Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Reviewed: Penti 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation tights

Readers of this blog may have already seen the recent profile of Penti, a tights manufacturer based in Turkey.

I recently gave a favourable review to the Penti 80 Denier Micro Opaque Tights.

With the onset of freezing weather in the UK, it was time to check out another Penti opaque style, this time the 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation Tights.

I was a little apprehensive about how well these tights were going to fit before I tried them, as unlike the 
80 Denier Micro Opaque Tights, the sizing only goes up to large.



Materials and features

The 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation Tights are part of Penti's Classic range.

The fabric used is 28% polyamide (nylon), 69% viscose and 3% elastane.

Despite the packaging stating that these tights are 250 denier, they are not made of a very heavy material and are not quite as opaque as you would expect. The appearance is similar to 70 - 100 denier tights. The weave is not that dense at all and any slight stretching of the fabric leads to a much less opaque effect.

However the material used is very soft indeed and these tights are really comfortable to wear.

They are sheer to waist, apart from a barely visible line of reinforced stitching just below the brief. There is no reinforced brief and this demarcation is only visible on close inspection.

Seams are flat and well constructed. The waistband is 4cm wide and very comfortable. There is a cotton gusset. The brief is generously proportioned and stretched comfortably above my waist.

The tights are almost completely matt in appearance. Like the
80 Denier Micro Opaque Tights, they are robustly constructed and look as if they will wear well.

Fit and sizing

The 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation Tights come in just three sizes: 1 (small), 2 (medium) and 3 (large).




I tested the size 3 (large) and as soon as I put them on I knew they were going to be a good fit. In fact the fit was superb in every respect. These tights have plenty of stretch.

I am 5'10", but as the sizing indicates, the large size would fit up to 6'/6'1". The sizing information is accurate and I feel that these tights would also comfortably fit a taller person.

The warmth and insulation provided was good with no overheating under trousers. The less dense weave compared to the 80 Denier Micro Opaque Tights meant that air circulates better and legs are able to 'breathe'.

Colour range

The 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation Tights are available in just four shades:

  • Vanilla
  • Chestnut
  • Black
  • Anthracite
I tested a pair in black.

Price and availability
The 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation Tights cost 13.90TL (Turkish Lira). Converted at today's exchange rate this is:

£5.00
$7.80
€6.00

Penti tights are available from their Turkish stores and their network of international outlets.

There is also a Penti store in the USA, at 9 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. They can be contacted via the Penti USA website.

If are a Turkish resident, Penti hosiery can be purchased via the Penti online shop.

For other enquiries about purchasing and shipping it is best to contact Penti directly.

Conclusion
Another winner from Penti. I really like these tights; they are really soft and comfortable. The amount of stretch, a generous brief and flat seams are also plus points.

Thanks to all the readers who left comments on the previous Penti review. Feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

2 comments:

  1. It's quite amazing to hear of so much stretch when there's only 3% elastane and no mention of Lycra 3D. Perhaps there is some special technique with the weaving of the nylon and viscose that provides good elasticity. It sounds like that is the case, as the tights loose opacity when bending. Still, for the price point it sounds like these are a good buy.

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  2. There is definitely no Lycra 3D in these. Most of the fabric is viscose and I have just been reading up on that - it doesn't stretch at all.

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