Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Reviewed: Silky 140 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights

Legwear International has provided Hosiery For Men a large selection of samples to trial and review for our readers.

We have already published reviews of the following styles from Legwear International:

Couture Future 10 Denier Tights

Cindy 30 Denier Semi-Sheer Tights

Silky Dance Shimmer Full Foot Tights

Silky Medium Support Tights

Couture Ultra Gloss Tights

Couture Ultra Sheer Tights

We also published a feature on Legwear International and an interview with Kirsten Taylor, their Product Development and Marketing Manager.

We now turn our attention to the Silky 140 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights.

Materials and features
The Silky 140 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights are described as:

"A Wardbrobe MUST HAVE for colder days. These gorgeous tights are ultra comfy and give the leg full coverage."

The tights are packaged in a simple card enclosure.

These tights feel really thick and soft but, surprisingly, are not overly heavy in weight. They are made from 93% Polyester and 7% Elastane. The inside of the tights is lined with a very soft fleece, that is very warm and comfortable on the skin.

The tights are very opaque; the fabric having a dense weave.

Seams are flat throughout. Toes are reinforced and rounded.

The brief/panty has a rear comfort panel. The waistband is a 4cm wide. There is a reinforcement band running around the top of each thigh, so the tights are not completely sheer to waist. However, when worn this band is really invisible and can only be seen on close inspection.

Fit and sizing

The Silky 140 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights are available in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large and X Large.

I tested a pair in X Large.

In terms of comfort, these were very nice, comfortable tights to wear. Soft against the skin and warm without causing overheating. Worn on a very cold day, they provided very good insulation.

The brief/panty could have been deeper for me.

Although the tights have plenty of stretch, I did find that they were pretty much at full stretch to accommodate the length of my legs. I am 5'10", yet the X Large size only just fitted me, and that was with a fair bit of stretching.

Colour range
The Silky 140 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights are available from Legwear International Black only.

Price and availability
These tights are priced at a very reasonable £5.49.

This is a really good product from Silky. Fleece tights are becoming more and more popular, and there is evidence that men are buying them in place of traditional long underwear.

I liked the dense opaque fabric and the soft, warm fleece lining. These are great tights to wear as an additional thermal layer. They would definitely keep you much warmer than traditional long johns, with the added advantage of no bulk and a sleeker fit. For men working outdoors in very cold weather, or engaged in outdoor sports and other activities, these tights would be ideal.

However, the X large size did not provide quite enough length for me. The brief also needed to be deeper.

If Silky created a version of these tights that catered for heights of up to 6'1" that would definitely be an improvement. With further modification the central front flat seam could also be shorter, so that the a male front pouch could be created. With a deeper brief as well, these tights would be perfect. I can't see any reason why Silky could not then market them as 'men's thermal fleece tights.'

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