Hadley Luxe Tights by SmartPak - Knee Patch is rated
Rated 3 out of
American in Italy
Material is great, the redesign is not
The *original* Hadley tights are stellar and by far my very favorite riding tights. I own 7 pair and hardly touch my other 15 pair of regular breeches and tights. They're comfortable, durable and SOOO attractive.
When the *new* Luxe tights came out I was a bit skeptical based on the photos but ordered them anyway. I was worried about the waist as it seems to be quite pinchy in the photos. (Since I've lost a bit of weight I ordered the smalls as my mediums are slightly big.) When they arrived I was very happy with the material, it's incredibly soft and the mesh at the calves is also super soft but durable. The smalls fit perfect, however, the waist is so, so, tight. Not the whole waist, only the skinny, tight band at the very top. I'm 5'5", 143lbs and athletical. Pants don't pinch at my waist but these give me a stomach ache every time I wear them. My second issue is the new pocket design. I like that they've added a second pocket to the right leg but it now starts at the bottom of the waist band and is a sharp triangle. So, A: my Galaxy S10+ doesn't fit all the way inside (it fits perfectly in my original Hadley tights pocket) and B: it gets pushed out as soon as I'm in the saddle. It's so awkward and annoying that it's distracting from my ride.
I beg of you, Smartpak! Bring back the originals, add a second, rectangular, leg pocket and reinforce the seam edge at the top of the pockets!!!
Date published: 2021-04-25