SAMBURU is a subsidiary brand of Cecilia de Rafael, a lower priced economy line targeted for the younger generation. The general impression has been that you get CdR quality without the higher CdR brand price in lesser packaging. The Samburu hosiery line is quite small compared to the CdR brand, but there is a growing range of styles being offered.
I decided to sample a mid-range opaque style offered in the Samburu line; the Crys 80 3D. These tights come on a thick card stock hang tag with the material exposed, so you can see exactly what you’re getting. My order was rapidly fulfilled and quickly shipped from Hosieree.
Shown here in granate, extreme magnification
I got these tights in size XL and in a color called granata, a very rich red color with a hint of violet, similar to pomegranate. The material feels rather thick and stretchy.
The 80 denier fabric is made of 90% nylon and 10% 3D Lycra and looks very opaque when not stretched. It remains mostly matte opaque with moderate stretching, but once beyond that it begins to thin out and reveal a subtle sheen. It feels somewhat coarse when fully stretched (surprising since it is made of Lycra 3D), but much smoother when relaxed. I imagine they will soften up with washing. The toes have “barely visible” reinforcement and are slightly rounded.
The brief is about average in height, with T-band reinforcement, and has a very generous 4.5cm waistband made of a thicker soft ribbed material that stays in place. The largest size has a rear comfort panel and high quality flat seams are used throughout.
Size 5 (XL) is supposed to support up to 6’3″/220lbs, with a maximum height of 5’11” at 220lbs. I found that being at the upper edge of the XL size made it fit less opaque than I would have liked. Of course, this will vary depending upon a person’s inseam, and how their weight is distributed.
The fabric is 80 denier, but the warmth effect when wearing gives the impression these are closer to 100 denier, a heavier winter weight tight. I found that the fabric becomes a little coarse when aggressively stretched, so the glide factor under trousers was not that great. But the opacity at the ankles was good enough to pass for socks. The toes and heels appear less opaque, so they probably won’t pass for socks when exposed.
- Fabric – a blend of 90% polyamide and 10% elastane (Lycra 3D).
- Sizing – pretty accurate, but not very forgiving on the outer edge of the size.
- Opacity (0 – invisible, 10 – total opaque) – 7 standing, 5 when bending.
- Durability (0 – frail, 10 – like steel) – 8.5
- Waistband – 4.5cm width, thick material, and very soft.
- Support – none.
- Reinforcement – reinforced toes with rounded seams, T-band in the brief.
- Features – back comfort panel for size 5, cotton gusset for size 4 and below.
- Colors – These come in a nice range of colors at Hosieree that presently includes black, amatista (purple), botella (gray), cobalto (cobalt blue), and granata (pommegranate). CdR offers another 18 colors, according to their website.
For the price, these tights are a very good deal when considering all of the features included, and will likely be a great fit if you fall well within the sizing chart. You can get them for just $7.99 at Hosieree.
Note that the appearance will be more opaque if you fall closer to midway within a given size. For reference, I am 6’0″, weigh 208 lbs, with a 32″ inseam.