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Durable jeans for less than $40?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Trale, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. StevenRocks

    StevenRocks Well-Known Member

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    I'd go for the Rustlers. Even if they fall apart in a year, you only have $9.97 in them.
     
  2. jedwards

    jedwards Well-Known Member

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    Why not get some Carhartt rigids?

    They are really heavy denim and basically built for TRUE workmen in terms of lastability and quality.

    I own a pair, and they might not be the trendiest jeans ever with a beautiful indgo fade etc and all that other stuff, but it sounds like you're after a quality pair at a fair price, and these would fit the bill perfectly.

    Everyone also says good things about the Wrangler rigid 13MWZ, which is about 20 US I believe in the states.

    remember: Jeans are a workwear garment - they should last pretty much forever. The first brands to make jeans as TRUE workwear (not fashion items) will and still undoubtedly produce the best jeans which fit the criteria you have specified. So you should look at traditional 501, Wrnagler, Lee, Carhartt models
     
  3. Englandmj7

    Englandmj7 Well-Known Member

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    I grew up spending my summers working my ass off on a ranch; riding horses, cutting down trees, building fences with barbed-wire, etc. and let me tell you; EVERYONE that has ever worked on a ranch would swear their unborn children on a pair of Wranglers/Carharrts; all the cowboys, loggers, etc......yeah they are high-rise and may not fit perfectly, but they are tough as shit and very cheap. Levi's STF 501s are nice too.....
     
  4. mdk

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    Sort of off-topic, but does anyone know if the Rigid Levi's Capital E 501 is actually raw or an emulation?
     
  5. Brian SD

    Brian SD Well-Known Member

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    Sort of off-topic, but does anyone know if the Rigid Levi's Capital E 501 is actually raw or an emulation?

    Definitely raw. In truth there is no point in making emulated raw jeans, because that requires spending money to do some sort of treatment, where as in raw jeans no treatment whatsoever is required.
     
  6. BioSore

    BioSore Well-Known Member

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    I was under the impression that Gap's 1969 premium denim jeans were also pretty dang durable, too. I just picked up a pair from the local store, today, for 29.95. From what I heard, they should last a good while.
     
  7. skalogre

    skalogre Well-Known Member

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    I was under the impression that Gap's 1969 premium denim jeans were also pretty dang durable, too. I just picked up a pair from the local store, today, for 29.95. From what I heard, they should last a good while.

    I got some too. The cut was quite similar to the PDC GTO I have just not as slim on the thighs, and the colour was rather nice with subtle wear patterns. I hope you are right but at 29.95 I should not complain.
     
  8. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Well-Known Member

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    Definitely raw. In truth there is no point in making emulated raw jeans, because that requires spending money to do some sort of treatment, where as in raw jeans no treatment whatsoever is required.

    Not so. I got a Levi Premium Slim Trucker Jacket (557) that was labeled "raw"------but it had elbow honeycomb fakery and i suspect it was in one-wash state.
     
  9. sonick

    sonick Well-Known Member

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    Not so. I got a Levi Premium Slim Trucker Jacket (557) that was labeled "raw"------but it had elbow honeycomb fakery and i suspect it was in one-wash state.
    They can be raw but still distressed. Club monaco had a pair of raw selvedge last season, but were ruined by ugly perma-wrinkles. The denim was still in an unwashed state.
     
  10. 386

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    I've had two pairs of Rustlers and two pairs of Levi's 501. All of these jeans were rather cheap.

    The first rustler were the cheapest available at Wal-Mart circa 2003. The raw "boot leg" jeans that are ~$10. I wore them every day for at least six months. They fit nice, were simple, and did not develop holes. I washed them about once every couple of weeks and things went great. A friend needed some jeans and he liked the simplicity of these so I hooked him up.

    The second rustler were the dark washed "straight leg" jean circa 2004 for ~$12. I wore them every day for about six months as well. They also fit nice, simple and did not develop holes. I rarely washed these and I still wear them about a year later. I think they have a couple of years of good wear before the holes start showing up.

    The first Levi's 501's were from JC Penny's and they were pre-washed the darkest indigo color that was available: $~30. They fit nice. I wore them for about a year every day and rarely washed them because I was on the road in a van. They started looking _nice_ and people would always ask me where I got them and I told them JC Penny's. Soon after they started developing holes in the wallet, the crotch and the knees. I keep patching them and patching them and they look like a Frankenstein project these days. They wore out in about a year.

    The second 501's were the Mexican Shrink-to-Fits that came in raw style. I ordered them for like ~$40 and they fit alright, but not as nice as the pre-washed 501. They are hard as a rock, though. These jeans just won't wear out. I wear them every day and they take forever to wear in. I'm at about three months of constant wear now and a wallet is just now starting to form in the back pocket and the legs and slowly beginning to fade. I do not wash these.

    I am an expert in cheap and simple denim.
     
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  11. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Well-Known Member

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    They can be raw but still distressed. Club monaco had a pair of raw selvedge last season, but were ruined by ugly perma-wrinkles. The denim was still in an unwashed state.

    I can't make sense of that. Why offer unwashed denim that is pre-distressed??? I immediately machine washed that jacket 3 times just to even out the bizarre honeycombing on the arms. So much for my "raw" jacket.
     
  12. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Well-Known Member

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    search at discount stores like tj maxx, you might come across a great deal. i just found some rrl selvage jeans for 15.99. it takes time, but you can find great deals.
     
  13. sonick

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    I can't make sense of that. Why offer unwashed denim that is pre-distressed??? I immediately machine washed that jacket 3 times just to even out the bizarre honeycombing on the arms. So much for my "raw" jacket.
    For us it makes no sense. But to the average consumer, wearing $200 jeans that look like a $30 levis 501 from Sears without wash for half a year to get 'wear marks', when you can easily buy a pre-distressed jean at Old Navy for $30 makes no sense.

    The average consumer thinks the pre-distressing is cool (or is it the media and advertising that tells the average consumer that pre-distressing is cool?), so that is what the stores sell.
     

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