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Heavy weight denim crotch wear

Aloysius

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Heavier denim is certainly overhyped in terms of durability. Sure, it would protect you more than 11oz jeans in a motorcycle crash, but thats not necessary for most people.

IIRC the reason Iron Heart (before its British dealer seemed to take over design and operations) developed its original heavy denim was as an alternative to leather pants for riding. This is also I think part of why their heavy denims tend to wear soft rather than stiff.
 

Observe

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IIRC the reason Iron Heart (before its British dealer seemed to take over design and operations) developed its original heavy denim was as an alternative to leather pants for riding. This is also I think part of why their heavy denims tend to wear soft rather than stiff.

Good point. My Sugar Cane 1947s, despite being only 14.25oz, have a rougher hand and wear stiffer than 21oz Iron Heart denim I've worn. The 21oz still gets rather sweltering in warm weather.
 

dudewuttheheck

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IIRC the reason Iron Heart (before its British dealer seemed to take over design and operations) developed its original heavy denim was as an alternative to leather pants for riding. This is also I think part of why their heavy denims tend to wear soft rather than stiff.
Yes thats what I heard as well.
 

jchance

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I have owned a pair of 32oz denim for the past 10 years. I have worn it moderately and the crotch still wore out, albeit not as quickly as others have described here. I have patched it up and kept wearing it.

How quickly you wear out the crotch area depends on how tightly you wear your jeans. If it’s fairly loose (like Levi’s 501 and not skinny jeans), your crotch area is safe due to less to no friction in that area. In contrast, if it’s super tight, you’re going to wear out the pair in its entirety fairly quickly. The lesson is to wear jeans in your correct size, not 2 sizes too small.
 

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best pair of denims I have ever owned are Levis Skateboarding 511 ( with stretch ) - worn continuously for years without the cuffs, kness, or crotch blowing out...........my more expensive selvedge jeans haven't lasted as long.
 

NamoAmituofo

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So, after long deliberation I’m considering getting a pair of SoSo 33oz jeans!!! May get a good second hand pair and only if the price is right. Just want to experience this without plunging a lot of money and realize I don’t like it so heavy.

The first thing that comes to mind is, for a pair of jeans with 2KG dry weight, after washed in bathtub it’s got to weigh close to 5KG with water soaked in. I know ideally you want to line dry it - but any washing line I put these on will just snap!

So for ultra heavy jeans, suppose one needs high tensile stainless steel cable for line dripping them?!
 

NamoAmituofo

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I also have an idea of patching the crotch if it wears through one day - not with cotton materials but possibly deerskin - it’s soft pliable can get wet washed, and damn rough. Will need to stitch a few circles around the crotch area. Thoughts?
 

rattlesnake501

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My current project pair are 21oz Iron Hearts. My last ones were 18oz 3Sixteens, and my next ones are 20oz Naked and Famous.

I blow through the crotch on my jeans regardless of the thickness. Basic Levi's or heavy bruisers, doesn't matter, the crotch is the first structural thing to go.

Wash your jeans with some regularity, buy the proper size (not too tight, not too loose), and learn to darn/patch/both (and do your repairs early, don't wait for a full on blowout). That'll matter more long term than the weight of the denim in my experience.
 

Edward

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Heavier denim is certainly overhyped in terms of durability. Sure, it would protect you more than 11oz jeans in a motorcycle crash, but thats not necessary for most people.

A few extra milliseconds, certainly - though having seen some of the injuries folks in even very hefty, full cotton denim have ended up with, I wouldn't trust any jeans short of the new wonder-weaves with aramid / Kevlar and all the rest on a bike.
 

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