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  1. 54 points
    I've been using the 3A-5TS from last year as a work bag almost everyday since I got it from it's drop. Thought it would be the bag I'd use for the next 5 or so years, but then along came the 3A-5... Here's a little writeup of a comparison between the two. For a little context, I commute to work by bike everyday and have to carry a 15 inch laptop, a change of clothes, and an extra pair of shoes. The size of the 5TS and 5 perfectly fit my needs, but the differences on the 5 were surprisingly helpful. The obvious differences are the roll top lid and the two giant fixed pockets in the front. My biggest gripe with the 5TS was that anytime I wanted to grab something from the main body, I'd have to pop open 3 buckles and refasten them closed all over again. The roll top feature solves this nicely by reducing the buckles I need to fiddle around with to 1, and also stowing away the excess material of the flap. Much easier to grab something from the bag with the top rolled in when the bag is still strapped tight to yourself. The two exterior pockets are a nice addition to the bag. I had the first generation xpac 5TS before getting last year's, and a feature I missed a lot were the two built in zipper compartments on each side of the bag. With the newer 5TS, I tried to recreate these by sticking two MZ1's vertically on each side. The exterior 3A-5 pockets hold much more than the MZ1's ever could, making the MZ1's no longer necessary. The mezzanine pockets behind them are really useful as well and serve as a nice little spot to store items you'd like to grab quickly without having to fuss with any buckles or zippers. Despite the lack of TS, the attachment loops on the 5 work well if you still want to expand your storage. Though the website only demonstrated you could attach a MK1 and MK3, I was able to attach my MZ1's without any issues. While I opted not to use the MZ1's anymore, I've attached a DSPTCH glasses case to 1 loop, a key charm to another, and a grimloc carabiner to another to hold my keys. A surprising change was the inclusion of two smaller inner zipper pockets as opposed to the single pocket of the five. Though a seemingly minor change, it helps partition my smaller items nicely. Although the single pocket from the 5TS is larger than one from the 5, the combined volume of the two smaller pockets is greater. Here's to hoping including two of these pockets becomes a standard and not just unique to the 5. There are some subtle differences you might miss that aren't obvious in the product shots. The lid on the 5 is reinforced with 3 sections that helps act as a guide to properly fold it in. It also helps give it a nice solid shape and structure, making the 5TS lid feel flimsy in comparison. Another small difference is the left and right buckles on the 5 can't slide up quite as high as on the 5TS due to the stitching on the thumb-break closures for the exterior pockets. This slightly restricts the expansion of the 5 vs the 5TS. I'd often pack my 5TS to the max fully expanded for weekend to week long trips. Though the difference is small, I'm a little worried for when I'll have to pack similarly with the 5. Despite the suggestively simpler name, the 3A-5 is in many ways a worthy upgrade to the tried and true 5TS. The 5 solved most of my gripes with the 5TS and will probably be the bag I'll use for years to come, unless Acronym and Bagjack manage to find another surprising way to improve the bag again (which I'm sure they will). Hope you all enjoyed my sincere writeup.
  2. 51 points
    Here's a comparison between my 1946's in size 33" and size 34" I wore the size 34 for work over a 2yr period and the 33 for play over a 3yr period. ...after the 1st wash size 33 Size 34 After 1yr (ish) size 33 on the bottom . Size 33 on top . . ...and after their last wash Size 34 . . . Size 33 . . Size 33 on the right, you can see the snug fit showing more contrast . . . bonus shot.. size 33 in action . ...and then they fell to pieces
  3. 51 points
    I don’t come by these parts much anymore and have nothing to add here, but I’m glad to see the thread I started over 12 years ago is still kicking! Edit: I will add that I’m still rocking a 10-ish year old 3A-5TS and it hasn’t popped a single thread. It’s been my EDC for over a decade. Terrific bag and truly bombproof.
  4. 48 points
    Got the J82-WS in yesterday and snapped a few pics (it was appropriately windy!) It's extremely lightweight, as expected. I'm happy with how it drapes when open, which can be a bit dicey on asymmetrical pieces, and the hood is very Assassin's Creed-esque. Love how angular it is, I think it suits the design really nicely. The curved detail lines on the collar are a really nice touch. I didn't get photos of the back because of the wind, but I LOVE the vent design. Feels unique for the brand and it's nice to see them trying it. Despite the slimmer cut and the long length, I haven't felt restricted in my lower half if I don't fasten the button that's below the bottom of the zip. With it fastened, it's still easy to walk and move about, but for squatting, etc I have been undoing it and I don't feel like I'm fighting the coat at all. It's a lovely cut and I hope they remake it in other materials eventually.
  5. 47 points
    Thanks for your patience everyone, with the trip and Thanksgiving it's been a very busy week. My girlfriend and I went out to the Bay Area for the Mega Self Edge party (she was such a trooper for putting up with all my denim stuff all weekend), before we went out there I had sent Roy a note that I was going to be in town if he wanted to meet up and he agreed. The night of the party we walked down to the new shop I saw Roy was there, went up to him and told him who I was he was like "what happened to you?! I thought we were supposed to hang out!" but we had only gotten in late the night before. So we decided to meet up the next afternoon at this workshop. We ended up hanging out there for about three hours, talking about: denim and vintage sewing machines, denim experts and historians and all their claims of knowledge as fact, baseball and how much San Francisco Giants fans hate Mark Melancon (as a Braves fan I had no idea what we got ourselves into...), Coach Orgeron and how terrifying he seemingly is, fashion and how it's mostly marketing at the end of the day, living a simple life, learning from trial and error, how Roy didn't used to have a bunch of Roy jeans and now he's made himself a ton out of all these small sample rolls of different fabrics he has laying around, stretching unsanforized fabrics out pre-soak and then grading the denim based on shrinkage and stretch percentage for different parts of the jeans (this was ingenious actually, but very time consuming and wouldn't make sense for a production run of jeans but he did it on a pair of his own and they fit him just the way he likes), how he has stopped so many projects halfway through because he wasn't happy with it for some reason or another, how he feels like he needs to love what he makes because you can't make everyone happy but if he's happy with it then he knows at least one person is happy, how sad he is that Cone has closed and how the bounce of their wooden floors is what really made their denim special, how he made 150 pairs of jeans in a 34 day timespan working 16 hour days, meeting different denim people like Ono-san (rebuilt.jp on Instagram, works for YM Factory) and how when he met Roy and looked at his machines he was amazed at how wrong Roy was using all his different machines. Sorry for rambling, but our conversations was all over the place and I figured the best way to get it all out is to just put it out there how I remember. Here's some photos, I could've spent all day just taking photos of all the notes he's made to himself and drawings all over the place. The lighting in his workshop is really amazing. Roy actually showed us how the free-hand embroidering Singer works and it's pretty incredible. He pumps the base with his foot and maintains the width of the stitch with a lever controlled by his knee. He said this might be the most time consuming process out of everything else. This is a small roll of indigo dyed duck canvas from Cone. The interesting thing is that it wasn't dyed by Cone, but another company afterwards that is out of business. Later Cone tried to develop the same fabric and dye it themselves but it wasn't the same. You'll see it used by Rouge Territory, Tellason, Left Field and other brands, but it just wasn't as good as this stuff. The selvedge ID looks like a wabash stripe. He was going to make a shirt out of this stuff at one point, but I don't think he had enough fabric and the dying company closed long before Cone shut their doors. This is a pair of left hand twill jeans Roy made for himself where he experimented with the stretching and shrinking of different panels of fabric to get the shrinkage under control. He would take the waistband pieces, stretch them over time and measure how much they would stretch before sewing, and then calculate the shrinkage based on a swatch of the fabric. This in a sense is like sanforizing the fabric almost, but without making it lose all it's depth and interesting features. I think this fabric was made by Collect, but it looks a lot like Sugar Cane's 50/50 blend fabric. Thanks for reading, it was pretty amazing to see the place where all these jeans and shirts I've had over all these years are made. I look forward to the day when I can come back out to Oakland and meet up with Roy and talk for a few hours.
  6. 45 points
    Here you go mate The pair is one-wash but this is mostly visible on the leather patch. The denim itself is still very flat and crispy, nearly no wrinkles. The indigo hues are really nice, the green tone of the denim is very prominent and is different to typical greencast denim (like Stevenson). Irregular warps yarns with different indigo colours, yet the denim doesn't feel slubby or strongly textured like other brands. But now to the pictures. Deer leather patch I love the curved back pockets Hand dyed with natural indigo And now to the fit. These would be probably a relaxed tapered cut. I took the short inseam version since I didn't want to need a hem. So these will be my "Edo Ivy" fit
  7. 45 points
    I've been clearing out. I sent my jeans home.
  8. 45 points
    4th year of machine washing and drying. May get them repaired soon.
  9. 45 points
    My 'work uniform' from last year.. Warehouse 2001XX SC47's (2004era) In shade Direct sunlight
  10. 44 points
    Grab yourself a camera and go for a stroll around your neighbourhood, within a 30min radius of home will be just fine, lets see the streets you walk everyday, the places you shop, the bus stops, no need for landmarks, the more mundane the better...as the thread suggests...? Here in Sheffield we have one of the largest poverty gaps in the UK, the city boomed during to the industrial revolution, imploded during the Thatcher government >further decline brought on by the outsourcing of the 90's. You can draw a line through my city, the rich/poor divide. I work in one of the most deprived areas but live in the West which borders our beloved Peak District, The Victorian houses built by steel barons trying to escape the cities pollution, Outside of London S10 is still considered to be one of the most affluent districts in the UK but we live in a typically working-class Victorian terrace house c1870 it's pretty much all we could afford in the area. These are the previously mentioned terraces albeit, ours is tucked away up a lane. ..Along the next street we go, Steve Beckett of Warp Records fame used to live up here, and Richard Hawley just a couple more streets away. ..the allotments at the end of the street Sheffield is the greenest city in Europe/has more trees per person or it did until Amey started cutting the f**kers down, Looking over S10. Follow the river Porter up to Lady Cannings Plantation, for all your MTB needs Down to the park, typical Sheffield weather Just a stones throw from the working-class terraces, overlooking the park are the middle-class Victorian villas . . Heading up towards Ranmoor where red brick turns to olde'world stone This is the route i cycle to work . . Through the Botanical Gardens (like a mini Kew) . ... i pop out at our local row of shops JoJo's, find their vintage goodies on Insta Past local muralist and print maker extraordinaire Phlegm, lots of his work dotted around the city. . . . ...and back home. Go to it super-peeps and don't be afraid to photo-bomb.
  11. 44 points
  12. 42 points
    Barrage of J29 pics incoming, since I think it’s been overall poorly represented by styling shots online. I really love Acronym blazers and think they are a more versatile cut than most jackets in techwear. The look changes pretty radically depending on how it’s layered, how the collar is positioned, and if it’s opened or closed. I attached a bunch of slight variations on ways I’ve tried it out to illustrate that point. And yes, the J65-AK is fantastic and I love it because I love vests.
  13. 41 points
    Here's my 50's JKT 3.5 years in, like 5 or 6 washes on 40 degrees C, inside out, hung dry. Seriously, is there any denim better than the 50's denim? And to think I haven't owned a pair of the jeans yet... for shame!
  14. 40 points
    So I've made posts like this before for my Roy and OA collections, but I thought I would make another post featuring everything else. Group photo. Lots of photos incoming! These are organized alphabetically. 45rpm Sorahiko. At Last & Co Lot 126. Boncoura XX. Conner's Sewing Factory 46 1st half. Dry Bones x Self Edge DB19 natural indigo. Flat Head 3009. Full Count 1101. Full Count x Signet wild cotton 1101. Freewheelers 601xx 1943. Levi's Vintage Clothing 1966 (Cone). Mister Freedom Lot 64 Okinawa. Old Hands OH15-9. OrSlow 105. Pure Blue Japan XX-019BB. Pure Blue Japan XX-009. Resolute 711. Stevenson Overall Co. 737. Sugar Cane x Junky Style 1946. Warehouse 1001XX. Warehouse Inazuma special. Warehouse x Hinoya 1001XX.
  15. 39 points
    ...more adventures from last January to see us through the lockdown Sheffield's Megatron is a large subterranean storm drain, historically the city continued to get wiped out by flooding due to its geographical possition.. trying to avoid repeats the Victorians having grown fat on industry/empire money built a massive storm drain over the convergence of the rivers (affectionately known as Megatron) before slum clearence and re-building the city over the top, in effect raising the city center up by 30ft. The easiest way to enter Megatron without having to ab in from one of the bridges is beneath the transport police station.. in these days of terrorist hysteria i can't imagine the fuzz would take too kindly to folks with a backpack disappearing below the city's main transport hub so a early start, low key approach is key. Having done this route many times over the years, i'm tooled up with a home made tripod extension to bring the camera above water level and my search and rescue light which can fire a beam 1200m, perfect for tunneling and a pack with essentials, i'm deep underground with no phone coverage. I entered beneath Midland train station/police station, i'm alone in complete darkness, using the torch and long/timed exposures from the tripod which is stood in the river. Trains thunder overhead and the stench of diesel is thick in the air Overhead you can see some modern reinforcement to support the weight of the trains On i go... ...it goes on ..and on Until i pop out at an open air water section where daylight floods in I quickly cross this section through a fast flowing river to avoid getting seen from the bridges above, then i'm back under the other side heading towards the brick cathedral arch Brickwork overhead with stone foundation, much like our old terrace house. Just around the corner up to my armpits through this very deep water section we get to.... ....the bat-cave, you can see shit loads of tiny bats picking off insects from above the water, their eyes reflect in your torch light. Where the light floods in is the end of the road, there's a weir and it gets far too deep, first time i attempted it, i had a mini-freak out when i got my welly got stuck firmly in the silt and had to put my arm and face underwater to pull it out with my hand. The cathedral arch, it's impressive, my photo's don't do it justice. Light painting on a long exposure ...and back we go, RMC watch cap maintaining subterranean-steeze Thanks for looking...
  16. 39 points
    X-posting because this thread deserves some loving! Washed my old Denime 506XX about a week ago. No clue about number of washes or how much I've worn it now.
  17. 38 points
    myself klaxon howl bucket hat ooe vintage t and over shirt pherrows vans Her ooe oa02
  18. 38 points
    Hard to follow @j0el2 but here’s my 101s on an overcast winter’s day after on/off wear for 8 years. The crotch has been repaired and the knees are almost worn out - when they develop holes there (which will be very soon), I’ll retire them. The close-ups are truer in colour.
  19. 38 points
    SC-47's (Hard-Wash) . . . . .
  20. 37 points
    Things to do at this time of year to break the perpetual lockdown boredom.. 1) Collect birch sap From late February in the south of England to early April in Scotland birch sap marks the coming of spring, when the trees emerge from their hibernation and suck up all the moisture they need to feed the oncoming leaves, you get a 2 week surge window each year which slowly moves from the south...to the north, after that, the flow of sap slows down somewhat There are a few methods.. but you don't need to buy no fancy-shmancy metal maple tap i whittled these taps out of a branch in less than 10mins Your looking for well established trees with a good girth and large canopy which proves that they're out competing the other trees and should yield plenty of juice. Get the kids to do the hard work Hammer in your tap Tie your containers (in our case milk cartons) around the tree with some twine...then jam a stick underneath to support the weight. This is my prefered method of pegging it's less effective but less invasive... you force your knife just under the bark, as with the tapping method a 30deg angle is perfect. Push it in and stroke the sap down the peg with your finger forcing a capillary reaction and your all set, this method is much slower but hey its a lovely day, what's the rush? Go for a pint.. while your containers fill up My brother in law tells me that throughout the Ukraine and Russia birch sap is bottled and sold seasonally as a fresh energy drink. It can be used to make birch wine, birch beer or distill into a moonshine, but what we don't drink now, i'm going to reduce down into a syrup. Plug the holes with a wooden stopper... ...and seal with 100% beeswax, the wax will melt out when the weather warms up. Don't worry your not harming the tree in the slightest, birch sap is like natures antiseptic, you can cut off branches at this time of year with no detrimental effect whatsoever, just don't harvest the same trees again for a few years. Much less concentrated than Maple, it has taken 42 pints of sap to make just over 1 pint of syrup, you don't need to reduce it anymore than this golden colour or it can instantly darken and taste burnt, do the final stage slowly in a bain-marie. 2) Pick some wild garlic (great for pesto) Allways most flavoursome when it's just about to flower ie- now 3) Collect bulrush (reedmace) stems Give them a good yoink Eaten young like this they taste like a cross between cucumber and palm heart 4) Collect some American signal crayfish from the river These are an invasive species in the UK so even if you found one by accident, you're duty bound to kill it. Purge them overnight in a bucket of fresh water and get the kids involved dispatching them If you twist the middle fin through 90deg and gently pull you can remove the intestine in one go Clean all the meat out Chuck in some linguine, your garlic and whatever else you've foraged Who needs panic buying eh?
  21. 37 points
    PBJ XX-011 - 3.5 Years. ~2 Year actual wear. ~15-20 Washes My favorites.
  22. 36 points
    og oa02 straight from ooe
  23. 36 points
    with no warning or introduction, here is a pair of SExSG24 I've been wearing for about a year and a half. I think they've seen something like 2 or 3 machine washes to this point and an increasing number of diy repairs. back in 2016 when these were first out I happened to be in NYC and stopped by self edge to check them out and was blown away by the fabric- if there's anything else out there like it I haven't seen it. the next time I found myself in new york I made a stop again and picked a pair up. these were my first and so far only pair of the strike gold but all the details are so great I can totally see myself getting another pair. I always liked the look of the mud dyed fabric...
  24. 35 points
    So my wife recently got into quilting. She’s made a few normal quilts for friends, family etc. A couple months ago she saw a set of boro quilting fabrics from japan and decided to have a go at a king size quilt, which is pretty ambitious, considering she’s been only quilting for under a year, and our little singer sewing machine can’t really handle the size of a king size quilt all at once. So below is her taking on the ludicrous task of hand sashiko sewing it all together, after she joined all the top panels together via machine. Thought you guys might be interested. Edit: I should mention that it’s all cotton fabric, including the top fabric, the batting, or insulated middle layer, and back layer. All cotton machine threading and sashiko thread.
  25. 35 points
    1946 SugarCane x Junky Special Each pair is 'one of a kind' as you can see from the individual wonky pocket stitch. Junky held an exhibition, towards the latter end of 2017 to showcase some of the vintage denim held in the Toyo Enterprise vault, the DS 1946 belonging to Mr. Ryoichi Kobayashi being one of them, this repro was sold over the counter to folks who attended the exhibition. The denim was loomed especially for this run of 100, if you look at this worn example the texture looks to be leaning towards WWII. Here's some more photo's.. They have a lovely hand made feel.. . Run off . . . . Here's a post wash fit pic SunSurf + JSP 46's + JL Don't go away just yet, put the kettle on...get the custard creams Ive also got the SC X JSP 1946 506XX . . Sloppy af . . fin.