As one of the pioneers of compression clothing with a heritage of producing some outstanding compression tights, bib shorts and tri-suits, we expected great things of the Skins calf guards. Disappointingly, they just didn’t deliver.
Having measured our tester’s calf to confirm his size as a medium, the guards still slipped on far too easily and there wasn’t any real sense of compression. The stitching around the stirrup showed signs of fraying and, unless the fit is spot on, the lack of a top gripper means that slipping is a major concern.
True to form, when out running they slipped down the calf a couple of inches to indicate that the guard wasn’t performing as it should. We did feel there were some support benefits from the guards and they were very comfortable. But there just wasn’t that rock solid compression that you really want.