You’d have to be Hulk himself to tear a hole through these things.

By Hana Hong
Updated March 05, 2020
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My relationship with hosiery is a rocky one, to say the least. I can say with wholehearted certainty that tights are the most problematic sartorial item to ever exist. The list of issues goes on: They get dirty easily yet are hard to wash, the fabric is restricting and uncomfortable to wear, and worst of all, it’s only a matter of time until they rip.

Unfortunately, if you want to wear any dress or skirt when the temperature dips below 50 degrees, tights are a closet staple. And as a girl who owns more dresses than pants and jeans combined, it’s a styling item I can’t avoid.

Here are some scary stats: The average pair of sheer tights lasts around two to three wears (for me at least). Since I wear dresses almost every day, I’ve probably bought—and broken—at least 25 pairs of tights this past winter alone. Considering the average pair cashes in at around $10, it means I’ve spent at least $250 on just tights.

Enter Sheertex. I first saw their ads floating around on my Instagram feed (that Instagram algorithm knows me too well) and was immediately baited by the brand's bold promises. The price per pair is a whopping $59, which is a lot for one pair of tights. However, in exchange for the hefty price tag, they claim to have solved the issue for all of the aforementioned problems that come with hosiery. First, the fabric is microbial, so it stays clean longer and you can wash it less. It’s also hydrophobic, meaning it’s moisture-resistant and quick-drying, and has a cooling base layer that allows your skin to breathe. And the kicker? It’s made from a bulletproof material 10 times stronger than steel and won’t break even if you tried.

If you’re thinking it’s too good to be true, I was right there with you. But when I did some research and found a bunch of raving reviews (and learned it was named Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2018), I decided to give it a whirl for myself.

Commence the pantyhose abuse. Within seconds of unwrapping them, I had my friend hold one end of the pantyhose while I stretched them as far as I could…and nothing. Having passed the first step, I actually tried on the tights—without delicately scrunching up the fabric beforehand. I’ve had a pair of tights snag or run as soon as I put them on, but they remained intact, despite my jagged toenails.

The first thing I noticed is how comfortable they were. Granted, the ones I tried had no control-top (you can opt for a pair of “shaping” sheers, also for $59, but I can’t speak to those). Regardless, they were super stretchy and more movable compared to my other tights, instead of that stuffy, organ-crushing constriction that I usually get when I wear hosiery. Given that it’s made out of material stronger than steel, the lightweight element was impressive.

Once they were on, I tried to go about my day without being super careful and conscious of my movements like I usually have to be with tights. Since the mere act of putting a pair on can induce nervous sweat, I normally move with delicacy when wearing any form of pantyhose. But even after a whole day of “living aggressively” (squatting, dancing, sitting on the floor, etc.), it remained unscathed.

The biggest highlight of my Sheertex trial was on day two. My favorite accessory is this spiky gold crown ring from Swarovski that I wear every day, which is cute but also the cause of death for many of my tights. It got caught on the Sheertex fabric and caused a snag to form. Honestly, I was kind of happy it did because I got to test out one of the brand's boldest promises—that the fabric is self-healing. According to the brand, lines or snags can be fixed by pulling outwards until imperfections are “rubbed” out of place. It sounds super weird, but it actually worked—when I pulled at the line a few times, it vanished as if it was never there in the first place.

Since then, I’ve tested these tights mercilessly (over 10 times), and I’m still sitting here with the same pair. They recommend you hand-wash, but I took it to the washer to see how well it fared. It was a bit wrinkly when I took it out, but there were no holes or runs to be seen.

So is Sheertex worth it? In the end, I think it all comes down to your lifestyle. If you don’t really wear dresses or skirts often post-summer, 59 bucks is a lot to put down. But, if you wear tights regularly like me, it’s a serious godsend. Considering that you don’t have to live in fear of putting on pantyhose—and it means you won’t dump out money on regular replacements—it’s definitely worth the splurge.

Sheertex tights
Credit: Sheertex

To buy: $59; sheertex.com.