Falke revised the Seidenglatt range back in 2018. The new version includes hosiery in 15, 40 and 80 denier. We previously looked at tights in 15 and 40 denier, of which were quite different from each other in a lot of ways. In this review, I would like to look into the 80 denier tights. This will also be the last review for the series for now.
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You can also find my reviews on Seidenglatt 15 and 40 tights from the links below:
Strengths & Weaknesses
⊕ Very smooth and silky, pleasant sensation with every step.
⊙ Bulky presentation of the packaging.
⊗ Hose made longer than the size recommendation.
Packaging & product description
The packaging is exactly the same as those seen in Seidenglatt 15 and 40 tights. In brief, the tights wrap around 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 cover.
To the best of my knowledge, Seidenglatt 80 replaces the 70 denier of the same name. Thus, there should be no confusion between the old and new.
The description online and on the cover are quite different. For this reason, I have exacted both…
“These elegant, opaque 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, opaque fine tights in a slightly shiny look.
- Perfect FALKE fit
- 80 DEN
New with seductive, silky sheen
- Opaque, shiny silk sheer tights
- 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.
Appearance & texture
The Seidenglatt 80 is opaque tights (80 denier) in slight sheen fashion. The total length of the tights is 89cm when laid on a flat surface. It is soft and very smooth, silky to the touch. The knitted waistband measures 4cm wide. The distance between the tip of the waistband and the crotch is 21cm. There is a hygienic gusset, and the toes are not reinforced (yet in 80 denier).
The composition is 93% Polyamide and 7% Elastane.
The size ranges from S to L. I have included the size chart below. Size M is used for this review.
At the time of writing this review, there are four colours available. They are Black, Anthracite, Coffee and Marine. I have bought Marine for this review.
I’d like to point out that the style is quite thick when folded. Hence the presentation did look fat and bulky with the standard packaging. The paper bag-shaped envelope that was used for Falke’s Net tights may be a better option.
The fit was good but was slightly larger than the size recommendation. I am 171.5cm and usually wear size M/L. Since I discovered that tights in this range have a particularly long hose, I have been wearing size M (5’1” – 5’6” or 155cm – 167.6cm) instead. Despite of this, there were still rooms for taller people. Thankfully, the material was pretty elastic and thus no wrinkles or bags around the knees or ankles. It is also for this reason that there was a good envelopment on the legs.
The waistband was a little bit small. This was expected however, as I went down one size. In addition, there was plenty of space for the toes to move around, and I had no problems with the toe section.
The tights were described as shiny on the rear cover and slightly shiny online. I found it is reflective sheen under ambient lighting, and slightly shiny only when shone by a light source directly. The online description is thus closer to my observation. For comparison, the Seidenglatt 80 is definitely less shiny than the Seidenglatt 15, and more similar to that of Seidenglatt 40 tights.
The colour was evenly distributed and gave a uniform, high quality look. There was no sign of “colour bleed” that was evident in the Seidenglatt 40 I reviewed.
The tights felt very smooth and silky. They gave a very pleasant feeling on the skin. Also, the waistband didn’t cause any discomfort despite the downsize. In addition, the 80 denier thickness was sufficient for me in a 12°C indoor environment. It is very slippery on polished floor though, so do watch out when walking on such.
Of the three Seidenglatt styles I reviewed, I favour this the most. It had a better fit, no unexpected “surprises”, and was very comfortable to wear. The style resembles closely to Seidenglatt 40 in terms of appearance. The 15 denier counterpart is really the odd one out. All three styles have an unusually long hose. The Seidenglatt 80 is less affected by such, thanks to good elasticity. The Seidenglatt 15 on the other hand, is very much out of the desired range.
Falke’s Seidenglatt 80 comes in tights only, for a retail price of €24 or £23.
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