Saturday, 21 June 2014

Reviewed: Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights

I purchased a pair of the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Opaque Tights from online hosiery Mayfair Stockings.

Mayfair Stockings is an award winning luxury hosiery boutique and state that they "are one of the most desirable and trusted hosiery and lingerie suppliers in the world." 

I have actually bought the Falke Seidenglatt 70s previously in different colours, but I wanted to try the Black shade as well as provide a proper review for Hosiery For Men readers.

Materials and features
Mayfair Stockings describe the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Opaque Tights as "one of the most popular and elegant available. They are extremely soft, smooth, comfortable to wear, and have a subtle shimmer. As well as being sheer to waist, they also have a reinforced toe and flat seams."

They are packaged in the usual Falke card sleeve that is enclosed in a clear plastic envelope. The tights are wrapped around a card featuring other Falke styles.

First impressions on removing them from the packaging confirm what I already knew: these are a wonderfully soft, smooth, opaque tight. You immediately feel the quality of the fabric and knit..

The 70 denier fabric has a dense knit, and provides a smooth, even opaque coverage.

The tights are made from 95% Polyamide and 5% Elastane, according the the packaging information. However, according to Mayfair Stockings the yarn is 90% Polyamide and 10% Elastane.

The tights are sheer to waist. Toes are very slightly reinforced, but this is almost invisible. Seams are flat throughout and made with to usual Falke quality standard.

The waistband is 2.5cm wide. The V/Extra Large size that I tested has a rear comfort panel.

The tights have a slight shiny finish. I wouldn't describe as shiny opaques; the description used by Mayfair Stockings, a 'subtle shimmer', is very accurate.

Fit and sizing
The Falke Seidenglatt 70 Opaque Tights are available in Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.

I tested a pair in Extra Large.

These tights fitted me just perfectly. The material has plenty of stretch and would easily extend further for a taller person (sizing information indicates that the V/Extra Large size will fit up to 6'0".)

The Seidenglatt 70 tights feel absolutely luxurious on the leg.

The brief, like all Falke styles I have tested, is deep and provides plenty of room for men. They are certainly not a low-rise style, which I don't favour. The waistband will stretch comfortable over the hips and waist.

The subtle sheen of the fabric of these opaques provides a good glide, so they are an excellent choice of opaque to wear under trousers.

Colour range

The Falke Seidenglatt 70 Opaque Tights are available from Mayfair Stockings in the Black shade only. This was the shade that I tested.

However information about this style on the Falke website indicates that the following shades are also available:

  • Marine 
  • Platinum
  • Brenda 
  • Anthracite
You may find other shades available from other retailers.

Price and availability
The Falke Seidenglatt 70 Opaque Tights are available from Mayfair Stockings for £17.90.

The Falke Seidenglatt 70 Opaque Tights are one of the very best Falke products that I have tried. The quality of their hosiery is so good, it is hard to make any criticism at all.

Sure the price is higher than most high street and supermarket opaques, but for the better quality you get it is more than worth it.

You could buy 3-4 pairs of basic opaques for the cost of the Seidenglatt 70s, but they certainly wouldn't last as long nor be the superior wearing experience you have with this style. I have two pairs I bought previously (in Brenda and Marine shades) and they are still wearing well.

These Falke Seidenglatt 70 Opaque Tights are just supremely comfortable and an affordable luxury. Every man who wears tights should have a pair of these in his wardrobe.

Highly recommended.

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