Sunday, 21 December 2014

Kunert Velvet Tights now available at UK Tights

Some more exciting product news today. Following the announcement of the availability of the Oroblu Different range, UK Tights have announced the arrival of a new range from Kunert: the Kunert Velvet range.



Announcing the arrival of Kunert Velvet, UK Tights say:


'Kunert has been one of our most popular brands for the past decade and yet they never seem to run out of new ideas and ways to make their selection of tights better. Kunert Velvet is a brand new range of opaque tights that pushes the world of legwear forward once again. Velvet 40 and Velvet 80 are some of the comfiest and softest items they have ever released. They have flat seams around the panty and the toes and are made of the finest material to come from Kunert's development team yet. Kunert have made the best opaque tights in their history and they're available right now.' 




The Kunert Velvet range includes:

Kunert Velvet 40 Opaque Tights



Kunert Velvet 80 Opaque Tights

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Oroblu Different Tights now available at UK Tights

Some great news to share today: UK Tights have the Oroblu Different tights collection in stock.





Launching the range today, UK Tights say:

'Oroblu have launched a collection of items that have been in development for a few years now, longer than most collections would ever be. But this small ensemble of tights, just three in total, are absolutely magnificent. Oroblu Different are a range of tights where the fit is what is important. They have redesigned, from scratch, the way tights are made and have created a new gold standard of leg wear. They fit you better and are more comfortable, than any other tights they have ever released, no matter your body's shape.' 


The range consists of:

Oroblu Different 15 Tights



Oroblu Different 40 Tights



Oroblu Different 80 Tights



We have already reviewed the Different 80 tights at Hosiery For Men and found them to be a very high quality opaque tights, with a great fit. The waistband is innovative and one of the best we have ever seen.

Guest blogger for UK Tights, Part 2

We were excited when leading UK hosiery retailer UK Tights asked Hosiery For Men to be their guest blogger!



Our first guest blog was Part 1 of our recommended tights for men for autumn and winter.

UK Tights have now published Part 2 of our recommendations.



Do check out both parts of the guest blog and see what great tights we have selected that will keep you warm and comfortable this winter.

Just arrived: Kunert Warm Up 60 Tights

US-based hosiery retailer The Stylish Fox has kindly sent us a sample of the Kunert Warm Up 60 Tights to trial and review.





The Stylish Fox has recently started to stock the excellent Kunert brand. Do check out their website and also their great selection of tights for men.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Reviewed: SmooFit 80 denier men's tights (02224-532, 2013 model)

We recently provided Hosiery For Men readers with news of a brand of men's tights from Japan, SmooFit Tights

You can read Part 1 and Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Tom Tamai of NAIGAI, the company that makes SmooFit tights.

We have also previously reviewed the SmooFit 80 denier men's tights, although that review was of the 02224-502 (2012) model.

NAIGAI sent us a sample of the newer, improved 02224-532 (2013) model of the 80 denier tights and this review will focus on that.





Materials and features
As mentioned in a previous review, NAIGAI have created superb packaging for the SmooFit tights. 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!

Although the product is clearly presented as 'SmooFit tights', the word's 'Men's Panty Stocking' appears was well. This might be slightly confusing for English-speaking buyers.





The tights feel like a durable product when 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 feels really soft and stretchy.

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

These are tights specifically designed and made for men and this is evident in the superbly designed front and rear sections of the brief.

At the front, the panel has been constructed from double fabric for additional strength. As the front and rear panels meet in a seam under the crotch, the fabric is denser and stronger.

The front panel also has, as shown, a male anatomical fly opening. This has also been constructed really well, and it seems that the hems have improved stitching from the earlier version. In a further nice tough, the stitching on the fly opening has been picked out in light green. This colour scheme changes depending on the denier. For example the 50 denier SmooFit tights have this feature picked out in blue.








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 M-L size. I previously reviewed them 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 104cm (41"); height up to 185cm (6'1").

The M-L was definitely a much snugger fit than the L-LL size. Leg length was also good, but with perhaps less stretch than the L-LL. The fit for me was perfectly comfortable, but I would recommend that men taller than me (5'10") go for the larger size.

The brief was comfortable but not quite as roomy or high-rise as the L-LL size.

The fabric fits beautifully snug on the legs with no wrinkling or bunching.


The waistband is well-designed and works well to keep the tights in position. However, I did note that it has much less elasticity compared to the previous style. When worn, the waistband was at the limit of its stretch and if I was any bigger in the abdominal area this might have made it uncomfortable. I think NAIGAI need to revisit this aspect.

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

  • Brown 
  • Navy 
  • Grey 
  • Black 
I tested the M-L size in Black. (The L-LL size I tested previously was Navy.)

However, in the newer 2013 version it appears that in the L-LL size only Black is available.






Price and availability
The SmooFit 80 denier men's tights are available online from Rakuten Global Market.

They are priced at ¥1,620 (Japanese yen).

This is equivalent to $13.64, £8.69 and €10.95.

These prices seem extremely reasonable to me given the quality of the product.

(These prices are based on the exchange rate on 14 December 2014.

I have purchased from Rakuten and can confirm that their service is efficient and reliable

Conclusion
As in the earlier review, I would conclude that the SmooFit 80 denier men's tights are an excellent product and a fine addition to the growing selection of men's tights that are now being produced across the world. In Japan, they have clearly caught on, supported by a great deal of positive TV and other media coverage.

I haven't reviewed the new Tabio men's tights yet, but I would say the SmooFit 80 denier style are as good, if not better, that most of the men's tights being produced in Europe, with the exception of Comfort4Men.

I think the lesson from Japan could be: design and produce a quality product, create good packaging, market it effectively and men's tights will sell well and broaden the hosiery market.

Further reviews of the SmooFit range will be published soon.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Reviewed: Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights

We are still elated that the famous European hosiery brand Wolford sent us a consignment of tights and socks to trial and review. 



We recently reviewed the Wolford Long Distance Knee-Highs For Men.

We also previously reviewed the Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 Tights.

We now focus on the Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights.



Material and features


Wolford describe these tights as:

'Opaque and as soft as velvet: comfortable velvet tights that seduce the eye with their extradorinarily even mat look and can be seen on any occasion.'


Packaging is similar to most Wolford styles. The tights are folded and enclosed in a card sleeve that is then housed in a cellophane envelope. The rear of the packaging provides product and sizing information.

The Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights are made from 89% Nylon and 11% Elastane.

An immediate first impression was how amazingly soft the fabric is. Although they are opaque tights, they feel really quite light.

Opaque coverage is not total, but very dense for 50 denier tights.

The tights are sheer to waist with no demarcation between the leg and the brief. Toes are reinforced. Seams are flat and expertly done.


One interesting feature of Wolford tights in the XL size is that there is no rear comfort panel. There is a gusset that looks as if it has been specially made from a breathable fabric.

The waistband is 2.5cm wide. As with all Wolford tights, there is a label attached to the inside of the waistband.





The brief is really deep with a huge amount of room if needed, much more than the Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 Tights.

Fit and sizing


The Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights are available in five sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL.

I tested a pair in the XL size.



The XL size in this style is really generously sized. As the sizing information indicates, these tights will fit up to a height of 6'1" and that is absolutely accurate.

They fitted me really well, but could easily accommodate a larger or taller person.

The feeling that these tights provide when worn is one of absolute luxury and quality, being so velvety soft and smooth. Your legs will thank you for choosing Wolford!

The tights have excellent stretch, and as mentioned above the brief is very generous indeed. It can stretch some way above the waist if required.

Wolford state that the excellent stretch is obtained by 'the use of double-wrapped elastane in each row.'

Colour range


The Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights are available in a wide range of colours:

  • Carnelian 
  • Holly Berry 
  • Coca 
  • Mocca 
  • Caper 
  • Admiral 
  • Ultramarine 
  • Tarragon 
  • Black 
  • Nearly Black 
  • Anthracite 


I tested a pair in Black.

Price and availability

The Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights are priced at £23.00 in the UK.

They are available from the Wolford UK shop, as well as a wide range of retailers such as:

Luxury Legs

My Tights

Tights Please

Tights Tights Tights

The Tight Spot

Conclusion

The Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights are simply luxurious and top quality in every respect. They are just such a comfortable wearing experience.

Like the Velvet De Luxe 66 Tights, they can be recommended for men as well as women as the material is very stretchy and the larger sizes will fit taller people with ease.

Pricewise, they might cost more than other brands but to me Wolford tights are consistently good value as they last for ages if looked after. As I have said before, cheap tights are a false economy.

I am still wondering, and even hoping, that Wolford will once again launch a style of tights for men. But even if that doesn't happen soon, the Velvet De Luxe 50s will do just fine!

Thanks again to Wolford for the sample and also their interest in the male segment of their market that buys and wears their tights and legwear.

Fleece-lined Warm & Soft tights, leggings and socks from Oroblu

We are really pleased to publish this guest post from Heather Vincent, the owner of hosiery retailer Posh Tights.



Posh Tights is for customers who demand luxury, comfort and style at affordable prices. They have a strong commitment to a high level of customer service. As Heather states:

'I truly do believe in treating my customers how I would expect to be treated myself and that means with respect, honesty and integrity (and always with a smile!).'


Heather has provided this guest post for Hosiery For Men on the Oroblu fleece-lined Warm & Soft tights, leggings and knee-high socks.



Oroblu fleece-lined Warm & Soft tights, leggings and knee-high socks


Get ready for the cold this winter with these gorgeously warm and comfortable, black micro polar fleece-lined hosiery products from Oroblu. Thick and sumptuous, they promise to keep you warm whatever the weather. These are a firm favourite year after year and Oroblu never fail to impress with the quality and feel to them.

They are made of a soft and warm micro-polar fleece, brushed inside to trap the cold and keep you lovely and cosy, whatever the weather throws at you.

You won’t feel the temperature dip in these. Wear them as extra lining on the ski slopes or out in the evening for a bit of apres ski. Wear them shopping, they adapt to the heat and cold extremely well. A day outdoors with a wind chill will see you heading straight for your Oroblu Warm & Soft hosiery. How about the socks for dog walking? These will keep your feet lovely and warm in wellies without giving you the extra bulk of a welly boot liner.

The warm & soft items are available in tights, leggings/footless tights or knee-high socks. They are all 100 denier black opaque, therefore thick enough for full coverage but thin enough to wear under trousers or dresses without being bulky.



The socks have a smooth, soft and comfortable knee band and have a high elastane content to keep their shape.



The tights and leggings have flat seams and a generous gusset and again a good quantity of elastane to hold shape and enable repeat washes.

The tights, leggings and knee-high socks are also really suitable for men who will also appreciate the great insulation they provide. They would be perfect for hiking, cycling and all kinds of outdoor activities. Men who work outside for long periods will also love them.

As with all Oroblu products they wash and wear extremely well with minimal bobbling (particularly in view of the fleece lining). If you treat these with respect and wash as instructed they will last you several winters.

The tights and leggings retail at £15.95 and the socks at £6.95, so are exceptional value for money.



They make fantastic presents too, why would anyone not want to receive a pair of Warm & Soft fleece-lined tights, leggings or socks?


If you need any further information or advice on the Warm & Soft tights, leggings or socks, or any other products we sell at Posh Tights, do contact me.