Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Reviewed: Oroblu Different 80 Opaque Tights

Stockings HQ sent us a pair of the Oroblu Different 80 Opaque Tights to review for Hosiery For Men readers.

Different is a new range from the Italian hosiery brand Oroblu. Stockings HQ also stock the Oroblu Different 15 ultra comfort sheer tights. The full Different range also includes Different 40 tights, Different 15 knee-highs and Different 80 knee-highs.

Materials and features

The Oroblu Different 80 Opaque Tights arrive in the high quality packaging that one expects from a premium brand such as Oroblu. The tights are wrapped around a high quality card that provides more information on the Different range, and are then enclosed in a plastic sleeve. Everything is then enclosed in a robust card envelope. the rear of the packaging provides further product and sizing information.

The Oroblu Different 80 Opaque Tights are made from 92% Polyamide and 8% Elastane.

Stockings HQ provides the following product description:

'The Different 80 denier tights give you maximum opaque coverage, for day or night, but the ‘difference’ comes in the numerous enhanced features. A slimming waistband that doesn’t dig in, a brief that follows your figure and contours the torso, legs that are shaped to cling, an invisible toe with intricate stitching that won’t rub, and a foot that remains in position. In classic black, these sublime quality Italian tights are the height of style, and will fit like no other hosiery you own.'

One can tell that this Oroblu style is top quality as soon as you remove them from the packaging. The fabric is beautifully soft with even matt coverage.

Seams are flat throughout. There is a cotton gusset.

Legs are shaped to provide a fit that follows the natural contour of the leg.

The brief is deep and comfortable, and it is in this area that Oroblu have developed a remarkable innovation. The waistband is higher at the back than normal, to follow the body shape more comfortably. The waistband is 9cm wide at the back and 5.5cm wide at the front. The aim of this design innovation is to ensure the waistband sits higher, but to also provide support without digging in and to stay perfectly positioned at all times.

Fit and sizing

The Oroblu Different 80 Opaque Tights are available in four sizes: S, M, L and XL. I tested the XL size.

The XL size was simple perfect for my 5'10". The fit was quite exceptional.

These tights are just so comfortable to wear. The fabric moulds itself to the legs with a snug fit at every point.

However it is the brief and waistband that is most impressive. The wide waistband sits comfortable above the hips, at a higher point than usual. If you are wearing the tights under jeans or trousers, as I do, be prepared for the waistband to be more visible than you are used to.

The waistband is easily the most comfortable I have ever experienced. There is no rolling over, just smooth support that keeps the waist and the tights in place. I found that the tights needed hardly any pulling up or adjusting even when worn all day.

Glide under trousers is very good despite the tights having very little sheen.

Colour range

The Oroblu Different 80 Opaque Tights are available in Black only, and that is also the shade that I tested.

Price and availability

The Oroblu Different 80 Opaque Tights are available from Stockings HQ for £15.50.

Delivery from Stockings HQ is free in the UK if you spend more than £50.00.


The Oroblu Different 80 Opaque Tights are the best opaque I have so far tried from Oroblu. I was really impressed with the Oroblu Chantal 120 Denier Opaque Tights that were reviewed recently. The Chantal are also a superb product and have a similar wide waistband, although slightly less wide than the Different 80 style.

The Chantal also have heavier opacity and are much warmer. The Different 80 has a lighter feel and is perfect for cooler days.

The Different 80 are really a faultless product and the technical and design team at Oroblu deserve praise for a genuine innovation in tights design.

It would be great to have the Different 80 in a wider range of colours: dark brown and charcoal shades would be a very welcome addition.

Recommended unreservedly.

1 comment:

  1. HiI would like to know if this fits well hidden leg hair. thanks