Originally Posted by sho'nuff
ive been perusing sufu and i noticed that Samurai is held in pretty high regard over there. (here also)
especially in there This or That (a good idea for this forum btw) thread, hands down everybody chooses the samurai models over the vs similar fitting other brands like skull, pbj, eternals and others.
i know samurai uses the really heavier denim in their 15-21 oz jeans. they also carry a wide variety of cuts and combos of weight and cuts.
but what is it that makes this brand stand out besides these factors above? that makes them so appealing? will i notice when i get one and try one on? is it the fading factor?
i know they usually come in a more fuller thigh which is not my ideal. but besides that. anything makes them 'empirically' popular over the others?
i am intrigued
I've got Eternal 811s and Samurai 0500xx, and while they are not the same cut, I still feel the Samurai are superior. I think everything from the japanese-character-laden rivets to the denim to the construction are slightly cooler to me, a cut above the Eternals. Keep in mind, the Eternals are still outstanding in every regard.
What it probably comes down to is that Samurai offers so many different cuts and denim, they have a wide fanbase (as far as raw denim niche goes). For example...Skull inherently attracts only people looking for a very skinny cut, thus limiting their fanbase. Similarly, Eternal, with their quintessentially repro top blocks, get nothing but complaints of "hip flare" from skinny guys with no ass.
So, in many ways its just unfounded brand loyalty. But no two companies make the EXACT same cut, and no two people are identical, so one person may find another brand's cut more appealing.
Unfortunately, it's not that easy to try on many different types and pick the one for you. So, just make sure you assess what your build is...research what cuts are designed for what build...etc...
You really can't go wrong with ANY of the usual Jap. repro brands