Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Guest review: Kunert Fly & Care 40 Tights

We are delighted to receive another guest review from George, a Hosiery For Men reader.

Introduction


Released in collaboration with global airline Lufthansa, the Kunert Fly & Care 40 is a graduated support Class 3 product aimed at those who spend considerable time travelling, or indeed prolonged periods of standing or seated. Kunert have a range of support tights, and as a frequent long-haul traveller I opted to try these given their input from and endorsement by Lufthansa.



UK Tights, who sell these tights, described them as follows:



"Kunert are proud of their long and dynastic history of superb and creative designs. Kunert take their German design heritage to heart and they do the name proud. Now their most revolutionary product has come to UK Tights. Fly & Care is the absolute best product for caring for your legs. The graduating compression, reinforced panty, supported toe and comfort heel are all designed brilliantly to keep your legs feeling superb for 24 hours. Kunert originally, if you'll pardon the pun, piloted their new design with Lufthansa, the German airline. The crew of their long-haul flights couldn't have been happier with them. These are now used by a whole host of airlines as uniform, and the durability and constant care and attention they give your legs is astounding. There's no better item for the occasion."






I purchased four pairs, two of each in the colour Teint and Marine in the XL/V size which comes with a rear comfort panel. To anyone unfamiliar with the Kunert products the ‘teint’ colour is very close to that of Cosmetic by Wolford, so a nice subtle fair skin shade and very unobtrusive. The material is a blend of 81% Polyamide with 19% Elastane.

Packaging

The tights are nicely presented, as you would expect from one of the leading brands of hosiery, wrapped around a card insert placed within the outer envelope, the rear of which details wearing instructions, which is then placed inside a cellophane bag.





Features

On removing from the packaging you are immediately aware of the nice tactile feel of the material – as is the case in many of the higher quality support tights, these are fully boarded and featured a very well-constructed reciprocated heel to aid in positioning and also protect against wear, I have a shoe size of 11 and the foot section fits me perfectly in the XL size without squashing my toes.



The tights also feature a deep and comfortable comfort waistband of 4cm that prevents the tights from digging in or rolling, I find that they require no adjustment during wear and in so doing provide an altogether very comfortable wearing experience. Seams are flat throughout, and there is a comfort panel in this size rather than a traditional gusset.

There is a reinforced band at the top of each leg as the tights transition to the heavier knitted section of the brief.





Appearance

Being semi-opaque (they are 40denier) these tights provide an even degree of coverage, although generally matt in appearance they can have the very slightest soft satin sheen in direct light.

Wearing experience

Being 5’11” and of large build I find that the XL/V size is true to the description on the Kunert size chart with very good leg length, with a very soft and comfortable brief that has enough stretch to fit comfortably at or above my waistline.

The material is very robust and I have no pulls in them after multiple wears and washes.

Quite often it can be a challenge, to say the least, in putting on support tights but with the aid of a toe section that is not constrictive and the heel which certainly helps placement for putting them on further up the leg, I found these remarkably easy to put on. The instant that you put on these tights you are very much aware of the support factor which goes on to provide a gentle and unobtrusive wearing experience throughout a very long day (I have worn these on 15 hour flights with great benefit) to the point that you are inclined to forget that you are wearing support tights at all.

Summary

Another wonderful functional product from Kunert.

I purchased them from UK Tights where they retail for £21.99.

UK Tights also sell other products in the Fly & Care range:

Kunert Fly & Care 40 Knee Highs

Kunert Fly & Care Men's Cotton Knee Highs

Kunert Fly & Care Cotton Socks

Kunert Fly & Care 40 Denier Hold Ups

The Fly & Care 40 Tights are priced very well for the quality presented and the durability of the product and I highly recommend them.

More men really should be wearing support hosiery to help prevent varicose veins and aid the circulation in their legs amongst other noted health benefits.

Heist + Tights Launched Today!

It's the 15th November and we have some special news to share. Heist, the brand that has revolutionised the tights scene, has launched Heist + tights.



Since Heist tights were launched in 2015, Heist has redefined how tights can feel and wear — and rapidly evolved from a fashion editors’ favourite, to become the go-to tights brand for discerning women (and many men too!) around the world.

We have already reviewed several tights in the Heist range at Hosiery For Men, including:

THE EIGHTY 80 Denier Opaque Tights


THE FIFTY 50 Denier Opaque Tights

Our review of THE THIRTY tights is in preparation and will appear shortly.



The range of tights developed by Heist were created after an extensive consultation exercise with the aim to develop the perfect pair of tights.

Heist tights feature four signature design features:

1. A waistband that moves when you move. You can choose between two waistband heights: Low, to sit on your hips, or High, to hug your waist

2. The softest, stretchiest, sleekest yarn. 5000 spirals of nylon are wound round every inch of elastane.

3. Seamless design and no gusset. There is no centre seam either. Heist removed both and instead use a 3D technique to knit a single tube, from toe to toe.

4. Tights redesigned from top to toe (seam). Heist say that they spent hours wondering why the last part of the tights is always the first to ladder (not to mention the uncomfortable rubbing). Their solution is to tuck the toe seam underneath the foot.



Whatever gender - Heist tights are for everyone


Heist have taken a gender inclusive approach to marketing tights, which perhaps reflects that 10% of Heist's customers identify as male.

Heist state in their marketing concept:

WE DON'T MAKE TIGHTS FOR PERFECT BODIES. WE MAKE PERFECT TIGHTS FOR EVERY BODY.



Heist +


Heist + tights are launched today.

After an extended period of consultation and testing, Heist opaque tights in THE FIFTY and THE EIGHTY styles are now available in UK sizes from 16-24. They are only available in the high waist versions.

This is excellent news for all guys who generally will need a larger size range and who might have problems finding tights that fit them.





If you are a guy and want to try Heist + tights you also need to know the following:

  • All the Heist + sizes will extend to heights of 6'4"
  • The high waist waistband is particularly suitable for men as it can sit above the waist and hips, and will comfortably accommodate men who are likely to be thicker at the waist. The high waist waistband will also stay in place and not roll down.
  • The seamless design provides additional comfort for the male anatomy - there are no central seams or rear comfort panels that often feature in extra large tights sizing.
  • THE EIGHTY opaque tights provide an excellent level of opaque coverage which will hide leg hair and provide smooth, even coverage on the leg.
  • Heist tights work well with shorts, and can also be worn under jeans or trousers.


We are convinced that Heist + tights are going to revolutionise larger sizing in hosiery.

Heist also offer a #FirstPairPromise to all new Heist customers. This means that if the tights don't feel perfect, we will happily exchange them within 28 days of purchase for a different size - or if you simply don’t like them you can request a full refund.

Guys, it's time to try them.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Reviewed: Gipsy 8 Denier Cooling Matte Luxury Tights

Hosiery For Men readers will know that Gipsy Tights are a brand that we have trialled and reviewed with some frequency.



The lovely people at Gipsy care about their male customers and are always keen to send us samples for review.

This review focuses on the Gipsy 8 Denier Cooling Matte Luxury Tights



Packaging

The Gipsy 8 Denier Cooling Matte Luxury Tights are packaged conventionally, but with a design uniformity that runs through most of Gipsy's output.

The tights are folded around a plain card rectangle, which is then wrapped in a cellophane bag.

Everything is then housed in a card envelope.





Material and features


These tights are made from 90% Nylon and 10% Elastane.

They are marketed as "perfect legwear for hot weather" and feature a special "cooling breeze" yarn that aims to let air circulate and keep the legs cool.

The yarn feels very silky and soft to the touch and this is one of the standout features.

The appearance on the leg is mainly matte although the tights do have a slight noticeable shine.

The tights are sheer to waist. There is a barely visible reinforced brief with a gusset. Seams are conventional and in the XL size there is no rear comfort panel.



Toes are reinforced.



There is a 3cm wide waistband.



Fit, sizing and wearing experience


The Gipsy 8 Denier Cooling Matte Luxury Tights are available in four sizes:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • XL
I trialled the XL size.


The size chart indicates that these tights will fit up to 5'10" and this is accurate. That is my height and they stretched to accommodate my size well.

Once on, I was impressed with how comfortable these tights felt on the skin. They are really smooth and sensual, and this gives them a wonderful glide under trousers.

The high Elastane content enables them to hold to the legs with no sagging or wrinkling anywhere.

The brief also had plenty of room and stretched comfortably over my waist.

In appearance they provide smooth even coverage. For 8 denier, they seem remarkably robust.

Colour range


The Gipsy 8 Denier Cooling Matte Luxury Tights are available in two shades: Black and Natural Glow

We trialled a pair in the Natural Glow colour.

The image below is an accurate representation of the shade.



Price and availability


The Gipsy 8 Denier Cooling Matte Luxury Tights are priced at £6.00.

Conclusion

Gipsy always seem to hit the sweet spot balancing quality and value.

For just £6.00 the Cooling Matte Luxury Tights have to judged as excellent value.

Fit is good, the yarn is quality and for a modest price you get a touch of hosiery luxury on your legs.

Introducing Socktights

Socktights is a hosiery brand with a difference - tights with a sock attached.



Socktights were created by founder Shelby Mason, who spent years traveling for business wearing tights with boots. She used to layer socks over tights - often they were typically men’s white tube socks stolen from her father.



The inspiration to create Socktights came when Shelby was on a business trip. Here is what happened in her own words:

"I made my way through a long security line in the company of a very engaging and handsome man. Rockin' my short dress, tights and boots and feeling like I had some "game," I expected to continue our banter on the other side of TSA.”

“Unfortunately, the look on the gentleman's face when I slipped off my boots to expose my ugly pair of white ‘man socks’ put an end to that idea. He was gone in a flash and I was left feeling embarrassed and not quite as cool as I thought I was a few minutes earlier. During the flight I wondered ‘why a gal can’t have a stylish, quality tight combined with the comfort of a sock, all in one?’ By the time the plane landed, the idea for Socktights was taking off.”


After this encounter, the idea of tights with a sock attached immediately headed to the top of her "to do" list.

Socktights, and the sister product Bootights, look like a good product for men.


Firstly look at the size chart and check the generous sizing options available.



Secondly, as already described, these are tights with a sock attached. Many are likely to be wearing their tights with boots and this will provide an additional layer of durability. With shoes, the opaque styles will appear as socks with the tights part less visible - an advantage for guys who wish to wear tights stealthily.

Of course the attached sock will provide extra comfort and cushioning also.

Socktights provide further benefits for the feet:

  • The arch support hugs the foot for added compression
  • The moisture-wicking yarns keep feet cool and dry
  • A mesh ventilation zone helps feet to breathe
  • The float toe seam prevents annoying "tight toe"

There are currently eight styles of opaque Bootights available:




And there are three styles of Socktights



Socktights have a slightly different feature - an attached footliner sock to keep feet comfortable.



Our picks from the range are:

The 201 Core Essential Tights that come in Jet and Heather shades.



The Madison Sheer Rib Tights available in the Jet shade.



The Draper Herringbone Tights that come in a mixed Jet/Heather shade.




We hope to publish a Socktights product review soon. Stay tuned!

You can connect with Socktights on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Just arrived: Andrea Bucci Extra Wide Comfort Top Opaque Knee Highs

Andrea Bucci is a completely new hosiery brand to us.



When UK Tights suggested we might want to try their tights and hold ups, of course we agreed.




And today we received a pair of the Andrea Bucci Extra Wide Comfort Top Opaque Knee Highs to trial and review for Hosiery For Men readers.



Stay tuned for the review.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Reviewed: I SEE YOUR LEGS tights

We recently published a feature on the new hosiery brand from Denmark: I SEE YOUR LEGS



They sent Hosiery For Men samples to review of I SEE YOUR LEGS tights in both the Black and Nude shades.




After trialling these tights we are pleased to publish our review.

Packaging


As you can see in the photos, there is something very unique about the packaging for I SEE YOUR LEGS tights. Yes, it's the so-called GOLDEN BAG which the brand identify as a unique feature.

The concept behind the GOLDEN BAG is to have a small, non-bulky way to house I SEE YOUR LEGS tights so that they can be carried easily, in your bag or pocket.

The weight is minimal.

The bag itself is laser cut and opens easily with a light pull on the strip at the top.

The concept is certainly a first in the hosiery industry from my knowledge and experience.



Inside the bag the tights are carefully folded around a small card, which provides washing instructions and information on a contest.





Material and features


If you check the materials and specification for I SEE YOUR LEGS tights, you will see that this is a brand that has invested a great deal of into ensuring that this product is top quality.

These are 20 denier tights - the yarn is 88% Polyamide and 12% double-covered LYCRA®. The aim is to create a high-end product that is durable, but which also feels soft and silky.

The tights are sheer too waist, and fully boarded (ironed into the shape of the leg).

Seams are flat throughout and expertly engineered.





The waistband is 4cm wide and is strengthened further with a 4cm finger band which sits below it. There is an I SEE YOUR LEGS tag attached inside the waistband.





Sizes 1 to 4, have a cotton gusset.

Toes are reinforced - another welcome feature that enhances durability.

Sizing, fit and wearing experience


I SEE YOUR LEGS tights are available in five sizes:

1 - XS/S

2 - S/M

3 - M/L

4 - L/XL

5 - MAXI

This review is based on our trial and assessment of the size 4.

The size 5 (MAXI) is currently out of stock but once it is available, we will publish a further review or update with our evaluation of this size. The 5 - MAXI size will have a rear comfort panel.



With my 177cm height I was pretty much at top end of the size 4 sizing, but still within the specified range. So it was good to see that the tights had plenty of stretch when I put them on.

The 12% Elastane/Lycra in the yarn provides an exceptionally snug and comfortable fit.

You can really feel that luxurious Italian-made quality that you get with the higher end products that are manufactured there.

The tights really stay in place nicely and even provide a light compression feeling.

The waistband is particular comfortable and stretches to accommodate the waist and hips without any digging in.

Appearance on the leg is mainly matt, but there is definitely some shine there when the tights catch the light.

Colour range


I SEE YOUR LEGS tights are available in two colours: Black and Nude. We trialled both colours.



The Nude colour is soft neutral beige colour. More cream than tan. It is similar to the Marmot shade of the Wolford Satin Touch 20 Tights.

The Black shade is a deep, dark midnight black when folded but appears lighter (as you would expect for a sheer tight) on the leg.



Price and availability


I SEE YOUR LEGS tights are priced at €15.00.

They are available directly from the shop on the I SEE YOUR LEGS website.

Conclusion

It is always a pleasure to check out and trial a new brand of tights from a male perspective. The I SEE YOUR LEGS tights did not disappoint.

From a quality point of view, these tights have the features that you would expect from the most prestigious European brands.

The wearing experience and fit was great, and I loved the feeling of wellbeing these tights provided to the legs.

The packaging is also unique and innovative. Perfect if you ant to take extra tights to work or in an overnight bag.

I hope to try the 5 - MAXI size soon as I feel that sizewise that might just be the perfect fit for me, and would provide more room and overall comfort.

At €15.00 I SEE YOUR LEGS tights are heading for premium hosiery territory, but they are also competitively priced compared to the most prestigious European brands.