Skins are basically amazing skin-tight garments designed for athletes to train, compete and live in. They are described as body-moulded gradient compression performance equipment with built-in BioAcceleration Technology(TM) which will enhance your performance in training, competition and recovery. In laymen's terms, they help circulation, increase muscle oxygenation and stop lactic acid build-up along with many other fancy things that help us perform better! We both bought a pair of Skins half-tights back in September and trialled them, wearing them continually as boxer shorts for the 40 day sail across the Southern Ocean to Chile. We were suitably impressed and so we rang them up and they were more than happy to help us our with some goodies including half-tights to wear on the trip, as well as heaps of other Skins for training, paddling, riding and running back at home. Take a look at their website, it's pretty cool stuff.
In July 2005, two young Aussies Chris Bray and Clark Carter plunged inside the Arctic Circle to travel unsupported across Victoria Island, the world's ninth largest and largely unexplored island. After 58 days of hauling, paddling and dragging 250kgs of gear behind them in their home-made aluminium kayaks with fold-down wheels, they were only 1/3 the way across! It was such an incredible adventure though - including wolves, polar bears, artefacts, blizzards and unseen landscapes - that they vowed to return. After two years of prep, The iiNet 1000 Hour Day Expedition set of in 2008, and finished what they started.