thanks I see some stocked in BiG, i'll check it out
A lot of what you're asking is in here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/68358/guide-on-how-to-break-in-raw-and-nonraw-jawns/0_50
You soak sanforized because you're getting any shrinkage out of the way. No real downside other than you'd be softening up the denim a bit. Any other advice concerning soaking to do with fading, strengthening, etc. is bullshit, arbitrary, and anecdotal. Hot soak in theory will shrink more. Soak inside out to agitate less.
For every "do this, this, this, and this," there's several hundred people who never have and come out fine. They haven't soaked sanforized, they haven't soaked unsanforized, they hot washed, they cold washed, they etc. etc. etc.
I'd pay anyone here $100 if they could look at a pair of jeans a year or two in and know exactly what was done in terms of care outside of someone regularly washing their jeans.
thanks, I saw that thread but the jeans there are way too slim, 12.5 inch in the thighs is the slimmest I can go with like my N and Fs