Originally Posted by mlyngard
Anything over 19oz is retardedly impractical and hype. That's not to say it doesn;t have it's merits under some circumstances.
IH is a good rec. But Samurai is the go-to for heavy denim with the biggest range of denim and cuts out there. But you would be selling yourself short if you ignored Momotaro's spectacular 15.7 oz denim.
Yeah, Samurai does have the biggest range in the heavier weights - but you've got to deal with a pair of jeans that's has lots of Japanese symbolism (if that's not your thing), a fairly weak leather patch on their standard models, and less spectacular hard-ware than you would expect for the price. But the variety and texture in their denim is spectacular
And they have lots of interesting little details.
I've also noticed IH's construction techniques are more solid/suitable for the weight range they are dealing with - and many say once you pop on IHs, you can't stop.
I've also heard good things about the very heavy weight Studio D'Artisan's from their Japanese stockists (there are some limited editions of 60 coming out later this year) - SDA's construction is always solid (every seam expertly closed, thread finishes neatly tucked away, the stitching is always tight and dense).
I do agree that Momotaro's denim is top-notch (I rather like the 14.7 oz denim on the copper series), but once you get under 16oz, there're just so much nice denim to choose from (Pherrow's, Sugar Cane, Full Count, Studio D'Artisan, The Flat Head, etc); and it becomes a matter of personal preference and trial & error.