First wash after 6 months since they were getting a little funky. Decided to go overboard on details and photos to fully document the process so that hopefully there'll be fewer newbie questions. You'll notice a hole on the (my) right pocket and several whiter patches along the knees from the Fight Club encounter back in Sept. and not surprisingly most, if not all, of the blood and mud disappeared over time. Other than that, I wore them nearly every single day in a fairly comfortable climate meaning I hardly sweated in them. Hot soaked in a plastic bin for 30 mins with a few squirts of Dr.Bonner's to clean things up but not enough to make it sudsy. "Hot" means turning the knob for "hot" in my bathroom, filling the bin, and it being warm enough for me not to want to stick my hand in there for longer than a few seconds. Water turned a very cloudy light blue (bluer than seen in the photo) and took a few cold rinses to clean out completely. Pressed through a towel to remove excess water (tip ala Cheap). Hung to dry for a few hours then worn to reset the creases while still a little damp. Voila! Denim was still a little damp when after pics were taken but clearly the hot wash didn't do too much in terms of contrasting and very little in terms of shrinking except for the back patch. When fresh they were a little snug on me but not tight and stretched out at least 1.5"-2" in the waist and a bit in the thighs over the course of 6 months. Washing them did NOT bring them back to their original size or smaller, but did bring it back to a tighter fit that I like. I like how the whiskers around the waist/crotch are coming out, the light lap fading, and as I discovered this morning, the front knee creases. Honeycombs still aren't set but as I've seen on older/more-used RRL's, they're a motherbitch to fade. Towards the bottom I took a photo of one of the shins in an attempt to highlight the hairyness of the denim. The jeans were originally like that and because of a lack of contact/wear in the lower legs remained that way pre/post-wash, that is to say, the wash didn't exaggerate the appearance. Here's to another 6 months.