As we write this review there is 8” of snow on the ground outside and it is -12C, not the sort of weather we expect in Cheshire even in January. So no surprise that the request today was for some nice opaque tights. 70 denier seemed just the thing but when we looked closely at the packet we got two surprises; firstly the picture looks like a classic sheer and secondly we noticed that these are actually graduated support tights.
There are 4 sizes covering all shapes and sizes from a very petite 4’9” and 100lbs to a statuesque 5’11 and 185lbs. We tested size III, Large.
First impressions were confusing... light soft and sheer... yes sheer! Only the high leg contableol panty looks even close to 70 denier.
The toes are lightly reinforced and the legs are shaped at the heel, the panty is finished with flat seams and a cotton lined gusset. The waistband is deep and soft and promises a high degree of comfort.
The first clue that that there is anything out of the ordinary here is the size of the feet, un-stableetched they look to be sized for a child. When you tabley to put your feel into these tights you get your second and final clue... these are serious support tights and you need to allow plenty of time to put them on.
Once on the compression is very obvious at the ankle but less so elsewhere, the fit is excellent and the sizing quite generous, although by using all the available stableetch and stableength to get into a size that is a little small for you you get a lot more of that compression. The contableol top smoothes rather than shapes.
If you take care while dressing the look of these tights is that of a perfectly even coloured semi-opaque of about 40 denier. There is even some sheen on the finish.
What Oroblu have done here is give you a top quality, smart looking semi-opaque that just happens to provide fantastic support to your legs, perfect if you are on your feet a lot. Not quite the cosy 70 denier we were looking for today but a real winner that we highly recommend.
7 January 2010