Monday, 28 November 2011

Reviewed: Comfort4Men 70 Denier Men's Opaque Tights

I was recently kindly provided with a sample pair of the Comfort4Men men's tights from Germany.

I would say that the thought and care which has gone into the design and production of these tights is remarkable. It is clear that every detail has been considered, to ensure that the final product is one that is perfectly adapted for the male anatomy. The health and wellbeing needs of men buying these tights have also been considered.

The Comfort4Men website provides some interesting background information about why their men's tights were developed:

"I worked in the fashion branch for many years and was always surprised that fashion and health care products such as support tights were only ever made for women. Support stockings and support tights would also help men to get through the day more comfortably if they have to sit or stand.

My story begins with a relative who suffered a serious thrombosis. From this point on he needed to wear medical compression tights. As no difference in fit was made between women and men, they were very uncomfortable to wear, particularly in the genital region. Up to this point in time apparently no-one had troubled to find a solution for this problem. This was the basis for my idea.

Tights are ‘unisex’. Although in the world of fashion women have ‘taken over’ tights, they were originally exclusively men’s clothing. Today there is no reason why a man should not wear tights."


Another unique feature of Comfort4Men is that you can 'individually design' your tights using features from several variants. As you can see in the picture below, you can choose between 40, 60, 70, 80 and 140 denier, as well as a choice of compression support. There are also low and high waist options and a choice of shades. Not only that, there is also a choice of gusset colour and whether you want a fly opening or not.

It is really laudable that a manufacturer has shown such a commitment to the men's tights market.

It was quite a task to choose a pair of these tights to review but I eventually went for the C405M model:

  • 70 denier
  • High waist
  • Dark brown
  • Black gusset
  • No fly opening


Materials and features
The tights I tested are 70 denier but looked more like 80 denier. They are very (but not totally) opaque but not very heavy or too hot to wear. They are made from 90% Polyamide and 10% Elastane. The material is extremely soft.

The tights have an extremely comfortable 4cm waistband. The toe is reinforced and has a comfortable flat seam.

The gusset, crotch area has a flat seam and is made from very soft, comfortable material. This area also stretches to accommodate the male anatomy. A rear comfort panel also provides further comfort and ensure the tights fit well.

When worn the tights have a very slight sheen.

Fit and sizing
The tights come in three sizes: 4, 5 and 6.

I am 5' 10" and tested a pair in size 6. 



The fit was perfect. I have worn these tights on several occasions now and they are incredibly comfortable. In fact, they are so comfortable that when I put them on I feel as if I have a pair of bespoke tights that have been personally designed just for me.

The high Elastane content means that they cling extremely well to the legs and don't need pulling up during the day. They glide well under trousers.

Colour range

The 70 denier opaque tights are available six colours: Black, Dark Brown, Indigo, Kobalt, Natur and Navy.

Price and availability

These tights cost €38.80 plus shipping. For non-European countries the price is €32.61. Shipping rates vary depending on the destination.

Conclusion

Despite their relatively high cost I would give these tights the highest recommendation. The care that has gone into their design has paid off and these are genuinely tights made for men, as opposed to some brands of 'unisex' tights. They are robustly made and will last for a long time so one would get plenty of wear out of them.

The price of these tights is comparable to the men's tights made by Gerbe. I would say they are as good as Gerbe if not better. If you are a man and haven't worn tights before, try these and you will be converted immediately.

5 comments:

  1. Great review with lots of useful information! It's very encouraging to hear about your positive experience, as the price is a bit high to take a chance without seeing first hand. Still, it's remarkable the number of variations provided, so you can get something tailored to what you want. And given the high durability, it looks like money well spent. :-)

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  2. Thanks for the feedback tights4men. Yes, they are more expensive than the norm, but I can confirm that the quality is excellent. The comfort and fit justifies the expense I feel. I hope to review some more Comfort4Men tights soon.

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  3. Very good to hear that. Clearly hosiery tailored for the male anatomy is going to have advantages over hosiery made for women, so I imagine you'd pick these over the Falke Pure Matt 100. The Comfort4Men seems more robust as well, for the active male. How do they compare in terms of material? If you could have a pair of Comfort4Men tights made out of the Pure Matt 100 fabric, would you prefer that?

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  4. Well, it's a tough call. The Falke Pure Matt 100 tights are excellent and very robust. The Comfort4Men material is different - less matt and not quite as opaque. I do like the attention to detail on the Comfort4Men: The male pouch, the high waist and the rear comfort panel.

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  5. The price is not normal, despite the quality. It must be lowered, so everyone could afford it. Since when is male tights a super luxury thing? It's a ordinary every day attire. I suggest 5 to 10 eur and sales will jump, I hope.

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