The Warm Deluxe 80 Tights are a new product launched by Falke as part of their legwear range for Autumn/Winter 2014/15.
When I visited the Falke flagship store in December last year, the sales assistant showed me these tights and explained that they were a new and innovative product from Falke.
Material and features
The Falke Warm Deluxe 80 Tights are described by Tightsplease as follows:
/Made using an exquisite soft plush technique, these opaque tights from German brand Falke are set to take pole position on every hosiery lust list this season. Constructed using over 400 needles, small plush loops are formed, which create a clever air cushion for heat conservation and a wonderful warming effect. Perfect for chilly winter days, your pins will be beautifully soft and smooth to the touch, making these matte tights a luxurious and fashion-forward addition to any hosiery collection. Choose between classic black and a variety of stylish autumnal shades to find the perfect pair for your wardrobe. Redefining cosy!'
Packaging is the same as other Falke models. The tights are folded around a rectangular card, and then housed in a card enclosure that folds into a kind of box. Everything is then inserted into a cellophane envelope.
These are 80 denier tights made from 94% Polyamide and 6% Elastane.
They are sheer to waist with no demarcation between the leg and brief.
Seams are flat throughout, including the toe seam.
The size V (XL) that I trialled has a rear comfort panel. Small sizes have a conventional net gusset. There is a 3cm wide waistband with a Falke tag sewn onto it that indicates the style and size. That is a quality touch.
Opacity is very good; the tights provide a deep, even coverage on every part of the leg. The fabric is completely matte and very soft to the touch.
What is unique about these tights is the plush yarn inside which is delectably soft and warm. But unlike some styles of thermal tights, these are not bulky at all. The fabric is made with an extremely fine knitting technology that seems to be a genuine Falke innovation, as I haven't seen anything similar before.
Sizing and fit
The Falke Warm Deluxe 80 Tights are available in three sizes: S/M, Medium, Large and XL.
I tested the XL size.
I have never worn any Falke tights that didn't provide a great fit. The Warm Deluxe 80 Tights are no exception.
The XL size extends to a height of 6'0" and comfortable accommodated my 5'10".
The legs stretch and fit with ease without any over-stretching.
The brief, like that of all Falke tights, is deep and very comfortable.
I wore these tights twice as part of the trial, and both days the temperature was freezing. The insulation and comfort was absolutely top notch. On one occasion I was at a football game and wondered how I could possibly have kept warm without them. Traditional long johns might be the choice of many guys, but the Warm Deluxe 80 Tights are simply on another level!
The Falke Warm Deluxe 80 Tights are available at Tightsplease in seven colours:
Price and availability
The Falke Warm Deluxe 80 Tights are priced at £26.00.
The Falke Warm Deluxe 80 Tights are a really superb product from Falke and a welcome addition to their fantastic range of opaques.
For thermal tights these are certainly a huge step forward technically, providing warmth and insulation without bulk.
As a wearing experience, this is as good as it gets. Wonderful fit and comfort, alongside functionality.
Although price-wise these tights are a premium product, I would argue that they are good value for the quality.
They can be worn under trousers, with shorts and would be welcomed by anyone doing winter sports, outdoor activities or working outside in cold temperatures.