Hey man, I'm here to help. I was in the same predicament as you. Let me tell you...the Iron Heart 633-14 (14oz) is the jean for you. I, too live in LA. I also own several pairs of 21 oz denim. I don't like to wear 21oz denim in 96 degree LA heat. The 14oz is your perfect solution. Go to the Self Edge store on La Brea. Buy these jeans. I've had them for a few weeks now and they are my #1 pair. And I know my jeans. And I respect the claustrophobic smashing of the man junk.