If you are wondering what a base layer is and whether it is the same as a SKINS compression layer, then we are here to deliver all the answers to your unanswered questions.

Rugby base layer clothing has many benefits to rugby players in particular compared to those who play other sports. Rugby is such a physical and contact sport, the strain it can have on one’s body is huge. Rugby players must do everything they can to take special care of their muscles before, during and after their games and practices.

Check out the link here to find out more about how base layers can be worn in rugby and the many benefits base layers have for rugby players and if you would like to know more about SKINS vs base layers, along with the similarities and differences between them both, then stay with us and keep on reading for more.

 

WHAT ARE SKINS?

SKINS is an Australian creation and is a type of compression layer of clothing. They are specially made to hold your muscles against the body in the right place, this helps to reduce the muscle vibration when exercising and improves muscles focus and awareness – the special term for this is ‘proprioception’ which is the body’s ability to sense movement, action and location. It is present in every muscle movement and without it, you would not be able to move without thinking about your next step.

Many activewear garments have static compression, this is a tightness everywhere and a different kind of compression which does not support your muscles in the same way as SKINS do.

 

WHAT ARE BASE LAYERS?

Base layers are layers of clothing that are purposely designed to be worn during physical exercise. They are intended to be tight fitting, sitting as close to your skin as possible without being restricting, always allowing the wearer to be able to move freely.

Other layers of clothing can always be worn on top of your base layer, but the base layer has to be worn first so it can perform effectively. Take a look at our high performing Mizos Base Layers on our website.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEARING A BASE LAYER?

The base layer has many benefits for the wearer – firstly, it regulates the wearer’s body temperature in a number of ways, when cold, it acts as a thermal layer would, trapping heat close to the body and helping to create a layer of warmth that won’t escape, therefore keeping you warm when exercising in cold weather.

It also helps the wearer stay cool when in hot weathers or when the body temperature naturally heats up during exercise as you begin to sweat. The specially formulated fabric is designed ultra thin so any moisture it collects can be evaporated quickly out of the garment and away from the body, ensuring a person is kept cool, dry and comfortable at all times allowing for them to perform at their best whatever exercise they are doing.

This is why the garment has to be a snug fit, so it can operate correctly by picking up any moisture as quickly as possible – a baggy or ill-fitting base layer would swing around as the wearer moves during exercise, weighing the person down and making them uncomfortable.

 

ARE SKINS A BASE LAYER?

SKINS are not a base layer, SKINS are worn for the compression element only, whereas base layers hold many other benefits, compression being one of them! It is common to confuse the two as SKINS are also worn next to the skin and are also required to fit snug to your body to function correctly.

 

SIMILARITIES BETWEEN SKINS AND BASE LAYERS

Base layers and SKINS are both comfortable to wear, they are both intended to fit tight against the body and act as a ‘second skin’. Although tight, they should both be comfortable and allow you to move freely, they both should not pinch or restrict your skin, body and therefore movement in any way. The tightness of both garments is what gives the wearer that all-important compression and the many benefits that come with compression during sports and other physical activities.

 

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SKINS AND BASE LAYERS

The difference between base layers and SKINS is that SKINS will not keep you warm, SKINS do however help to regulate your temperature when hot, but that is only a side effect of the compression feature.

The main aim for SKINS is only compression element, helping the wearer perform better and recover faster, the added temperature regulator is a handy and extra bonus – whereas base layers compress the body and regulate the body temperature whatever the weather.

 

WHAT FORMS OF BASE LAYER CAN YOU GET?

Base layers come in tops, shorts, and tights, in a range of lengths to suit any sport or season. All variations of base layers help athletes enhance their training and performance skills, which is why they are so popular. We have a range of Mizos Base Layers for men and Mizos Base Layers for women, click the links to see why you should choose Mizos today.

 

WHY IS COMPRESSION IMPORTANT DURING PHYSICAL EXERCISE?

Compression has a number of amazing benefits for athletes during training and in the recovery stage afterwards. During physical expenditure, our muscles vibrate, which can cause muscle fatigue and make you feel less powerful in your performance. Compression will stop that energy from being wasted and will help with limiting the risk of injury and trauma to the muscles.

Base layers also help with blood circulation and the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles, which can prevent future injury, as well as increasing blood flow and aiding oxygen around the body and back to the heart which can allow someone to exercise for longer and take away any unnecessary stress from the body.

Performance is enhanced and also athletes perform better when they are comfortable too and with the added bonus of helping muscles after exercise, once you stop, speeding up the recovery process so everyone can get back to training much quicker.

 

BASE LAYERS FOR RUGBY PLAYERS

This is why base layers are a must for those who often participate in sports and especially those that play rugby which is such a high-contact sport. Injuries and aches and pains that come from playing rugby are extremely likely to happen, yet the benefits that base layers can give a player just from wearing one are something not to be missed out on – any stress that can be taken away from a rugby player should be utilised.

All these added benefits that base layers give to an athlete are the reason they are so popular, it can actually give athletes an advantage and an edge over their competition, due to them helping with muscle fatigue and allowing them to train or compete for longer without exertion.

Written by Riley Williams

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