Sunday, 24 February 2013

Reviewed: Maximus 100 Denier Opaque Men's Tights

UK Tights are one of the leading online hosiery retailers in the UK. Commendably they have always catered for men buying tights for themselves.

They state that:

'Gender at UK Tights is not an issue, a large part of our customer base are in fact men and we welcome them. Whether you are looking for everyday tights or something for a special person or occasion, we will help you find the best quality products as well as providing a discrete and personal service.'

UK Tights used to sell the Gerbe men's tights, as well as the WoMan range of unisex tights. Both are sadly now discontinued. Luckily I managed to acquire several pairs of both before they became unobtainable. UK Tights now sell a range of styles from the Activskin brand.

UK Tights have now also developed their own Maximus brand of men's tights. These tights have been developed exclusively for UK Tights and are made to their specifications by an Italian hosiery manufacturer.

Currently there are two Maximus styles available: the 100 Denier Opaque Tights and the 70 Denier Footless Tights.

Materials and features

The Maximus 100 Denier Opaque Tights are described as:

'... the perfect outdoor tights for men. At 100 denier they are incredibly thick and keep you warm in sub zero temperatures. Ideal for anything that involves being outdoors, Maximus know that men leading an active lifestyle need the very best equipment, gear that won't fail them and that doesn't take up any of their time.'

The tights are quite robustly packaged in a silver card sleeve. Inside the tights are wrapped around a card rectangle and housed into a clear plastic bag.

The packaging doesn't provide any further information, part from some limited sizing information on the reverse.

These tights are made from 90% Nylon and 10% Elastane.

First impressions of the fabric are very positive. The tights feel soft, but the material is also quite dense and heavy. Opacity is excellent with a dense, even coverage throughout.

Legs are straight. Toes are lightly reinforced and rounded.

The tights are sheer to waist with no visible demarcation between the legs and the brief.

The brief is quite deep and generous. There is a gusset and a 4cm wide waistband. Seams are conventional.

Although these are marketed as men's tights, there are none of the customary additional features that some manufacturers provide such as a front comfort panel or fly opening. I can't see why the Maximus tights wouldn't also be suitable for women as well as men. They are quite similar to the Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights, which I have reviewed previously on Hosiery For Men.

Fit and sizing

The Maximus 100 Denier Opaque Tights are only available in one size: Medium/Large.

There is currently no sizing chart available on the UK Tights website, but I have been informed that this will be appearing shortly.

The Maximus tights fitted me really well. The high Elastane content means the tights mould themselves to your legs; there is no sagging or wrinkling.

Length was generous and I feel these tights would stretch comfortably for someone taller than my 5'10". The brief had plenty of room and stretched comfortably above the waist.

The Maximus tights are a very comfortable wear indeed. They are very soft against the skin and hold up well all day. Best of all they are very warm and perform superbly well in extremely cold temperatures. I have been testing them in the recent late February cold spell and the thermal properties are excellent.

Colour range

The Maximus 100 Denier Opaque Tights are available in Black only.

Price and availability

The Maximus 100 Denier Opaque Tights cost £9.95.


The Maximus 100 Denier Opaque Tights are a very decent mid-priced pair of men's tights. The fabric is good quality and they fit well. They will provide everything that most guys will be looking for in a pair of black opaque tights: fit, warmth and comfort under trousers, shorts or sports clothing. These tights are also hard-wearing and therefore represent good value.

The matt appearance, with only a slight sheen, means they can be worn with confidence instead of socks.

A review of the Maximus 70 Denier Footless Tights will be published shortly.

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  1. I can tell the bad points at once:
    not enough lycra,boring packaging,high retail price and its too warm.
    The manufacturer saves on lycra again; 2)spec "just for men" is confusing! what's inside? socks,stockings,tights,t-shirt,hold-ups or knickers?? add more info on the box -at least how many den.

  2. that's what is wrong with tights for men not enough color choices like women,s hosiery that,s why I buy ones made for women