Anyone who's ever worn pantyhose can tell you they're fashion's flimsiest wardrobe staple. Toenail too sharp? Well, there's a hole. Did you try shoving your foot in without delicately scrunching up the fabric? 100 percent guaranteed tear. Wearing thigh high boots with a zipper? Hello, snag and huge run.
What is it?
Pantyhose made from the same fibers as bulletproof vests
Survives stabbing, sharp toenails, and the washing machine. [1
Pricey. Ultimately breakable.
So I was intrigued when I got Sheertex's CES pitch in my inbox in December. Pantyhose made from the same fibers as bulletproof vests? The Gizmodo women unanimously told me I'd be fool to check them out in person. And to my surprise, they were pretty sturdy. I could stuff my whole leg down, pull, and it would not break. We stuffed it in a zipper and nope, no tear. But I've still had a bunch of lingering questions.
Sheertex claims its $ 99 pantyhose lasts ten times longer than the competition, but that's a vague, somewhat unquantifiable claim. I had no doubt that its proprietary polyethylene knit was strong, but exactly how strong? I WANT TO KNOW HOW IT WAS WORLDWIDE IN THE WASHING MACHINE. Most importantly, I wanted to find out the Sheertex's superior strength came at the cost of comfort.
Giz ladies, Pantyhose truly deserved the title of "unbreakable."
The Trials of the Modern Pantyhose Wearer
First off, comfort and durability. There's a lot of things you can buy for $ 100-a cheap fitness tracker, a Sonicare toothbrush, a fancy sushi dinner, or you know, about 16 pairs of drug store pantyhose. Benjamin for Sheertex depends on how long they last.
As a result of this writing, I've worn the same pair of Sheertx for three full days and it's survived two whole trips through my laundromat's none-too-gentle washers and dryers. It also survived my janky, sharp toenails, and what Sheertex calls the "stomp" test. Basically, you stick to it and try to stomp down as hard as you can while pulling upwards as hard as you can.
I want to say that the Sheertex's control is a bit tighter than your average pantyhose. Zipper after stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving. Gizmodo video producer Eleanor Fye tried a pair of the XL Sheertex and noted that while comfortable in large sizes, they did experience some inevitable rolling down.
So we wore the pants while dancing. While it's nice if you can not take a seat at the office, it's important that you're comfortable during activities. Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-Nine Impression. So I'm going to make them some leggings to my weekly dancehall class.
All in all, you can stretch and twist the Sheertex as much as you like and they will not break. You've got to be the hulk to tear through these things. Meanwhile, my puny noodle arms were perfectly capable of ripping through a pair of drugstore pantyhose.
Stabby, Stabby-Nothing Survives a Machete
Sheertex's marketing materials state that her pantyhose is "intended for the boardroom, not the battlefield." It is not a protective garment or form of body armor. It is not a rope. Use as intended. "
But that's no fun. If you're going to call your pantyhose unbreakable, I'm going to push it to the limit. Thankfully, Gizmodo is the child of workplace where sharp knives are in abundance (19659010) At CES, Sheertex category manager Natalie Catania told me that yes, if you take scissors to the pantyhose, they'll eventually cut, but that's quite difficult. That pretty much hero true. Granted, the scissors I was using on the duller side, but actually shearing through the Sheertex took some effort. Comparatively, I could sneak through the competitor's pants with relative ease.
Stabbing is where things got more interesting. I borrowed a sharp knife from a coworker, stuffed some potatoes into the sheep to mimic a human leg, and stabbed. To my surprise, it did not matter how hard I stabbed, the Sheertex did not break. Sure, there was potato juice all over my hands and I could feel the puncture marks in the potatoes … but the Sheertex came out unscathed. Needless to say, the drugstore tights did not survive this test.
Lastly, I took the office and whacked it at both pairs of hosiery. The drugstore tights split apart with minimal effort. The Sheertex did not survive either, but with the scissors, the hole was not nearly as large and did not spread as quickly as pulled.
What they are doing is actually quite resistant to pulling and stretching motions-so why it survived knife stabbing but not the slicing-hacking-and-slashing of the machete. That makes sense.
A ham-azing adventure on the Williamsburg Bridge
So with washing, stabbing, and just a thing left to test: Scrapes.
Falling down is just a fact of life, but doing so in pantyhose is a recipe for a destroyed pair of tights. Especially if you fall on concrete. I wanted to see if the Sheertex could hold up for accident-prone klutzes like me. Gizmodo wanted to get injured for this test, we decided on the 8-pound ham into the Sheertex (again, to mimic human flesh), tie it to the back of a
We are proud of having some confused cyclists , and my hands stank of ham juice for hours, but the results were pretty clear: The Sheertex was not fully immune to asphalt. It did, however, a lot better than the drugstore pantyhose. One pass across the bridge ends up in a huge hole in the competitor's pants.
Granted, in real life you're unlikely to get dragged across helped the Williamsburg Bridge.
So, are they worth the Sheertex worth their price tag? Definitely, if tights are a regular part of your wardrobe. You could potentially save a lot of room in your dresser by owning a pair or two and throwing out the rest of your crappy, tear-prone tights. And if you're not stabbing the pantyhose with a machete.
That said, there are a few limitations. Right now the Sheertex are available in black, though there's a Kickstarter starting February 26 for a nude-colored version. Plus, if you're expecting a comfortable experience, I regret that you're durable but feel like any other pair of hosiery.
Still, even if the Sheertex technically are not unbreakable, they do not solve the very real problem of flimsy pantyhose.
- Yes, you can not break through them with casual, everyday means.
- Survived multiple stabbings from a knife, but not a machete.
- You can stick it in the washing machine and dryer. It'll survive with no warping!
- Pretty good at surviving through stretching and pulling. Less good at surviving abrasions.