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.

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