Sunday, 25 January 2015

Reviewed: Tabio men's 80 denier tights

The leading Japanese hosiery brand Tabio recently sent us samples of their new 80 Denier Men's Tights and the 80 Denier Men's Leggings to trial and review.

The first review we now publish is of the Tabio 80 Denier men's Tights.

Material and features
The packaging of the 
80 Denier Men's Tights is very good quality. The tights are folded around a long piece of card and then wrapped in a cellophane envelope. Everything is then housed in a sturdy card box. The overall presentation is understated, classy and quite 'masculine'.

The packaging and presentation as clearly been carefully thought-through for the target market of male customers.

The packaging also provides product information, although this is in Japanese.

The Tabio 80 Denier Men's Tights are made in Japan. According to the Tabio website they are made from 90% Nylon and10% Polyurethane. I wonder if this means that they are 10% Lycra/Elastane.

The tights don't look particularly long when removed from the packaging, but they do have an excellent amount of stretch.

The fabric is soft and smooth and provides even opaque coverage. Opacity is very good but not total, as when the tights are stretched at the knee and thigh, one can still see leg hair.

Legs are straight. The toes are rounded, with no reinforcement.

The tights are sheer to waist apart from a wide band, knitted to a slightly thicker density, at the top of each thigh as it joins the brief.

The brief is quite deep and stretchy. At the front and rear, it has been designed to support the male anatomy with a panel on both sides with conventional seams. The front panel, which has been constructed with double fabric, has a well-designed fly opening. Where the two panels join under the crotch there is a well-engineered flat seam.

The waistband is 3cm wide and has been sewn onto the tights. It is very robust and provides good support.

Inside the brief there is a label (in Japanese), that provides washing instructions as well as other information.

Fit and sizing
TheTabio 80 Denier Men's Tights are available in a single M-L size.

According to the Tabio website the tights will fit the following dimensions:

Waist: 72cm (28") - 88cm (34")

Height: 160cm (5' 4") to 180cm (5' 11")

As mentioned above, these Tabio men's tights have lots of stretch.

The fit was excellent even though, at 5'10", I am almost at the limit of the M-L sizing.

The fabric fits on the leg really well with no wrinkling or bunching.

The brief is deep and comfortable, stretching comfortably above the waist and hips.

They felt extremely comfortable through the whole day that I worse them and needed very little pulling up or adjusting. The warmth and insulation provided were also very good.

Colour range

The Tabio 80 Denier Men's Tights are available in Black and Navy.

I tested a pair in Black.

Price and availability

The Tabio 80 Denier Men's Tights are priced at ¥ 1,728 (Japanese Yen)

According to the exchange rates at the time of writing this is equivalent to:

£9.79 (UK pounds)

€13.00 (Euros)

$14.67 (US dollars)

According to my communications with Tabio, these tights are currently available only in Japan. I will check with them regarding international delivery if ordered from the Tabio website. If they become available at Tabio stores in the UK and elsewhere I will also provide an update.

The Tabio 80 Denier Men's Tights are a very welcome addition to the growing range of men's tights that are now available.

It is notable that yet another well-established and high profile hosiery brand has decided to develop a range of men's tights and leggings. Tabio should be applauded for this decision and the range deserves to be successful.

These 80 denier men's tights are excellent quality. Perhaps the only improvement would be to provide flat seams throughout. The brief, in particular, has been designed specifically for men and ticks all the boxes for comfort and functionality.

It might also be a smart move for the tights to be available in a L-XL size, particularly if they are going to be marketed and sold in European and north American markets.


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