Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Reviewed: Ela David 20 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 kindly provided Hosiery For Men with samples of the range of men's tights made by the Czech manufacturer Ela.

Our first review was of the Adam 64 Denier Men's Tights. We now focus on the Ela David 20 Denier Men's Tights.

Materials and features

The Ela David 20 Denier Men's Tights are packaged in a cellophane sleeve, wrapped inside a card liner. They are described 'a basic 20 denier sheer men's tights.'

These tights are made from 97% Polyamide and 3% Lycra.

Although described as 'basic', these tights are very good quality. The fabric is very light and extremely soft and smooth.

Seams are flat and the toes are reinforced. The waistband is 3.5cm wide and very comfortable.

The tights are not sheer to waist, but have a reinforced brief. There is a rear comfort panel and male centre panel.

The fabric also includes treatment with 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 Ela David 20 Denier Men's Tights are available in three sizes: L, XL and XXL.

As with the Adam 64 Den tights, 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. The tights have plenty of stretch. Although they have a quite low Lycra content, the fabric clings well to the legs and there is no wrinkling or bunching. The brief has plenty of room and the male centre panel, or 'front gusset', functions well in supporting what it is designed for.

The Ela tights are mainly matt in appearance but glide was pretty good under trousers.

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

I tested a pair in Beige.

Price and availability
The Ela David 20 Denier Men's Tights are available from ACTIVtights for US$4.99.

ACTIVtights ship products worldwide.


I was quite surprised at the good quality of the Ela David 20 Denier Men's Tights. They are not expensive but have clearly been designed well, and with men in mind.

The fabric is lovely to wear and is very comfortable. If you need a good pair of men's sheer tights these definitely do the job.

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