In a recent episode, the Swiss TV programme «Kassensturz» had 10 pairs of tights tested in a laboratory. These 20 denier sheer tights are from 10 different brands, among them well-known ones like Falke, Fogal, Kunert and Wolford. They were rated for fit, abrasion, scrub resistance, run vulnerability and durability against machine wash. Wolford Satin Touch 20 came top in the rating, followed by a tie among Falke Pure Matt 20, Fogal Caresse and Kunert Satin Look Transparent. What really interests me is the conclusion they made from the test.
You get what you pay for
Overall, tights priced below CHF 6.00 performed worse than the more expensive ones in all tests. This was especially the case for fit and durability against machine wash. Personally speaking, the quality of yarn and manufacturing process can have a huge difference in fit and durability. All these add to the cost of production and thus the price. Of note though, the online price for Wolford Satin Touch 20 is CHF 29.00. Even for the “three for the price of two” package, the price would still be CHF 19.33 per pair. Hence, the production team either got a bargain or miscalculated the price/quantity. One other thing, the most expensive pair of tights was Fogal Caresse Tights, which was CHF 47.50. However, it did not perform significantly better than Falke or Kunert, which costs CHF 18.00 and CHF 14.00 respectively.
All tights run once there is a hole, regardless of brand or run-resistant guarantee
This is quite interesting because snags that were 1-2mm wide don’t turn into a run. At least, this is what I have experienced with Wolford, Fogal, and other top quality hosiery makers. The last time I experienced a run, the hole was about 5mm wide. My partner also tore a pair of Wolford Aura 5 Tights with her fingers while putting it on for the first time. (I was quite amazed as I have never experienced a run with Wolford.) The hole that the examiners made also looks much bigger (watch from 3:46 in the video below). It appears to me that it is the knitting method used, thereby the structural integrity of the hose, that is crucial. If the structural integrity is damaged to certain extent that it cannot hold, it turns into a run. This may explain why run-resistant tights also didn’t make through the test.
You can watch the short video made by «Kassensturz» from the below (German):
You can also find the full article and test results here: