Originally Posted by LoVel
I get my jeans for $7 a pair at the salvation army after you guys grow out of your 501s, 505s, and carharts. Buy the ones that fit and don't really worry about the name on the tag.
Trust me, you ain't getting any of my old jeans from the salvation army. I more than get my money's worth out of them.
First they're new and good enough to wear anywhere.
Then they get a little older, maybe a small hole in them or stain. Those move to the 'OK for running errands or doing light work around the house' pile.
Then they get bigger holes or stains and move to the 'OK to wear to a hardware store or other grubby place and for working on bigger projects' pile.
Finally they have substantial holes/stains and move to the 'don't wear these in public, only for really nasty jobs' pile.
Finally they get tossed as after the last group they pretty much don't resemble jeans anymore.
I have no idea how long I've had some of my jeans, but I know I brought them with me when I move to California and that was in '98. I'm wearing a pair of them right now - they're 'class 3' jeans. Sadly, I've had a few pairs of the newer Levis develop holes after only a few wearings. Sure, it doesn't help that I wear them in a bilge or something and risk sitting on a battery or other stuff, but I still find it odd that the new material seems to virtually evaporate.
But I suppose they look more stylish than my old heavy Levis.
I received a pair of flannel lined jeans from Cabellas (?) as a gift a couple years ago and really liked them for cooler weather, but they've since been nearly worn out and have some pretty big holes in them. I think I need to pick up a couple more pairs though as they're just about perfect for the mild winters we have around here.
I've also thought about trying some of the Duluth Trading Co.'s fire hose jeans as they claim they're ultra-durable.