Thursday, 20 February 2020

Just arrived: NEW Aristoc 80 Denier Opaque Tights

As well as the new additions to the impressive Ultimate range of tights, Aristoc have also released some additional opaque styles.



They have sent us a pair of the new Aristoc 80 Denier Opaque Tights.


Review coming soon.

Reviewed: Hēdoïne THE STATEMENT 50 Denier Tights

We recently received some new samples from luxury hosiery brand Hēdoïne.



We have previously reviewed the following Hēdoïne styles:

Hēdoïne 20 Denier THE NUDE Tights (original review)

Hēdoïne 20 Denier THE NUDE Tights (updated review)

This review focused on the Hēdoïne THE STATEMENT 50 Denier Tights.

Packaging


It's been interesting to see how Hēdoïne's packaging has evolved. They have moved from a a blue card square that folds outwards, to the present version which I think is the most elegant, and environmentally-friendly so far.



Now the tights come in a 14.5cm x 14.5 card box. It's quite a hard, solid construction, and looks great with the Hēdoïne logo printed on the front.



The rear of the box has a small sticker that provides information on the style, yarn and sizing. It's all simple and stylish. Well done to Hēdoïne for not using any plastic in the packaging.



Inside the box, the tights are folded and placed in the box.



Materials and features


The Hēdoïne THE STATEMENT 50 Denier Tights are a limited edition style from Hēdoïne.

This is what Hēdoïne say about these tights:

"Indulging the ego? Perhaps a little. But truly, this is your statement, not ours.

"50 Denier, seamless, shaping and luxuriously soft, these are limited edition tights that make a statement."


What is it about the that makes them a 'statement' you are probably wondering by now.

Well, on one of the legs, 'Hēdoïne' has been printed in shiny gold lettering.



First impressions can be slightly deceptive as the tights looked really small for a Medium/Large size. The inside leg (measured from the crotch to the toe) was just 53cm. But these tights have, as we shall see, impressive stretch and elasticity.

Key features:

  • 50 denier
  • Seamless
  • A choice of a Low slimming 9cm waistband or High slimming 15cm waistband 
  • No gusset
  • Designed to ensure that there are no pressure marks, sagging or itching
The tights are made in Italy from 88% Nylon and 12% Elastane.

They feel very fine and soft to the touch. Appearance is matt.

As with all Hēdoïne tights, a Low or High Waistband is available. This review is based on the High Waistband style. The High Waistband is 15cm deep. Overall the brief in this version measures 24cm from the top of the waistband to the crotch. The brief has no gusset and is completely seamless (no centre seam).



Toes are rounded and have no reinforcement.




Colour range


The Hēdoïne THE STATEMENT 50 Denier Tights are available in Black only.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Hēdoïne THE STATEMENT 50 Denier Tights are currently available in a M/L size only.



Despite looking quite small, THE STATEMENT tights are really stretchy. You need to take some care putting them on, rolling them carefully to get the material evenly distributed on the leg and the high waistband in position.

Fit on the leg was excellent. The tights moulded themselves to my leg shape, and clung there with no wrinkling or sagging. They have that much sought-after second skin feeling.

Opaque coverage is what you would expect for 50 denier. They felt quite light and breathable. Very comfortable and smooth too.



The Hēdoïne signature High Waistband stretched comfortably over my waist and hips. I get a sense that Hēdoïne might have worked with their manufacturer to improve this feature. It certainly feels much more stretchy and comfortable than the one I trialled previously (THE NUDE tights). In THE STATEMENT the High Waistband was easily as comfortable as the the high waistband that is a key feature of Heist tights.


The High Waistband kept everything nicely in position and I found there is was no need to pull up adjust the tights during the day. Also, there was no roll over, which is something we all dislike.

Finally, from a male perspective seamless tights are definitely worth considering. There is no central seam and no double-seamed rare comfort panel. So the tights in this area mould nicely to the male anatomy with no discomfort that some guys feel from seams and gussets.

Price and availability


The Hēdoïne THE STATEMENT 50 Denier Tights are priced at £48.00 for either the Low Waistband or High Waistband versions.

If you take out a subscription to Hēdoïne tights, they come with a significant discount and will cost £38.40.

An alternative is to go for THE BOLD 50 Denier Tights. These come without the Hēdoïne gold lettering, and cost £28.00 for the Low Waistband version and £30.00 with the High Waistband.

Conclusion

The Hēdoïne THE STATEMENT 50 Denier Tights are a premium product with a twist.

The Hēdoïne gold printed lettering might not appeal to everyone, but if you wear them under your jeans or trousers no-one will see it.

A more economical 
alternative, of course would be the Hēdoïne THE BOLD 50 Denier Tights, which are cheaper, have no Hēdoïne lettering and which also come in three sizes: XS/S, M/L and XL/XXL. I would be keen to review these in the XL/XXL size.

Anyway, to sum up: THE STATEMENT tights provided a very nice, comfortable and enjoyable wearing experience. Great fit and feel, and the High Waistband and seamless feature make them something guys should try.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Reviewed: Maximus 200 Denier Opaque Men's Tights

UK Tights recently updated and expanded their range of tights for men.



Eight new styles have been added to the Maximus range of men's tights.



In case you missed it, here is our interview about the Maximus range with Dawn Barber, managing director of UK Tights.



We have already reviewed the following Maximus styles.

Maximus 70 Denier Footless Men's Tights

Maximus 100 Denier Opaque Men's Tights


This review will focus on the new Maximus 200 Denier Opaque Men's Tights.



Packaging

Packaging is simple. The tights are folded and then housed in a clear cellophane bag. Everything is then housed in the silver card envelope, with a cutaway window. All Maximus men's tights are packaged the same way.

Information on the packaging is minimal, with only a sticker that indicates the product and the size. This is the only way to differentiate Maximus styles.



Materials and features


This is how UK Tights describe this product:

"Maximus make some of the best items of leg wear for men, and one of the few brands of legwear that only make men's tights and nothing else. Here, Maximus has given us some amazing extra thick items, perfect for wearing in the harshest winter months. Originally, Maximus was made for outdoor pursuits and exercising in the great outdoors. Now they are returning to those roots with a brand new range of ultra opaque men's tights, perfect for the harshest outdoor conditions."


The Maximus 200 Denier Opaque Men's Tights are 200 denier. They are made from 95% Polyamide, 4% Elastane and 1% Polypropylene.



They certainly feel like a robust product, but to the touch they are also very smooth and soft.

The knit is dense and provides a complete opaque effect on the leg.

The Maximus 200 Denier Tights are completely sheer to waist with no demarcation between the leg and the brief.

The brief has a central seam that seams to be a hybrid of a conventional seam and flat seam. Externally it lies flat.

The depth of the brief is shallower than one might expect for men's tights, measuring just 24cm from the top of the waistband to the crotch. There is a gusset.



The 5cm-wide waistband is wide and stretchy.



Toes have a square finish and are not reinforced.



Colour range


The Maximus 200 Denier Opaque Men's Tights are available in Black only.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Maximus 200 Denier Opaque Men's Tights are available in two sizes at UK Tights: 
  • Small/Medium 
  • Medium/Large 
I trialled them in Medium/Large size.



This size chart provided by UK Tights is slightly confusing as the tights are available in just two sizes, not three. I worked out that Medium/Large would clearly be the best size for me, but this process could be made easier with a size chart that matched the actual sizing.

The tights provided a good fit. The material is stretchy and enveloped the legs really nicely. I loved the complete opaque coverage and the lovely smooth feel.

They felt warm and cosy.

Appearance is mainly matt with just a hint of sheen.



The brief stretched comfortably over the waist and hips, although some more depth would be welcome by most guys I feel.

I also liked how the tights moved with me, if that makes sense. The fit is so good on the leg, that you feel like you have a second (opaque skin).



Price and availability


The Maximus 200 Denier Opaque Men's Tights are priced at just £7.99.

Conclusion

Well firstly let me make a few observations:

  • There is nothing that really identifies the Maximus 200 opaques as "men's tights". For example, you might have expected a modified central seam to provide comfort for the male anatomy, or perhaps a much deeper brief (such as that routinely provided in almost all Wolford and Falke styles; this is why they work so well for male wearers).
  • The packaging could be improved with the use of a male model, so there is some idea of what the tights look like when worn.
  • These tights might well be a style designed for women that has been repackaged. It's hard to tell. Not that that is a major issue as tights are a unisex garment, and if the design and sizing is done right they can be worn by everyone.
Having said this, they are not by any means a poor product. I found them an extremely comfortable wear. If you want some warm tights, that fit well these certainly do what it says on the tin.

The price, at just £7.99, actually makes them a bargain.

More Maximus reviews coming soon.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Monday, 27 January 2020

Reviewed: Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Leggings

Here is our final review (at least for now) of items from the new Pretty Polly Eco-Wear range of tights, leggings and underwear.



For more background on the range, read our interview with Pretty Polly Product Manager Caroline Wright.

We have already reviewed the following:

Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Shorts

Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 70 Denier Tights

Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 40 Denier Tights

We now focus on the Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Leggings.



Packaging

Pretty Polly have created a new design for the whole of Eco-Wear range that uses recyclable and biodegradable packaging. There is no plastic used at all, apart from a small sticker. There is no plastic used at all, and the packaging is biodegradable and recyclable.

The Eco-Wear leggings come in a simple but sturdy card envelope.





Material and features


This is what Pretty Polly say about the Eco-Wear leggings:

"Pretty Polly introduces Eco-Wear, a sustainable range of hosiery, seamfree underwear and leggings made from the first biodegradable polyamide in the world. The yarn is also recyclable. Garments made with this innovative technology will decompose in approximately 3-5 years when properly disposed of in landfill, reducing their environmental impact."


"The new yarn has a beautiful softness and handle which gives the underwear a sense of luxury with balance and comfort combined. The garments are all individually designed for optimum comfort and fit, made to work with the body rather than against it, reinventing the way we think about underwear and movement."

"Great Seamfree Eco-Wear Leggings designed to move with you."



Pretty Polly Eco-Wear products will not biodegrade while you wear them. This process only happens when the item reaches landfill.

The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Leggings are made in Italy. The yarn is 93% Polyamide and 7% Elastane.

The Polyamide in the yarn is biodegradable, but the not the Elastane. Pretty Polly say they are currently working on that.

Like all the Eco-Wear garments we have reviewed so far, the leggings feel extremely soft.

The material has a dense, close knit which provides complete opaque coverage.

The waistband immediately drew my attention. It is 5.5cm wide withy a ribbed pattern and very stretchy.



The brief is completely seamless with no central seam. It is deep and sits quite high; measuring 27cm from the top of the waistband to the crotch.





At the ankle there is a 2cm cuff which is soft and elastic.



The only seam is a conventional one which runs under the crotch and down the inside of each leg.



Colour range


The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Leggings are available Black only.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Leggings are available in three sizes: Small-Medium, Medium-Large and Extra Large.



I wore them in the XL size.



Fit was absolutely perfect. As with the rest of the Eco-Wear range, Pretty Polly have got the sizing right.

The Eco-Wear leggings have plenty of stretch and would comfortably fit a person taller than my 5'10".

Fit on the leg was nice and close, with no bagginess or wrinkling.

The brief was wonderfully comfortable without any tightness or restriction. The waistband stretched comfortable above the hips and waist.

I wore the leggings with shorts, but they also worked superbly under jeans for extra insulation. A great alternative to opaque tights when it's really cold.

Price and availability


The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Leggings are priced at £20.00.

You can purchase them directly from the Pretty Polly website.

They also now available from Simply Hosiery Online.




Conclusion

Another great product from the Eco-Wear range. The Eco-Wear leggings work brilliantly as a unisex garment. They are super comfortable and at just £20 are a complete bargain.