In a previous review, I concluded that Falke’s Leg Enegizer Invisible 15 DEN tights “strike a very good balance between compression and comfort”. Now I have found an even better one…
Falke updated the style last Autumn. It is now named Vitalize 20 DEN tights, with a new article number: 40542. By reading the contents on the website, both versions didn’t differ. Hence I believe this review applies to the new version as well.
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Strengths & Weaknesses
⊕ Medium support to the legs.
⊕ Light support on the thigh and tummy.
⊕ Tights become more comfy the longer one wears them.
⊙ Narrow hose leads to firmer envelopment.
Packaging & product description
The tights are secured using a thin cardboard and wrapped in a transparent plastic sleeve. It is then placed into a paper bag-shaped box, with the opening at the bottom. The product features, size chart and composition are printed on the rear side of the packaging. The tights’ specs are printed on a sticker, which is placed on the top right hand side of both sides.
The website for the style is not available anymore. The description on the rear cover reads:
“Vitalize your legs”
- Lighter and revitalized legs, whether you are sitting, standing, or walking, as well as when travelling.
- Shaping effect for a perfectly formed silhouette and slender legs.
- Symmetrical mesh structure through 3D knitting technology for a naturally beautiful appearance.
- Excellent comfort and unrestricted mobility.
- Highly elastic materials make the articles easy to put on.
Appearance & texture
The Leg Vitalizer 20 is sheer (20 denier) tights in matt fashion. It is sheer-to-waist. The total length of the tights is 94cm when laid on a flat surface. The tights are relatively smooth but not particularly soft to the touch. It is also very stretchy. The knitted waistband measures 4cm wide. There is also a 4.5cm-wide fingerband. The distance between the tip of the waistband and the crotch is approximately 21cm. There is a hygienic gusset. Both the toe and the heel section are reinforced.
The composition is 47% polyamide and 53% elastane.
The size ranges from S to XL. I have included the size chart below. Size M/L was used for this review.
I am not sure how many colours were produced for this style. Yet, the new version has 6 colours available. They are Powder, Cocoon, Marine, Deep Blue, Anthracite and Black. I bought Cocoon colour for this review.
GETTING THEM ON
The tights are very elastic but the area around the ankle is made very narrow. It can be a problem if one has wide or curvy hands. Once you pass the ankles, rolling the tights up is pretty straightforward.
The fit was excellent and true to the size recommendation. There was also a very good envelopment, especially at the calves and around knees. In my experience, Falke’s tights tend to be very narrow on the hose, i.e., a smaller circumference. So the envelopment and compression can be more profound, when compared to other brands.
The knitted waistband fitted nicely. It is fairly stretchy and thus, can exert some pressure on the waist. Likewise, the toe section is elastic, hence it is not totally without pressure. The heel section however, is pressure-free.
The tights are advertised as matt, but it actually exhibited a reflective sheen. In my opinion, it gave a more elegant appearance than a total matt.
The quality looked very good. I did find uneven colour distribution, at places where the tights were folded. But they are hardly noticeable in nude colour, unless you are looking at them at very close range.
The tights were very elastic and pretty smooth, but not particularly soft to the touch. Yet, after the material absorbed sufficient heat and moisture from the body, it softened and became very comfortable to wear. In other words, the longer you wear them, the more comfy the tights become.
The tights were moderately breathable and is suitable for late Spring/early Autumn, when the climate is warm.
COMPRESSION & VITALISATION
A medium support was felt on the calves and around the knees. This gradually reduced to light at the thigh and tummy. Thus it is a gradual support. I didn’t feel any pressure on the hips, nor a lifting effect on the buttock. The tights maintained a fair amount of pressure on the legs even after wearing them for more than 6 hours. This is very good, considering support tights gradually loose its pressure over time.
The vitalisation was harder to judge, as it depends on the type and duration of activities.
The Leg Vitalizer 20 is an impressive pair of medium support tights that becomes more comfy as the time of wearing lengthens. Furthermore, the support is maintained for several hours which doesn’t diminish.
The style is replaced by Vitalize 20 DEN Tights (Art No. 40542) since last Autumn. I will go for the new version if you couldn’t find the old one.
The Leg Vitalizer 20 tights were priced at €29 or £29. You are likely go find a discount if you see them on the shelves. By the way, the price for the new version is exactly the same.
I am experiencing difficulty acquiring Falke hosiery in M/L size. If you know retailers (preferably online) that sells Falke hosiery in this size at a reasonable price, and do ship to New Zealand, please share with me.