Levante 80 Denier Ultimate Tights

Levante 80 Denier Ultimate Tights

Ultimate 80 tights are made with the softest Italian microfibres for the perfect matte opaque leg look.

Using a revolutionary double layer knitting technique, Intimate 80 tights provide warmth and protection whilst keeping the legs fresh and moisture free.

Soft matte 80 denier appearance

Flat lock seams

Cotton gusset

80 Denier, 87 % Nylon, 10 % Lycra, 3 % Cotton, Price: 8.99

Levante 80 Denier Ultimate Tights


Our Review

“Ultimate” can mean many things, hopefully Levante don’t mean that they are the last tights they will ever make, maybe they are the thickest, or perhaps they think they are their best ever, never to be surpassed.

These tights are supplied in an open packet so if you are buying in a shop you can feel their softness before you buy, and they are very soft indeed.  Extracting them from the packet reveals an opaque tight that feels quite light for 80 denier.  

If these were 30 denier or lighter we would call them sheer to waist, they are of uniform weight and finish from waistband to toe.   The legs are unshaped and the brief is finished with flat seams and a cotton lined gusset.

I small curiosity in our test pair was a label sewn into the back seam.   It was obviously put in before the dyeing process so was a uniform grey with no words on it... I wonder what it would have said?

Colour is even without and banding and the finish is beautifully soft to the touch.

Immediately warm to wear, if they are able to wick moisture away from the skin they will be ideal for an active day in cold weather.

Maybe not “ultimate” but some of the best 80 denier tights we have tried.

17 January 2008

These tights replace Levante Airskin Opaque Tights, they are slightly heavier and sized slightly smaller.    Or are they? ..... 

Levante Ultimate 80 v Levante Airskin Opaque 70

Levante told UKTights that the Ultimate 80 are the Airskin Opaque under a new name. Of course being told that an 80denier tight is a 70 denier tight does raise a few questions.   More questions were raised when we found that the Levante Ultimate 80 tights in size X-Tall (black) fit our tester perfectly. That same tester remembered that the Levante Airskin Opaque in size X-Tall (charcoal) had been about the biggest tights they had ever tested in terms of the size of the brief.

We decided therefore to re-examine the Levante Airskin Opaque in size X-Tall and to compare this with Levante Airskin Opaque in size Tall and another pair of Levante Ultimate 80 in size X-Tall to see if we had another case of Levante “mispackaging”

4 Pairs examined

  • Levante Airskin Opaque in size X-Tall (charcoal) - 11cm wide rear panel (measured at waist), waistband 53cm un-stretched. Weight 60g 
  • Levante Airskin Opaque in size Tall  (mocha) - Identical to Levante Ultimate 80 in size X-Tall  (black) in every detail,  waistband 44cm un-stretched Weight 55g
  • Levante Ultimate 80 in size X-Tall (black) - Identical to Levante Airskin Opaque in size Tall  (mocha) in every respect, waistband 45cm un-stretched, Weight 55g
  • Levante Ultimate 80 in size X-Tall (mocha) Big in the brief but less so than Levante Airskin Opaque in size X-Tall (charcoal).   9cm wide rear panel (measured at waist), waistband 49cm un-stretched. Weight 65g

There is no mention on any of the packets about a comfort rear panel in the brief, all quote a cotton gusset.  Airskin Opaque are described as  70 denier and credit Meryl with the microfibre manufacture, no mention is made of Meryl on the packets for the Levante Ultimate 80.

The main visual difference between the Levante Airskin Opaque and Levante Ultimate 80 is that the Airskin Opaque appears to have been shaped a little at the heel during finishing.    On the leg you cannot tell them apart.

What we did find, and it is a slight worry, is that Levante Ultimate 80 in size X-Tall (black) had a cotton gusset but the same tights in mocha had a comfort rear panel and were much bigger in the brief, although a little smaller than the Levante Airskin Opaque in size X-Tall (charcoal).   That detailing should vary according to the colour in a given design is not good.

The change in denier from 70 to 80 is a mystery as the tights look and feel the same, the scales did tell us though that the 80 denier with the comfort rear panel were slightly heavier than similarly detailed 70 denier.

If you can get your size correct both styles look and feel great, and will last and last.   We have no idea if the sizing anomalies go through the range, but if you are looking for long tights but don’t have large hips you may want to ask your supplier to check that you are getting cotton gusset tights.   Luckily thin can be done quickly without taking the tights from the packet

21 January 2008

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