Monday, 5 November 2018

Reviewed: Draper 50 Denier Herringbone Tights By from Socktights

Socktights is a hosiery brand with a difference: tights with a sock attached.



You can read our profile on Socktights and founder Shelby Mason here. Socktights is the new brand name for Bootights.

We previously reviewed the Darbys Knee-Hi Boot Socks by Socktights.

We now focus on the Draper 50 Denier Herringbone Tights.



Packaging


The Draper 50 Denier Herringbone Tights are packaged simply. The tights are folded into a simple card clasp. The packaging provides a range of product information, including:

  • Advice on removal from the packaging
  • Sizing information
  • Wearing tips
  • Detailed product information
  • The tights have a rectangular cardboard insert inside, which needs to be removed.


Materials and features


The Socktights website describes the Draper 50 Denier Herringbone Tights as:

"50 Denier herringbone design with attached performance sock."


I was grateful for the advice provided to remove the cardboard insert carefully. To do this you have to fold the card lengthwise and then ease it out gently. I am glad I did this as I found that the herringbone leg part of these tights was more delicate than expected and could snag quite easily.

The Draper 50 Denier Herringbone Tights are premium tights with a control top, attached to a performance sock.

Socktights creator Shelby Mason provides more information on the Draper 50 Denier Herringbone Tights in this video:



This review will describe the three different elements of the tights: The control top (brief), the leg and the performance ankle sock.

Control top


The control top is jet black.

Seams are conventional rather than flat. There is a gusset.

The brief aims to provide tummy control.

The waistband is 4.5cm wide and is described as "super soft, non-rolling and comfortable."



Leg

The herringbone leg pattern is a classic one and starts high on the leg. The colour is a mixture of charcoal grey and black.

This section is made from 78% Nylon, 12% Spandex and 12% Polyester.





Performance ankle sock




The sock has been carefully designed with comfort and performance in mind. Key features of the design are:

  • Extra cushioning in the tow and heel where it is needed most
  • Moisture wicking fibres to keep feet cool and dry
  • Compression arch support to hug the feet for a contoured fir
  • A strategically placed mesh zone where the sock sits on the instep to provide additional breathability and ventilation
Particularly impressive is the engineering and stitching that attaches the leg to the foot. The yarns in both sections are different, but this has been expertly executed and I couldn't see any obvious weaknesses in the manufacture.





Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Draper 50 Denier Herringbone Tights are available in four sizes:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D


We trialled these tights in size D.

You need to take some care putting these tights on. You tell which way round they need to be from the position of the heel. It takes a little time to get the sock into position and rolled over the foot, and then you must carefully pull and shape the tights onto the leg. Once in position, the first impression was "wow, these feel quite amazing!!"

The sock easily fitted my UK 10.5 shoe size (US 11.5; Euro 45). The sock is very comfortable and significantly more cushioned than your average sock. I wore the tights with boots and the breathability was indeed excellent. Not only that button a very cold day they were nice and warm.


The sock also helps the tights to fit snugly inside your boots with no sliding about, and no risk of tears, ladders or other damage.

The fit of herringbone leg was superb, a real second skin. The tights feel really smooth and luxurious.

The control top/brief is very stretchy and you can fit it well above the navel if required. In appearance the brief looks like a conventional 50 denier black opaque tight. The brief, although designed to "control" is actually quite light in compression. There is certainly no constriction or tightness on the lower belly.

Overall the wearing experience was very good indeed. These tights give your legs a real hug. They look pretty amazing too.

Colour range


The Draper 50 Denier Herringbone Tights are available in Jet/Heather shade.



Price and availability


The Draper 50 Denier Herringbone Tights are priced at $28.00.

They can be purchased directly from the Socktights website.

The website also allows you to search for local retailers and stockists.

Conclusion

This is our second review of a Socktights product. Our next review, of the 50 Denier Core Essential Control Top Tights, will appear soon.

The standout positives of the 50 Denier Herringbone Tights are:

  • The attractive herringbone pattern, which is a good style for men.
  • The comfortable sock, which is perfect for wearing with boots. There is no slipping, sliding around that you get when you normally wear tights with boots. And furthermore the tights will last longer as they are less likely to catch and get damaged by any rough edges on the inside of your boots.
  • The deep, comfortable brief
  • Overall functionality and performance
Recommended.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Reviewed: 80 Denier Opaque Black Tights by Snag

Snag Tights sent us a pair of their 80 Denier Black Tights to trial and review for Hosiery For Men readers.



Snag tights are branded as "tights that fit".

This is how they explain the unique aspect of the Snag brand.

"For too long, women have had to put up with tights that just don't fit. And we're not just talking about plus size - this is a problem for big women, small women, short women, tall women. Finding tights that actually fit - the struggle is real.

"There's a very simple reason for this, but hardly anyone knows it. Its this - all tights are the same width. The only difference between different sizes of tights is the length of the legs. Until now."


Well, all this would apply to guys who buy tights too! This is one reason why we are drawn to plus size ranges as well as finding tights with wider width and a more generous length.

Snag have set out to make tights with genuinely different sizes, which genuinely different sizes, which means they vary in height, width and around the waist.

Packaging

The Snag 80 Denier Tights arrived in very simple packaging - the tights are folded and wrapped in printed tissue paper.







The downside of this is that there is no product and sizing information on the packaging. On the other hand, this is very environmentally friendly and cuts down enormously on waste, including plastic.

Material and features


Neither the packaging nor the Snag website provides information on the composition of the yarn used. It would be useful if this is added to the website information.

The tights feel velvety soft. They are made in Italy and that is invariably an indicator of quality hosiery.

Key features of the Snag 80 Denier Tights are:

  • 80 denier
  • Sheer to waist with no demarcation between leg and brief
  • Cotton gusset
  • LYCRA® 3D technology
  • Flat seams in the brief
  • Reinforced toes


The waistband is 3.5cm wide and knitted from a stronger fabric to provide support without sagging, rolling or digging in.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Snag 80 Denier Tights aim to be different by varying in height, width and around the waist.

The size guide provided enables you to chose the correct tights for your height and body shape.



There are seven sizes to chose from:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F
  • G
I chose size E based on my height 5'9" plus. I checked this with Snag and they agreed that it would be an appropriate choice.

You can see that the sizing is also based on women's dress sizing which is somewhat opaque and confusing for guys. Perhaps Snag can address this to make sizing decisions more accessible to male customers.

These tights are a dream to put on - the additional width and stretch in the calf and thigh means there is no tightness or construction there. But at the same time the Lycra/Elastane mix in the yarn helps them to fit really snuggly on the leg with no wrinkling or bunching.

They feel really smooth and silky. Under trousers the glide is excellent.

Appearance is mainly matt with a slight shine. Opacity is even, although at 80 denier there is not a complete blackout effect.

The brief is really nice and deep - an important factor for lots of guys. You can pull it up with ease over the navel. It's pretty much a high waist style.

I trialled the Snag 80 Denier Tights on a recent work trip to a very cold Scandinavia. They were comfortable throughout, worn under trousers, and provided an affective layer of insulation without any extra bulk. They also stay up well without constant readjustments.

Colour range

The Snag 80 Denier Tights are available in five colours:
  • Black
  • Mustard
  • Slate
  • Burgundy
  • Navy
We trialled a pair in Black.






Price and availability

The Snag 80 Denier Tights are priced at £6.99.

There are also some generous discounts:

10% off for 3 or more items
15% off for 5 or more items
25% off for 10 or more items

Shipping is free if you spend over £15.00.

For international customers Snag Tights currently charge a flat rate of £5 for deliveries to Europe and £10 to the rest of the world.

Conclusion

The Snag 80 Denier Tights are definitely a good option for guys who need more room in the calf and thigh area. You will find these tights to be exceptionally comfortable.

I definitely think larger guys also should give them a try. The option to have greater width as well as good length and stretch is admirable.

For just £6.99 the Snag 80 Denier Tights are certainly a decent bargain also. You get tights with LYCRA® 3D technology for a great fit, plus flat seams.

If the Snag website can improve information on sizing for male customers that would be welcome. Also it would help to have a more explicit statement of inclusivity that Snag tights are for all genders.

Thanks to Snag Tights for the sample. We look forward to publishing a more detailed in-depth interview and feature on them shortly.

You can follow Snag Tights on Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Just arrived: 80 Denier Opaque Black Tights by Snag

Snag Tights have just sent us a pair of their 80 Denier Black Tights to trial and review for Hosiery For Men readers.







We have heard positive things about Snag Tights, who are mentioned in this just published overview by HuffPost Finds:

How To Choose The Perfect Pair Of Black Tights: We Put Them To The Test

Snag get a great write-up for size inclusivity.

Stay tuned for our review.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Reviewed: Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights

UK Tights provided Hosiery For Men with a sample of the Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights to trial and review.







The Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights are part of the Heritage range at Le Bourget. All of this range as well as a selection of other Le Bourget hosiery can be found at UK Tights.

The Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights seem to be the leg support/leg compression version of the Le Bourget Heritage Luxe 60 Denier Tights, although there are a number of significant differences, which we will cover soon is a separate blog post.

Packaging

The Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights are nicely packaged. The tights are folder around a card enclosure with images of the whole Le Bourget Heritage collection. They are then packaged in a cellophane sleeve, and housed in the outer packaging which is a sturdy card envelope.









Material and features


The Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights are described as "opaque support tights for healthy legs dressed with a satin touch."

The yarn is 83% Polyamide and 17% Elastane.

Key features are:

  • 60 denier
  • Sheer to waist with no demarcation between leg and brief
  • Cotton gusset
  • Flat seams 
  • Shaped foot
  • Fully boarded (ironed to shape)
A standout feature is the 6cm wide waistband.



A further quality touch is a Le Bourget tag sewn into the rear of the waistband. This is actually very useful as these tights have a shaped foot, and this tag assists in ensuring that you put them on the right way round.

At 60 denier, the opacity is dense but does not provide a completely blackout effect.

The yarn is very soft on the skin and has a definite satiny shine.

Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights are available in four sizes:
  • T1 - Small
  • T2 - Medium
  • T3 - Large
  • T4 - X Large


We trialled these tights in the T4 - X Large size.


As with most support tights, one needs to take a little longer and a bit of care when putting them on. The feet and lower leg sections have noticeable compression. Le Bourget describe the compression level as "medium" and this feels about right. It's certainly not a light compression feeling, as the benefits on the lower legs can be felt almost immediately.

The T4 size was excellent and the sizing information is accurate.

The high (17%) Elastane content provides a very snug fit indeed. Once on, these tights
 provide a total second skin feeling on the leg, with no wrinkling or bunching. They have loads of stretch.

The brief is deep and comfortable. The wider than usual waistband holds the tights in place comfortably. I wore the tights twice for long periods and there was no digging in or constriction.

The overall wearing experience was excellent. These tights provide a real feeling of wellbeing to the legs if you are standing, sitting or out and about for long periods.

Colour range


The Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights are available in Black only.



Price and availability


The Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights are available form UK Tights for £19.99.

Conclusion


The benefits of compression or support hosiery can be enjoyed by men as well as women. If you have circulation problems or travel long distances then you should really consider trying them.

These Le Bourget Heritage 60 Denier Activ'Legs Tights are a medium to high end product (from a pricing perspective), but the superb design and finish makes them a good buy at just under £20.00. The pricing compares favourably with the Wolford Travel Leg Support Tights, which we have previously reviewed.

The Le Bourget Activ'Legs are pretty robust and would stand up to some intensive travel.

Le Bourget also make 30 Denier Activ'Legs semi-opaque tights, which are also available from UK Tights. These have a 44% Elastane content in the yarn and are described as having strong compression.

Thank to UK Tights for the sample and the great support they provide to Hosiery For Men. They are a retailer we confidently recommend for their range, customer service and commitment to supporting men who wear tights.

Friday, 19 October 2018

The Benefits Of Compression Hosiery According to The Tight Spot

Online hosiery retailer The Tight Spot have published a very informative piece on the benefits of compression hosiery on their blog.


Benefiting From Compression Hosiery Whilst Staying On Trend! provides a succinct summary of why compression hosiery is good for leg health:

"The pressure created aids swelling and fatigue, reduces the chances of blood clots and helps to prevent varicose veins. Furthermore, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potential debilitating and life-threatening disease, with an annual incidence of one to two per 1,000 people. Whilst compression tights are not a cure for varicose veins or DVT, doctors often recommend compression tights or stockings to improve circulation, stop varicose veins from getting worse, and reduce pain or discomfort."
The blog post summarises all the key reasons why compression hosiery is helpful for exercise, travel and as everyday work wear.

It links to the wide selection of compression tights available at The Tight Spot.



Our pick are the Wolford Velvet 66 Leg Support Tights.



These are available in all sizes up to Extra Large.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Updated Wolford Hosiery For Men webpage

Here is some great news for guys who are fans of Wolford tights and leggings.



Wolford have comprehensively updated the "Hosiery for men" section of the online shop.

The page is easy to navigate to under the 'Hosiery' link on the left hand side of the page. This takes you to a redesigned page with an original piece of art showing guys wearing Wolford tights and leggings with shorts. The look is smart and contemporary.



Wolford are of course well-placed to understand the specific needs of men in relation to hosiery. They were one of the first brands to create tights for men, when they launched the iconic "Waist Socks' in 1998.



On the updated page Wolford explain their pitch to male customers:

"As one of the first hosiery brands to create tights for men, we understand a man's unique needs when it comes to tights and leggings. Find below a selection of our legwear designed with men in mind. These products are ideal for sports and other outdoor activities due to their comfort and warmth. All of the legwear listed below come in sizes large enough to fit your needs.

"Once you have decided on a pair you will be directed to its unique page where it will appear with a female model. Rest assured that the tights have been designed to address specific male needs in comfort and function."


Six styles of tights have leggings have been chosen as being particularly suitable for men:

Fatal 50 Tights

Pure 50 Tights Check the Hosiery For Men review



Velvet Sensation Leggings

Velvet 66 Leg Support Tights Check the Hosiery For Men review



Velvet 66 Leggings

Velvet 100 Leg Support Leggings

Stunning New Oroblu AW2018 Collection Now Available At UK Tights

UK Tights have just announced the arrival of the AW2018 Collection from Oroblu. There are some really stunning tights here to check out.







We particularly like the look of the following styles:

The Oroblu Graphic Full Hub Tights



The Oroblu Graphic Loop Tights



And above all these amazing Oroblu Graphic My Plaid Tights









There are three colour styles available: black with green, brown with pink, and blue with red.

Really impressive.