Sunday, 4 March 2012

Reviewed: Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights

At Hosiery For Men we recently featured the UK based hosiery retailer TheTightSpot.com.

TheTightSpot.com sent me a pair of the Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights for review. It's great to be able to try out some more Falke tights as in my experience they are one of the very best brands for men. This is because they are available in larger sizes, the sizing is accurate and all Falke products I have tried have been of excellent quality. The Falke Pure Matt 100 Tights are one of the best pairs of opaque tights I have ever worn.

So, I am really pleased to be able to test and review another Falke style. As the last few days have been much less cold, testing a semi-opaque style has been a good option.



Material and features

The packaging describes these tights as 'semi-opaque tights with a fine matt finish.'

The quality of the fabric used for the Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights is clear as soon as you remove them from the packaging. Consisting of 89% polyamide, 10% elastane (lycra) and 1% cotton, the material is very soft and smooth. First impressions were also that the tights appeared to be quite generously sized and long in the leg

These tights are sheer to waist, with no demarcated brief. The flat seams are strong and superbly constructed. The 2cm waistband is very comfortable, and on closer inspection has a reinforced section next to the seams. It's those details that make Falke a brand that is step up in quality from others. The finishing on the toe seam is also very well done.

A very positive feature of all the Falke tights I have tried is the generous size of the brief. This is also the case with the Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights. The brief fits comfortably above the waist. The extra large size I tested has a rear comfort panel. All other sizes have a cotton gusset.

The Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights are almost completely matt in appearance, with just a slight sheen when the light catches them.

Fit and sizing

The Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights are available in small, small/medium, medium, medium/large, large and extra large.



At the TheTightSpot.com just the small/medium, medium/large and extra large sizes are currently available. Other retailers might stock a larger range of sizes.

I tested the extra large size and as soon as I put them on I knew they were going to be a good fit. These tights have plenty of stretch and would fit a person taller than my 5'10". As always, the sizing information provided by Falke is accurate.

Although these tights are 50 denier, in appearance they are slightly more opaque than I expected. Although they are matt tights, the glide under trousers is excellent, with no catching or snagging.

The fabric in these tights clings like a second skin. They are exceptionally comfortable to wear.

Colour range

At the TheTightSpot.com the Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights are available in Black and Anthracite, a shade somewhere between brown and grey.

I tested a pair in Anthracite.


A wider range of colours may be available at other retailers.

Price and availability

The Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights cost £14.95 at TheTightSpot.com. This seems quite reasonable as the price is higher at most other retailers.

Conclusion

I have written previously at Hosiery For Men about the superb quality of Falke hosiery. The Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights are no exception. The fit and comfort are excellent. The matt appearance makes them suitable for wear under trousers instead of socks.

These tights would be great choice for cooler days when thicker opaque tights might be too warm. 

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for your reviews but I would really appriciate a picture of your wearing them so we can see what they really look like.
    A review without pictures of the tested product is pretty useless as one can't visualy see what you talking about.
    You can just take a few pics of the leg, knee area and foot so it's possible to determend the color and thickness of the hose.

    //Manylon

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  2. I recently purchased a pair of these same tights, from barenecessities.com.

    Your review here is spot on. Prior to this purchase, I was almost exclusively attracted to Wolford, but this purchase really turned me on to Falke.

    One thing I do note, though, is that I would have liked to see some additional reinforcement in the toe area. Unfortunately, these tights developed holes in that area shortly after use (maybe the fifth or sixth wearing). Luckily, I don't wear peep toe shoes, so I'm actually able to continue wearing them in spite of the holes (I have tried to fix them, or at least stanch the tearing).

    All in all, though, they have become one of my favorite tights, and I definitely look forward to buying more Falke.

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  3. Very good and thorough review. The point made by ChicagoHose is an important one, that being durability. Falke does not seem to employ any toe reinforcement, at least there is no mention of it on the packaging and no visible signs of reinforcement. One would expect this on tights priced so high. I noticed this with the Pure Matt 100 and submitted a suggestion to them on providing some toe reinforcement in future productions. Meanwhile, I'd read somewhere that women often apply clear nail polish on toe seam areas to help reduce holes occurring. I think that may be good to do if a matte finish nail polish can be found (clear or black).

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