Detailing is quite unremarkable with a reinforced boxer style brief attached unshaped legs finished with reinforced toes. The seams in the panty are of the raised type, quite small and reasonably well finished. The same “seaming” is used to finish the edge of the open gusset, which in our XL test pair was slightly bigger than the usual gusset opening in a pair of tights.
Considering that these are 100% nylon tights there is quite a lot of stableetch and the fit is very good. Colour is even and the matt finish provides a subtle if unremarkable finish. The boxer style brief sized for hips up to 54” in our XL test pair was too generous for any of our testers. Be sure to buy the right size for your hips, there is enough stableetch to go down a size if you are borderline.
The open gusset will appeal to some, as to how effective it is will depend on the underwear you pair these tights with. A cotton lined gusset gives you the option of not wearing other underwear, no gusset is more limiting. The degree of ventilation when wearing panties cannot be compared to what you would get from wearing stockings or hold-ups.
The open gusset saves nothing in the costs of manufacturing and at £4.00 we think these tights are a little expensive. You could get the same effect from any tights with a gusset simply by spending a couple of minutes with a pair of sharp scissors.
All in all an interesting concept that doesn’t quite work for us. Average everyday tights at a slightly inflated price. Although they do provide a rare opportunity to buy Lycra free tights, and much as we like the fit Lycra gives we know there are many people who yearn for the 100% nylon tights of years gone by.
19 July 2008