27 June 2016
Consumer group CHOICE has spot-tested 10 popular brands of tights ranging from $6 to $75 and found the cheapest tights were top of the ladder.
“When it comes to laddering, the price of tights does not determine performance,” says CHOICE spokesperson Kate Browne.
"One of the least expensive products we tested, Clio Super Soft 3-pack available from supermarkets, only cost $10, or $3.30 per pair, and were more durable than a $75 pair of Wolford's.
“With Australians spending almost $600 million in hosiery in 2015, it pays to know where you stand when it comes to durability,” says Ms Browne.
CHOICE's tights test was conducted by RMIT’s Textile Testing Services, which specialises in laddering resistance testing.
"The ten brands of tights we tested were ranked from one to ten, with one being the best performer and ten the poorest performer, producing larger ladders under less force," Ms Browne says.
“It’s incredibly frustrating when you buy a new pair of tights, carefully slip one foot in and then the next, only to find that once you pull them up they’ve already laddered.
"With laddering a common bugbear, it's great to see a number of affordable options performing well," Ms Browne says.
Bonds Comfy Tops ($7.20), Razzamatazz Perfectly Matte ($7.20), Mix Basic 3-pack ($10), and Voodoo Lavish ($19.95) were also top performers.
“While there are other things to consider when buying tights, when it comes to laddering, you don’t need to feel like you’re compromising by purchasing inexpensive tights," says Ms Browne.
To read the full article, please visit choice.com.au/tights
Testing process: A 16cm-long sample of fabric is cut from the stocking and carefully extended to fit on a frame. The sample is pierced to create a punch-hole of 2mm in diameter. The fabric is then clamped and gradually stretched at a constant rate until a load of 3kg has been applied. The load at which laddering occurs is noted, and the length of the ladder, including the dimensions of the hole, is measured at the end of the test.
To determine the rankings, two pairs of stockings from each brand were tested ten times each and the results averaged. The stockings were then listed in order of the load at which they began laddering and the resulting hole/ladder size. All stockings tested were 70 denier, except Wolford’s which were 66 denier.
 Euromonitor International, April 2016, Hosiery in Australia, Table 2: Sales of Hosiery by Category: Value 2010 – 2015.