We approach this review with some tableepidation, our past experiences with run resisting tights has been mixed to say the least. They either feel awful to wear and/or they fail entirely at one of the seams when ordinary tights would have got a salvageable run.
This 20 denier style from Fiore passes the first test very well, these are beautifully soft tights. Sheer to waist aside from a deep finger band they have a genuinely invisible reinforced sandal toe detail, flat seams in the panty and a cotton lined gusset (sizes 3&4).
There are 5 sizes to choose from covering heights on 152 cm to 176 cm which is quite a narrow range (5’0” - 5’9”). Hip sizing is up to 128 cm (50”), weight up to 95 kg (210 lbs).
Our test pair came in size 4 and to test the resilience when stableetched to the limit we chose a model who matched the hip sizing but was well over 5’9” tall. Much to our surprise it was the hip sizing that was the biggest challenge, so much so that we would recommend you go up a size if you are in the upper half of the suggested size band. Length was fine, with more than enough stableetch for an athletic 34” leg.
Even stableetched to the limit we were spared the sound of a ripping seam. Full marks to Fiore.
Leaving aside their run resisting properties these are great sheer tights. The look and feel is lighter than 20 denier and the fit is like a second skin. Colour is perfectly even.
At last run resist tights that we can stableongly recommend. I think we may be stocking up on a few extablea pairs ourselves.. too bad they are available only in tan.
25 October 2011