Originally Posted by ringring
Your list of those three particularly fine jeans tells me that you've done careful research - these are the workhorses of their respective brands. Fine jeans each, very wearable (modern cuts, classic 501 vernacular).
Flip a coin, you'd be doing great with any of those - the only thing I would recommend is that if you choose the Eternal, try and get it in an unwashed (dry) pair, rather than the frequent one-wash state that it is often sold in.
Dry - because you may as well go the whole hog and get the entire shrink-to-fit experience.
I'm slightly envious. You're going to partake in a ritual that may open your eyes to a new appreciation for denim. Savour your experience. Everything. From estimating your size (they should almost fit you, with room for a few fingers between your waist and the waistband), the soak - the smell of the starch and the colour release, first yellow then bluey-green. The leg seams twisting before your eyes, and the curl of the hems and the water releases the tension held by the starch laden warp yarns. Putting them on damp, the crisp stiffness. Then comes the wear.
Enjoy the journey.
You should write for penthouse.
P.S Wow a ringring post.
\tI've considered the Crates and like the finished product of the jeans I listed better, so I'm going to chose of them.
From the sizing listed it seems that PBJs are fairly tight in the crotch, eternals are in between and samurais are looser. I'm leaning more and more towards the eternal. I don't like my boys being crowded..but also don't want a saggy crotch.
Good. Starting off with starter denim is not going to help you with anything. My first denims were APCs and I don't even wear them. Anyway, it isn't your first car, it isn't your first musical instrument , it's just denim.
Recheck your initial stats. None of your jeans have a 9" hem, which is pretty big. The 005 is very slim and the eternal is not far behind. Assuming you are a size 32, both jeans will have hems that are more or less 8". The samurai is 8.5", which is pretty versatile. The rise is low on the 005 and 10.5 on the samurai VX. The eternal Im not sure.
If you are not used to slim jeans and just want some nice straight legged jeans, the VX is the way to go. It is the one I would choose. I'm wearing a similar pair of samurai's right now (5000BK) and I like them.
You might also be interested in the new contest jeans at Selfedge.