*Let's have some fun with this one, I tend to be too serious too much of the time* So the word is out on the FL street, Denim jackets are back and just in time for spring (for much of the world.) I confess I was a slower one to get into this type of jacket, partially as they seem just too popular, and due to the rather shoddy quality of some of the ones I have handled. I have no interest in a jacket with holes worn in it, tears, bleached, etc. I like inky dark blue and that's what the subjects in this little comparison will represent. First, what is denim is Not: (Please feel free to add to this list) Not great in wind Not great in rain Not great below about 45F Not great with a zipper Not great on a motorcycle if its' moving... Not great with formal/corporate casual settings Next, what denim is: (Also let's hear your thoughts on this too) Great on a motorcycle for style Great in a High school for style Great in a college for style Great on a mild spring/summer/fall day Great for off-work time Great for on-work time in right environment Now to the jackets I compare here: First up, Wrangler brand, RJK30BL $39.99 at a local farm store. $45 on Wrangler's site. Technically advertised as "black" but will show as quite dark blue. Size L as shown. Widely available online and in stores. https://www.wrangler.com/shop/wrangler-rugged-wear-denim-jacket?variationId=RJK30BL#hero=0 Not included in this comparison: Turns out there's a Selvedge model that I think looks quite attractive: https://www.wrangler.com/shop/mens-...enim-jacket-20wjcs?variationId=20WJHSL#hero=0 Next Up: Un-Branded "Jacket" https://theunbrandedbrand.com/collections/jacket Size XL, Selvage denim; $128 for this one As can quickly been seen, there's very little size difference. The Large Wrangler is nearly the same as the Extra Large Unbranded. The pockets on the Wrangler are much more angled, and have a rounded design, whereas the Unbranded is much straighter of design in the pocket area, with very tight "V" bottoms and rather narrow openings under V shaped cover flaps. The buttons used are certainly different as well. Compare them here: Here's a back shot of the two of them as well, close up to show stitching and denim details: The real difference shows inside. Since they are both un-lined, there's no hiding how they are constructed: Wrangler: Here's the Unbranded (Selvedge): It's hard not to notice the quality of the stitching, the tight, carefully constructed seams in the Unbranded. The Wrangler is fine as a daily driver, mass-produced jacket. Both are construed in Asia. And it's easy to come by anytime. So after taking all these shots, and forgetting entirely to take fit photos, I took the Wrangler back to the farm store and returned it. So much for practical, indeed. What are you all picking up for Spring?