Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Reviewed: Ela Adam 64 Denier Men's Tights

I recently published a feature on ACTIVtights, a men's hosiery store that is part of the growing number of retailers selling men's tights.

ACTIVtights sent me a selection of tights for men made by the Czech manufacturer Ela.

Our first review is of the Adam 64 Denier Men's Tights.

Materials and features

The Adam 64 Denier Men's Tights are packaged in a cellophane sleeve, wrapped inside a card liner.

My first impressions were positive: the tights were a really good length. This is clearly a product designed and made for men.

These tights are made from 70% Polyamide microfibre and 30% wrapped Lycra.

The fabric is extremely soft and smooth, and with very good opacity. The coverage is very even, including those areas where it is stretched more.

Seams are flat and there is a comfortable 2cm waistband. Toes are reinforced. The tights are not sheer to waist, having a reinforced brief and a reinforcement band at the top of each thigh. The demarcation, however, is not very visible when worn.

The tights have been designed with both a rear comfort panel and a male centre panel or 'front gusset' according to the manufacturer.

According to ACTIVtights, material also includes:

"TEXSILVER microcapsules, which are gradually released in contact with the skin, ensure preventive action against the feeling of heavy legs, promote blood circulation and inhibit the formation of edema."

Fit and sizing

The Adam 64 Denier Men's Tights are available in three sizes: L, XL and XXL.

Although I am 178cm in height (5'10"), I choose the XL size and I am glad as I am sure the L size would have been a bit too small.

The fit was excellent. There is plenty of room in the legs and crucially the brief has plenty of depth.

This is the first time I have tested Ela men's tights with the 'front gusset', or male centre panel. The feature works really well: the male equipment is very comfortably supported.

The tights have a slight sheen to them. Glide under jeans was excellent.

Colour range

These tights are available in just two colours: Black and Beige.

I tested a pair in Black.

Price and availability

The Adam 64 Denier Men's Tights are available from ACTIVtights for US$9.00.

ACTIVtights ship products worldwide.


These are well made men's tights, robustly constructed and well-designed. The fit is excellent and they are very comfortable to wear. The high Lycra content makes for a close and comfortable fit with little wrinkling or sagging. 

Although opaque tights, they are quite light and not too thick. This makes them a good choice for wear under trousers on cooler days without overheating. I think these tights would be great for hiking or cycling.

They retail at a very reasonable price also and are therefore recommended.

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