Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Reviewed: Penti Cashmere & Vicose 200 Denier Tights

With this review I am now half way through testing the package of samples sent to me by 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

This review is of the 200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights.

Materials and features

The 200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights are part of Penti's Classic range.

Penti describe these tights as "thick, 200 denier tights, made of a cashmere and viscose blend."


The fabric used is 70% viscose, 18% nylon, 8% cashmere and 4% elastane. This is the information on the packaging; the information on the Penti website is slightly different: 4% cashmere and 8% elastane.

These tights feel similar to the 250 Denier Naturel Sensation Tights. In appearance they look quite like wool tights, with a similar, less dense weave.

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

The viscose and cashmere mix means the tights are very soft to the touch. They are warm but with good breathability.

In appearance they are almost completely matt, with just a very slight sheen from the elastane (lyrcra) yarn. When worn under trousers they look similar to black wool socks.



Fit and sizing

The 200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights are available in just three sizes : 1 (small), 2 (medium), and 3 (large).



I tested the size 3 (large). As with the Penti 250 Denier Premier Naturel Sensation Tights, I was initially concerned that the size 3 might not be large enough, although one can see that according to the size chart this size does accommodate sizes up to 185cm. (about 6'0").

The size 3 did fit comfortably but needed just a bit of stretching. I am not sure this size would be such a good fit for a taller person.

Colour range

The 200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights are available in three shades:
  • Chestnut 
  • Black 
  • Anthracite 
I tested a pair in black.

Price and availability
The 200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights cost 26.90TL (Turkish Lira), making them one of the most expensive styles in the Penti range. Converted at today's exchange rate this is:


£9.75
$15.30
€11.60

When sold in Penti stores outside of Turkey, prices are likely to be higher. For example, the recently reviewed Penti 80 Denier Micro Opaque Tights are priced at 9.50TL on the Penti website (approximately US$5.20), but are sold for $18.50 in the Penti store in the USA.

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

The 200 Denier Cashmere and Viscose Tights are soft, warm opaque tights. The cashmere content provides an additional degree of comfort: these tights feel wonderful on the skin.

Like all the Penti styles tested so far they are robustly constructed and I am sure they would wear well.

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