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Wrangler makes 2 different kinds - these are the flimsy ones,
This review is from: Wrangler Men's Regular Fit Jeans (Apparel)
These are NOT the same as Wrangler's heavy-duty jeans; this is a much flimsier denim, and a poorer construction, although both types are made in Mexico. This type is what you can find in local discount stores. Wrangler's descriptions never indicate which is which, and I have a feeling that some reviewers may be comparing apples and oranges. Both kinds are made in Wrangler's various styles and fittings, so you can't go by that.
You can only tell the difference between the two different kinds by looking closely at the photos - compare these to Amazon's "Wrangler Men's Cowboy Cut Original Fit Jean", for instance, which are well-made sturdy jeans that will last for years. (For some reason its product link B000F9WJ7S doesn't work here in this review).
--> sturdy type: a rectangle of thick imitation-leather, 1" x 2.25", sewn onto the back right pocket near the top of the pocket; also a 0.25" x 1" black cloth label sewn just above that pocket.
--> flimsy type: a rectangle of thin cardboardy-feeling something, 2.25" x 3", sewn above the right back pocket at the waist line, where it will be covered by the belt. Some but not all of these may also have the same 0.25" x 1" black cloth label, as shown in the photo above.
Back pocket stitching design:
--> sturdy type: a large "W" double-stitched all the way across each back pocket.
--> flimsy type: either a straight horizontal double-stitch across the pocket as shown here, or no decorative stitching at all.
Style and size label:
--> sturdy type: a 1" x 3" label sewn vertically inside the fly on the right side, stitched at both top and bottom.
--> flimsy type: a 1.5" x 1.5" label sewn at the top into the waistband, usually above the front left pocket, and left loose at the bottom.
--> sturdy type: smooth plain brass.
--> flimsy type: steel, with a very small "button" in the center, and a tiny "Wrangler" stamped into the metal around the edge.
Fly button and zipper:
--> sturdy type: the fly button is brass, with "Wrangler" stamped across the center in script; the zipper is proprietary to Wrangler, with an outline of a boot stamped into the pull.
--> flimsy type: the fly button is steel, with "Wrangler" stamped in small raised letters around the edge; the zipper is a standard "YKK" brand.
Don't be fooled! If you want cheap jeans that will tear easily and the stitching will fall apart, this is the kind you want. These are made specifically for the discount market.
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Initial post: Jul 1, 2013 3:43:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2013 4:00:43 PM PDT
Note that I am NOT especially recommending the B000F9WJ7S "Wrangler Men's Cowboy Cut Original Fit Jean" as an alternative; I simply found the photos I was looking for, for comparison of the labels there. Those particular jeans are not pre-washed or pre-shrunk at all; they are as stiff and inflexible as cardboard, with the sizing (shiny gloop sort of like starch) still in the denim material, as you can see by reading some of the negative reviews there. Wrangler does make the sturdy type of jeans as described in my review, that are pre-washed and have the sizing gunk removed.
They make a large number of different styles and types of fits, which (to me) seem confusing in their descriptions, since their term "Cowboy cut" is used for nearly all of them, and is thus meaningless.
Posted on Feb 3, 2014 3:41:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 3, 2014 3:46:33 PM PST
This is a great review and really highlights the difference between these so-called 'bargain' Wal-Mart jeans (#96501) and the heavier weight Wranglers like #35001. You save at least $6 by going with the 96501 Wranglers but they're definitely for light use only, so it truly is a case of 'you pays your money and you takes your choice'. Although the denim weight isn't listed for the Wal-Marts, I suspect it's 12 oz. Contrast this with the 35001 weight of 14.5 oz, and you can easily see what Wrangler is doing.
IOW, you can buy the cheap 96501 jeans and, after they come apart a year (or less) later, pony up for another pair. Or, you can pay the extra money for the better 35001 jeans and not have to worry about buying another pair for at least several more years.
Although, in one circumstance, it does make a little sense, and that's if a person is prone to weight fluctuation, well, since they'd be buying new pairs of different sized jeans, anyway, why spend the extra money for long wearing jeans when you don't need to?
But, that caveat aside, the biggest issue with these 'entry-level' jeans that don't wear well is the damage it will do to Wrangler's reputation. A lot of people buy the cheapest Wranglers they can find for the same price they had previously paid for the better quality Wranglers that lasted for years, thinking they're getting the same jeans. As pointed out, they're not the same jeans, and I can only see this as becoming a huge problem for Wrangler in years to come as word of mouth quickly spreads that Wrangler jeans are no longer as good as they once were.
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