Friday, 17 February 2012

Reviewed: Penti 250 Denier Angora and Wool Tights

Here is a further review of one of the products sent to me for evaluation by the Turkish hosiery manufacturer Penti.



On Hosiery for Men you can read a profile of Penti as well as reviews of the following products:

Penti 80 Denier Micro Opaque Tights

Penti 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation Tights

Penti Micro 100 Denier Tights

200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights

We now turn our attention to the 250 Denier Angora and Wool Mix Tights.

Materials and features

The 250 Denier Angora and Wool Mix Tights are part of Penti's Classic range.

Penti describe these tights as "Angora, wool mix soft tights." First impressions are positive: the fabric used is indeed very soft. On removal from the packaging it was also clear that these tights are quite generously sized.

The fabric used is 55% polyacrylic, 28% nylon, 10% merino wool, 4% Angora and 3% elastane.

These tights have the classic look of wool tights. The weave density is quite similar to both the Penti 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation Tights and 200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights.

They are sheer to waist, with a cotton gusset and flat seams. The waistband is 2cm wide, and with excellent elasticity. The brief section has good depth.

Despite only having 3% elastane (lycra) these tights have a very decent amount of stretch.

In appearance they are almost completely matt, with just a very slight sheen from the elastane yarn. As with the 200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights, they look similar to black wool socks when worn under trousers.



Fit and sizing

The 250 Denier Angora and Wool Mix Tights are available in just three sizes: 1 (small), 2 (medium), and 3 (large).



I tested the size 3 (large). The fit was absolutely perfect in every respect. The brief is really comfortable and there is is plenty of stretch. In comparison with the Penti 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation Tights and the 200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights, I would say that these have been the best fit for me of all the three styles.

These are warm, opaque tights but they don't overheat. The weave density allows the legs to breathe and I found them to be really comfortable during a whole day of wear. They are like wearing a soft, comfortable pair of wool socks, except of course they are not socks! Tights provide a whole range of additional benefits.

After testing for a second day, I did notice that there was a small amount of pilling of the fabric in those areas where there has been the most wear - the feet and thighs. This is quite common with tights made with a high wool content.

Colour range

The 250 Denier Angora and Wool Mix Tights are available in three shades:

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

Price and availability

The 250 Denier Angora and Wool Mix Tights cost 19.90TL (Turkish Lira). Converted at today's exchange rate this is

£7.17
$11.34
€8.62

When sold in Penti stores outside of Turkey, prices are likely to be higher.

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

The Penti store in the USA, is 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

Once again, I have to conclude that Penti have made another very good quality product with the 250 Denier Angora and Wool Mix Tights. The sizing is very accurate and this style has the features I particularly look for: a generous brief and good stretch.

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