I’ve had the Black Watch Kilt for nearly a year now.
“NOT BAD”, but buying from “UT Kilts”, I could have done better and spent less money.
My 4 other “UT Kilts” are far better quality (and about $ 10 less expensive). More about those in a moment.
This “Black Watch Tartan is made of “Polyviscose” – which is NOT the most durable quality.
“POLYVISCOSE” feels like a sweater that doesn’t stretch. Sort of a comfortable soft wool, so if nothing else – at least it feels good (cool in summer, warm in winter).
In addition to the ominous “POLYVISCOSE” – another red flag you’ll want to avoid is the phrase “ENTRY LEVEL“. Maybe they say this because it’s nicely soft against the skin (?) But this softness sacrifices durability. 😦
Looks good, and the sway is good. Again I’ve had it for about 1 year now.
I’m nitpicking because when I buy my next kilt, I want “the good material”.
So what is GOOD?
Having acquired six kilts in about 3 years, here’s what I’ve found:
UT Kilts is a reliably good company, who always sells a good product.
My personal opinions:
- “Polyviscose” material = Bad.
- “Poly-Cotton Blend” = BEST (SAMPLE)
- “50 / 50 Cotton Poly Ripstop” = EXCELLENT
- “100 % Cotton Drill” = Very Good
- if it says “Entry-Level Kilting” – then it’s BAD
- If it says “Not just those new to kilting…” – then it’s GOOD
Unlike the disappointingly weak soft wool “Polyviscose” – the superior “Poly-Cotton” is more akin to a durable “light weight canvas” – every bit as comfortable, much greater durability, often less expensive.
Most Noticeable Problem is the SIZE. Yes I’m familiar with the size differential in kilts compared to US clothes. In US – my waist is a size 42, and in kilts, my size is 46. It fit my [huge] waist just fine HOWEVER – this kilt was still “somewhat SHORT”. The the hem is too high up above my knees (which is more unique to a ladies “skirt”). Not the end of the world; just be sure to order 1 size up.
Overall – this is a GOOD kilt. But knowing what I know now – my next kilt will be more durable.