Saturday, 14 September 2019

Just arrived: Platino 180 Denier Térmico (Thermal)Tights.

Spanish hosiery brand Platino have sent us a pair of their 180 Denier Térmico (Thermal) Tights.





They are part of Platino's Térmico (Thermal) range, that includes knee high socks, tights and leggings.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Heist Launch New Limited Edition Coloured Tights!

Heist, the brand renowned for reinventing tights has launched its signature bestselling The Fifty in four new colours.



Heist tights are seamlessly designed (no digging, sagging or rolling) without a gusset, and have an adaptive waistband that moves with the body for maximum comfort.

They are suitable for men as well. Heist have even provided a series of FAQs as guidance for men thinking about buying Heist tights.

You can also read Hosiery For Men's complete guide for men buying Heist tights, where you get detailed advice on sizing and links to reviews of the whole Heist tights range.

Four new colours are available: Ice Blue, Hot Pink, Navy Blue and Charcoal Grey.



Heist is promoting the new coloured tights with a "Big Tights Energy" theme.

Research in colour psychology has shown that exposure to colours such as pink and blue have a positive impact on mood; think cool, calm, playful, bold.









The Heist coloured tights are currently available in the High Waist version (which happens to be our favourite), and in five sizes.

They are priced at £22.00, with free worldwide shipping for orders above £50.00.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Just arrived: Platino 80 Denier Total Confort Tights

Just as the weather starts to turn seriously chilly, we send a big thank you to Spanish hosiery brand, Platino, for sending us some tights to review.



The first pair received are Platino 80 Denier Total Confort Tights.



The Total Confort 80 Tights are part of the Platino Total Confort range.

The central concept in this range is the design of the waistband, which has been designed to provide a high level of comfort without digging in, being too tight or leaving pressure marks.

The waistband on Total Confort Tights is adjustable, and can be positioned either on your hips or higher up around the waist. Therefore you have high and low waist versions in one garment.

  • 20 Denier Knee Highs
  • 50 Denier Knee Highs
  • 10 Denier Tights
  • 15 Denier Tights
  • 20 Denier Tights
  • 40 Denier Tights
  • 80 Denier Tights
You can read our review of the Platino Total Confort 40 Denier Tights, which we published recently.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Just Arrived: Aristoc Ultimate Seamless 15 Denier Tights (Updated Version)

Here's another new arrival from the Ultimate tights range from hosiery brand Aristoc.



Aristoc have sent us an updated version of the Aristoc Ultimate Seamless 15 Denier Tights.

They explained that they were not completely happy with the earlier version sent and have made improvements.



Key features of this style are:
  • No central body seam
  • Available in Nude and Black
  • Soft comfortable deep waistband
  • 15 denier natural matt appearance
  • Hand finished flat seams

Monday, 9 September 2019

Hēdoïne Launch New 50 Denier The Bold Tights

Luxury hosiery brand Hēdoïne are launching a new 50 denier edition of The Bold tights.



The Bold 50 denier tights are thicker and warmer, but have the softness and comfort that you expect from Hēdoïne.



Key features are:

  • Seamless
  • Black
  • Low or High waistband
  • Fine yarns for a soft feel
  • 70% Nylon and 30% Elastane

They are available in three sizes:
  • XS/S
  • M/L
  • XL/XXL
The M/L size will be available first.

Priced at £28 (Low Waistband) or £30 (High Waistband), they are now available for pre-order for mid-October.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Just arrived: Aristoc Ultimate 6 Denier Appearance Bare Tights

We have been featuring and reviewing most of the new range of Ultimate tights from hosiery brand Aristoc.



The range keeps growing.

Aristoc have sent us a pair of the Aristoc Ultimate 6 Denier Appearance Bare Tights to trial and review.



Key features of these tights are:


  • Deep comfort waistband
  • Sheer through body
  • 10 denier tight with a 6 denier appearance
  • Hand finished flat seams and cotton gusset
  • Sheer toes 
  • Colours: Light Nude and Dark Nude
Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large

Stay tuned for the review.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Sunday, 25 August 2019

New Marine Colour In The Comfort4Men C454M 90 Denier Luxury Tights

German men's hosiery brand Comfort4Men have now added another colour to their range of C454M 90 Denier Luxury Tights.



With cooler weather approaching, the C454M 90 Denier Luxury Tights for warmth and their excellent "sliding" properties when worn under trousers.



Five colours are now available including the new Marine shade.



The C454M 90 Denier Luxury Tights are available in high waist and low waist versions.

The feature a fly opening and the standard Comfort4Men black front gusset, designed for the male anatomy.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Reviewed: Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights

We are gradually reviewing styles from the new range of Ultimate tights from hosiery brand Aristoc



So far we have reviewed the Aristoc Ultimate Smoothing 15 Denier Tights and the Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights.

We now focus on the Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights.



Packaging

The Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights come in the new packaging that has been created for the whole of the Aristoc Ultimate collection. There is a uniform design aesthetic to the whole range.

The tights are folded around a card rectangle that provides information on the whole of the Ultimate range. 



This is then sealed in a plastic sleeve. Everything is then housed in an interestingly designed and unique card enclosure. Four triangular flaps open outwards to reveal the tights inside. 







Material and features

You may have noticed (if you check the Ultimate page on the Aristoc website) that there are several styles of 10 denier tights in the Ultimate range. In our last review we evaluated the Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights. At the end of this section we will try and summarise the key features and differences for compared to the style currently under review.

Here is Aristoc's description of the Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights:

"Exceptional softness and a beautifully smooth, matt appearance thanks to the special nanofibre yarns used to knot these tights and hold ups."

Unlike the Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights, which are made in Turkey, the Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights are made in Italy.

The yarn used is 64% Polyamide and 36% Elastane. The gusset is made from Cotton.

Once again, as with the 10 Denier Ladder Resist style, the tights looked very small once removed from the packaging. But any worries about this are soon dispelled as the stretch is very impressive indeed.

These tights feel exceptionally soft. One of the notable improvements that Artistic have achieved with the Ultimate range is definitely the feel of the tights. That's good that attention has been paid to this, as no-one wants to wear rough-feeling tights these days.

Here's another difference to the Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights: they are not sheer to waist, but have a slightly darker panty/body that is quite clearly demarcated from the leg.



Another of the significant improvements Aristoc have made with the Ultimate range is the upgrading made in waistband design. This style has what is described as a deep, comfort waistband. It is 7cm deep and very stretchy.



The body is quite deep, measuring 25cm from the top of the waistband to the gusset.



Seams are flat and very well executed. There is no finger band beneath the waistband, or any reinforcement either side of the central seam. The XL size has no rear comfort panel. There is a cotton gusset which has been designed to be breathable.

A welcome touch, which again reflects the quality and attention to detail of the Ultimate range, is an Aristoc tag sewn into the rear of the body.



Toes have very light reinforcement. which is barely visible.



Comparison with Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights

Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights:
  • Made in Italy
  • Not sheer to waist; reinforced panty/brief
  • 7cm waistband
  • Price: £13.00
Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights
  • Made in Turkey
  • Sheer to waist
  • 4.5cm waistband
  • Price: £8.00
Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights come are available in four sizes:
  • Small 
  • Medium 
  • Large 
  • Extra Large 


I wore the Extra Large size. 

Like the Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist, the tights looked quite small when removed from the packaging. But they have impressive stretch.

The 36% Elastane certainly provided a very close, tight fit on the leg and body. Like the 10 Denier Ladder Resist style they provide a "second skin" fit and feel. There is no wrinkling anywhere. Comfort level is excellent.

What I particularly liked about this style is that they are completely matt when worn, and also more or less invisible. You could wear the Nude colour with shorts and it would not be easy at all to tell that you had tights on.



Colour range

The Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights are available in just two colours: Nude and Black.

I wore them in the Nude shade.



Price and availability

The Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights are priced at £13.00.

They can be purchased directly from the Aristoc website.

Conclusion

This is our third review from the Aristoc Ultimate range and so far the quality of the tights in the collection is excellent. 

The 10 Denier Matt Tights have lots of positive features:
  • Flat seams
  • Superior fit with a very high Elastane content in the yarn
  • A very comfortable, deep waistband
  • Breathable cotton gusset
I wasn't quite sure why this style costs £5.00 more than the 10 Denier Ladder Resist version. I checked this with Aristoc and they replied that it is made with a higher spec yarn for a more luxurious feel on the leg. I wore both styles again to check this, and yes, the 10 Denier Matt does indeed feel softer and smoother than the Ladder Resist style. 

More Aristoc Ultimate reviews are on the way. Next up will be the Aristoc Ultimate 15 Denier Shine Tights

Friday, 2 August 2019

Reviewed: Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights

One of our favourite online hosiery and legwear retailers, The Tight Spot, recently sent us some hosiery from the Platino brand.


Platino are a Spanish hosiery brand founded in 1927.



We recently reviewed the Platino Cleancut 15 Denier Knee High Shiny Socks.

We now focus on the Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights, which are part of the range of shiny tights at The Tight Spot.

You can also find other styles of Platino tights at The Tight Spot.



Packaging

Packaging is quite simple snd standard. The tights are folded around a white card rectangle, then enclosed in a cellophane bag. Everything is then housed in a card envelope.







Materials and features


These tights are part of Platino's Total Confort range. The range includes:

  • 20 Denier Knee Highs
  • 50 Denier Knee Highs
  • 10 Denier Tights
  • 15 Denier Tights
  • 20 Denier Tights
  • 40 Denier Tights
  • 80 Denier Tights
The central concept in the Platino Total Confort range is the design of the waistband and the cuff on the knee highs. Both have been made to provide a high level of comfort without digging in, being too tight or leaving pressure marks.

The waistband on Total Confort Tights is adjustable, and can be positioned either on your hips or higher up around the waist. Therefore you have high and low waist versions in one garment.

The Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights are made from 88% Polyamide and 12% Elastane.

These tights feel extraordinarily soft and silky to the touch.

They are boarded with the legs anatomically shaped to the natural curve of the leg. They are sheer to waist.

The brief/panty is quite deep, measuring 28 cm from the top of the waistband to the crotch.
Seams are flat. The central seam has a 1cm reinforcement band on either side.

The size I trialled has a rear comfort panel.

A key feature of these tights is the waistband. It is much deeper than on most tights, measuring 12cm in depth.



Toes have very light, invisible reinforcement.

Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights are available in four sizes at The Tight Spot:

  • Medium II
  • Large III
  • XLarge VI
  • XXLarge IV


I wore an XLarge size.

Fit was good and just about right for my height. If you are taller than 5'10" my advice would be to move up to the XXLarge size.

Fot on the leg was excellent with no wrinkling anywhere! These tights provide a real second skin feel.

Opacity is even throughout, but not total given that they are 40 denier.

The silky sheen is very soft to the touch, and glide under trousers is excellent.

The brief/panty has good depth and the adjustable waistband stretched comfortably above the waist and hips. I had the waistband positioned higher above the hips and up to and over the navel. It was very comfortable and stayed in place.



Colour range

The Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights are available in two shades: Negro (Black) and Caresse.

I wore them in the Black shade.



Price and availability

The Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights are priced at £11.95.

Conclusion

These are the first tights from Platino that we have reviewed at Hosiery For Men. The 40 Denier Total Confort Tights didn't disappoint. They are well made, fit well, feel good when worn and look good too.

The adjustable waistband will be welcome by welcomed by guys for its flexibility.

For under £12.00 they are well-priced also. Perhaps a cheaper option to the Wolford Neon 40s.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Reviewed: Chaffree Ankle Socks

Chaffree, the underwear and hosiery brand that offers a range of seamless, sweat absorbing and chafe reducing garments for men and women, sent me several new items to trial and review.




I am really going to enjoy doing these reviews as Chaffree products are great quality, and I already own several of them. For underwear, they are my go-to brand.

We have already reviewed the Chaffree Men's Briefs and the Chaffree Men's Boxer Shorts.

We now focus on the Chaffree Ankle Socks. I decided to review these first as the weather is hot and this is the time of year most people, including me, wear ankle socks.



Packaging


The Chaffree Ankle Socks are packaged simply. The socks are held in place with a nicely-designed card clasp. A thin polythene sleeve encloses everything.

The packaging does provide very clear product information: product description, key features, sizing information and care instructions.





Materials and features


The Chaffree Ankle Socks are described as "a premium garment designed for comfort without any compromise."

"These friction-free comfort socks are an everyday essential. They have been designed for maximum comfort and sweat control. Made on seamless technology with 76% Coolmax® breathable fibre to wick away sweat, keeping your feet feeling fresh, dry and comfortable all day. The ankle lip will also help keep the socks in place so you don’t keep losing the sock down your foot/shoe when wearing."


Readers may not be familiar with COOLMAX®. It is a specialist performance wicking fabric which aims to keep the skin cool and dry. The use of COOLMAX® fabric is one of the key features that makes Chaffree products unique.

CoolMax fabric is breathable with an inbuilt moisture management system that keeps users dry and cool when they start to perspire. The COOLMAX® fabric moves and transports perspiration outside of the body where it quickly evaporates thus reducing the skin to irritation and other attributes that cause the skin to chafe, leaving you to get on with your life in comfort and confidence. COOLMAX® fabric also has anti-bacterial qualities.



The Chaffree Ankle Socks are made from 76% Polyester (COOLMAX®), 22% Polyamide and 2% Elastane.

Let's take a closer look at the impressive features of these ankle socks. You are probably already realising that they are not the pack of 5 for £5 that you can pick up on market stalls and lower end department stores!

This graphic from Chaffree summarises what you are getting.



I will comment particularly on the following aspects:
  • The ankle lip and soft grip cuff are particularly notable, and probably quite unique ankle sock features. The ankle lip is very useful for keeping the sock in place. 
  • The cushioning, as you can see in the graphic, extends across the whole foot to include the heel, toe and insole. 
  • They are anatomically shaped for the feet. 
There is a real attention to detail here. You can see that the whole concept of the ankle sock has been thought through, with design features created to provide maximum comfort.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience 

The Chaffree Ankle Socks are available in five sizes:

  • S: UK shoe size 4-5
  • M: UK shoe size 6-7
  • L: UK shoe size 8-9
  • XL: UK shoe size 10-11
  • 2XL: UK shoe size 12-13


I wore the ankle socks in the XL size. My actual shoe size is 10.5 (European 45).

The Chaffree ankle socks feel soft but they also really quite robust. They definitely don't feel like those cheap and thin cotton ankle socks that you can buy everywhere.

They are very easy to put on. I didn't find that they had a huge amount of stretch. But I realised that they didn't need to as Chaffree have got the sizing spot on.

I have quite wide feet and a high instep, but the fit was really perfect. It was almost like a pair of socks had been bespoke crafted just for my feet.



Because the fit was so good, the wearing experience was excellent.

Firstly these ankle socks definitely do stay in place. There is no need to take your shoes or trainers off during the day, and pull the sock up and back into position.

Secondly the cushioned fit is really noticeable and extraordinarily comfortable.

Lastly they are really effective at managing moisture. I wore them with trainers on a day with almost 40 degree heat, and my feet stayed cool. The breathability is very effective.



Colour range

The Chaffree Ankle Socks are available are available in five colours: 

  • Jet (Black) 
  • Arctic (White) 
  • Blue 
  • Dark Grey 
  • Light Grey 


I wore a pair in the Jet (Black) shade.

A mix of colours is available if a pack of three or pack of five is ordered: 

  • The three-pack dark colours pack is made up of one of each of the following colours: Black, Dark Grey and Blue. 
  • The three-pack light colours pack is made up of one of each of the following colours: White, Light Grey and Blue. 
  • The five-pack colours pack is made up of one of each colour: Black, Dark Grey, Blue, Light Grey and White. 

Price and availability

The Chaffree Ankle Socks are priced depending on what kind of order you make.

An individual pair of socks (pack of 1) is priced as follows:

  • UK size 4-5: £6.59 
  • UK size 6-7: £6.59 
  • UK size 8-9: £6.59 
  • UK size 10-11: £6.99 
  • UK size 12-13: £6.99 
A pack of three socks is priced as follows:
  • UK size 4-5: £17.79 
  • UK size 6-7: £17.79 
  • UK size 8-9: £17.79 
  • UK size 10-11: £18.87 
  • UK size 12-13: £18.87 
A pack of five socks is priced as follows:
  • UK size 4-5: £28.01 
  • UK size 6-7: £28.01 
  • UK size 8-9: £28.01 
  • UK size 10-11: £29.71 
  • UK size 12-13: £29.71 
Postage is FREE OF CHARGE for all UK orders over £60.00.

For international customers shipping costs are calculated and displayed in your shopping cart during the order process.

Conclusion

Firstly, thanks to Chaffree for sending the sample of the Ankle Socks.

There are several things I would like to say about the Chaffree brand, having been connected with them for some time now. 
  • New products are released slowly, once they are ready and meet what seem to be exacting quality standards. 
  • Customer service is second to none. You really feel they are paying personal attention to you. Feedback is always valued and if you are a regular customer you get discounts and special offers. 
  • The garments are exceptional value for money given the quality. 
This last point applies to the Chaffree Ankle Socks that we have reviewed here. If you buy the larger packs of three or five, they are tremendous value. For example, with a pack of five the cost works out at less than £6.00 per pair.

Each time I have tried a Chaffree product I have ended up ordering more later. I will be getting more of these so take that as a recommendation from me.

To get more information and news on Chaffree products, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also contact Chaffree via their website. The owner of the brand, Amanda Whaley, will happily answer any questions you might have.

More Chaffree reviews are on the way.