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mpukas last won the day on November 3 2017

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About mpukas

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  • Birthday 05/28/1969

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  • Gender
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    rough trade
  • attitude
  • 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
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    us 9 uk 8.5 eu 43 jp 27

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  1. Roy. (expurgated edition)

    I love the back pockets on the Big Bro 2
  2. Watches and Denim

    I've been contemplating for quite a while how to ask this: what do the denim-head watch aficionados here think of battery powered quartz movements? I don't have anything against quartz in general. What detracts from the appeal is the battery. All watches will need some service and attention at some point, so why should changing a battery be seen any differently? I don't know and for me I can't quite describe it. Other hybrid options exist to power a quartz movement including solar and kinetic. Solar has a drawback in that the dial has to be a mini-solar panel and therefore limits dial design somewhat. Kinetic uses mechanical + electrical technologies, and there may be drawbacks that I'm not aware of. I think this is a great combination and I'd would like to see it utilized more. I ask this partially because I quite like the Victorinox INOX / Pro Diver watches. I'm looking for a simple, very durable watch (not G-SHOCK), and the design of the INOX appeals to me, mostly (the dial is a little too busy w/ branding and wording). It's the battery that causes hesitation. Also I'm not sure I buy the marketing that it has a quartz movement because an auto isn't durable enough. Perhaps a really durable auto would increase cost and put it above their price point? And if it's really so durable and tough, why does it only have a 200m WR, when other certified dive watches are 300m+ (not that I need/want more than 200m; that + screw down crown is sufficient). If it didn't have a battery it'd be a no-brainer for me, and maybe it'd be much more popular overall.
  3. Watches and Denim

    That Radiomir is great!
  4. Ooe-Yofukuten & Co.

    @goodrain I just noticed your fit pics. If you hadn't mentioned it, I'd say the fit looks really good on you. But if they're too tight in the waist and not comfortable, then sizing up probably if the right thing to do. I wouldn't be surprised if there's still a little more shrink in that denim too, so they may even get a little smaller with subsequent washing. But from what I've read/heard about Ooe denim, it stretches a ton and a weeks wear may not be enough to know how much they'd fully stretch. Side note, this is where I get frustration from raw unsanforized denim that has excessive shrink and stretch. You don't know what you've got until several months and washes. A pair that fit well when newly washed may keep shrinking and end up too small. I'm now leaning towards erring on the side of a larger fit and hope they keep shrinking, and if they end up a little large that's better than a little small.
  5. Shoes that look better with age...

    @volvo240thebest you may want to talk to Kyle at Baker Shoe about ordering a custom pair from one of the PNW boot makers. Baker Shoe/Drew's Boots are the biggest retailer of White's in particular, and they can help you to get them build exactly what you want, at the best price. I've got a custom Wesco build in mind, but custom Wesco get spendy very quickly...
  6. Shoes that look better with age...

    It seems to me that Woodsman heel and Cuban heel have been used relatively interchangeably without folks really knowing the difference, or aware that there is a difference. I've mostly seen Cuban heel referred to re: White's boots years ago on StyleForum (I'm not saying anything more...), when it should have been referred to as Woodsman Heel. It also seems to me that Role Club's success on social media has partially led to the popularity of the proper use of the term for Woodsman heel.
  7. Watches and Denim

    @Broark - get some pics of your dad's watches!
  8. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    The basic sentiment of my ramble is that durability is not the primary concern of Japanese denim makers, and the character of worn Cone denim, partially due to unintentionally irregularity, influences many denims they create. Some more than others. I didn't say or try to imply they are all trying to recreate Cone denim exactly. In Weaving Shibusa Kobayashi-san talks about his first pair of Levi's, and how he developed his own brand's denim. From what I infer he was influenced and inspired on some level by the characteristics of his Cone denim jeans. Obviously his denims are very different to Cone's denims as well as any other denim. 10+ times more durable is an intentional exaggeration...
  9. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    I have found poly-cotton thread to be far more durable than all cotton thread. On my Samurai jeans w/ cotton thread, I've had threads break due to wear exposure within a couple of weeks. On IH jeans w/ poly-cotton thread, the same areas have taken either 10+ times longer to break or have never broken. An issue I've mentioned some time ago re: denim durability (this was regarding Oni in particular) is that Japanese denim is woven for character, not durability. Yarns are spun with mixed fibers at low tension, and the fabric itself is woven with low tension, both to achieve slubbiness, neppiness, irregularity, etc. - all of the things denim heads wax on and on and on and on about.... and complain about Cone being too boring and dull because it doesn't have enough character. It's this character, if you will, that makes the denim less durable. Durable fabrics use tightly, evenly spun yarns and tightly, evenly woven fabric, in addition to more durable fibers other than cotton. It's really ironic to me that Japanese denim is woven to recreate the character of old Cone denim, yet Cone denim was woven to be durable as possible and the irregularities were a result of the weight and actions of the looms causing the wood framed floor to bounce. If those looms were installed on a concrete slab-on--grade floor, there wouldn't have been as many if any irregularities. Re: crotch blowouts, I still do not understand why it happens to some and not others. All I can come to is that it's a combination of fit, denim and activity. I do think tighter fits lead to a higher chance or greater severity of blowouts. The only pair I've had a rupture in is my IH 634-XHS that where too small when I was in good shape during the time I was wearing them. And, it was only at the left leg at the top of the inseam. I presume it was mainly due to getting into my car (an SUV), and I could feel the stress/stretch every time I lifted and extended my leg in that manner. Of course it could be due to other movement patterns as well...
  10. Roy. (expurgated edition)

    @ecsong187 nice score! Let's see some fit pics. Per usual advice around here, I suggest you get all the shrink out now before they start to get fades and creases setting in. Particularly with how much this denim can potentially shrink. Unless you're following Roy's advice on not shrinking them too much too soon... but of course they're your jeans. Looking forward to seeing evo! mpp
  11. Watches and Denim

    Now I've got an itch for a bronze pilot watch, type A. Great...
  12. Watches and Denim

    @JDelage !!!
  13. Samurai Jeans

    @ShootThePier - what model are those 25oz?
  14. Roy. (expurgated edition)

    no issues with the leather. I used high heat on the dryer, but didn't let them get completely dry in there. Just a little red ink has been lost on the graphics, but that's more to do with washing I think.
  15. Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Yeah, they did shrink a ton. I've too noticed that they stretch almost immediately in the waist and hips. I bet waist will stretch 1.5"-2" within a couple days. It's almost kinda funny to think that if talking to someone that's not into raw denim, and showed them how the jeans fit raw, they'd never believe how much they'd shrink and how much better they'd fit afterwards. I'm thinking of the GF specifically. If I'd have shown her these jeans raw, she'd flip out say they're horrible and to return them, LOL.