Monday, 3 February 2014

Reviewed: Marks and Spencer Bodysensor 60 Denier Opaque Tights

We recently published a feature on a very positive experience of shopping for tights at the famous British department store Marks and Spencer



The Autograph 100 Denier Luxury Satin Touch Tights have been a great purchase and a review will be published soon.

Hosiery For Men is very pleased to publish a guest review from 'astringman' of the Marks and Spencer Bodysensor 60 Denier Opaque Tights.



Materials and features
Wanting to explore more of what is available from Marks and Spencer, I decided to try the Bodysensor 60 range.

Marks and Spencer provide the this description of this style:

"These 60 denier opaque tights are a winter must-have. Our Body Sensor™ technology is designed to keep you warm when it's cool, and cool when it's warm."


These are available in packs of three for £8 and, despite the low price, are a high quality, Italian-made product.


The Bodysensor tights are made from 88% Polyamide, 11% Elastane Lycra and 1% Cotton.



The product description is accurate and the material is very soft. Despite being 11% Lycra, there is surprisingly little sheen. Experience with earlier (British-made) versions available a year or so ago made me choose the X Large size again. This time the leg length is far more generous and practical.

These tights have a reinforced toe and smooth, flat seams.

There is a comfort waistband and a cotton gusset.



Fit and sizing
The Marks and Spencer Bodysensor 60 Denier Opaque Tights are available in four sizes: Small, medium, Large and X Large.


I tested the X Large size.



These tights fit heights up to 5'10" in the X Large size. Sizing information is accurate as I had no difficulty getting a good fit. They would even fit someone slightly taller than 5'10" I feel.

There is a good amount of stretch and the brief was really deep and comfortable.

There is very little leg compression, despite the Lycra/Elastane in the knit, and these tights may wrinkle slightly in places like the knee and ankle.

The leg length and, thence, slightly more relaxed fit is probably responsible for the better performance of this design on me. I'm 1.75m tall and weigh 65kg.

Dealing with larger sizes is probably where the specialist suppliers for men have a role, notably Glamory. High street suppliers focussed on the female market cannot satisfy that sector. Thus, I'm aware that this style will be a solution for only part of the male population.



Colour range

These tights are available in a range of colours other than Black.

I chose the 'Navy Mix' selection pack of three pairs, which include a pair each of black, navy and dark brown.

The black-only pack features the same product and quality.

Price and availability

The Marks and Spencer Bodysensor 60 Denier Opaque Tights are available in a pack of three pairs, priced at £8.00.

Conclusion

This product is very well made and incredibly good value for money.

These are simply the best tights I have ever worn. They are light and warm and there is none of the cool clamminess you sometimes get under trousers. The opacity on the leg is excellent but is '60 denier' on the calf.

My only objection is the label, which had to be carefully removed as this was *not* smooth and soft! Clearly, there is no tailoring for men but the 'astring' can provide the equivalent support.

So do what I've done, stock up - you can afford to at this price!

(I have no affiliation with M&S and all the samples were bought by the reviewer)

6 comments:

  1. I have tried these. My experience is rather different. I found them rather ill-fitting, cheap in feel, and priced correctly - cheap in price and feel. Silky Soft 40denier are far better under trousers and the Autograph equivalent excellent. However, the tights I mention are £6 so horses for courses. Try also Jasper Conran 60 denier tights from Debenhams. £8, but brilliant.

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  2. The Silky Soft 40 denier are indeed excellent with a lovely glide under trousers. Stay tuned for an Autograph review. Feel free to submit a review of the Jasper Conran tights. We would love to hear more about them.

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    1. Happy to submit several reviews but not sure how!

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  3. Email us at hosiery4men@gmail.com and we will provide further information.

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  4. I think these tights are of good quality and great value. I will be buying more. This link will take you to me wearing petrol coloured 60 denier body sensor M&S tights.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/128262564@N05/16605374971/

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  5. I bought a pair of 60 denier petrol coloured M&S bodysensor (large) last month and have worn them for work several times. They are a good fit, I am 5ft 10", and they very comfortable. I have been wearing them with a shortish skirt and ballet flats, please see photo @
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/128262564@N05/16605374971/

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