Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Reviewed: Gipsy 100 denier opaque tights

Gipsy Tights recently kindly sent Hosiery For Men a great selection of tights for review.

We recently reviewed the Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights.



You can also still read our recent interview and special feature on Gipsy Tights.

We now review the Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights. These are described by Gipsy as a 'classic' and are their best-selling 100 denier tights.

Gipsy sent us samples of this model in both Large and X Large sizes.



Material and features
The Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights are packaged in a simple card enclosure. In a store this enables you to check the colour and fabric directly.

It is also positive to see the words 'MADE IN ITALY' on the packaging: that is nearly always an indicator of quality.


The tights are made from 91% Nylon and 9% Elastane. They have a mainly matt appearance with just a slight shine when caught in the light.

The fabric is very soft and smooth. The tights feel quite robust and look they can stand plenty of wear,

Legs are straight and look quite long in both sizes when the tights are removed from the packaging. The X Large size has about an additional 10cm of length in the leg compared to the Large size.

The tights are sheer to waist, with just a very slight, and barely visible, demarcation where the leg joins the brief/panty.

Both sizes have a 3.5cm wide waistband. There is a gusset. The seams are conventional one, but are well-made and strong.

Fit and sizing
The Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights are available in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large and X Large.

As mentioned above, I tested pairs in both Large and X Large sizes.



The fit in both sizes was excellent. The tights had a really impressive amount of stretch and length in the leg was particularly good. I didn't need to over-stretch the tights which also meant that the opaque coverage was even throughout.

The brief also had plenty of room and stretched comfortably over my waist.

These tights also cling really well and seem to mould themselves to your figure. The tights stay in place really well without the need for constant pulling up and readjustment.

The X Large size was overall a better fit for me and this is the size I would choose if I was buying this style. There was more length in the leg and this size also provided more space in the brief.

The Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights are wonderfully warm and cosy. I found both sizes extremely comfortable.

Colour range
The Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights are available in a very wide range of shades. However the choice of colours is restricted in the X Large sizes. 

The Gipsy website indicates that the following colours are available in X Large:



The following colours are available in Large:



I tested the Large size in Dark Indigo, and the X Large size in Midnight.

Price and availability
The Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights are available directly from Gipsy. They are priced at £6.50.

Gipsy tights are also available from a wide range of online hosiery retailers.

Conclusion

For Just £6.50 a pair the Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights are amazing value. These are great quality tights, made in Italy, with quality fabric.

It is difficult to say what could be added to improve this style further, apart from flat seams.

They are great everyday opaques tights that are comfortable, warm and fit well.

These are tights that I am sure I will be wearing a lot this autumn and winter.

Thanks again Gipsy Tights for the samples and for supporting Hosiery For Men.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Reviewed: SmooFit 80 denier men's tights

We recently highlighted a new brand of men's tights from Japan, SmooFit Tights. There has been quite a buzz about this brand, and many readers of Hosiery For Men have been eager to learn more.

I finally managed to secure a pair of SmooFit 80 denier men's tights. I am certain that this is the very first review to appear, at least in English.



SmooFit tights are made by the Japanese hosiery manufacturer Naigai, under a subsidiary brand called N platz.


There are several styles in the SmooFit range:

  • 50 denier tights
  • 80 denier tights (2224-502, 2012 model)
  • 80 denier tights (2224-532, 2013 model)
  • 110 denier tights
  • 80 denier tights with a fitted herringbone style sock

This review focuses on the 80 denier tights. I have worked out that there are two models of the 80 denier tights as can be seen above.

This review focuses on the 2224-502, 2012 model.



Materials and features

The SmooFit 80 denier men's tights are superbly packaged. The tights are folded around a long, white rectangular piece of card. They are then housed in a card enclosure, that folds to form a kind of rectangular box. Everything is then wrapped in a clear cellophane envelope.

The packaging provides a great deal of product information in Japanese, including a handy diagram and instructions on how to put the tights on!







The 
SmooFit 80 denier men's tights feel like a quality product as you take them out of the packaging.

The fabric is 92% Nylon and 8% Polyurethane, which I assume might be Elastane/Lycra but I am unable to read the packaging information which is is Japanese.

The fabric is very soft to the touch.

Legs are straight, and sheer to waist apart from a slightly denser banding near the top of each thigh. Toes are rounded, with reinforcement and good quality stitching.



The waistband is 3cm wide and made from a different, thicker fabric that has been stitched on to the tights. The waistband is soft and comfortable. You can also see that the SmooFit logo has been picked out. There is also a tag stitched into the rear inside seam with the word 'Men's'. These are very cool additional features.





The brief and construction for the male anatomy are superbly done. There are front and rear additional male comfort panels made with conventional seams. At the front, the panel has been constructed from double fabric for additional strength. As the two panels meet in a seam under the crotch, the fabric has been further reinforced.

The front panel also has, as shown, a male anatomical fly opening. This has also been constructed really well, although the hems look as if they might benefit from some additional reinforcement stitching. However, I have experienced no problems so far. Overall the SmooFit tights look really robust and have been made to withstand the heavier and longer wear that men expect.







Fit and sizing
The 
SmooFit 80 denier men's tights are available in two sizes: M-L, and L-LL.

I tested a pair in the L-LL size.

The chart that can be seen below on the packaging provides sizing information on height and weight.



M-L size: Fits waist up to 94cm (37"); height up to 185cm (6'1").

L-LL size: Fits waist up to 94cm (41"); height up to 185cm (6'1").

The L-LL size that I tested has a huge amount of stretch and would comfortably reach to the specified height. I intend to test the M-L size next time to be able to make a comparison.

The brief was very stretchy, roomy and comfortable. The waistband would easily stretch half way up one's chest if needed, but can also be positioned comfortably above the waist and hips.

I found the 80 den SmooFit style extremely comfortable to wear. The fabric moulded itself well to my legs. The slight sheen provided a good glide under trousers.


Colour range
The SmooFit 80 denier men's tights are available in four shades:

  • Brown 
  • Navy 
  • Grey 
  • Black 
I tested a pair in the Navy shade - a very dark blue.






Price and availability

I purchased the SmooFit 80 denier men's tights from an online store in Japan called Rakuten Global Market.

They are priced at ¥1,134 (Japanese yen). This is equivalent to $10.56, £6.49 and €8.14.

The service from Rakuten was absolutely excellent, with good communication and a very speedy delivery. I paid an additional ¥1,500 for delivery. The total cost was therefore approximately:

£15.00 (UK pounds)

$24.53 (US dollars)

€18.92 (Euros)

Conclusion
The SmooFit 80 denier men's tights are really quite an impressive product. One can see that a great deal of care and attention has gone into the design and manufacture. The aim has clearly been to create a style of men's tights that accommodates the male anatomy, and which will also appeal to men in terms of the look and marketing.

The fabric, manufacture and packaging are all top class. The price, before postage, is very attractive indeed for the quality of the product. They earn a Hosiery For Men recommendation.

I am looking forward to to testing and reviewing the rest of the SmooFit range.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Just arrived: SmooFit 80 denier men's tights from Japan

A pair of the SmooFit 80 denier men's tights tights arrived in parcel from Japan yesterday!

Really excited to be able to try this new brand and style. I will try and post a review soon as I am sure Hosiery For Men readers will be keen to read more about them.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Just arrived: Tights from Charnos

Charnos Hosiery have very kindly sent Hosiery For Men a great range of samples to trial and review.





Stay tuned for reviews.

SmooFit men's tights from Japan - now on order

I have recently made an order for a pair of the SmooFit men's tights from Japan. We recently featured the SmooFit tights and you can read more about them here, here and here.

I purchased these tights online from a store in Japan called Rakuten Global Market.

I will review them once they have arrived and I have had time to trial them properly.





Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Reviewed: Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights

Gipsy Tights recently sent us a selection of opaque tights to trial and review.



You can still read our recently published interview with Gipsy Tights.

Our first review is of the Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights.



Materials and features
The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are quite simply packaged. The tights are folded into a card enclosure that is designed for shop display. The advantage of this is that you can see and feel the fabric before purchasing.

Gipsy describe this style as:

"Velvet soft opaque tights with microfibre and high Lycra content for a lovely feel and perfect fit."
The fabric is 88% Nylon and 12% Elastane. The Gipsy website says 22% Elastane, but that logically must be a mistake.

These tights feel really soft to the touch and are, despite the price, extremely good quality. Well, the information that they are 'Made in Italy' is a very good pointer in that respect.

They are sheer to waist, and have quality flat seams. Toes are not reinforced.

The brief may not look that large but it has an impressive amount of stretch. There is a wide 4cm comfort waistband. Instead of a gusset there is rear panel.

Opaque coverage is even, but this style is not totally opaque, like the Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights and 300 Denier Tights. They also have a slight shine.



Fit and sizing

The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are available in just one XL size. The non-XL version of the Gipsy 60 Denier Opaque Tights are available in Small, Medium and Large.



As you put these tights on, you really become aware of just how much stretch they have. The high Lycra (Elastane) really does a good job in making sure that they fit every part of your legs well.

The brief, as mentioned, looks low waist but in fact it stretched comfortably above my waist and hips.

These tights were a very comfortable wear indeed. They also feel wonderful: The fabric is so soft you will want to keep touching and stroking it!

Colour range
The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are available in two shades: Chocolate and Black.

I tested a pair in the Chocolate shade - a rich, dark brown colour.

Price and availability

The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are priced at: £6.25.

They can be purchased directly from Gipsy and also from many other retailers.

Conclusion
The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are really a bargain at the price. You get tights made with quality yarn and a high Lycra content, flat seams and a great design for taller and larger people. For the features you get and the quite excellent fit I can't see what else Gipsy could have done to improve this style.

I really liked the impressive stretchy quality. Above all they feel quite wonderful on the leg. The shiny, silky appearance will also provide an excellent glide under trousers.

These are perfect, lighter opaque tights for additional warmth, but also with a great feel and wearing experience.