My heavy Americans arrived. They are 14.75 oz Cone denim. For perspective, my favorite jean for the last 10 years has been the LVC 1947. To me that is just about the best looking jean on any guy at any age with any build. They got it right.
But Levis messed around with them, so I don't buy them any more and my collection is made up of 2006 and earlier examples along with some other 2000-2004 era LVC special editions. During that time frame, Levis was using some excellent denim which, IMO had more character and texture than LVC denim in later years. (I also own some Rising Sun, Jack Knife Outfitters bespoke and Jean Shop denim.)
What I like about these Gustins:
1) the knee and thigh are on average the same as 4 pairs of my '47' LVC.
2) The rise is about 3/4" less than 47's which I enjoy for a slightly more modern fit.
These are pretty much a perfect pant if only the cuff was closer to 8". The pair I received measures 8 5/8" at the cuff and their website says 9". At 8 5/8" they should be OK. I still have a pair of the Heavy Japanese to arrive. If they are 9", I will have them taped down to 8".
To me, a true straight leg jean is OK with a 9" cuff , but I like more shape to the leg. Unfortunately Gustin's skinny model is way too skinny for me. But, I'm 6' 2" and 185 lbs. I did see the skinny on Josh Gustin and he looks great in them, better than when he wore the classic straights, but he is also a lean guy. So keep your body shape and weight in mind when selecting your fit.
What blows me away about these jeans is the denim. This has to be some of the best Cone Mills denim I've ever seen. To me, most Cone is flat, stiff and dull. In other words, boring. This denim is very impressive. It has character. It has texture and heft without feeling bulky. It certainly isn't super heavy and has some comfortable "give" to it. . I think it is an excellent all-around weight and with its texture should break-in beautifully.
I will post some photos shortly on my Tumblr blog of the fabric. http://abitofcolor.tumblr.com/
This is special stuff. Get a pair!