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About mpukas

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  • Birthday 05/28/1969

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  • Gender
    male
  • style
    rough trade
  • attitude
    cantankerous
  • biography:
    denim, boot & workwear obsessed
  • location:
    The ass-end of the Eagle River Valley, CO
  • wish i was in
    Keira Knightley
  • talents:
    making things taste good
  • denim
    size 34
  • t-shirt
    large
  • shoes
    us 9 uk 8.5 eu 43 jp 27

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  1. Conners Sewing Factory

    Not related to CSF specifically, but I always found it strange that jeans, and most pants, are sized in 1" increments up to 34". Some models are made in 35" but it's rare. And I've never seen a 37". Perhaps it's a patterning throw back to when being above 34" was less common? And fellas generally wore their jeans fuller. if you happened to be larger than 34", 2" +/- was close enough?
  2. Watches and Denim

    This is a bit of rant... admittedly I'm not much of a watch guy. I find watches fascinating on many levels and the design and engineering aspects, but I don't own anything significant. I've been following a few YT watch channel guys, and enjoy their content very much. My issue is with the current trend among most watch guys about watches being too big. It seems anything over 40mm is shunned, and somehow 38mm has become a magic size. A 42mm is viewed as being gargantuan! I get that in the midst of the unwashed gen-pop masses there's a fashion trend for men to wear HUGE obnoxious watches - I've noticed many guys in my area, mostly tourists and city folk, wearing giant 50-55mm+ "things" that look just ridiculous. And I get that based on your stature, some watches will fit more appropriately than others, and different styles of watches are appropriate in different sizes. I just don't like the current watch-guy trend for small-ish watches. I've noticed that most of the guys that are of this opinion are smaller in stature. I get that someone with a small wrist may prefer a small watch. But as @aho has just shown with his MM300 above, I think that diver looks just fine. As an example, I think divers that are 40mm and under look kinda silly. Watch makers are like any other industry, and will make products to meet the demands and tastes trends of their market, and I feel we are seeing more and more smaller watches from nearly all brands.
  3. Watches and Denim

    @aho - nice!
  4. W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    I wonder if he delivers on his rush time for an extra fee? If there are people who are willing to pay that extra amount to skip to the front of the line, and he doesn't deliver on that promise, then there might be some people even more upset than "regular" customers who have been waiting 12-18+ months.
  5. W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    He's been fairly active on his IG during the past several weeks.Talking about releasing two new jeans cuts and a new jacket. Lots of pics of his ranching buddies wearing his new duds. He's obviously talented and passionate. IMO he needs to focus on his customers and deliver on his word.
  6. Shoes that look better with age...

    FWIW, I copped a pair of Grant Stone Diesel boots in a wide, 9 1/2 E, at the end of 2017 during the sale. Dune CXL with leather soles. I haven't talked about them or posted pics. They're freakin' awesome. So solid like tanks, yet so elegant. I got a 1/2 bigger than I probably should have as they're last runs a bit large, but I wanted to make sure they were wide enough for my preference. The toe is a pointier IRL than they look in pics. They were super comfy from day one. No hot spots or discomfort at all. I'm really into zero-drop completely flat, foot shaped shoes/boots, and I can wear these with no (personal) issues. I'd put these up against Alden, Viberg or any of the PNW makers. To get something better I think you'd have to look to the top tier Japanese and custom makers.
  7. Shoes that look better with age...

    I've read that stitch-down is more durable and water resistant than GYW, and that's the main reason the PNW boot makers use it for logger and wild land fire fighting boots. But, the heel of either construction is still tacked on and there's a weak point for water resistance, unless it's a 360° welt of some nature (GYW, storm welt, Norwegian welt, etc). When it comes to discussing which is better in the world of heritage work wear, it's just for fun as both are proven construction methods and both have pros and cons. It really comes down to aesthetics and what an individual prefers. I too am tired of the pointy toe shoe/boot options. I much prefer a rounder, wider profile. That usually comes along with a more bulbous toe, which I don't care for either. I've yet to find a round wide toe that still maintains a bit of elegance. BTW - speaking of Truman, what the generally feelings towards them? I know they're in Boulder, CO and I've heard from Canoe Club that they're a small shop with a few guys, unsing traditional methods. Just the vibe this crowd gets off on. I've tried on their boots once, and I thought they were very nice. But not the most comfortable (they were brand new and not broken in at all). I find their heel block isn't sloped enough, and the leading edge of the heel makes for an uncomfortable hot-spot. I thought they were in the range of the better brands discussed here, and far better than RW. Just curious what other think of them.
  8. Iron Heart Jeans

    Post-wash fit pics, wash #8, I think... they are still shrinking slightly. After a wash I think they fit a bit better. Thy stretch out after some wear and are not quite as big on me as they were after the first couple of washes. Cuffed this time, to show a better look, IMO.
  9. Iron Heart Jeans

    some detail pics
  10. Iron Heart Jeans

    6 month update for the DWC2 for my 888NT size 34. 6 weeks since last wash. pre-wash fit pics
  11. railcar fine goods

    for me too! I'm not sure what size I'd be, as the size charts seem to run larger for a tagged size than I'm used too... @Taylor_RFG Steven's Journeyman's are looking good!
  12. Real McCoy's / Joe McCoy's Jeans

    @Akruk33 fit loks pretty good to me. I agree with the others it's about the shoulders and chest, which look fine. A size down would be too small. Nice jacket! I'm envious
  13. Shoes that look better with age...

    I agree w/ @Broark just because Viberg is diversifying by making product for other markets doesn't in any way mean they've "fallen". They are still one of the leading - and original - makers of heritage/work/military boots. The number of guys into heritage work wear is prolly far smaller that the fashion crowd, and if they can bring their same level of quality in designs that appeal to the constantly changes tastes of the fashion world, then good for them as a company. I'm not at all interested in the fashion crap, but because they make that stuff doesn't deter me from wanting to someday own a pair of their heritage boots. It also contributes to keeping them alive and well as a business, and still make the products that appeal to this crowd. A similar comparison is Redwing. Although they're also one of the original heritage footwear makers, today RW's bread-n-butter is real work boots for real work, all of which no one here would ever be caught dead wearing in a fit pic of fancy raw denim. They're Heritage line is really just a fashion brand, and only is able to exist because of the real work boot market.
  14. Roy. (expurgated edition)

    @repete66219 congrats on the new Roy jeans! Roy does indeed make a beautifully constructed pair of jeans. Assuming yours are made with his black seed denim, that denim does shrink a lot. There'll still shrink with subsequent washings, if you've only soaked them for 15 minutes. The common advice around here is to get as much shrink out as possible up front, but Roy recommends just soaking them and wearing them for a few months before washing again. It's up to you. Enjoy however you choose! mpp
  15. Shoes that look better with age...

    break-in can be brutal