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It seems that Skins is gradually stretching its brand away from simply providing a squeeze to your muscles. These Bib Knicks are a great, albeit expensive, example. The compression heritage clearly shows with an offering of super premium fabrics with good levels of power that really hug your legs. There’s good length in the leg, too, and a gripper that can grab onto even the smoothest of waxings. With the help of Skins’ useful sizing system, the right choice is almost guaranteed; and for the medium on test, the fit is well considered with a neutral position that will suit all riding styles.
Particular fuss is made in the marketing about their Italian-made chamois but it’s well founded: it’s as good as any that we’ve seen with deep, plush contours and varying densities to keep you snug over any distance. The only criticism can be applied to all of Skins’ products – the irritation from the unnecessary and excessive yellow seams. But, again, this is soon forgotten after a few miles.