Review: Falke Seidenglatt 40 tights (Late 2018)

      In a previous review, we looked at Falke’s Seidenglatt 15 tights.  I also compared size M with M/L of the same style.  In this article, I would like to look into another pair of tights in the same range – the Seidenglatt 40 tights.

      I have uploaded the images to both Flickr and my Google account this time.  You can view them in high resolution from the respective links:

Strengths & Weaknesses

⊕ Silky feel to the legs.
⊕ Waistband is made larger, thus more comfortable.

⊙ Appearance is somewhere between slight sheen and shiny; pearl shine.

⊗ Extra long hose that far exceeded size chart recommendation.
⊗ Different colour patches all over the tights.

Packaging & product description

      The packaging is typical of Falke: tights wrapped on a piece of thin cardboard.  It is protected by another layer of cardboard and transparent plastic sleeve.  The tights’ specs are printed on a sticker, which is placed on the rear top righthand corner.  Product features, size chart and wash labels are printed on the back of the packaging.

      The description online and on the back of the packaging share the same point, though not in the same wording .  I have extracted both, which reads:

Physical packaging:

  • Elegant, semi-opaque fine tights in subtly glossy look.
  • Improved, even mesh structure for a silky sensation on your skin.
  • New, comfortable waistband for the highest level of comfort: no curling and no pinching.
  • Innovative mesh gusset with hygienic effect in sizes S-L and comfort gusset in size XL, with non-laddering toe.

Online:

      “These elegant, semi-sheer FALKE fine tights with an improved, even knit structure ensure a silky feel on the skin.  The new, comfortable waistband promises not to roll or dig in, ensuring the highest possible comfort. The innovative gusset in the mesh structure guarantees a hygienic effect in sizes S–L and a shaping gusset in sizes XL–XXL as well as non-laddering toes.”

  • Elegant, semi-sheer fine tights in a slightly shiny look
  • New quality
  • Perfect FALKE fit

Appearance & texture

      The Seidenglatt 40 are semi-opaque tights (40 denier) in shiny fashion.  The total length of the tights is 99cm when laid on a flat surface.  Its texture is pretty soft and smooth to the touch.  The knitted waistband measures 4cm wide.  There is no fingerband.  The distance from the tip of the waistband to the crotch is 20cm.  There is a hygienic gusset, and the toe section is reinforced.

      The composition is 90% polyamide and 10% elastane.

Falke Seidenglatt 40 tights promotional image (sourced from Falke).
No apparent shaping on the foot.

Size range

      The size ranges from S to XL.  I have included the size chart below.  Size M is used in this review.  

Falke Seidenglatt 40 tights size chart.

Colour

      At the time of writing this review, there are 5 colours available on Falke Online Shop.  They are: Black, Anthracite, Powder, Coffee and Marine.  I bought Powder for this review.

Impression

FIT

      I usually wear size M/L for Falke tights.  Since I realised the new Seidenglatt 15 tights being extra long, I decided to go down a size.

The fit however, was still not so good.  Again, the hose was too long.  You can see from the image below that there were wrinkles around the ankle.  According to the size chart, size M fits people between 5’1”-5’6” (154.9cm-167.6cm), and I am 171cm.  Given the length and looseness, I’d say the tights can easily fit people up to 5’10” (177.8cm).

      The envelopment was moderate.  There was a gentle hung on both the legs and on the lower torso.

      The waistband was wider than the Seidenglatt 15 tights of the same size, thus was more comfortable.  In addition, my toes roamed freely and I had no issues with the toe section.

LOOK

      This is where it got all wrong…  There were significant colour differences all over the tights.  They were like colour changes as a result of being splashed with water.  These differences did not disappear when I fully stretch the hose, or after I hand-washed them.  This is the first time I have such issue with Falke’s product.

      Given the Seidenglatt 15 being mirror shine, I was expecting something very similar.  However, I guessed wrong.  The Seidenglatt 40 tights were definitely less shiny than the Seidenglatt 15.  It was somewhat between slight sheen and shiny.  The online description are more accurate on this regard.  There was also a slight difference in appearance.  The 40 denier one shines more like glittering pearl whine the other being mirror shine.  If one is to sort out a pile of tights according to their appearance in a double-blind trial, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these two being placed in different ranges.

FEEL

      The tights felt pretty soft and smooth.  It was also very silky to the skin.  Too bad the extra long hose gave a sense of looseness on the legs.  The larger and wider waistband did make a huge difference on comfortableness, when compared to the Seidenglatt 15 tights.

Final words

      I seem to have trouble finding the right size on Falke’s new Seidenglatt range.  This is mainly due to the hose being extra long, which is otherwise normal in the old version.  Therefore, I’d only recommend this range to people who have disproportionally long legs.  In addition, I also hope that the different colour patches seen on the tights I bought only happened on a small batch of products.

      The Seidneglatt 40 tights is available year-round for €20 or £20.  You can buy them from Falke Online, physical shops or third party online retailers.

Falke Online Shop (English)

      If you’d like to read my review on Falke’s Seidenglatt 15 tights, please click here.