Monday, 4 November 2013

Reviewed: Maximus 70 Denier Men's Footless Tights

UK Tights are one of the leading online hosiery retailers in the UK. They have always catered for men buying tights for themselves and also have a men's tights section of their website.



You can still read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of our feature on UK Tights and our interview with managing director, Dawn Barber.

UK Tights have developed their own Maximus brand of men's tights. These tights have been developed exclusively for UK Tights and are made to their specifications by an Italian hosiery manufacturer.



We have previously reviewed the Maximus 100 Denier Opaque Men's Tights.

We now focus on the Maximus 70 Denier Men's Footless Tights.



Materials and features

The Maximus 70 Denier Men's Footless Tights are described as:

"The perfect combination of thermal coverage and mobility. Maximus' Footless Tights are designed for men who lead an active lifestyle and need something to perform perfectly without having to think about it. Footless tights are the answer to that problem. The removal of the foot makes for more maneuverability and feels like you're wearing nothing, but the thickness of the garment and it's insulation effect stays just as powerful. Maximus designs just for men, for outdoor pursuits, for every day wear, for anything you need. Their designs have to do what they're made to do perfectly and this new product does just that."




The tights are packaged in a silver card sleeve. Inside the tights are wrapped around a card rectangle and housed into a clear plastic bag.

The packaging doesn't provide any further information, apart from limited sizing information on the reverse.



These tights are made from 90% Nylon and 10% Elastane.

The fabric feels soft and warm. The weave is much less dense and heavy than the Maximus 100 opaque (footed) tights.

Opacity isn't total. Where the material is more stretched, as in the thigh area, it looks more like a 40 or 50 denier tight.

The tights are sheer to waist apart from a 4cm-5cm reinforcement band at the top of the thigh where is joins the brief area.

The brief is deep enough (just), and less generous than the Maximus 100 tights. There is no gusset, despite the information on the UK tights website. The waistband is also narrower at just 2cm. Seams are conventional.





Fit and sizing
The Maximus70 Denier Men's Footless Tights are available in one size only: Medium/Large.
There is currently no sizing chart available on the UK Tights website or the packaging.

This Maximus style fitted me well. The fabric clings well with no wrinkling or bunching.

Length was good for my 5'10" height but I am not sure that they would suit a much taller person.

I also found that the brief while comfortable, could have been more generous. It stretched less above the waist than the Maximus 100 opaques, and was veering slightly towards a low rise style.

Wear was very comfortable. The Maximus footless tights provide less warmth than the 100 denier footed style and are therefore more comfortable under trousers on cool, as opposed to very cold, days.

Colour range
The Maximus 70 Denier Men's Footless Tights are available in Black only.

Price and availability

The Maximus 70 Denier Men's Footless Tights are priced £8.95.

Conclusion

The Maximus 70 Denier Men's Footless Tights are perfectly decent, basic men's opaque tights. If you want to go for a footless style this winter these will serve you well and I am sure they would be quite hard wearing.

However, they don't have any of the usual features that one expects in tights made for men. For example there is no front pouch or panel for the male anatomy. As explained above, I also felt that the brief could have been slightly more generous.

If I was going to get some really top quality footless opaques this season I would probably go for the Falke Cotton Touch Footless Tights, available for £19.99 from UK Tights.

UK Tights also sell the Activskin Thermofabric Opaque Full Support Men's Tights With Fly. These are priced at £34.99 and come in Medium, Large and X Large sizes.

For those with a more limited budget the Kunert Warm Up Opaque Footless Tights at £9.99 look like a good buy. I haven't tried these but the reviews on the UK Tights website are all positive with a five star rating for almost all reviewers. One male reviewer commented: 'Top quality tights I'm a 6'2 man not a lightweight at 16 stone, size 5 fitted perfectly - I'm sure they would fit someone even larger with ease! Well recommended I'm ordering more very soon.'

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