Originally Posted by kert
Somet 008. Size 28.
I'll chime in too and say those look awesome on you. Slim guys like you and Mistral can really pull off the 008 cut. Nice fit.
Originally Posted by benjamin831
Well I took your advice and just cold soaked them for 20-30 mins. The tub water turned really yellow. Hopefully I won't lose too much stiffness. Can't wait to wear these jeans hard.
Good call. They'll crease up just fine.
Originally Posted by hendrix
from what i've heard and my limited experience, the starch (yellow stuff) doesn't actually make the denim stiff or contribute to the fading - it's an urban myth. My KMWs actually got stiffer after a hot soak, and turned a nicer colour.
Very true, brother.
The starch does make them stiffer, for a week or two
, but they soften up just as fast with or without the starch. If the jeans are gonna crease and fade well, they'll also do so with or without starch.
Long-term, all that icky brown shit both causes the fibers to be more brittle and attracts and traps more dirt, which degrades the fabric (plus it yellows/gets shiny, etc). On top of that, soaking really brings the denim to life and knits the weave more densely, even if there's little shrinkage.
Starch, long-term, is not a winning proposition for your jeans longevity.