For the past 3 weeks, I have been putting Body Science’s compression top and half quad shorts to the test by using them in the gym, on the field, and on the track. Let’s see if the Compression T can out-perform the Half Quad shorts.
Depending on the sport, Compression T’s are not as common as compression shorts but they still have a performance impact if you are comfortable wearing them under your guernsey. Although the design is quite similar to the Half Quad Shorts, I am not as big of a fan of the design of the Compression T; I think it would look much better if the stitching was black as the white stitching down the front is not really my cup of tea. However, my one criticism of the design can be found just below the front (chest) area of the compression garment. I really like the pattern on the sleeves, and when you are wearing a sleeveless shirt over it, the Body Science logo down the sleeve is a great addition. The semi-turtle neck design is also a risk as most of Body Science’s rivals tend to use a round, or v-neck collar, but I think it pays off and looks good.
Just like the Half Quad Shorts, I am a huge fan of the material Body Science use on the Compression T. The thicker and less stretchy material provides for a fantastic compression fit that feels like it aids greater performance. The fit is fantastic everywhere, and their sizing chart is spot on. The semi-turtle neck design is extremely comfortable and now I understand why they opted for that over a round or v-neck collar. Even though I am not a fan of the stitching I get the feeling that they sacrificed some of the design for performance in the ‘Targeted Compression’ areas. With all the positives down, there are, unfortunately, a couple of minor negatives. I find that the stitching under the armpit area is quite irritating, though once you get up and running you forget about it. This is not the only compression garment that’s I’ve given me this irritation as I have experienced it with Skins’ compression top as well. If I could add something to this garment it would be the tape some compression brands like skins use to prevent the garment from rising up when playing sports.
Value: You definitely get good value for money with this compression top. Everyone knows that compression garments are expensive but compared to the top of the line 2xu and Skins Compression tops, Body Science’s are the cheapest but only by about $10. Like I mentioned in the Half Quad Short review, these compression garments look like they will last a long time, but the only downside is that you are advised to hand wash and air dry them.
To Conclude, Body Science’s Compression T is definitely on par with Skins and 2xu and is a product that you should seriously consider when buying a compression garment. Personally I feel that the design is not as good as the one manufactured by Skins or 2xu, but when it comes to performance, this Compression Top is certainly a success. Body Science have once again done a great job, and we look forward to testing more of their products in the future.