Originally Posted by furo
I saw the raw Rockers on sale today and almost bought...
They did seem to be a bit flimsier than I thought they'd be, and definitely vanity sized. Maybe that's just the nature of the jeans, but they didn't seem quite as durable as the KMW 1980s that I have.
Anyways, I bought another pair of 1980 KMWs instead over these, but was wondering what others thought about durability, construction, and build quality of the JS Rockers (raw) vs the 1980 KMWs (raw).
The sale price on both pairs was comparable (I paid $16 more for the KMW 1980s than I would have for the JS Rockers)
I wouldn't use the word "flimsy" to compare JS to KMW. JS has often been described as an upgraded APC: better denim, better details, but still a "fashion" jean. I wouldn't consider KMW to be a repro brand per se but they definitely focus more on construction and are built to be worn harder. It's somewhat apples and oranges but that's not to say that JS is poorly constructed or not of good quality; in fact, while JS is generally underrepresented I can't recall ever having heard construction issues. As fashion jeans, they might be a little overpriced for what they are but I frankly love the finish and details as they truly set themselves apart in a sea of denim companies. Some people can't handle the orange overload but that riri zip (back when they had it) and seeing orange selvage on both sides of the fly is a nerd plus. Aside from the born-on-date Sharpied on the pocketbag, I also get a bit more of a hands-on feel from JS than other brands.
The bottom line is they're both well-made and comfortable (around the 13oz range with long-staple cotton) with perhaps the big difference in wear being that KMWs have a rep for being more stubborn.