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Old 12-22-13, 01:14 PM   #1
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PSA: Wranglers better than Levi's...

...for sprinters. This comes up occasionally amongst the bigger legged amongst us: how to find jeans that fit. I've always have worn Levi's; found some Wranglers on sale. Much better.

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Old 12-22-13, 01:53 PM   #2
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I prefer Levis 501 "shrink to fit" "Rigid"

bought at true waste size and 1" longer in length.
soak them in cold water, Then wear them until they dry..

never wash them again..
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i can fit and wear levi's 511
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Brian, which specific Wranglers have you had success with?

Its at a different price point, but I have a pair of Outlier Keirin's (http://shop.outlier.cc/shop/retail/keirin-cuts.html) that specifically address the large upper leg issue that stops me from buying most other jeans.
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Try Levis 559. That's been my favorite for the past year. You can find them at Macy's, often on sale.
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I'm finding that upper leg fit is a far less annoying issue for me than blowing out the crotch of pretty much all my jeans all the time. The lady calls me "thunder thighs". Ugh.
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I'm finding that upper leg fit is a far less annoying issue for me than blowing out the crotch of pretty much all my jeans all the time. The lady calls me "thunder thighs". Ugh.
The Crotch blow-out is a constant issue if you don't wash your jeans.. Apparently the grinding together combined with particles af dirt destroys them there.

ive got a pair of Japanese selvage denim that go years between washing- and I've had to put in 2 new crotches in 4 years... If you care enough about the jeans- it is an option to get them fixed.. About $25 at a decent tailor
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I had a crotch blowout in the TSA line at the airport once (I was stooping down to do something). It was either give up my spot and get out of line and go to the bathroom and put on fresh jeans from my luggage and wait another 45 minutes, or stay in line. I stayed in line. The TSA agent thought I was crazy with pants ripped from my crotch to my knee.
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Try Levis 559. That's been my favorite for the past year. You can find them at Macy's, often on sale.
+1 For us thunder-thighed folk, they fit good at the waist and have enough room in the legs without looking too baggy below the knee like the 569+s. Even though I'm a 30ish waist my legs are trackie sized and make 559s look like 501s. Wish they came in shrink-to-fit though, the pre-washed material is not very tough and only lasts a year of wearing a couple days a week.
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You mean you dudes actually wear pants besides Adidas track pants? sucks to be you

In all honesty though, this has been a problem for me for a long time ----

I ditched the LEvis a long time ago -- first I went to the Gap --they usually have a few relaxed fit choices, and they are cheap enough that I don't sweat an occasional blowout , or crotch burn through (just like Quinn, I have gone through a lot of crotches )

Its a paradox, because your best fitting pants that you wear the most will die the quickest

I've tried the industrial strength pants, like Carharrt's , Dickies etc , but are too heavy for my tastes ---- once a month or so , I get suckered into going to a mall with my wife, so I check the closeouts in the decent department stores, -- here in Oklahoma, its Dillards -- my last pair of Jeans that are still holding strong are Daniel Cremieux's , and I have worn Polo, Calvin Klein relaxed fit, etc. --- Khakis for me are always Polo -- they look sharp and are sized for fat suburbanites, so they work for me too


I also don't mind buying a size large and having the waist taken in a bit if I have to if they are on sale cheap enough

I'm self employed and work out of my home though, so while I was joking above, I can realistically go a whole week and wear only track pants and Under Armour stuff
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501's stopped fitting around my calves a long time ago. I eventually had to switch to Levi's 560's.
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Straight legged corduroy from Old Navy/Gap. Roughly $20 on sale.

I also browse the Kohl's clearance rack. You can find pants for under $5 , and if the crotch blows out they are cheap enough to toss and use as rags.

Personally, I sew, I went the clearance route with oversized pants so I could practice taking pants in and hemming them. I have yet to find the time to do it though, keep you posted.
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As an enduro on the smaller side, i can't speak from experience, but my other half had an interesting suggestion - it might be a fairly controversial suggestion, but it might also be one worth exploring!

Jeans that are very definitely cut for a bigger booty and thighs, with a narrower waist (sounds like what everyone is looking for??) are women's jeans..

Hey, no one needs to know! And it might just work.
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As an enduro on the smaller side, i can't speak from experience, but my other half had an interesting suggestion - it might be a fairly controversial suggestion, but it might also be one worth exploring!

Jeans that are very definitely cut for a bigger booty and thighs, with a narrower waist (sounds like what everyone is looking for??) are women's jeans..

Hey, no one needs to know! And it might just work.
wouldn't have thiught of that! Good luck navigating woman sizing though, not as straight-forward as men's sizing by the inch.
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I wear what ever Brett Favre tells me to wear
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wouldn't have thiught of that! Good luck navigating woman sizing though, not as straight-forward as men's sizing by the inch.
Ladies' pants are certainly not designed for accommodating "men's sizing by the inch". So to speak.
Having tried a pair or two (mistakenly, I'm sure), I found them rather restrictive. YMMV.

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As an enduro on the smaller side, i can't speak from experience, but my other half had an interesting suggestion - it might be a fairly controversial suggestion, but it might also be one worth exploring!

Jeans that are very definitely cut for a bigger booty and thighs, with a narrower waist (sounds like what everyone is looking for??) are women's jeans..

Hey, no one needs to know! And it might just work.
There are slightly different crotch space requirements...
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That's a good call -- 'ol number 4 will never steer ya wrong
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There are slightly different crotch space requirements...
Not for some of us!

Oh, wait...
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Plus there's the fact that women's pants have tiny useless pockets. I'm sure it's to be more slimming or accentuate their curves or whatever and they don't need pockets because they all have purses, but I laugh when I'm folding laundry and I see my wife's miniscule pockets. That'd never work.
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