A lot of the coverage suggest that these are ‘perfect’ tights.
When we heard that Heist also had plenty of guys buying these tights, it was time to get a pair to try and review them for Hosiery For Men readers to see what all the hype was about.
As far as I am aware this is the first review of Heist tights from a male perspective. In this review I evaluate the ‘The Fifty’ opaque tights by Heist.
Tights Reimagined. That is the concept of Heist, a new hosiery brand that launched last year.
The range of tights developed by Heist were created after an extensive consultation exercise with the aim to develop a perfect and luxurious pair of black tights.
Heist tights have several key and, in some aspects, completely unique features:
- They are completely seamless.
- They are made with an exceptional Italian double covered yarn with 5x the spirals of regular tights (5000+).
- They have a unique waistband which is made separately and then hand-sewn onto each pair of tights.
- They come in a choice of two waistband heights – low and high.
- Toe seams are tucked 3mm under the toes to give a streamlined silhouette for the entire foot.
Heist tights are designed in their studio in London then knitted and hand sewn in a medieval town in Northern Italy.
This review focuses on ‘The Fifty’ opaque tights which I trialled in the high waist version.
The tights arrived in without doubt the coolest and smartest packaging we have ever seen.
The tights are carefully folded and wrapped in white tissue paper that is sealed with a black Heist sticker.
Everything is enclosed in a sturdy, high quality black card box, that is then sealed with a matt paper strip.
Inside the box a card provides further information as well as care and washing instructions.
Material and features
‘The Fifty’ opaque tights by Heist are 88% Polyamide and 12% Elastane.
Heist describe the yarn used to make these tights as follows:
“The foundation of an extraordinary pair of tights is the yarn.
“What makes great yarn? It’s all about the spiral count, which measures the number of spirals of elastane in every inch — just like thread-count in sheets, the higher the count, the better.
“Our yarn comes from a mill in northern Italy and has a spiral count of up to 5000 spirals per inch. That’s 10x higher than your average pair of high street tights.”
The tights are luxuriously soft to touch and feel quite exceptional on the skin.
Opaque coverage is consistent, although at 50 denier they are not completely opaque.
A key feature of the ‘revolutionary’ design developed by Heist is what is termed the ‘endless’ waistband. I can understand why Heist decided that this would be feature that they wanted to get absolutely right, as a poorly designed waistband will be uncomfortable and mean your tights need to be adjusted and repositioned frequently. In my experience the waistband is a key aspect that denotes quality and care in design and manufacture.
Heist explain that they: “knit a totally seamless loop of waistband on a separate machine, using an Italian fabric normally used in high end sports wear — then hand sew it to the legs of the tights.”
As explained above, the waistband is available in two heights: low and high.
The waistband of the high waist version that I tested has a depth of 16cm and is made of a much denser fabric with a very high level of elasticity. The waistband stretched comfortably onto and over my hips and gripped firmly, almost like a control top. However, it wasn’t uncomfortable at all.
The waistband is attached to the leg with an expertly engineered flat seam. On the outside of the thigh area, once can see that some additional stitching has also been made to provide further strength.
Inside the waistband is a satin label with the Heist logo.
Toes are not reinforced but Heist state that “the toe seams tuck three millimetres under the toes to give a streamlined silhouette for the entire foot.”
Finally, ‘The Fifty’ opaque tights come without seams or a gusset. Heist describe the gusset in most tights as ‘dreaded’. I am not sure why that is so, if the gusset has been well made (as it will be in premium brands such as Wolford and Falke.
However, there is clearly a trend now for manufacturers and designers to create seamless tights, and Heist are not the first to develop this style – Wolford, Falke, Trasparenze, Oroblu and Pierre Mantoux all offer seamless styles.
Heist explain that to get the unique feature of their particular seamless style they:
“abandoned the traditional method of sewing two tubes together and instead knit a single seamless tube, using a special, 3D knitting technique. This gives consistent stretch to the tights and eliminates unsightly rows of knitting lines that normally appear.”
There are indeed no knitting lines. At the top of the inside thigh and across the bottom of the crotch area there is additional reinforcement. This is invisible when worn and clearly provides improved strength and durability is an area would normally receive more stretch and movement.
I tested the the Large size.
‘The Fifty’ opaque tights were a superbly comfortable wearing experience. The fabric is amazingly soft on the leg and clings well with no wrinkling or bunching. Opaque coverage is consistent, although when the knees are bent the fabric stretches slightly. A higher opaque version would eliminate this. Perhaps Heist will launch ‘The Eighty’ or ‘The One Hundred’ versions in the future.
In appearance the tights are almost completely matt with hardly any sheen.
The yarn is quite breathable also. I wore them with shorts on a fairly warm May morning, and as the temperatures rose towards midday, the tights didn’t overheat. My legs stayed cool and comfortable.
The high waistband gripped well without any over-tightening or unwanted compression. In the high waist version it sits on the hips and stretches over the waist. For male wearers it is important to note that the waistband sits slightly above the male equipment. I found the most comfortable option was to wear them with briefs underneath.
Heist explain that the tights are dyed Jet Black (using Pantone 19-0303TPX because it gives the richest colour).
As described by Heist, the Jet Black colour is very dark and dense.
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The whole process of purchasing Heist tights was very easy and the (next day) delivery was super fast.
Well after all the publicity in the media and a certain amount of hype, it was good to be able to try these tights and evaluate them properly.
‘The Fifty’ opaque tights certainly have some great features such as the very innovative and unique waistband.
Having seamless tights is not a huge big deal for me, although I can see that for women wearing tight fitting clothing they may have some aesthetic advantages.
What I am looking for above all is fit and comfort, and ‘The Fifty’ opaque tights deliver this exceptionally well.
‘The Nude’ 18 denier invisible tights as well for Hosiery For Men readers.