Hey doomx, Thank you for the recommendations! I may just stick with a classic 501. Hey Andy, This wouldn't be the first time I've ever over-analyzed something - comes with the territory of what I do on a daily basis. You're absolutely right - sometimes you just have to dive in and get your hands dirty. On a separate note, I contacted Sid Mashburn concerning the non-selvedge denim that are made in the US. According to their customer service, the denim is "cone-milled denim and made in a factory in California."