Saturday, 9 May 2015

Reviewed: Cecilia de Rafael Daily Active 200 Den Men's Knee Highs

The Spanish hosiery manufacturer Cecilia de Rafael sent us a really bumper selection of samples to trial and review.

As well as a great selection of tights, they also sent a pair of the Daily Active 200 Den Men's Knee Highs.

Material and features

The Daily Active 200 Den Men's Knee Highs are described by Cecilia de Rafael as follows:

Cotton socks for gentlemen and ladies. Strong compression especially recommended for daily use in all types of jobs. Long trips, many hours standing or sitting, as well as deep treatment for circulation problems. Its continual use improves circulation and prevents greater problems.

These knee highs are part of the Cecilia de Rafael Graduated Compression range.

Material and features
Packaging is similar to Cecelia de Rafael tights. The knee highs are folded around rectangular card, which is then enclosed in a folded over card with product information in various languages. Everything is then housed in a cellophane sleeve.

Interestingly, the card inside highlights various Cecilia de Rafael tights. Perhaps that is a conscious decision to increase awareness of them with male customers.

The Daily Active 200 Den Men's Knee Highs are made in Italy. They are 59% Cotton, 31% Nylon, and 10% Spandex/Elastane.

The knee highs feel like a really quality product. They are anatomically shaped to fit the foot and lower leg. The sock is therefore wider in the upper calf, and then tapers towards the ankle.

The top of the knee high is finished into 4cm wide comfort band.

Both ankles and toes are reinforced.

Stitching throughout is top quality.

In appearance they are very dense opaque, which provides total coverage. They are matt with just a hint of shine when caught in the light.

Sizing and fit

The Daily Active 200 Den Men's Knee Highs. are available in six sizes: T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6.

The 'T' stands for 'talla', the Spanish word for size.

I tested the T5 size, which corresponds to shoe size 44-45.

The product description states that these knee highs provide strong (18-21mmHg) compression.

One has to take time and care to put them on. That is quite a slow process as the compression in the lower area is really strong, and one needs to be careful and patient to gradually stretch them over the foot and then onto the leg.

Once on, the T5 size was a great fit for me both on the foot as well as the leg.

The knee highs stretched to just below the knee. The look was quite smart and elegant.

Comfort level was excellent and these knee highs left my legs feeling energised. I spend a lot of time working at my desk and these were definitely a support.

I employed a test that I used before when reviewing the Wolford Long Distance men's Knee Highs: I wore just one knee high for several hours and then compared with the bare leg. The leg with the knee highs was much less fatigued.

Colour range

The Daily Active 200 Den Men's Knee Highs are available in three colours: Brown, Black and Grey.

I tested the Negro (Black) shade.

Price and availability
At the time of publishing this review, we had no information on price or availability. We will provide more information when we have it.


The Daily Active 200 Den Men's Knee Highs are a very high quality product indeed. The features are excellent: reinforced toes and heels, and excellent graduated compression.

However, the real story is in the wearing experience and on these grounds I couldn't find any fault at all.

They are extremely comfortable and would be a good choice for men who need leg support because of their occupation or health need.


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