First Swim Skin
I bought the swim skin for an upcoming tri that does not allow wet suits. I have been training in it for three weeks. Not as fast in the water as with a wet suit, but a few swims have been faster than without a top at all. Fits very snug, especially the first time. Looks great with my De Soto tri shorts.
Brilliant short/mid distance top!
This is a brilliant top for sprint and olympic distance races that are not wetsuit legal. Pair this with the Rviera Fli Bib Shorts and you have the perfect Liftfoil 3 material combo where you get all the benefits of a swim skin without having to take anything off in T1. The fabric is compressive without being restrictive and feels great around the torso both in and out of the water. When I first tried it on I liked the feel but was unsure of how often I would use this as a race top. One training swim/run in it and I was sold! This will be my new go to top for anything shorter than 70.3. If you already use Desoto tri bottoms with Liftfoil 3 material this is a great alternative to purchasing a full swim skin.
Swim Skin Top
Love the top! Different feel from a one piece skin. Not as restrictive, binding. Allows for better freedom of movement, yet still compressive. Combined with De Soto Sport Forza shorts that have the lift-foil panels, the top makes for a great race kit. As long as De Soto Sport makes this top I'll never go back to a one piece skin!
Fit is awesome
This garment is tight fitting (obviously for swimming), but it doesn't feel restrictive or tight like some compression shirts feel. I feel completely at ease wearing this and thoroughly recommend it. It doesn't cause any drag and is just the right cut to ensure there are no areas that bunch up. Price is right for a garment like this. I purchased online following the size guide on the website. Fits true to size. I am always a little taller than my fit all brands, but there is ample cloth to ensure it is long enough (but not excessive) in the body for me, which I really like.
Great top for non-wetsuit!
I bought this top purely to use in non-wetsuit races and have absolutely loved it! The compressive fit is perfect on the swim and I was surprised to see an improvement in my 100-yd pace not just over a normal tri-top but also over swimming topless. Not only is it supremely functional for the swim, but the top performs well all race long! The pockets are easy to access and use on course and the material is surprisingly cool! I expected the top to be a little hot since it was black but it actually has a noticeable cooling effect and will not overheat you. The zipper in front works well and the top stays slick and tight during the bike. On the run, a quick tug opens up for perfect running comfort. I really enjoy this top on short course racing and am considering wearing it instead of a "normal" tri-top at half-iron distance. If you're racing non-wetsuit, this top is a must!