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I just got the UniQlo jeans, a Ring denim pair in a dark rinse, that j. sent. Thanks man. The first thing that struck me was their cosmetic similarity to APC jeans. There some immediate differences The belt loops are marginally thicker, and the front pockets are more dropped than APC, and the rise is about an inch lower than the New Standards, which means that that the belt loops attach directly to the back yoke of the jeans, which I like. The fit is tighter at the waist and roomier in the thighs than the APC Standards. But the back pocket design is identical (or seem so, since I don't actually have my APCs on today, down to the (cosmetic stitching pattern) If you are looking for a bargain basement jean, they are terrific. You simply can't beat $30. Even at $60, you would be hard pressed to do much better, excepting discount stores, but that is an unfair comparison. Why should one buy APCs in that case then, especially since they look so much alike. Well, first of all, the denim is not nearly as tightly woven as APCs, so they are not going to be as durable. Also, the stitching throughout is much looser and less even than APC, and the little details just aren't there. The inseam is not felled, and there is not the reinforced stitching at the outseam along the pockets (front and back) that there are on APC jeans (check yours to see what I mean. The APC stitching is light grey) the hardware is also not as high quality as APC hardware. So there are differences. Whether they matter to you is something you hae to decide. (And remember that APC is a rare exception - the quality of their jeans is in the same leaque as most players in the $180+ range, even at the new $120 price, they are a relative bargain compared to other premium brands.) I will say that these jeans are not dismilar in quality to jeans 1.5 times the retail price Certainly, UniQlo is better than the GAP regular line, and about of the same quality as the 1969 jeans, which retail for $85+. They beat Meltin' Pot jeans (a brand I consider highly overrated and overpriced) by a wiide margin. I would say that they are not are well made as most premium jeans in terms of their stitching, etc... They are not quite as well made as The Levis Premium line, but are way ahead of the regular Levis line. I would say that they are as well made as the more expensive Wranglers found at "upscale" shops like Urban Outfitters. They are infinitely better made than the Urban Outfitters house brand BdG. Inifnitely. Not sure exactly where they stand with respect to Lucky, whose jeans are often hit and miss. Whatever criticisms there might be though, they are definitely on the money.
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Awesome, glad you like them. The Ring Denim pair are my favorites of the Uniqlos. I really like the sheen they have. Also, I doubt they will be as durable as the APCs, but I beat the living hell out of my pair for a week in Japan and another week or so here and they look fine, and aren't showing the short-fiber fraying you get with crappy Levis or Gap jeans, so I expect them to live quite a while. The one gripe I have is that the inseam is getting a bit short, but I will stretch them hard when I finally wash them again.
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the short-fiber fraying you get with crappy Levis or Gap jeans
The unmistakeble sign of crappy denim.  This is why $30 Levis aren't worth even that.  They will wear out faster than Paris Hilton. edit. BTW, how much inseam shrinkage will there be when I wash them? I was planning to get them hemmed this weekend.
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I don't know, because I stretched them when I washed them, like I always do. They came out about the same as before, with the stretching.
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LA Guy - Do you know if the Wrangler line at Urban Outfitters and the Wrangler 47 line are the same? The site doesn't list them as a retailer, but the jeans looked similar at a glance.
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How does one pronounce Uniqlo?
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LA Guy - Do you know if the Wrangler line at Urban Outfitters and the Wrangler 47 line are the same? The site doesn't list them as a retailer, but the jeans looked similar at a glance.
No, completely different. The washes for the 47 line are much cleaner, and the denim used is "harder". The cuts are also significantly slimmer.
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How does one pronounce Uniqlo?
"You-knee-klo" or if you are speaking Japanese "You-knee-kro". I'm guessing the name comes from some combo of "Unique" and "Low" as in low prices. *edited, added "speaking" - didn't mean to sound like I'm making fun, I used the Japanese pronunciation when speaking to Japanese people, as in "Uniqro doko desu-ka" - "Where is Uniqlo?"
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Awesome assessment - I have a friend in Japan and I might just ask him to bring me back a pair when he comes back to Houston for the beginning of the fall semester in a couple of months. Just a quick question about the cut - is it a true straight leg, or a straight leg with a bit of a taper at the end, like the APCs, or something else altogether?
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Awesome assessment - I have a friend in Japan and I might just ask him to bring me back a pair when he comes back to Houston for the beginning of the fall semester in a couple of months.  Just a quick question about the cut - is it a true straight leg, or a straight leg with a bit of a taper at the end, like the APCs, or something else altogether?
There is no taper at the bottom. I'll let LA Guy explain more. Personally, I wish I had brought back a couple more pairs of the Rings for myself, they are great jeans.
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Awesome assessment - I have a friend in Japan and I might just ask him to bring me back a pair when he comes back to Houston for the beginning of the fall semester in a couple of months.  Just a quick question about the cut - is it a true straight leg, or a straight leg with a bit of a taper at the end, like the APCs, or something else altogether?
Like the APC's - i.e. Euro-straightleg - fit is not unlike the Diesel Kratt, but more fitted.  The hem is wider than the  APC hem, but it also has a shorter inseam, and the body of the jean is also roomier. (Current) Euro bootcut is (Current) American straightleg.  It's like futbol vs. football.
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I wish I had brought back a couple more pairs of the Rings for myself, they are great jeans.
You only say that now that you have forgotten how much of a struggle lugging an entire suitcase full of jeans around Tokyo was...
post #13 of 157
Can I place an order for Uniqlo jeans please, j? I'll take a pair of rings and a pair of selvages, 29x34 please.
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Can I place an order for Uniqlo jeans please, j? I'll take a pair of rings and a pair of selvages, 29x34 please.
Gladly. That will be $800 for the first pair, and $30 for each additional.
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Got mine today as well (Dry selvedge). They are awesome. Thanks j. And thanks LAG for the assessment: I had to explain to my wife why I used this "awkward" way to buy a pair of jeans. Do I need to wash them before I hem them? Should I wear them for a while before?
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