I recently received a pair of Gatta Rosalia 600 Denier “Polar” tights in size 5 (XL) from ItSocks. They’re currently on sale at a great discount (38% off) so be sure to check them out, while it’s still cold out!
(Larger package photo — HERE)
We’ve been rather lucky in the New York City area this winter. It hasn’t been nearly as cold as it was last year. However, you certainly wouldn’t be walking around outside in your shorts, unless you’re running. Long heavy pants or thick opaque tights are the clothing mandate of the day.
NOTE: This review is from the male perspective; I am 6’0″, 210lbs, with a 32″ inseam and 37″ waist.
When it comes to thick and warm tights, you just can’t get any better than Gatta’s Rosalia 600 Denier “Polar” tights. These are heavy opaque tights with a fine plush interior lining. While very bulky in the packaging (biggest box for tights I’ve ever seen), they don’t feel heavy. The feel of the material is similar to a fleece pullover, except that it is quite smooth and matte to the touch, almost polished.
The model name says “600 denier” but the yarn used isn’t that heavy, being closer to 250 denier–it’s more about the overall appearance looking like 600 denier. When sized properly, you don’t see any skin showing through at all. The matte opaque appearance suggests a cotton material, when in fact it is a 100% polyester micro fleece. Decades ago, full polyester meant a heavy coarse fabric that wouldn’t breathe. Modern polyester textiles are so advanced, they can fool a lot of people into thinking it’s cotton or even silk. This material definitely breathes and feels silky against the skin. The density is uniform from toe to waist, with only a very minor noticeable demarcation line between leg and brief.
This has to be the most generously tall brief I’ve experienced in heavy opaque tights (Spanx high waisted is taller, but not nearly as thick). Trying them on, the waistband rested about 4″ above my navel. This XL size has a dual panel, front and back, making the tights comfortable for both men and larger women. I believe the smaller sizes do not have any front or rear panels. The brief stretches a good bit, but not overly so.
Flat seams are used throughout. They appear to be well constructed and should hold up well. The toes have a rounded seam, so there’s no “toe fin” to worry about.
These tights come in 4 sizes: 2, 3, 4, and 5 (XL). I found that for my proportions, the XL size is a great fit, even a little generous. I could see someone a bit taller fitting in these.
These tights feel very comfortable and breathable and the micro fleece will keep you quite warm. I could see wearing these on chilly spring or autumn days, and certainly in winter. They’re really too thick to use as a leg liner under trousers, although you could probably wear them under snow pants when roving about in the middle of winter. I could also see using them with hiking shorts on an outdoor trek in the cool air. The rather tall brief in the XL size will certainly help keep out any drafts if your tucked in shirt lifts out of your pants.
- Fabric – 100% polyester micro fleece
- Sizing – More than generous.
- Opacity (0 – sheer, 10 – total opaque) – legs (standing 10, bending 8).
- Durability (0 – frail, 10 – like steel) – 10 (snag resistance)
- Waistband – 4cm height, smooth and medium structured material.
- Support – None in this style.
- Features – double panel (front/back), flat seams throughout.
- Colors – The colors available are anthracite and black.
These normally retail around £11.35, but as of this writing they are 38% off (£6.99) at ItSocks. Anna will be more than happy to help you with your purchase (they also have a live chat feature).
For a pair of heavy weight winter tights, these are a terrific choice. They feel very comfortable and breathe well enough to keep you from sweating, if the air temperature isn’t too warm. The material is well constructed and feels like it should hold up well to repeated washings. Although these are very much like fleece athletic wear, better care should be given when washing (definitely use a hosiery bag).
Here are a couple of photos with the tights worn by me. You can see how nicely matte and opaque they appear.