the CW-X for about a month now (not the winter version) and really like them. They do seem to help keep things fresh. Here in Bozeman they were the only compression tights available, other than the under armour brand. the under armour just didn't look like they give as support. Maybe they do though. I paid $80.00 for my CW-X tights, and the same price is listed on their website too.

This is a hard thing to qualify, and I haven't been willing to go any time wihtout them since I started using them, so I guess that says something. Later, RicB.
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post #23 of 32
Damn all you people and your deals!! You're killing me....(well my credit card anyways)

Thanks though. Bought 'em - we'll see if they work
post #24 of 32
What did you get, Mog? Those CXW things, or Skins?
post #25 of 32
Six days in Crested Butte last season with Snow Skins last season and they're worth it. Wore top and bottom, and had no soreness of any kind either during the week or after the trip. Skins really needs a distributor in the US. Doing Copper Mountain in a few weeks and hope to have another pain-free experience thanks to them.
post #26 of 32
Skins are an amazing product. I have NO idea how they work so well, but they do.
post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by ant View Post
What did you get, Mog? Those CXW things, or Skins?
I'm wearing the CXW things right now. I was superman the first day I tried them, but now I need them just to feel normal. Anybody try CXW things AND Snowskins? How do they compare? Am I wearing Placebo Street's knickers?
post #28 of 32
I think I'm going to order some Skins based on these statements.

My question is: Do you feel that the Snow Skins could be used for other sports/gym workouts or are they too heavy/warm? I'm trying to decide between the Snow or Sport Skins.

Thanks
post #29 of 32
I wear spandex bike shorts and a pair of tights as first and second layer. Same thing? Pretty close.
post #30 of 32
nomadpat, sports skins are used by a lot of professional sports people here in Australia (footballers, athletes etc..) in training. I don't know what the difference between sports and snow skins are other than the snow skins have orange seams (GT stripes for going faster?). I'm sure that the web page will have details: http://www.skins.com.au/ns/product_skins.cfm

buzz, there is a considerable difference between snow/sports skins and wearing bike shorts over tights. The bike shorts may (depending on how old the spandex is) have the same compression effect that skins do, but will only be effective on the upper leg; however, tights definately will not have the same theraputic effect.
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