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  1. 74 points
    J1Experimental Initial Observations. There is no TLDR. The J1E-GT is a SS20 item and I do not know if it will get a wider release. There was no coordinated influencer/marketing campaign. I am not cool, just lucky. I have a few pictures on my IG @thatslapz. I had documented some of the new features in stories that are now gone, but I will probably bring them back with additional pictures in a story highlight once I figure out how. This write-up is also focused on the hardware/feature updates from the 2.2 J1A-GT. I have not looked into differences in patterning. One of the main reasons I bought the J1E was because I love its looks. I know others don't, and that is okay. Since it is white GT pro, the exterior is going to get marked up and dirty from use. Mine came with a mark on the front center panel from the liner access zipper underneath, and it is the first of many. Comparing the J1E's new white GT against my 47's weathered white GT Pro confirmed what everyone already knows - white GT dulls, changes color, and shows wear like no other. Few features went untouched on the J1E-GT, so the shoulder pocket is as good of a starting point as any. The E's pocket is constructed with a contrasting black matte circular zip, similiar to the J84-S hand pockets (see P35-DS product page). This design gives the pocket structure when empty, uses less material, and maintains the ability to expand with its contents. The 2.2A's shoulder pocket is mostly flat when empty, and expansion comes from a fabric fold over the zipper. The E's zip is a little stiff, and I am hoping it will loosen with time and use. The zipper pull is also much larger and easier to find/grip on the E (same size as the 2.2A's chest/gravity/side pockets). It is still too early to tell if I prefer using the E or A's configuration, but aesthetically I prefer the E. The J1E keeps the sleeve hitch tabs that returned on the 2.2A. The E's introduction of zipless, top entry "reloadable" gravity pockets also improve the tabs' utility as you don't have to fight the resistance of a zipper when pulling up your sleeves. The top entry of the left gravity pocket is covered by a flap of Goretex 2L stretch laminate, which looks similiar to the material used on the J59-GT cuffs and hem. The top entry of the right gravity pocket is covered by a flap of white GT pro sewn over white elastic (looks/feels similiar to jacket sling material). The stretch laminate has a little more give and may be more useful for larger/bulkier items. I only use the gravity pockets for transit cards, and they slip into the new sleeves easily. You can insert the card under the flap, flip the card downwards to catch the top of the gravity pocket, and drop it in. This is simpler operation than the zipper entry. If you use the gravity pockets for larger items you may prefer the standard zipped set-up. Compared to the 2.2A, the E's button gravity pocket's snap closure sits further from the edge of the sleeve and uses a larger button. This makes it easier to find by feel. I also find the positioning easier to snap open and closed. Additionally, the interior cuff and gravity pocket flap is black GT Pro to prevent staining. My white J47 is white here and pretty stained. All of these updates are relatively small, but are why I will keep buying Acronym. The 2.2E chest pockets use new "TensionZip" zippers. The end of the pocket near your armpit folds over itself when zipped. When you unzip it, this extra material straightens and expands, widening the pocket opening for easier access. I can operate the TensionZips one handed, and with either hand. The pockets are bigger and while this creates a visible fold, the additional space is worth it to me. While you lose some pocket entry length with the TensionZip, it is taken from the portion of the chest pocket under the armpit on the 2.2A that I rarely need. While the 2.2A provides a cleaner look and a watertight seal (more on that later), I prefer the E's configuration. The flak pocket opens with the same TensionZip, and provides the same benefits as described for the chest pockets. It also now has a top entry interior pocket for compartmentalization. The mezzanine pocket behind the flak pocket is now accessed from the left side (entry is from right side on the 2.2). Accessing the E's pocket is a slightly more natural motion for me, as it is like using another side pocket rather than reaching across my body. It is still too early to tell if the reversed mezz entry makes a difference, but I definitely prefer the TensionZip setup. Since the chest and flak pocket zippers fold over themselves, they are not completely sealed at the fold when closed. There is fabric overhanging this small uncovered section, so I expect water leakage will be minimal. For example, the mezzanine pockets on my J25-WS have never really been an issue. If water does get in, it would be nice to see drain holes on the interior of the pocket as found on the 61GTV. If water doesn't get in, great. I won't know until it actually rains, so more to come. The J1E's bi-lateral side entry pockets are similar to the 2.2A, but now have "rearward mesh catch detail" on the inside of the pocket to help keep items in the rear of the pocket in place. The mesh is sewn near the middle of the bilateral entry pocket to the inside of the exterior fabric. I haven't had a chance to play around with this too much, but it seemed to work with my MP3TS. Again more to come. Moving front and center, the main zipper is now a QuickFree zip. The base of the zipper is wider and angled to allow easier zipping. Based on a quick search, this feature makes it easier for kids or their parents to zip their jackets. I can confirm it is also easier for adults zipping their own jackets. The other feature of the QuickFree is the ability to rip the zipper open from any position (EscapeZip without having to fully zip). The EscapeZip has been moved to the collar zip. With the 2.2, you would have to unzip the collar to EscapeZip the main closure. Now you can fully "unzip" without unzipping anything. The collar zip is also longer, extending below the center snap closure. This position makes it easier to operate because it is at a more intuitive and natural height for your hands (elbows 90 degrees). However, it is also directly above the center snap, so you have to push it to either side to operate the snap. Not a big deal, but it is a little annoying after becoming so used to unrestricted access. The convertible collar on the E is also lined with black GT Pro instead of white, presumably to protect from staining/dirt and for contrast when folded down. I didn't think I would like it from the pictures, but I've found myself wearing the collar flipped most of the time now. I rarely, if ever, wear the collar down on my 2.2A so I guess that says something. The CF underflap is also redesigned on the 2.2E. From what I can tell it is thinner as the panel terminates at the (now olive) manubrium height center snap. The 2.2A's CF wider underflap sits under the liner access zip for structure/stability and weather protection. On the 2.2E, this part of the underflap is now on the opposite side under the liner access zip. I am guessing this is for better balance between the two sides, and better dynamics while moving with the jacket unzipped. However, I need to wear both jackets more to confirm. The liner access and hem expansion use larger zippers than on the 2.2A (same zipper size as side entry pockets), making them easier to find and operate. As I mentioned in the beginning, the top liner zipper did contribute to a mark on the fabric covering the zipper. If this kind of thing bothers you, you're SOL because it is just going to get worse. Interops is still present, though the underflap at the rear of the jacket is now narrower. The first button at the bottom of the interops zipper sits further from the zipper than on the A. The buttons are also spaced closer together, so much so that the second button is actually closer to the zipper on the E's underflap compared to the 2.2A. I haven't quite figured out the reasoning but I am thinking it is related to the redesigned front CF underflap. The hood is still removable and adjustable, but that is pretty much the only thing it has in common with the 2.2A. It is now "field cover type" convertible (boonie hat) hood as you have probably seen on Errolson's social media. The hood has two configurations - full cover which is with the brim down, and half cover, which is with the sides up. Half cover mode uses a single piece of elastic cord to hold the sides up. Simple, but it works. I do not see myself using half-cover mode because it makes me look like a tool. Your results may vary. While the 2.2A's storm hood provided some of the best wet weather coverage (especially for those that wear glasses) of any Acronym non-snorkel hood, there is no replacement for the brim of a hat. The hood/hat is all GT Pro, and the hat does not separate. Honestly I have barely used the hood, preferring the less bulky 2.2A hood, or no hood at all. From what I can tell, some of the few things that haven't changed are AuxZip,SpeedLock, articulated Speedlock Hem, and JacketSling. The exterior and interior sling mounts and sling itself are now a fantastic shade of raf. I am very happy with my purchase. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
  2. 65 points
    皆さんこんにちは!コンテストジーンズがどんどん届きます!みんなが楽しく投稿してくれてうれしいです。 今日のランチはそうめんでした でも箸がないことに気付いたので急いで作りました。 #33アンクルカール34ow 6月22日にtcb工場に行った時、78キロの重さでしたが、それ以来、運動して69.9キロに減りました。34インチは緩いです... 参加された皆さんが幸せで成功することを願っています。
  3. 63 points
    #59 29 ow with another cold machine wash
  4. 62 points
    I forgot about the newspaper on my way home from work, but anyway. Impromptu photo sesh because the cat was sitting right there, puppy coming up later! Sorry about cutting off the cuffs but you all know what they look like...
  5. 62 points
    They're here! #61 checking in! The sizing issues in this thread had me concerned, but they fit just great and I have an inch to spare in the waist. Have you other one washers washed again or plan to do so? I think I will just to get all the inseam shrinkage out of the way and hopefully get the roping started. Sorry about the sloppy cuffing (first autocorrected to muffin!), was just trying them on very quickly. Happy with the pocket bags as well!
  6. 56 points
    81 years ago today, Germany invaded Poland and thus started what we know today as the Second World War. It lasted 6 years and caused unimaginable suffering. Never forget, never again! Coincidentally, this is also the day where we start this “WW2 jeans contest”, a contest to fade jeans but also to bring people together from all over the world in friendship. To say it with the words of dear @Nayuta ‘s pocket bags “NO WAR, JUST PEACE”! And here is my entry:
  7. 56 points
    #182 checking in! I am happy to eat some crow here because these will actually work for me. They were so far under the chart measurements that I thought they were a lost cause, but after a hot wash, they were still way too large for my lady so I gave them another shot myself and I was surprised that after a bit of stretch, they were already basically back to the pre-wash size in the waist. They're still a little tighter there than I would like, but I think with a little more time and with cold washing from now on, they should be fine. Aside from the waist, these actually fit really nicely. Overall, I'm really pleased with the fit. The patch is still my favorite part, though I'm excited to start wearing these in a couple days.
  8. 56 points
    Hello everyone! In Japan, the hot summer continues after the rainy season. Meanwhile, yesterday I went to the tcb factory in Kojima, Okayama prefecture to get jeans. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo with tcb... Blue sky in the countryside Yam is growing fast Clear stream Yasuda River My pair The best patch in the world My pocket is striped! (Although polka dots were fine, ha ha ha) And the number 33 handwritten by Hajime is a very lucky number for me!!!!!!! And I swear here to start wearing on September 1st! (September in Japan is still hot, so you may start wearing it in November hahaha)
  9. 55 points
    These are size 36. My 50s were 34 and a bit tight, so I sized up and am happy.
  10. 55 points
  11. 54 points
    #45 with a check in... Too damn smoky to go outside for pics-trust me it’s Sept 1 here in Northern California. Both jacket and jeans were raw, denim size 31 and jacket size 38. I’ve soaked them both 2x, wearing the jeans. Now the denim is crunchy and creasing (my favorite moment with new denim). Put them both on while wet to get everything to start forming to me and to stretch the waist. Although now I don’t want the waist to stretch anymore. Happy start to this TCB race everyone!
  12. 54 points
    #65 checking in sz34 OW hemmed to a 32 Got the jeans on Thursday but didn’t have time to open the package until yesterday. Took them to my sister so she could work her magic and drew some arcs on them. Fit a little snug on the waist, but seeing as how many people are saying these stretch, I’m sure these will give after a few wears.
  13. 54 points
    Here are mine post hot wash/dryer - size 32 I sized down a little on these, I probably could have gone with a 33 but I've been running a lot and losing some weight and I didn't want to end up with jeans that were too big. Waist was definitely a little snug when I first pulled them out, couldn't get the top button done, but they've since stretched out. Measured them and they come out to 32 on the dot, hoping they have a little more stretch in them too. I also asked for a post wash inseam of 32" and that's exactly what they come out to. The rise is definitely the highest I have, it was comically high pre wash, and they're the straightest jeans I have, but I'm looking forward to wearing them more when it cools down. For pocket bags I got olive and brown duck canvas, which I dig. Kind of enjoy the jumbo cuff but I may switch it up to a double cuff.
  14. 53 points
    Nice to see everyone's day one posts! Here's mine, managed to even find a newspaper.
  15. 52 points
    No.36ナユタと猫がいよいよチェックイン! tcb Inoue&Ryo、tcbスタッフ一同エキサイティングなジーンズを作ってくれてありがとう! ジーンズは34インチと36インチです。(お尻が大きいのが気になったので2種類あります)ジャケットは38インチです。 さて、私の宝くじポケットはかっこいいです。残念ながら水玉は手に入れられませんでした笑 そのクールなポケットに落書きをしました。20代コンテストでも落書きをしました。 (これらのイラストは私のオリジナルではありません) とてもかわいいです中に隠された絵は、ジーンズを脱ぐたびに幸せな気分にさせてくれます。 私は私のパートナーOWです。それは非ストレスです!股上が深いので、これらのジーンズを試着し、一発で気に入りました!大好きですジャケットもストレスフリーです。これが大好き。 この夏の最後の2か月間、毎日tcb 40を着用するために歩きました。2か月で470 km歩きました。そのおかげで家にいたのですが、日焼けしてしまいました笑夏を楽しんでいるようです。 私の同伴者(34インチ)OWは、ウエストベルトのすぐ下の40 cmに平らに置かれました。チャートは86cmです。実物は6cm小さいようですが全く問題ありません。念のため歩いてよかった サイズが気になる方のための良い解決策が見つかることを願っています。みんなが幸せであってほしい スタートまであと数日!楽しもう。
  16. 52 points
    Fresh 32 OW. The stress this thread has brought on has been alleviated. Quite pleased with the fit! Happy to be in this contest with you all!
  17. 51 points
    By the time the contest started, my graffiti was in time.
  18. 51 points
    Fit pic of memorials. Jacket is eternal
  19. 50 points
    hi beautiful people i am ready to destroy these crunchy jeans and you?
  20. 50 points
    No. 8 checking in! No sizing issues here. The fit I was after. Going to give 'em a hot wash to crinkle them up a bit more before we begin. old western silhouette on lock. sadly no hand written numbers on mine! But happy with the bags! Overall couldn't be happier. The jacket is unreal. The denim is spot on. The wonky stitching is sublime.
  21. 49 points
    Lucky 13 checking in !!! 1st ”Official” Fit Photos: Potential [fly] lightning from the getgo ....
  22. 49 points
    Number 72 just arrived this late morning What a gorgeous denim ! A little bit slimmer than what i thought but I'm really happy with the fit
  23. 49 points
    Jacket soaked for 4 hours in hot water. Pants still raw. Want to see if I can stretch the waist a bit.
  24. 49 points
    How are all the fanboys of tcb doing well? I am surprised by the happy news that the TCB WW2 contest is scheduled in a difficult situation worldwide. I am honored to be able to participate in the design of the jeans patch for that contest. My favorite tcbjeans and my favorite fanboys! I work hard to make it a cool patch. Thank you for nominating me. Have great fun in this situation! Let's get through together. Let's do our best. Thank everyone This is Hajime's black cat memorial illustration that I drew before. We will also design patches with love. With love from Japan. Nayuta
  25. 49 points