Yeah, the 15oz turned me off..
Looking at J Brand and they seem decent - but jeans are one thing I won't buy blind.
I'd walk into a store, try them on, have a chat about it with the salesperson; and if it turned out to be a helpful and educational experience, I'd pay the difference between the in-store and online price. It would have been money well-spent.
How are the tapered 3Sixteens, Romp?
I bought my J Brand in a store called Pierucci on Chapel Street, Melbourne...no use to you but they are stocking in Australia. David Jones have some (but I have only seen them in the women's section so far...not that I tried those ones on....).
Do you know a stockist for Baldwin here? Incu Clothing might be a good option, though I sure there are others with better suggestions.