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  1. Critical Observer

    Samurai Jeans

    Up for pre-order at 2nd now.
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    Pure Blue Japan

    Excellent, thanks! Did you order through Okayamadenim? Did you ask them to confirm the measurements / did you find the charted measurements to ring true?
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    Pure Blue Japan

    How did you size for these, anything particular to pay attention to? Is the cut very carrot-y, the measurements suggest it could be but in what few fit-pics I have seen it doesn’t really look like that. Fit pics? Corlection has PBJ chinos on sale; the model is not 1148 and also not the latest 5-pocket one. It looks like I could be a 31 in those, yet 33 in 1148... Other than that the fit should be very similar, judging by the measurements.
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    What about Jeans Jackets ....

    The photo is not the best quality but it looks like it fits more like a shacket; check out Iron Heart’s IHSH-177 & IHSH-178 for something that might tickle your fancy.
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    Samurai Jeans

    That seems likely, thanks. Do you remember what weight were the Element-denims? My Google-fu comes up short trying to dig up related facts.
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    Samurai Jeans

    This piques my interest... while wondering about the relevance of having ”regular indigo warp with natural indigo dyed weft”.
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    Naked & Famous Denim

    The 32oz Weird Guy is back in stock but I'd like to propose a moment of silence for these measurements: I'd love to hear from anyone who have copped a pair... Or thinking about it... I sure was looking forward to this but "painted on -fit" is not really how I roll.
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    What about Jeans Jackets ....

    Looks like a boss combo, thanks for posting!
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    Samurai Jeans

    +1 to this! Also, how did they measure, anything special to consider compared to other models in this cut?
  10. ^I think dressy & denim don't really jive but the ihsh-33 with tonal stitching comes as close as any and closer than most... Or perhaps the IHSH-218 non-fade superblack.
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    Samurai Jeans

    @SparhawkJC did. Rakuten has fair few sellers stocking these... Having said that, Okayamadenim is a good choice as you might want to engage them in English, to confirm the measurements before shipping. Edit: Also, shipping from Okayamadenim is free, you’d be paying extra for that on Rakuten... Not that it’d be a huge additional expense considering these are 800€+/pair anyway.
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    How about the S&S x Wesco Axe Breaker in horsehide:
  13. I remember the time when one could comfortably fit mobile phone into the coin pocket, keeping it separate from the random junk in the main pockets.
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    Samurai Jeans

    Up for pre-order at Denimio: https://www.denimio.com/s710xx15ozdm-samurai-jeans-denimio-russia-edition-15oz-tight-straight-down-payment-for-pre-order-delivery-june-2019.html 15oz, delivery in June 2019, US$336 at the present exchange rate but a bunch to be saved by ordering before December 31st.
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    THIS OR THAT? (Use me for all your Should I Buy...? questions)

    ˆ This man, he speaketh the trut. But why the side-zip?
  16. Salam takzim masbro ZoaldeycK, I think you nailed it otherwise but the same potential benefits apply for other ethnicities as well... Not skipping the leg-days easily leads to a situation where you find yourself ”sizing for the thighs”, which for many cuts means having to go up several tag sizes. ”Relax tapered” cuts let one bypass the hassle of aftermarket alterations that have always been a popular answer to this particular question. It’s also worth noticing that the extreme carrot is not the only possible variation of the theme; Iron Heart’s 888 cut is a fine example of a more ”adult tapered” cut, with a nice and clean yet subdued silhouette.
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    Samurai Jeans

    Sadly, it doesn’t seem that anyone did. The old fit-guide suggests ”down 2 sizes” on S5000 for a slim fit, but I guess these bad boys in tag size 30 are not entirely likely to sport 12” thighs post-shrink? Further, I could imagine that sizing down too much on light coloured pants might not lead to the most flattering of looks. Yet I do remain intrigued by this. I love persimmons and Samurai’s 24oz. :/
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    Samurai Jeans

    Any known measurements charts for the S5000KA? They list waist, leg-opening, rise and inseam on the auction page but crucially omit the thigh.
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    THIS OR THAT? (Use me for all your Should I Buy...? questions)

    Mainly fiscal considerations but I realize stocking up on things "cos they were cheap" is a surefire way to fill your cabinets with crapola. Left Fields are sadly not readily available on this side of the big water, unlike, say, Rogue Territory. The abovementioned price for the E7 was at Cultizm as they had -20% on all the pants yesterday, so the offer is gone now and I don't regret not baiting.
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    THIS OR THAT? (Use me for all your Should I Buy...? questions)

    N&F Elephant 7 El Diablos for my acute black-jean-that-fades needs, as they are 135€ with a code today; yay or nay? I think it’s a nay, but it’s slim pickings in this category and 135€ seems cheap... probably for a reason, isn’t it?
  21. Actually I got it wrong the first time around, apparently it's "heavy duty sewing machines" they are buying for this project. It's pretty much just N&F taking the silly-route to Bonkersville. The commonly available 20-25oz. fabrics from Samurai, Iron Heart et al. are very wearable and for some, like me, greatly preferable when pitted against their lesser brethren.
  22. Apparently, N&F are procuring equipment to weave 40oz. denim to make Weird Guy, Easy Guy & Super Guy out of; thoughts? I'm ok with that. I could see myself grabbing a pair of WG in 40oz. cos yolo.
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    Samurai Jeans

    And now the voting is open for the "European" model: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe787ygQBHvArYTbqOQTUETGYkauFZK2Fp0OYWpyVKI9frV8Q/viewform?_rmId=V7GK1xgPj3fP6BKy6BojUWDK3Oo1BjTYOykppAz Apparently, the "Denimio x Samurai Russia Collaboration" is ready, available sometime soonish? S710 cut and Yamato denim, which sounds nice but too light for my preferences.
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    The Flat Head

    Derp, don’t know why I assumed they are the same cut. For my defense, though, these 2 cuts do appear very similar, with mid-rise, room in the thighs, some taper (one more than the other). Thanks!
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    The Flat Head

    Guys, is anyone able to figure out the differences between models 3202Z and 3209Z? Both are available in Japan with - as far as I can tell - identical descriptions, but close-up shots of the respective tags confirm the existence of model numbers 3202 and 3209 as separate entities. Both are 20oz. denim, with zipper instead of buttons.