Hi @Zamb I got the pants today thanks.
Fit: I am wearing them now and I can say we got the fit spot on! My new ZB J-Jeans are more perfect fitting than anything I have owned in the past, which is exactly what I was hoping for and why it was worth it to have pants custom made for me. I will probably wear these black jeans more than any other piece of clothing I own and I wanted them to actually fit.
My legs are pretty big, I ride mountain bikes, skis and snowboards and as result have some overdeveloped legs. My thighs aren't enormous, about 23" near the crotch but real issue is around my knees... My thighs only taper to 20" near my knee and my calves at 16" are larger around than my knees. So, a slim straight cut is straight up skinny on me and there's lots of cuts I just can't get into ever. Usually the lower thigh is skintight and my calves get skintight again in anything but a relaxed fit. I have one "mainstream" slim cut jean that fits me, Levis' LMC Tack, plus I gave detailed measurements of my legs.
Fabric: This is a heavy duty organic cotton canvas with an impressive density and tight weave. The warp/weft yarns look slightly slubby and are very substantial.... perhaps not intended to be used for clothing but it should serve that purpose very nicely. It has a medium texture to it, the surface is fairly soft for the kind of fabric it is though, which is nice. Weight is 14 oz, though the feel gives the impression of something even heavier. The garment weighs 2 lbs even, which is about 5 oz more than a pair of 13.5 oz raw indigo jeans I have.
Construction: Basic and heavy duty, which is what I wanted. I am going for a minimal look.. i.e. I did not specify overlock stitching, asym construction, or any coatings or treatments... and Zam did indeed label them as Minimalist J Jeans. The pocket fabric, fly lining and piping around the waistband are made of a beautiful medium blue fabric with textured stripes woven in the fabric's pattern... this was a nice touch!
Overall quality of construction looks to be excellent... of course things need to be worn for years to really know but these look far better than average as far as I can tell. I have a hard time paying for a design that is not followed up by quality construction, for example Drkshdw jeans I have heard many times about how they fall apart, to me there is no pride of craftmanship there, it is not an honest transaction to give someone something that looks nice, costs a lot, but then doesn't measure up in terms of construction quality.
I have been down with the flu for the last week but will take some pics of the pants in the next few days or so with some close up details so you guys can get a better idea what they look like vs the ZB website. BTW, I have never had a flu before and it is HORRIBLE. I thought they were like a bad cold but that doesn't even begin to describe how bad it is. I may start getting flu shots, idk...